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Culinary Vietnam

“An com chua?” “Have you eaten yet?” is a traditional Vietnamese greeting. And eat we shall as we explore Vietnam from north to south. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a photographer, or in search of a more authentic way to experience Vietnam, this is the trip for you.

Each day delivers new sensations, a mix of gastronomic, scenic and cultural experiences:
-   Tour street food stalls with a resident foodie
-   Dine at a Canadian chef’s top Hanoi restaurant
-   Hike and meet tribal villagers in super-scenic Sapa
-   Discover Hoi An’s ancient architecture
-   Visit pepper plantations on the gorgeous island of Phu Quoc
-   Roll up your sleeves in formal and home-style cookery classes

The signature tastes of Vietnam are the signposts along our route; find your favourite pho, (should be beef be boiled, stir fried or grilled?), discover the traces of French influence in the baguettes used for Bánh mì, restore your energy with the addictively delicious iced coffee, cà phê sữa đá. We’ll dine in fabulous small cafés, traditional and fusion restaurants and favourite street stalls.

Study leader Paula Swart will explore topics such as Vietnam’s complex history, its tribal groups, the energy of its economy, and its lively contemporary art scene. Our local guides will introduce important temples and monuments in vibrant cities and traditional villages. All of this against a backdrop of stunning scenery from the psychedelic greens of Sapa’s rice terraces to the remote turquoise waters of Phu Quoc Island.

We’re staying in a carefully selected mix of small boutique style hotels in city centres and beautiful resorts beside rivers and oceans. We’ll be travelling by plane, train, small coach and tuk-tuk. Most meals and all activities are included.

To complete this trip, we suggest you consider adding a visit to Siem Reap visiting the landmark ‘must-see’ Angkor Wat and the alluring, more remote temples of the jungle.


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Culinary Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

Vietnam | 14 days
Culinary

Dates:
Nov 01-14, 2017
Cost:
US$4995
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, meals as specified in the itinerary, four cooking classes, full program of food tastings and food producer visits, all internal transportation by comfortable air-conditioned coach, internal flights (Hanoi/Danang, Danang/Ho Chi Minh City,Ho Chi Minh City/PhuQuoc/Ho Chi Minh City), bottled water on coach, services of specialized English speaking guides, all entrance fees for group services,, fully escorted by Paula Swart. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$280.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi
Day 2: Street food with an expert
Day 3: Cooking class, overnight train to Sapa
Day 4: Markets and village crafts
Day 5: Cooking class and hill tribes
Day 6: Walking paths in the hills, train to Hanoi
Day 7: Fly to Danang, drive to Hoi An
Day 8: Fishing nets, ancient architecture
Day 9: Cooking class, galleries and workshops
Day 10: Fly to Ho Chi Minh City, explore Saigon
Day 11: Floating markets on the Mekong
Day 12: Fly to Phu Quoc Island
Day 13: Pepper plantations on the island
Day 14: Depart Ho Chi Minh City
Optional extension: Siem Reap
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Your Tour Leader

Paula Swart is a museum curator and expert on Asian culture and history. Paula has degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. Paula is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia and has recently been teaching courses on UNESCO World Heritage sites at the UBC Summer Institute and the University of Victoria.

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Culinary Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC

Vietnam | 14 days
Culinary

Dates:
Nov 01-14, 2017
Cost:
US$4995
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers at destination for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary, accommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar, meals as specified in the itinerary, four cooking classes, full program of food tastings and food producer visits, all internal transportation by comfortable air-conditioned coach, internal flights (Hanoi/Danang, Danang/Ho Chi Minh City,Ho Chi Minh City/PhuQuoc/Ho Chi Minh City), bottled water on coach, services of specialized English speaking guides, all entrance fees for group services,, fully escorted by Paula Swart. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$280.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"One of the most popular and healthy cuisines in the world."

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