The “Taste of Indochina” tour promises an unforgettable exploration of the rich cultures and cuisines across multiple countries. Starting in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, this remarkable 19-day journey delves into the heart of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta, and Thailand, offering a fusion of enchanting experiences and delectable delights.
A Cambodia-Vietnam Culinary Voyage
Prepare your tastebuds for a culinary voyage along the Mekong as you are transported back to a bygone era aboard the art-deco inspired Jayavarman, a ship oozing with colonial charm and culinary delights served in its impressive Indochine Dining Hall.
You can look forward to delectable Vietnamese and Cambodian classic dishes savored amid its warm classical ambiance, while also taking advantage of the luxurious jacuzzi pool located on the top sun deck, offering fabulous views of the passing delta, or you can indulge yourself with a relaxing foot massage or a romantic Asian spa treatment for two at the Apsara Beauty & Wellness Spa.
In Vietnam’s vibrant Saigon, guests will be captivated by a traditional dance performance and dinner at a meticulously restored villa once owned by the US Ambassador. The city’s dynamic character unfolds during a city highlights tour, revealing its colonial-era charm, historic landmarks, and bustling streets. A unique evening awaits as vintage Vespas take travelers on a delightful street food adventure through Saigon after dark.
The next day, the Mekong Delta beckons with its allure of verdant rice paddies and lush fruit farms. Guests venture to Ben Tre, exploring local culture and partaking in a heartwarming sticky rice-making experience. A motorboat journey leads to narrow canals and traditional cottages before indulging in a sumptuous lunch of Mekong Delta specialties.
The journey then leads to Hue, once the imperial capital of Vietnam. Hue’s grandeur is showcased through cyclo rides, a visit to the iconic Imperial Citadel, and serene pagodas. As evening descends, Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant promises a memorable dinner.
A Taste of Thailand
A flight transports guests to the cultural haven of Bangkok, Thailand, where iconic landmarks and flavors abound. A progressive dinner presents a culinary exploration of Bangkok’s diverse cuisine. The next day immerses travelers in the vibrant chaos of the Maeklong Railway Market and the iconic Damnoen Saduak floating market. Delightful Thai meals await, showcasing the essence of the city’s gastronomic wonders.
In the ancient city of Chiang Mai, renowned chef Andy Ricker accompanies guests on a food tour, uncovering local delicacies and traditions. A fascinating visit to the Thai Elephant Home and the Araksa Tea Garden offers an immersive encounter with elephants and an appreciation of the tea-making process.
Finally, Phuket beckons with its pristine beaches and stunning islands. The Phi Phi Islands tour unveils breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and a visit to Maya Bay of “The Beach” fame. Culinary delights continue with a historical culinary tour in Phuket Town and a sumptuous lunch at the Saii Phi Phi Resort.
Leaving guests with unforgettable memories and a profound appreciation for the vibrant cultures, scenic landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisines of Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Mekong Delta, this extraordinary journey across Southeast Asia’s culinary capitals offers an exceptional blend of history, flavors, and adventures, creating an indelible experience for the tastebuds and all the senses.