The late chef, TV host, and explorer Anthony Bourdain said that Vietnam changed his life, and this Bourdain-inspired food tour might change yours. Called “A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain: Taste of Vietnam,” the tour will take guests through all the sights and food that were featured in Bourdain’s visit.
The tour is organized by Exotic Voyages, a Vietnam-based tour company, and is led by Diep Nguyen, who actually worked on Bourdain’s 2016 Parts Unknown episode that featured Vietnam. Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, the tour will span 14 days and 13 nights, and take guests through nine different cities, from Saigon to Da Lut, Hue, and Ha Long Bay.
Travelers will be greeted on the first night with a welcome clay pot rice dinner at the Com Nieu Saigon restaurant, which was one of Bourdain’s stops in Vietnam. The next day, after checking out Saigon’s Chinatown and having lunch at the famous Lunch Lady restaurant, you’ll attend an acrobat show at the Opera House. On day three, you’ll leave for Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta (also known as the “green Venice” of Vietnam), where you’ll cruise along the Chet Say River. Once you arrive in Hanoi (day 10), you’ll dine at the same restaurant where Bourdain broke bread with Barack Obama — a meal that includes bun cha, a Hanoian noodle specialty. You’ll also, obviously, be eating a ton of street food.
Other highlights of the tour include exploring the well-preserved ancient, UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, checking out the seven-story Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue, and taking a scooter tour through Phung Hung street in Hanoi, famous for its beautiful mural paintings.
Tours start at $3,755 per person. For more details on how to follow in Bourdain’s footsteps in Vietnam, check out the tour itinerary.
H/T: Lonely Planet