Culinary Journey of Vietnam and Cambodia
A taste of lemongrass, fish sauce & herbs bring the cuisine of this lush green country to life. Outside cultures have had a strong influence over Vietnam, from the Chinese and Khmer dynasties and, in particular, the French colonial rulers. Vietnam cuisine is influenced by China, in kitchen equipment & methods of preparation. French colonists who arrived to Vietnam in the 19th Century bought many influences that have enriched Vietnamese cuisine. The French also left Vietnam with an appreciation for baguettes, café au lait, icecream & beer. A classic example of a Vietnamese dish that mixes historical cultural influences with the local cuisine is the popular bánh mì.
Vietnam is made up of over 50 provinces. The cuisine of Vietnam is complex & distinctly local, the regions of Vietnam – the North, The South, Central & Dalat each have unique cuisines & dishes. The importance of Hanoi, on Vietnam’s culinary scene is unrivalled, and there is no better place to experience Vietnamese street food than Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Vietnamese cuisine reflects the concept of balancing five flavours – sweet, sour, salty, hot (spicy) & bitter. Meals are mostly shared dishes served all at once. A typical meal may include a soup, rice, a vegetable dish,grilled or steamed meats, fresh fruit and salad, all placed on the table at once.
The cuisine of Cambodia is one of Asia’s hidden treasures – whilst many say its a mixture of Vietnamese & Thai cuisines, this is wrong – Cambodian dishes are unique.
Fresh herbs, galangal, ginger & tamarind are in abundance in Cambodian cooking as is prahok, a fermented fish paste. In Cambodian cuisine, vegetable are most often the main ingredient. A typical Cambodian meal consists of a soup, salad, a fried dish & steamed rice, followed by tropical fruit or sweets. The cuisine of Cambodia was also influenced by the French colonists.
Small Group Tour of no more than 8 people
Hanoi – Lanh Ha Bay – Hue – Hoi An – Siem Reap – Battambang – Siem Reap
14 days/13 nights
- 2 nights accommodation in Hanoi – Apricot Hotel
- 1 night cruise Lanh Ha Bay – Heritage Line Ginger
- 2 nights accommodation in Hue – Azerai La Residence
- 2 nights accommodation in Hoi An – Anantara Hoi An
- 3 nights accommodation in Siem Reap – Shinta Mani Angkor
- 2 nights accommodation in Battambang – Maison Wat Kor
- 1 night accommodation in Siem Reap – Shinta Mani Angkor
- Breakfast daily at hotels
- Many lunches and dinners included at specially selected restaurants and culinary experiences
- All private transfers
- All activities included as per itinerary
- Entrance fees, sightseeing and touring with a local English speaking guide
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Boutique accommodation twin share. Single Supplements available.
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