Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure

Join a small group of like-minded foodies on a 12 day tour of Vietnam featuring an overnight sleeper train, domestic flight and lots of chances to cook and eat with local people.
Hanoi Halong Bay Hue Hoi An Ho Chi Minh City Mekong Delta
Price
US $2045US $1636ToUS $2275US $2210excluding flights
Duration
12 Days
Type
Small group
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Single supplement $240.
Offers
Up to US $450 off selected dates.
Late availability on these dates: 06 Feb, 06 Mar
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Description of Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure

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Price information

US $2045US $1636ToUS $2275US $2210excluding flights
Single supplement $240.
Make enquiry

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Vietnam small group
Vietnam delivers sensory overload at every turn. Dynamic cities where streets throng with scooters; the dreamy karst landscape of Halong Bay; diverse ...
Cooking & food holidays
Taste can trigger our most intense memories, like the bit of petite madeleine that instantly evoked a dreamy past in Proust's A La Recherche Du Temps ...

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2 Reviews of Vietnam small group vacation, a food adventure

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Reviewed on 10 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hoi An

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The boat in Halong Bay was not comfortable

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It's generally expensive for the quality of services offered. Some of the food included on the trip was of very cheap quality.

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Halong Bay on boat

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To travel with a trolley and not a backpack

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our guide was very careful with these benefits to locals

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic
I cant wait to do another one!

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. In addition, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

We encourage our travelers to reduce their excess waste using a reduce, re-use and recycle policy. We also in avoidance of animal cruelty never visit places known to use cruel practices in rearing and/or slaughtering of livestock. We also make sure that foods from the endangered species list are not served on the trip.

The Cuc Phuong National Park's conservation programs - we're currently supporting the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC), which has specialised breeding and holding facilities for more than 600 turtles representing around 15 of Vietnam’s 23 native species. In addition to providing educational activities and raising public awareness, a major focus of the TCC’s work involves training of wildlife protection officers. Finally the KOTO Saigon Training Centre provides training in life skills and hospitality to former street children. Trainees at the Saigon center will go on to work at KOTO's restaurant in the city (to open in 2011). Travelers may also visit the KOTO restaurant in Hanoi, which also provides training opportunities for disadvantaged youth and great food. We also support the non-profit organisation, the Nguyen Nga Centre (in Quy Nhon City) which offers education, training and work placement assistance for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities. We purchases embroidered 'say no to plastic' cloth shopping bags for our travelers and the income to the center helps to pay their rent.

People

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. On trips like this through Asia for example, dress standards are conservative, and we recommend loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly outside of the major cities.

We take care to use local transport throughout, including sleeper trains and boats. We stay in small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses. This trip includes a stay with local hosts in the Mekong Delta experiencing the unique way of life the region has to offer. You will help cook some local southern Vietnamese dishes before enjoying the feast and learning about the hosts and their agricultural life. We source produce locally throughout the trip, eat at local restaurants and encourage our travelers to purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team from the local community. This not only gives a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but it also puts valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

As a company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Projects supported in Vietnam are the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation which works throughout northern and central Vietnam with the most vulnerable children: street kids, children with disabilities, the rural poor and victims of trafficking. Their main aim is to help kids go to school or receive vocational training in an effort to help them find their way out of poverty. The Children's Hope in Action (CHIA) provides vital health and disability programs and educational services to vulnerable families in Hoi An and surrounding rural areas. CHIA’s holistic Special Education program facilitates the social, physical and intellectual development of children who have motor disabilities and little, or no intellectual impairment.

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