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A Taste of Vietnam' - Food Safari with Wendy Preston

Overview

Wendy Preston is a passionate lover of food & travel, and the people she meets on her adventures. She is an accomplished lifestyle & food photographer and blogger who has published articles for lifestyle magazines, food & hospitality publications. In 2016 Wendy was a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photography Competition among over 7,000 entries from all over the world. Her work was displayed in The Mall Gallery in London and also included in their photography roadshow exhibition of the finalists & winners of the competition.  Over the last 10 years, Wendy has been associated with the Guild of Fine Food where she has worked with several artisan producers. She judges products for Great Taste Awards known globally as the “Food Oscars!”. 


Wendy has worked with some amazing chefs and producers bringing them together for special events. Her marketing skills now include digital photography and she runs annual workshops for photography enthusiasts to help them get the very best from their equipment, and how to capture & share beautiful images.  

Join Wendy on this incredible 9 Night adventure across Vietnam where you will be able to discover the various highlights of this magical destination including its culture, cuisine, breath-taking landscapes and a plethora of other delights. Capture memorable moments and savour the gastronomical delights of the region with someone who has spent years bringing these worlds alive for travellers and enthusiasts.

 A note from Wendy: “I am thrilled to be joining this wonderful adventure with you to Vietnam in a very carefully chosen itinerary. I absolutely love meeting new people and know this will be a truly unforgettable trip, soaking up the culture, nature & food of this rich and vibrant country. I look forward to meeting you all and enjoying the adventure together.”

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Tour Highlights

  • Tour of cultural Hoi An
  • Interactive photography stops with Wendy
  • Hanoi Streetfood Tour
  • Interactive Cooking Classes
  • Cruise along Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Instagram Photography Tour
  • Mekong Delta Tour
  • Visit to Floating markets
  • Sunrise tour of magical Myson
Tour Route - Where you'll visit
1 Ha Noi
Vibrant and exciting Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, is a buzzing city that oozes self-assurance. Because it was bombed far less during the war, its Old Quarter remains intact - with each street devoted to different wares, from shoes to chicken's feet, conical hats and deities. Sit back in the elegant French quarter and observe the city on parade; watch traditional water puppetry, or join a  public Tai Chi session on the shores of the Hoan Kiem Lake. In the centre of the lake is a beautiful Chinese temple, reached by crossing an ornate red bridge. You may also wish to visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum complex and the Temple of Literature. 
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2 Halong Bay
Hạ Long Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforests. Junk boat tours and sea kayak expeditions take visitors past islands named for their shapes, including Stone Dog and Teapot islets. The region is popular for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking, particularly in mountainous Cát Bà National Park.
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3 Hoi An
Hoi An is a small ancient town that was famous on the Silk Road as being a trading centre for people from the East to meet people from the West to barter, buy and sell their goods. Today it is a busy tourist centre welcoming thousands of people every year to enjoy the charm that it exudes. 

A UNESCO supported town, the old buildings are skillfully maintained using local produce in the time honoured way that has always been done. The majority of the town centre buildings now are shops, cafes or restaurants. Wander along the river to find a spot to sit and enjoy watching the world go by as you eat and drink. And if you fancy having some clothes made to measure or even shoes made to measure to your own design, this is the place for you. 

And as a bonus to all of this, Hoi An has a very lovely beachfront within a short taxi or bicycle ride. 

The nearest airport is Da Nang, just a short 30/40 minute drive. 
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4 Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) is a city in southern Vietnam famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War. It's also known for its French colonial landmarks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, made entirely of materials imported from France, and the 19th-century Central Post Office. Food stalls line the city’s streets, especially around bustling Bến Thành Market.
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5 Can Tho
Can Tho is the largest town in the Mekong Delta in the south of Vietnam. It sits around 3.5 hours by road  to the West of HCM City and is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the amazing and intriguing Delta area. The town itself has a few hotels and restaurants catering for the visitor and lots of local Vietnamese charactor and culture. 

You can travel by river on the Mekong and the various tributaries to explore how the local people live in, on and by the river. Farming and fishing are the main activities in this area. Small villages will specialise in producing a specific product be that sweet treats or basket work. As in most of Vietnam, locals are friendly and open and freely invite you to watch and even engage in what they are doing. 
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6 HCM City
Prior to reunification of the country, Ho Chi Minh was previously known as Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam. It is now the largest city in Vietnam and the commercial centre. The influence of the Americans is easy to see in the central area wth the wide streets and tall buildings. The city has some great restaurants and is the place to be if shopping is your thing. And when you have had your fill of shopping and eating, you can head for the historical sites. The most famous place to visit are the Cu Chi Tunnels where the Viet Cong from the North sprang surprise attacks on the southern troops. The tunnels were also used as a place to store things and to live for months at a time. 

You can also visit the Re-Unification Palace, the Cathedral and the Central Post Office that was built by Mr Eiffel of Paris and is still operating today. And if the Vietnam/ American war is an interest, you might choose to visit the Museum where there are many evokative photographs and memorabilia on display. 
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Detailed Itinerary

Day ONE +-
  • Day 1 (15th March 2020): Arrival in Ha Noi Airport  (B/D)

A Globe Travel representative from Ha Noi will be waiting to greet you at Noi Bai Airport in Ha Noi for your inbound flight. The drive into the centre of Ha Noi takes approximately 40 minutes.

Check-in your hotel.

Be free until 18:00 PM, our Vespas pick you up from your hotel at 18:00, then drive you to a popularstreet café where you will experience the hustle and bustle of this city with popular lemon-teadrinks and sunflower seeds. Continuing into town in one of the most busy and beautiful placeswhere young people come here to meet friends and take photos of the Opera house. The exciting rides in organized, chaotic traffic takes you to a local restaurant with authentic food and then to small alleys to try a different versions of Pho and Vietnamese dishes that are world famous and the opportunity to try many different foods from here. A ride around the big lake is a romantic sight of Hanoi that most travelers rarely have the chance to see. Continuing with the tour, we ride vespa's around Hanoi city and drive past Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, the last stop is at local bar with trendy at acoustic live music, or option "jazz music " or ice cream, depending on your choice.

Back to hotel at 10:00 PM

Notes: Dinner will be followed by Vespa tour package.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, vespa with safe ride, qualified helmet, dinner and hotel
Day TWO +-
  • Day 2 (16th March 2020): Interactive Cooking class and city tour (B/L)

This morning,  you will spend some time with a local chef. Learn how to make the traditional Hanoi beef noodle broth. You will then take a cyclo trip into the markets and select all the ingredients needed for your class, with help from the local chef before making your way back to Duong’s Restaurant for your next cooking class. You will stop along the way and get to sample a selection of street foods.

This is another excellent opportunity to try your hand at photography under Wendy’s guidance.

You will enjoy your cooking demo at the restaurant, followed by lunch. During this lesson you will be taught about the secrets of food presentation while also learning more about the food in North Vietnam.

In the afternoon visit some of the highlights of Hanoi. Visit the Temple of literature, regarded as the First University of Vietnam. Next you will visit the Fine Arts Museum before going to the Water Puppet theatre to watch a show.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day THREE +-
  • Day 3 - (17th March 2020): Transfer to Bai Tu Long Bay - Overnight on the cruise (B/L/D)

Departure for Ha Long Bay is around 8:00 AM in a private bus. Arrive at the port around 1:30 PM.
Welcomed on board, you are taken to your cabin before the trip briefing while you cruise to BaiTu
Long Bay and admire the fascinating formations and enjoy your delicious Vietnam set menu. Arrive
in kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature,
swimming and relaxing. Get back to the boat and enjoys our Sunset party while our cruise sailing to
the overnight anchorage. Sumptuous set-dinner will be served then is your free time to relax or try
your luck with squid fishing.

Notes: This program is with Renea Cruise. It may slightly change if clients pick Paloma Cruise

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, all meals, share junk, permit.

Day FOUR +-
  • Day 4 (18th March 2020): Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi – Flight to Da Nang, Hoi An (B/L)

Take one more chance to enjoy the fresh air and gentle breeze of the BaiTu Long Bay – a hidden
charm in the early morning. Have breakfast on board at 7:30 AM, then take a morning cruise
Explore the well hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and enjoy a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island. Our
tour guide will provide some interesting stories of Ha Long Bay and this cave, made by Mother
Nature. At 10:00, attend in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but
delicious Vietnamese dish name seafood salad. There is sample time for the 10:30 -11:00 AM check-
out from the cabin while cruising back. Have lunch on the boat as we slowly cruise back to the port
where your driver will meet you and take you Noi Bai airport for late afternoon flight to Da Nang.
Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to your hotel for check in.

Dinner is to your own and stay overnight in Hoi An

Flight details: VN183 depart at 17:00 and arrive at 18:20

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch, share junk, domestic flight ticket, hotel.

Day FIVE +-
  • Day 5 (19 th Mar): Cooking class and visit the ancient town (B/D)

We start our day at 08:30 AM for sighseeing to the famous cultural sites around Hoian ancient
town. You will wander around old streets to visit this charming ancient town including the Japanese
Covered Bridge, Chinese Assembly Halls, Phuoc Kien Pagoda, Sa Huynh Museum and the local
market…to get knowledge about the cultural and historical values of Hoi An. Then get back your
hotel for short rest.

In the afternoon, we meet at Hai Café in the ancient town of Hoi An for a welcome drink before we start exploring Hoi An’s vibrant markets.

Visit Hoi An’s colourful market, and experience the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy
market. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and learn about all the
ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson later. We board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely
cruise (25 minutes) along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. This is a chance to
view local river life, so make sure your camera is handy.

On arrival, we will explore the cooking school’s herb garden, before learning about some of Hoi An’s
and Vietnam’s well-known dishes. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – the Red Bridge chefs
first demonstrate each dish before we prepare the same dish ourselves. Under our chef’s guidance,
you will know more about local cuisine along with the traditional cooks. Included in the class is a
brief introduction to Vietnamese food carving (plate decoration). After the lesson, we sit down and
eat what we have cooked.

Recipes:
- Rice paper (making)
- Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp
- Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs, Bean Sprouts & a Peanut Sauce
- Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple
- Quang Nam Style Fresh Noodles with Chicken
- Food Decoration - Pineapple Boat, 3 Coloured Flowers & Vietnamese Hand Fan

*Tips: Bring your swimsuit and after the cooking tour has finished relax and enjoy free use of our 20
metre swimming pool - towels and showers provided.

We transfer back to hotel around 19:00.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, dinner, cooking class and hotel.
Day SIX +-
  • Day 6 (20th March 2020): My Son morning sunrise, flight to HCM City (B)

At 04:30 AM, our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hoi an then drive to My Son hollyland. After
clearing the entrance permission, it is the best time of the day to see the beauty of My Son, see the
sunrise with the nicest temperature, and avoid the crowds and traffic. You take about two hours to
three hours to visit and taking photos of the ancient, majestic ruins.

We return to our hotel for check out and ready for our departure to HCM City. We will transfer you
to Da Nang airport and also welcome you at HCM City airport then take you to hotel in City center.

The rest of day is your free day to explore this bustling city by your own.

Inclusion: Transfer, flight ticket, breakfast, guide, entrance fee, and hotel.

Day SEVEN +-
  • Day 7 (21 st Mar): Cooking class tour and city tour (B,L)

At 08:30 AM, meet our guide at your hotel then we drive to Cooking Class school. As soon as we
arrive, treat yourself with fresh welcome drink. At the beginning, our chef will guide you about the
Vietnamese fish sauce, how to recognize the good one by tasting them. After that you can make a
dipping sauce. With our indoor market pantry, you can experience and pick your fresh produces to
prepare for your cooking. There are 3 menus for your choice.

- Menu 1: Pumpkin flower stuffed with prawns & dill, chicken salad with cabbage & jellyfish,
steamed sea bass with galangal & turmeric & lemongrass & banana leaf, coconut cream with
caramel

- Menu 2: Fresh rice noodle filled with sautéed beef, Green mango salad with cinnamon
prawns & lychees, Crusted tuna with crab claw herb & fish sauce, and mango panna cotta
with seasonal fruit

- Menu 3: Rice paper roll with fish cake, Warm beef & watercress salad, Lemongrass chili
chicken, Herbal jelly with coconut cream & seasonal fruits, traditional coffee demo

The cooking course will last 3 hours with the construction from our chef to each dish. At the end of
class, you will together enjoy the results that you make. We will hand out the recipes if requested.
After that, you will meet our guide again for our afternoon city tour. You will have a chance to see
the real HCM City through the eyes of a local. Visit the bustling Cho Lon market and a hidden
Chinese pagoda, War museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the historic Central Post Office, and City
Hall. We drop you off at your hotel around 5:00 PM.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch, entrance fee and hotel

Day EIGHT +-
  • Day 8 (22nd March 2020): Explore the fertile Mekong Delta, Can Tho (B,L)

We depart at 8:00 AM from your hotel in HCM city and head south to the river town of Cai Be, a
rural district of Tien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. Arriving at around
10:00 AM, we board our motorized boat to journey through Cai Be floating market. Here, we
experience how life functions on the delta, as we view the intricacies of commerce – how
merchants purchase products from local farmers.

During our cruise the town’s secluded canals, we stop at some local workshops to see locals making
pop rice cakes, rice paper cakes, coconut candies and products from coconut trees. We also enjoy
sampan ride and pedal down narrow natural waterways. Stopping at a local home to try seasonal
fruits (such as longan, pineapple, watermelon, rambutan, papaya, jackfruit etc…) and learn how
farmers take care of their fruit trees. Back to our boat again for a long cruise through Dong Phu ,
HoaNinh island to An Binh island where we have lunch, served with many Vietnamese’s delicious
dishes. Here, our host will guide you how to cook some local specialties of Mekong Delta under
translating from our guide.

Time to relax, then we board the boat again toVinh Long. Then we turn on to a small waterway for
long cruise to Long Ho. Stop to see a workshop making palm leaves roof. Then, we keep cruise to
CaiNgang Village with many rice mills along the river. Transfer by car to Can Tho.

Overnight in Can Tho

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, local boat, seasonal fruit& water, breakfast, lunch and hotel

Day NINE +-
  • Day 9 (23 rd Mar): Floating market, Sadec, Saigon (B,L)

We have an early start at 6:30 AM for a boat trip to Cai Rang floating market, the largest wholesale
market in the Mekong Delta. It starts at 5:00 AM and runs until midday. Of course now this market
is not crowded and busy as it was before, but still interesting experience for people who do not live
in Mekong delta area. Then we have walk on a quiet country road to take in the magnificent
scenery, see several kinds of fruit tree and get close to the locals as they go about their daily
routine.

Our van picks us up and transfers to Can Tho center for lunch. We travel to Sa Dec, a little small
town for visit an old famous house of Marguerite Duras (in French L’Amant film) and walk around
the nursery flower gardens of Tan Qui Dong commune. Then we cross mekong again to MyHiep,
and travel through the immense rice delta of DongThap province, passing through MyAn town, you
will see a new Ho Chi Minh road cutting through huge rice paddies. It is time to learn about rice
industry and traditional way of planting rice. At Long An town, we turn on freeway and travel 1 hour
back to Saigon.

Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, local boat, breakfast, lunch and hotel

Day TEN +-
  • Day 10 (24th March 2020): Departing HCM City, flight to home (B)

Breakfast is at your hotel. Depending on your flight time, you may have more time for relaxing or
shopping in HCM City before we transfer to airport for home flight. End of services.

Inclusion: Breakfast, drop-off airport with guide.

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