Asia Travel News

Savor the flavors of Vietnam in Halong Bay

Vietnam tours are an excellent way to get out and experience a culture that is far removed from one's own. Though the natural landmarks, cultural sights and charming locals are a great way to get to know these new surroundings, the best way to experience this new and different locale is through the delectable food that can be found throughout the country. Though it may not have the reputation of other culinary destinations, the city of Halong Bay is home to a wealth of delicious eateries that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters in the group.

Cultural treats 

While one can easily find some of the more traditional Vietnamese dishes on a foodie's adventure through Halong Bay, vacationers would be remiss not to sample some of the regional delicacies that have put the city on the map.

One of the area's key dishes is steamed Tu Hai, a rare and expensive shellfish that is typically served as part of a soup or salad. Also known as snail sprout, this unique fish is sweet and cool, with a hint of the spice that many East Asian cuisines are known for. As this item is fairly rare, it may not be served at every restaurant – but if one is fortunate enough to find the delicacy on a menu, they could be pleasantly surprised by this local treat.

Don't forget to save room for dessert on your Vietnamese tour, as Halong Bay is also celebrated for its delectable Gat Gu cake. Unlike western pastries, Gat Gu is a steamed rice pancake made from rice flour that has a uniquely sweet taste that is quite fragrant when compared to more traditional desserts. The cake's name literally translates to "nodding repeatedly," so be sure to nod three times when presented with the Gat Gu, so as not to offend any of the locals.

Recommended Tours

Vietnam & Cambodia Signature

12 days from $3,768 pp*
Custom Private Tour
As the sun sets over the vast temple network of Angkor Wat, find yourself a bend in the ancient maze and soak up all the serene magic of this spiritual land.
More Info

Thailand Highlights

9 days from $2,736 pp*
Custom Private Tour
This customizable tour puts the must-sees of Thailand at your fingertips. From Cosmopolitan Bangkok and jungle elephant safaris to cooking classes, long-tailed boat rides and stunning beaches you'll be immersed in new experiences that reveal the magnificent culture and people of this land.
More Info

Highlights of China: Great Wall, Warriors, & Li River

9 days from $2,925 pp*
Custom Private Tour
Centuries fall away as you climb the Great Wall, look down upon the Terra Cotta Warriors, and cruise the serene waters of the Li River. Embark on this tour of China's must-see highlights with private guides at every stop.
More Info
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.
Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime Travel Leisure Award 2015