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Monday, December 31, 2012

Food Tour Vietnam - Cambodia 2013

A Feast for the Senses Food Tour

26 September - 10 October with author Kim Fay 


Day 1 (1): Arrive in Hanoi (D)
Upon arrival, a guide is waiting to transfer guests to the hotel. Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  Accommodation: Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
Ø  Meet at Le Beaulieu Restaurant at 7.00pm for casual easy dinner (beverages/drinks at own expense) - get to know your fellow travellers. This restaurant is located in the Sofitel Metropole hotel. The friendly atmosphere of this contemporary haute brasserie where patrons come to savour the best and most authentic French cuisine in Vietnam. Le Beaulieu is particularly well-known for Chef Denis's family recipes..

Day 2 (Hanoi (B, L, D)
Free in the morning

Kim will introduce us to her friends in Hanoi.

Meet the renowned French chef, Didier Corlou, at his restaurant La Verticale which gained fame with French-Vietnamese fusion dishes created by the chef himself. After a short introduction, enjoy a guided market visit and then transfer to the chef’s villa, also known as “Carambola house”
In the evening, we could do a night market and taste some great street food which Kim thoroughly recommends. 
Tonight we indulge in bun cha on the streets. Bring along a healthy appetite, plus your camera and notebook.
 Services included:
Ø  Accommodation: Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
Ø  Cookery lesson with Didier Corlou
Ø  Dinner – street food extravaganza

Day 3 (: Hanoi (B D)
Free time to hit the shops and to discover the Old Quarters on a Cyclo? Be sure to taste a good few Ca phe da (Vietnamese iced coffee) as well as a patisserie or two! 
Meet for lunch at KOTO – Know One Teach One – this establishment provides positive change to the lives of street/disadvantaged youth.
We’ll have dinner at the famous Cha Ca la Vong (as authentic as it comes).
(Drinks excluded)
Services included:
Ø  Accommodation: Hanoi Sofitel Metropole
Ø  Lunch at KOTO
Ø  Dinner at Cha Ca la Vong

Day 4  : Fly to Danang – Hoi An (B D)
Free for tai chi in the park, a strole to the Lake, or wander through the lanes of Hanoi, until transfer to the airport for Danang, then transfer to Hoian and check in the hotel.
Life Heritage Resort Hoi An - THREE NIGHTS.
Kim Fay has numerous contacts/friends here in Hoi An. She has great insight into this remarkable UNESCO town’s cuisine! We’ll start our special time in Hoi An with a Foodie Tour.  We visit a family factory that produces the famous White Rose ‘banh bao vac’.  We’ll end today at a great wine tasting and snack dinner.   
Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  Domestic flight Hanoi - Danang
Ø  Accommodation: Life Heritage Resort Hoi An
Ø  Foodie Tour Hoi An -
Ø  Settle into life in Hoi An with a good wine tasting event with some snack dinner  Secret Wine Garden Hoi An

Day 5 : Hoi An (B L)
Time to meet the tailors in the morning, and then we make our way to a cooking school for an afternoon cookery class at the very famous Red Bridge Cookery School. We’ll meet Miss Vy. We go to the Organic Tra Que herb village to see where all the freshest of herbs are grown in this area. We’ll even pick some for our class. Then it back to the kitchen for our lesson, and lunch afterwards.
Rest of afternoon, evening is free to browse Hoi An streets, or simply indulge in a spa treatment or what about a Photography tour? (Own expense)
Services included:
Ø  Half day Cookery Class
Ø  Accommodation: Life Heritage Resort Hoi An

Day 6 : Hoi An (B L D)
After breakfast today, today after breakfast we have a look at the production of the magnificent ‘White Rose’. Then it’s back to the tailors for fittings and more shopping, and café trying, sitting, sipping, enjoying. Tonight we’ll have in indulgent dinner at the Nam Hai so don’t eat too much during the day!
(Drinks not included)
Services included:
Ø  White Rose Tour
Ø  Set Dinner at Nam Hai
Ø  Accommodation: Life Heritage Resort Hoi An

Day 7 : Fly to Dalat B D
Free until transfer to the airport for DALAT.  Upon arrival, meet transfer to hotel for check in.
Ana Mandara Dalat – TWO NIGHTS. – Aah, Dalat, Kim’s favorite spot. She’ll introduce us to a few secrets chefs/restaurants in Dalat.
 Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  Domestic flight Danang - Dalat
Ø  Accommodation: Ana Mandara Dalat
Ø  Dinner at a French restaurant tonight – Long Hoa.

Day 8 : Dalat (B D)
Today we’ve included a visit to local markets, a meeting up with baguette makers, and have another cookery lesson - get to make and taste those croissants/patisseries we’ve been enjoying @ Lien Hoa Bakery.
We’ll have dinner at another favorite super spot Nam Phan.  
Services included:
Ø  Cookery lesson/demonstration
Ø  Dinner Nam Phan
Ø  Accommodation: Ana Mandara Dalat

Day 9: Transfer to HCMC (B D)
Free until transfer to the airport for HCMC. Upon arrival, meet transfer to hotel for check in. Park Hyatt Saigon. We have time this afternoon to have a stroll down Dong Khoi Street, Saigon, popping into a few of their silk shops or go to the Ben Thann market for some amazing shopping bargains.
The Refinery for dinner tonight is a French bistro is built in the former headquarters of the leading Opium refinery (hence the name) of old Indochine
Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  Domestic flight Dalat - HCMC
Ø  Accommodation: Park Hyatt Saigon
Ø  Dinner at an Iconic spot – The Refinery (drinks not included)

Day 10: HCMC (B, L, and Cocktails)
Today you will have a cooking lesson. You will meet your chef at Ben Thanh market to purchase the ingredients you need. After that the chef will take us to the cooking class at Hoa Tuc restaurant.
In the afternoon, you can visit the highlights of Saigon. Notre Dame Cathedral, The Post Office, The Opera House, the War Museum, etc. Meet for cocktails at a roof top bar.
Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  Cooking class and recipe
Ø  Cocktails in Saigon, reminiscent of days gone by!

Day 11: Fly to Siem Reap (B D)
Free until transfer to the airport for Siem Reap. What about a brisk walk? Or find a park with the locals for some tai chi. or a swim in the hotel pool, and a leisurely breakfast. We fly to Cambodia. Siem Reap.   Upon arrival, meet transfer to hotel for check in. Heritage Suits Siem Reap – THREE NIGHTS
Services included:
Ø  Private transfer
Ø  International flight HCMC - SIEMREAP
Ø  Accommodation: Heritage Suites Siem Reap
Afternoon free, available to have look around Siem Reap at your leisure. Time for a massage I think? (Own expense)
Ø  Abacus Restaurant for dinner tonight, meet the Head Chef Pascal Schmit.

Day 12 : Siem Reap (B L D)
Half day to explore the temples – Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom – We’ve got a very knowledge English Speaking guide.
We’ll meet for lunch at Sala Bai Hotel School
This afternoon - we have a very special Book Club event right on the hallowed Temple Grounds with our Author Kim Fay. She’ll give us Goosebumps as we walk through the pages of her latest novel ‘The Map of Lost Memories’.
Tonight we have dinner at our favorite spot in Siem Reap – our own Hotel – Heritage Suites.
Services included
Ø  Half day temple visit
Ø  Book club event with Author Kim Fay
Ø  Lunch at Sala Bai Hotel School
Ø  Dinner at Heritage Suites Restaurant.

Day 13 : Siem Reap (B L D)
Half day to explore the temples.
Services included
Ø  Half day temple visit
Ø  Lunch at Café de la Paix
Ø  Dinner at Abacus Restaurant Siem Reap
Ø  We’ll meet for lunch though – Café de la Paix- Tonight we have our Last supper together. We’ve kept the best for last! If that’s possible?
Ø  Research Discussion on Chef Johannes Riviere findings in relation to Cambodian Food with a dinner. Because it’s our last meal together.. it’s also a themed dinner… You’ll get notification of this theme well in advance.
Day 14 (9th May 2013): DEPARTURE (B)
Free until transfer to airport for departure. End of services

Hotel confirmed
Room type
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Premium Room
Three nights 
Life Heritage Resort Hoi An
Junior Suite Garden View
Three nights
Ana Mandara Villas & Spa
Villa Studio
Two nights
Ho Chi Minh City
Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel
Park Room
Two nights
Siem reap - Cambodia
Heritage Suites Siem Reap
Bungalow Suite
Three nights

Group size
Valid from 01 Oct 2011 to 30 May 2013
Price per person in USD/AU in party of
Sql Sup

Deluxe + Luxury
US$ 1648

Packaged Price Includes:
+ Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
+ Price quoted in Au of $4170 set (US$ rate fluctuates) 5.10.2012
+ All private transportation
+ Accommodation shared in Double/Twin room with daily breakfast
+ All domestic flights as per itinerary.
+ International air flight HCMC (Saigon) Vietnam to Siem Reap Cambodia only
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ Tissues and water on coach.
+ Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter.
+ Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
+ No extra charge after services confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Packaged Price Excludes:
+Tips and gratuities
+Meals not on itinerary
+Personal expenses - Laundry, personal telephone calls, beverages, etc
+International Flight – Tour starts in Hanoi and ends in Siem Reap
+Vietnam Visa stamp fee and entry fee ($25) two photographs.
+Cambodian Visa stamp fee ($25 plus minus)

1 comment:

  1. PS.. THIS TOUR DATE HAS CHANGED.. contact me for details if you're interested in new date!