(Bangkok, Chiang Mai)
(Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City)
Pamper your palate with this exotic gourmet culinary tour of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. A fascinating blend of diverse cultures, explore the historical highlights and hotspots of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap with the comfort of expert private guide. Learn about the cultural significance and time-honoured traditions behind the diverse cuisines of each delicious destination. Participate in a variety of cooking lessons, explore exotic food stalls with local experts, fish in Hoi An - then cook your catch, shop South East Asia’s diverse market scene, pilgrimage ancient temples and much more. This appetizing adventure features tasty cafes, fabulous restaurants, award winning chefs, inspiring art and stunning tropical beaches. Enjoy the city, countryside and all the delicious culinary and cultural highlights of South East Asia – Active and appetizing, this adventure is sure to please!
Upon arrival, a representative will escort you through a special fast track service. Avoid the potentially long queues at the immigration counter with an exclusive immigration fast track service.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle and English speaking guide.
Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern metropolis, full of expressways, massive department stores and skyscrapers. But there is a more hidden side, which clearly shows the origins of a people who still believe in traditions from years gone by. You will be picked up by your guide at 7:00 am to go on a special walking tour to explore the hidden sights of the Old Town of Bangkok. From the Giant Swing via the prison park you will wander through small alleys, encounter wooden houses, guardian spirit signs, fresh markets and more. At the city pillar and amulet market, you will learn more about the ancient superstitions. The tour ends with a local lunch at a riverside restaurant before returning to your hotel.
This Chinatown tour brings you to discover sophisticated flavors of Bangkok’s 200 year old district that is filled with rich ethnic traditions and delicious food. During the tour, you will explore on foot and taste local cuisines from 7 famous eateries, ranging from street food vendors to renowned fine dining restaurants. Between each tasting location, you will have behind the scenes detours that will give you a closer look at this unique neighborhood. You will meet the food bazaar’s lively characters, hearing its memorable stories and visiting religious and cultural landmarks.
Start the day with an early pick up at 7:00 am, for a full day excursion to see the hidden gems around Bangkok. Board a long-tail boat up the Mae Klong River and stop at Wat Bang Kung to explore a small chapel completely enclosed within the roots of a banyan tree. You will visit King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum, housing art objects of the 18th century in four buildings that feature classical Thai architecture. Next is the Amphawa floating market, which is frequented almost exclusively by Thais. Locals congregate to buy and sell everything from cooking pots to fresh flowers to windup toys. The area around the market features open-air restaurants and canals full of colorful boats. Afterwards, return to Bangkok arriving at your hotel around 7:00 pm.
Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.
This evening spend time at leisure or relax at your hotel.
Depart your hotel with your guide early in order to arrive for 6:30 a.m. at the Chiang Mai Gate Market, a traditional fresh-foods market. Sample some typical Thai snacks with the assistance of your guide. You will also see the monks making their alms rounds. Return to your hotel for a relaxed breakfast before taking a “songtaew” to the riverfront Worarot Market. From the market, continue on to Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, where you will go on by “Samlor,” or rickshaw. You have the opportunity to stop at Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh where you can meet an English-speaking monk. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
In the afternoon, you will be picked up at 1:00 pm for a half day group program at Patara Elephant Farm. At the camp, you will be briefed on the history of the domestic elephant in Thailand. Next, you will begin your training session by hiking into the jungle to find elephants in the bush. You will start with feeding and taking care of your elephant. You will then unchain and walk your elephant to the river to bathe her. You will be taught different techniques for getting on the elephant along with basic riding skills and spoken commands for elephants. In the late afternoon, ride to a waterfall for a picnic lunch and have a chance to cool off in the falls with your elephant. In the evening, you will ride back to the camp for the elephants’ daily evening feeding. Following the feeding, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
A 15 minute drive out of Chiang Mai leads you to a traditional Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a way now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. Use traditional home recipes with authentic Northern Thai flavors that are different from standard dishes offered in commercial cooking classes. Select fresh ingredients from the garden to add to today’s cooking extravaganza. Take full advantage of the opportunity to get to know a real Thai family; be their houseguest for the day and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with them.
Fly from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
Fly from Bangkok to Hanoi, Vietnam. Flight time is approximately 2 hours.
Welcome to Vietnam! Please be sure that your visa has been pre-arranged, or that your visa-on-arrival letter is in your carry-on luggage. These documents will be presented to customs at your first point of entry into the country.
Take in the city sounds and the amazing surrounding of the Wild Lotus Restaurant. This restaurant is decorated with lotus ponds and waterfalls and is housed inside an old French building. The ambience is upscale Asian chic, with a bouquet of lotuses on every table, wooden furniture, and original art pieces embellish the walls, featuring established Vietnamese artists like Vo Van Long.
Daniel, your guide and chef, will meet you in the morning at your hotel with a private vehicle and driver. Start the tour with a typical Vietnamese breakfast. During breakfast, Daniel will give an overview of the Vietnamese food scene, particularly in Hanoi, and discuss the upcoming day’s activities. Then, drive to either the Hôm market or Châu Long market to learn about and taste some of the ingredients used in the local cuisine and to watch the buying and selling rituals of a Vietnamese market. Daniel will introduce you to some of the vendors, explain about the ingredients for sale, and assist you with purchasing items to take home. Mid-morning, enjoy a Vietnamese Cà Phê (coffee) or Trà (tea) with the locals at one of Daniel’s favourite sidewalk cafés, in the historic French Quarter. Drive (or walk) to Trúc Bạch Lake for a snack of Phở Cuốn, a grilled beef and rice noodle roll with fresh herbs and dipping sauce, along with several other favourite local snacks. Visit another neighbourhood market or one of Hanoi’s iconic treasures like the Temple of Literature. Lunch with Daniel will be at one of Hanoi’s Bún Chả establishments, to enjoy traditional grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs, greens, and crispy spring rolls (Nem Ràn) like true Hanoians. A final stop will be made at one of Hanoi’s renowned Bia Hoi, where they serve fresh draft beer and tasty snacks. Daniel will also give you some recommendations as to dining around Hanoi and the rest of the country.
Fly from Hanoi to Danang. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Transfer from Danang to Hoi An with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 40 minutes.
You will be picked up at your hotel by private car with an English speaking guide and taken on a city tour to visit the ancient architecture of Hoi An. The city is a fascinating combination of Vietnamese traditional characters with Chinese and Japanese influence. There are plenty to see in this delightful town, some of which are the famous Japanese Covered Bridges, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tamky House, the Chua Ong Pagoda, and the vibrant market.
Enjoy this private guided tour to CamKim Fishing Village. Here you will see the sights along the river and learn how to fish with the traditional methods of the Mekong. You will be instructed how to row a boat, spread a net, and catch fish. Afterwards head to a local restaurant and prepare your catch. Return to Cua Dai to take photographs and watch the sunset or to go to the Bay Mau coconut forest in the Thuan Tinh eco- tourism zone.
Experience Hoi An’s rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine, and wonderful people. This morning your local guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Hoi An and take you on a walking tour around the town for some food tasting and sightseeing. The tour will lead you off the beaten path to get a unique glimpse of the daily life in this lovely city. This Street-Food tour focuses on the unique local specialties of Hoi An. During the four hours of touring, you will sample 10 different dishes, while your guide provides fun insights and anecdotes on food culture and local traditions. All food stalls or restaurants use sanitary cooking practices and fresh ingredients. During the tour, you will also discover unforgettable cultural and historical attractions.
Transfer from Hoi An to Danang with with a private vehicle, driver, and English speaking guide. The transfer is approximately 40 minutes.
Fly from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City. Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
You will be picked up by private car with an English speaking guide and transferred to the Mandarin Restaurant that offers a great Vietnamese menu. The restaurant is located on a quiet side street between busy Le Than Thon and the river, cross the threshold at Mandarin and then you enter a quaint, elegant oasis that will have you forgetting the seething city outside. Decor is an upscale Chinese motif with timber beams, fine Chinese screen paintings, and artwork on two open-plan floors. It's plush but not stuffy, and you'll feel comfortable in casual clothes or a suit.
Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.
This morning, you will tour the local market with a Khmer Chef to select the ingredients for today's cooking class. This is followed by a cooking demonstration and activities organized by the Chef and his team. You will have a choice of a 3-course Khmer set menu to cook (starter, main course, and dessert). At the conclusion of the cooking class, participants will enjoy a food tasting and their meal..
Your tour of Angkor Wat by bicycle begins with meeting your guide at your hotel to pick up your bicycle for a full-day of sightseeing. In the morning visit the South Gate of the Angkor Thom, Bayon temple complex, and the Takeo and Ta Prohm temples. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch continue to visit and explore Angkor, visit the Angkor Wat complex and enjoy watching the sunset on Phnom Bakheng. After exploring Angkor Wat, returm to the hotel to continue on with your evening.
Welcome to the Ariyasom Villa located in the heart of Bangkok – step back in time to a more leisurely lifestyle. The villa was built in 1942 and is still in the hands of the original family who built it. With beautifully appointed rooms and suites, Na Aroon Restaurant, room service, swimming pool, spa, library, and meditation hall makes them well equipped to look after guests while they stay in the "City of Angels".
Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property that nestles in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from the magnificent 200 year old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the guest rooms and suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility, the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond.
The Silk Path is located in the heart of the charming old quarter of Hanoi, which has countless tourist attractions, government and diplomatic institutions, as well as proximity to the business district of the city. With the hotel's 106 well-appointed exclusively designed rooms and suites, it is no surprise that Silk Hotel is a preference choice of a traveler. The hotel has a 2 level restaurant with private dining rooms, a unique bar, and a fitness center and sauna. Silk Path Hotel guarantees a comfortable stay with all luxury amenities within reach.
At Anantara Hoi An Resort experience an idyllic blend of riverside relaxation in Anantara luxury, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, and beautiful beach life just a short bicycle or boat ride away. Scenically positioned on the banks of the Thu Bon River, Anantara Hoi An Resort is a charming boutique retreat in the historic port town of Hoi An. Designed with French, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese influences that reveal Hoi An’s fascinating cultural diversity, split level rooms and suites open onto porches with comfortable daybeds, overlooking the river or a garden courtyard. Delve into Vietnamese culture with language, savour authentic local dishes and popular world flavours in elegant and casual settings beside the river. Meet up at the heritage inspired wine bar for an atmospheric view of Hoi An’s street life or laze by the pool and let the staff bring an exotic cocktail to your sun bed.
The Renaissance Riverside is located in the heart of Saigon's business district, the Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon offers first-class hospitality, comfortable rooms and modern amenities. After a long day, relax at the poolside terrace or enjoy a leisurely dinner at Kabin, known as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in the city. Take a dip in the rooftop pool and visit the Health Club for an invigorating workout with the latest gym equipment. Otherwise, simply enjoy the incredible views of the Saigon River and stroll to museums, galleries and other area attractions. You’ll find that the hotel’s central location, panoramic views and impeccable service makes this the ideal place to stay while visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
The Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa provides a sense of serenity with the nostalgic comfort and elegant refinement of the French Art de Vivre in the heart of Siem Reap. The building's graceful colonial architecture of the 1930's provides a sense of peaceful tranquility. The hotel is located within close proximity to World Heritage listed Angkor Temples, the quaint old market town of Siem Reap, and the international airport. Featuring a Victorian touch, air conditioned rooms and suites come with dark furnishings, all with private balcony facing the pool, tropical garden or the Royal Park. International, Asian, and local Khmer dishes are served at L'Escale restaurant, while Le Bistrot de Siem Reap presents modern French gastronomy, complemented by the finest wines. L'Explorateur Bar and Le Pool Deck feature light meals, exquisite cocktails, and refreshing beverages. Surrounded by tropical garden, the hotel houses a magnificent outdoor saltwater pool with a spa tub. Relaxing massages, facial and body treatments are available at the Victoria Spa.
Maynard Fossum ,
December 12, 2014
"My trip to China proved to be an outstanding experience. Each location provided excellent learning and entertainment opportunities. The country was very impressive both in its deep history and in the huge modernization that has taken place in recent decades. The tour guides at each location were well informed and able to answer questions while also offering detailed information at all sites. It was a pleasure to be so well taken care of. The guides and drivers were always helpful. The meals on the tour were delicious and varied. I was pleased with the choice of restaurants. The hotels were comfortable and well located. I will recommend Kensington Tours. "
December 12, 2014
"I was a bit nervous about visiting Myanmar. Thanks to the outstanding help and planning via Kensington Tours, everything went off without a hitch!! It was a fantastic experience, that I would recommend to anyone with a spirit of adventure. "
Craig Gelman ,
December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent. "
Ruth Reinhard ,
December 12, 2014
"The trip was fantastic!!!Each guide and driver gave us so much information and were so helpful. They made sure that they took good care of our well being and requests. My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? He said if he can go with Kensington then he will go anyplace. Thanks for making our trip to China a memorable experience."
SixtoCastenada Jr. ,
December 12, 2014
"100% satisfied! We had a wonderful trip. Our travel adviser, Tony Newman put together a tour that included everywhere we wanted to visit and within our very limited time frame. Conrad, who booked our transportation was very professional. The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!"
December 12, 2014
"We were so impressed with all aspects of the trip that Kensington arranged for us - even at short notice. The itinerary was perfectly planned, full of extra activities like riding an elephant and a water buffalo cart ride. The guides were wonderful in all the places we went and the travel was easy between locations. Vietnam is a wonderful destination and Angkor Wat is amazing too. We loved the overnight on the boat in Halong Bay and the train ride to Sapa. The day we spent trekking between indigenous villages in the mountains of Sapa was one of the most interesting days of my life! We have travelled a lot and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."
Olive Ramchand ,
June 03, 2014
"I have to admit, this was the BEST vacation I ever had. The tour was nothing less than Fantastic! The hotels were great, the guides were great, the transportation was great, the places were great, the people were great, the food was great and last but not least China, itself was out of this world. I'm so glad I booked this tour and would recommend this to anyone. Thanks so much for all your help, your interest and your recommendations. Steve in China was so attentive, he called constantly to make sure everything was fine. We really had a fabulous time and even my jaded husband who normally only seems to care about where the nearest golf course is, was impressed and had a wonderful time.
Thanks again, and unto the next vacation (although I don't know how we would top this one!!)
Jeanne Tarvin ,
April 21, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. It all started with the planning. Kathryn graciously accommodated our tight schedule and multiple needs, including a mid-trip change in plans. The tour guides and drivers were all great and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations and meals were fantastic. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"
January 15, 2014
"We just returned on Monday from our wonderful trip to South Korea, Bangkok and Phuket. I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in planning our tours and adventures. Everything was spot on, from our arrivals at the airports, to the guides and the tours. I would not hesitate to recommend you and your company. It was truly a wonderful vacation. Thank you again.
Bob Feldman ,
November 19, 2013
"I wanted to let you know that our trip to China was great! Everybody enjoyed themselves. When planning a trip I am always concerned about the itinerary, the vehicles and the guides. All 3 of these were great. The guides were particularly good and in this case really made the trip a pleasure. Overall a great trip. Thanks for all you did."
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