"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.". ~ Mark Twain
Highlights from our Food & Friendship Tours to
Vietnam & Angkor Wat
September 30-October 16, 2024
Registration is now open for the 2024 tour. Price includes visas, accommodations, all shared meals, domestic flights within Vietnam and Cambodia,
activities, entry fees, transportation, cooking classes, overnight HaLong Bay cruise aboard Dragon's Pearl, and much more.
NOTE: Tour cost does not include trans-Pacific airfare from your home to Hanoi or the return flight from Bangkok.
Vietnam and Cambodia fascinate me like no other places on earth and I am thrilled to share some of what I have experienced and learned during the times I've spent there. Our small group explores the exotic flavors, colors, textures, and sites of Vietnam and Angkor Wat during the most pleasant time of year. The weather is mild ~ warm but not unbearably hot or humid. The tourist peak season starts November 1, so we avoid the worst of the tourist crush. Food is our main focus ~ its origins, flavors, production, preparation, and the people responsible for producing and creating it. A farm tour where we harvest the ingredients used in our cooking class, food-on-foot walking tours, market visits, off-the-tourist-track restaurants and cafes, and a motorbike Foodie tour at night (to areas not yet discovered by tourists) are included in the itinerary.
Local English-speaking guides unwrap the mysteries of the famous and not-so-famous sites, the nooks and crannies of Hanoi's Old Quarter, a rural village where rice paper is made entirely by hand, the mysterious Cu-Chi tunnels, ancient temples of the Angkor Wat complex, and more. An overnight cruise beyond Ha Long Bay to Bai Tu Long Bay aboard The Dragon's Pearl, a luxury wooden junk, takes us to places only reached by a select few.
We stay in charming boutique hotels in prime locations, near everything we want to see, yet quiet and comfortable. Accommodations offer Western amenities (including free Wi-Fi) enhanced by gracious Asian hospitality, plenty of fresh fruits, and good breakfasts.
What distinguishes this tour from every other Vietnam and Cambodia tour? First of all, we do not attempt to see and do everything that is on the typical "tourist trail". I hand-select the sights, activities, and experiences that I have found most interesting and worthwhile. We have an exciting itinerary that combines a variety of activities, events, opportunities, cultural exposure, and of course FOOD. (I have friends who are chefs, cooking instructors, and owners of restaurants and cooking schools in Vietnam.) We explore the historic town of Hoi An (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and surrounding countryside by bicycle.The schedule is designed to allow some "breathing space" - time for writing, reflection, shopping, photography, massages, and processing what we are experiencing.
In Cambodia, spectacular sunrises, apsara dancers, night markets, acrobats, and awe-inspiring ancient temples wrapped in tangled roots of gigantic trees await us. We may also spend time with kids at an open-air school under a stilt house along the river, where they are learning English.
Best of all, it is my privilege to introduce my travel-mates to some of my amazing (yes, amazing) Vietnamese and Cambodian friends who continue to enlighten, enhance, and enrich my life.
Please join me on this marvelous one-of-a-kind adventure! Aloha,
"Thank you for giving me the greatest trip of a lifetime!"
Explore * Learn * Share * Enjoy
"It was a wonderful Food & Friendship tour. Your itinerary was outstanding in every aspect."
FYI: This is NOT strictly a vegan or vegetarian food tour. Although Vietnamese and all Southeast Asian cuisines feature plenty of vegetables and herbs, almost all the dressings, dips, and sauces contain a bit of fish sauce. Also, many foods are fried in peanut oil, and peanuts are added to many dishes. If you are a very strict vegetarian or allergic to seafood or peanuts, this tour will not be able to accommodate your needs. Tour dates: September 30 - October 16, 2024. The requirements for this trip include a sense of adventure, willingness to try new things, common sense, an open mind, ability to climb steep stairs and walk on uneven surfaces unassisted, ability to carry all your own bags unassisted, flexible attitude, respect for the host country and your travel-mates, curiosity and a cheerful spirit. This tour is not suitable for asthmatics or people with respiratory issues, due to possibility of poor air quality in some cities. Email email@example.com for details of our proposed 2024 tour.
Please join me September 30-October 16, 2024 for another personalized, participatory travel experience in Vietnam and Cambodia!
Requirements: Proof of COVID vaccination, an open mind and heart, curiosity, respect (for each other, the culture, and the places and people we are visiting), reasonable physical fitness level, cheerful attitude, common sense, a love of learning, ability to walk distances unassisted on stairs and uneven surfaces, attentiveness, promptness, flexibility, willingness to try new things (including foods and activities), and ability to carry your own bags unassisted. Group size: max 7. Cost: only $7000 USD/pp (double occupancy), $7500(single occupancy). Includes visas for Vietnam and Cambodia, all shared meals, cooking classes, excursions, ground transportation, activities, accommodations, entry fees, over-night cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay, and more. Not included: Trans-Pacific airfare (from your home to Hanoi, returning home from Bangkok), wine, hard liquor, Starbucks, personal services (laundry, massage, pedicure, etc.). Deposit of $1000 USD (PayPal, check, Visa, MC) secures your spot. Contact Rebecca to reserve your space on this unique tour.