Travel to Vietnam and savour its culture and cuisine from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City
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 some of the country’s top dishes and get a true taste of Vietnam on this delectable Real Food Adventure.
Get the lowdown on north, central and southern Vietnamese cooking at the country's best cooking schools
A street food tour of Hanoi takes you to the best spots in town to sample northern specialties like pho, bun cha and the golden-yellow xoi xeo (sticky rice with mung bean and fried onion)
Get around the romantic riverside town of Hue in true local style – on the back of a motorcycle
With two nights in Hoi An, there's plenty of time to take in magic of this standout destination. Take a cooking class, cycle through herb gardens and be dazzled by the Ancient Town
The Vietnamese people are some of the most welcoming in the world. A homestay on the Mekong Delta allows you to experience their hospitality, learn their kitchen secrets and get an insight into rural life
No trip to Vietnam is complete without some history lessons. Visit the Imperial Citadel in Hue and the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded experience of a country’s cuisine. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed.
This trip involves some long stints of travel, including a 12-hour overnight train to Hue. Although conditions are basic, overnight trains are a true Intrepid experience and the best way to travel long distances, meet locals and maximise time at your destinations. Occasionally passengers of different genders will be required to share a compartment and/or you'll be sharing with locals or travellers from other groups.
In Hue, one day is spent touring the sights on the back of a motorbike. The bikes are great fun and are driven safely by professionals, but alternative transportation can be arranged upon request for those who don’t wish to ride on a motorbike.
The weather in Vietnam can be hot and sticky, particularly during the monsoon seasons, so ensure that you pack accordingly. Please also wear sunscreen and a hat, especially when out on a boat in Halong Bay and in the Mekong Delta. It is also recommended to bring warm clothes for Halong Bay, as it can get quite cool on the water in the evenings.
Facilities at the Mekong Delta homestay are quite basic. But an authentic, heart-warming experience of local Mekong life should more than make up for the lack of creature comforts.
Confidence on a bicycle is great, but not absolutely essential. If you would rather not participate in the cycling tour of Hoi An's Tra Que Village, you can explore the local market on foot instead.
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Please provide your full name as per passport (including middle names on your passport), and passport number at time of booking. These details are required for the internal flight and train tickets. Please check your booking information exactly matches your passport. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
A single supplement to have your own room is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. Please note that on the following nights the supplement is not available:
- Day 3: Halong Bay
- Day 4: Overnight train to Hue
- Day 10: Homestay
Our Real Food Adventure - Vietnam trips score an average of 4.86 out of 5 based on 111 reviews in the last year.
This was my first group tour experience. It made navigating a new country and culture very easy and enjoyable.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2017
Real Food Adventure in Vietnam was our first tour with Intrepid. Although Vietnam and the language are totally different form our own way of living, we felt comfortable and excited from day one. The group is small (12) so that you can interact with everyone and get 12 new friends from all over the world for free. We had an extreme good experience with the food of Vietnam, not only as per restaurant but also as per really local living. Our tour leader Khoa Duong also polished to whole experience to ensure that you also become one with the Vietnam culture, way of living and history. We can (me and my wife 50's) can recommend the tour, you will not regret it. We are definitely looking forward to another experience with Intrepid and their well trained tour leaders, we thinking of India FOOD!!
Review submitted 28 May 2017