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Vietnam Food & Wine Holidays

Food & Wine Holidays in Vietnam

Introduction

Shaped by geographical and foreign influence, the food in Vietnam is not only exciting but diverse, distinct and delicious. Chinese, French and American influences mean every dish you try offers you something unique. And, as you explore, pay attention to the regional variance in flavours – the food in the north is often less spicy than in other regions due to the effects of a colder climate on production and availability of spices. Be sure to start your day with a strong Vietnamese coffee, too, to wake you up ready for the day ahead.

Taste sensational street food

The street food in Vietnam is delicious and ideal for those with an adventurous palette. Take a Vespa street food focused tour in Saigon and sample delicacies such as grilled mussels with peanuts and chilli, char lua and battered frogs legs. Hanoi is said to be the birthplace of pho – an aromatic and delicious noodle soup also referred to as ‘Vietnam in a bowl’. And, along the Mekong Delta, the floating markets offer an original way of eating, serving and trading food, directly from the boat.

A bowl of Vietnamese pho with chopsticks
Vietnamese pho

Learn from the experts

Cooking classes are an excellent way of familiarising yourself with authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Perhaps partake in a lesson at the cookery school in Hoi An – originally built as a trading port by the Japanese for spices, it continues to be a culinary hub today. With the guidance of a local chef, you'll explore the food markets along the banks of the river to select the freshest of ingredients, and learn how to turn them into authentic Vietnamese dishes. Round off your day with a rice wine – or, if you’re daring, a glass of snake wine.

Little pancakes at a Vietnamese cooking class
Vietnamese cooking class

Experience colonial history

Head to the Saigon Saigon bar on top of the Caravelle Hotel to enjoy an ice-cold drink with spectacular views of the city below, before enjoying a multi-course meal at one of its fine dining restaurants, accompanied by world-class wines. Vietnam’s colonial past means that French wine – as well as the traditional rice wine – can be found in abundance. Square One restaurant at the Park Hyatt Saigon also has one of the best wine menus in the city.

Dining at the Caravelle Hotel
Caravelle Hotel, Ho Chi Minh

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Our top itineraries for Vietnam Food & Wine Holidays

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

17-day tailor-made holiday from £3,240 pp incl. flights

From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.

Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay

Highlights of Vietnam

12-day tailor-made holiday from £2,995 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Lan Ha Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Aqua Mekong Exterior View, South Vietnam & Mekong

Aqua Mekong River Cruise

14-day tailor-made holiday from £5,480 pp incl. flights

Either side of a luxurious cruise along the Mekong River, enjoy private touring and luxury stays among Angkor Wat’s world wonders, Saigon’s colonial beauty and Phnom Penh’s glittering palaces.

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