Real Food Adventure Vietnam with Nadia Lim

At Intrepid we’re all about ordering off-menu – uncovering those authentic foodie experiences you won’t find in the guidebooks. And to find that ultimate real food adventure, it helps to have a passionate expert to guide the way. 

Nadia Lim, Intrepid Food Ambassador

Intrepid are delighted to announce celebrity chef, Nadia Lim, as its food ambassador. Nadia has already eaten her way from North to South Vietnam and most recently visited Turkey on an Intrepid Real Food Adventure. A serial cookbook author, food writer, entrepreneur and qualified dietitian, Nadia is the head chef and dietitian of My Food Bag, guest judge on My Kitchen Rules, and has a TV show travelling and tasting New Zealand’s best food.

“I’m super excited about going back to Vietnam, one of my favourite countries in the world! The food there is incredible – so fresh and full of flavour! I can’t wait to share this amazing experience with others!” said Nadia

About the trip

Chop, slice and eat your way through Vietnam, experiencing one of the freshest and most fragrant cuisines on the planet. From pho and ancient buildings in Hanoi, banh khoai and imperial citadels in Hue, banh xeo and lantern-lit streets in Hoi An and banh canh and pulsating markets in Ho Chi Minh City, experience Vietnam’s cuisine and its tightly woven place within its culture. Drink in cafes and beer halls that sprawl out over city streets, buy fruit from wicker baskets draped over a vendor’s shoulders and sit at market stalls as aromatic noodle soups are whipped up in front of you. Experience all of Vietnam’s iconic sights, spend time cooking with some of the country’s top food experts and get a true taste of Vietnam on this delectable Real Food Adventure.

NOTE: Bookings are now closed for this departure.

Departure date - Nadia will be hosting a special one off departure beginning July 4th 2015

Prices (NZD) - $4,950 per person, twin share.

Includes - Return economy airfares with Air New Zealand / Singapore Airlines, airport transfers, extra night in Singapore

Single supplement available - $318 per person

If you cannot make this departure why not check out our other food trips?



  • Sip bia hoi beer in one of Hanoi’s colourful beer halls
  • Eat Hanoi’s best street food at the bustling Don Xuan Markets
  • Sail the emerald-green waters of breathtaking Halong Bay
  • Slurp bun bo hue (beef and vermicelli noodle soup), Hue’s local specialty
  • Bike through herb gardens of Tra Que Village
  • Be part of the raucous making of banh xeo (savoury crispy pancake) in Hoi An
  • Learn the secrets of central Vietnamese cooking at Hoi An’s celebrated Morning Glory Cooking School
  • Float past markets and farms on your way to a welcoming homestay on the Mekong Delta


Days 1-2 Hanoi

Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.

Day 3 Hanoi – Mai Chau – Day Trip

Our journey takes us from the hectic pace of life in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi to the clean air of the mountains surrounding Mai Chau valley to join in a cooking class. Here we will learn how to cook 3 dishes of the White Thai people, and take part in the process of making dishes.

Days 4-5 Halong Bay/Overnight Train

Halong Bay is a place of surreal beauty, with ethereal limestone islands jutting out of jade waters and atmospheric caves and grottoes carved out by time. In the evening we enjoy a performance of the unique Water Puppets.

Day 6 Hue

Packed with historic monuments, Hue is also perfectly located to explore the surrounding countryside, which features stunning scenery, quaint villages and the peaceful Tam Giang Lagoon.

Days 7-9 Hoi An

The backstreet and waterways in and around Hoi An are fascinating places to explore - emerald rice paddies, friendly locals and beautiful landscapes abound.

Day 10 Ho Chi Minh City

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is an exciting and dynamic city brimming with street vendors, cyclos, temples, shops and colonial architecture.

Day 11 Mekong Delta Homestay

The Mekong Delta is the lifeblood of South-East Asia, and this fertile region within Vietnam is a maze of canals brimming with life, markets and tropical foods.

Days 12-13 Ho Chi Minh City

With countless food stalls, restaurants, museums and markets, the busy streets of Ho Chi Minh City have something for everyone to enjoy.