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Indochine is a name that stirs the senses and emotions. It conjures visions of proud farmers in conical straw hats tending to their rice paddies. It conjures smells of lemongrass, ginger and mint, savory spices used in Vietnamese cooking. And it conjures the romance of a bygone colonial era, and the hope of a resilient people who look to a modern future, even as they retain the deep traditions that make Vietnam food tours so fascinating.

Join us on our Vietnam food tour for an experience that will take you deep into the culture as you cook (and eat) your way from Saigon to Hanoi. Along the way you’ll stop at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An and the former imperial capital of Hue. Enjoy unparalleled local access on our Vietnam tour, such as private dinners in a colonial mansion and a royal garden house, Vietnamese cooking classes and market tours with renowned chefs, and even a street food tour as you ride on the back of a vintage Vespa!

Top Vietnam Culinary Tour Highlights:

  • Two incredible cooking classes with top Vietnamese chefs
  • Private dinner at a colonial mansion that was the residence of Henry Cabot Lodge, US Ambassador to South Vietnam
  • Street food tour of Saigon riding on the back of a vintage Vespa
  • Visits to vibrant and authentic food markets
  • Walking food tour in Hoi An
  • Tour of local food specialties with a renowned gastronomist in Hue
  • Lunch in a restored royal home

Vietnam food tours are a delicious way to explore this exotic and fascinating culture. For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today.

Access Culinary Trips CEO Tamar Lowell writes about the evolution of Vietnam travel over the past twenty years in her Huffington Post column.

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Authentic Vietnamese Food

Our Vietnamese food tours are ideal for anyone who wants to combine their passion for eating with their passion for travel. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine is a delectable combination of spicy, salty, bitter, sour and sweet flavors using savory spices, aromatic herbs and fresh vegetables. In our hands-on Vietnamese cooking classes you’ll learn traditional Vietnamese cooking techniques and recipes as well as a more modern and eclectic approach to Vietnamese cuisine. Outside the kitchen, you will delve deep into Vietnamese culture through its cuisine with an evening street food tour on the back of a vintage Vespa. You’ll also visit several villages to taste their unique specialties, explore fresh food markets, and dine at historic homes and unique restaurants.

Our Vietnam culinary tour includes daily breakfast, four lunches and four dinners. Two of the included lunches will be meals that you learn to prepare yourself during each Vietnamese cooking class.


Vietnam Food Tour – Itinerary

DAY 1: Our Vietnam Food Tours Begin in Saigon

Arrive at Tan Son Nhat airport and transfer to hotel. Early evening group orientation meeting. Welcome dinner at the former home of the US Ambassador to South Vietnam. Overnight in a boutique hotel.


DAY 2: Vietnamese Cooking Class & Saigon City Tour

Market tour and traditional Vietnamese cooking class. Tour of Saigon’s historic and cultural sites. Evening street food tour by Vespa scooter. Overnight in a boutique hotel.


DAY 3: Fly to Hoi An & Hoi An Food Tour

Visit lacquerware workshop. Fly to Hoi An. Walking food tour of Hoi An. Overnight in a relaxing boutique resort.


DAY 4: Vietnamese Cooking Class

Modern Vietnamese cooking class with eclectic and artistic chef. Afternoon at leisure to explore Hoi An. Overnight in a relaxing boutique resort.


DAY 5: Drive to Hue & City Tour

Drive 3-hours to Hue, with a stop at the Cham museum en route. Lunch at a restored royal garden house. Afternoon Hue city tour. Overnight in a boutique countryside resort.


DAY 6: Hue Culinary & City Tour

Morning culinary tour with a renowned gastronomist. Afternoon tour of Khai Dinh Tomb. Overnight in a boutique countryside resort.


DAY 7: Fly to Hanoi

Morning flight to Hanoi. Private water puppetry show and village visit. Afternoon free. Overnight in a boutique hotel in Old City.


DAY 8: Hanoi City Tour

Tour Hanoi’s major sites. Farewell dinner of traditional Vietnamese food. Overnight in a boutique hotel in Old City.


DAY 9: Vietnam Culinary Tour Ends

Sadly, our tour is over today. Drop off at Hanoi airport. If you still want more, ask us about our stunning Halong Bay extension!