Update: 09:20 | 08/10/2018
The New York Times has named Vietnam among seven journeys ideal for a cultural exploration through its cuisine.
It has specifically mentioned a culinary tour along the Mekong River.
Sesbania sesban and mud carps sour soup is one of the most typical dishes eaten during the flooding season downstream in the Mekong Delta. Photo by VnExpress/Nam Chay.
The New York Times’ recommendation comes as food tourism emerges as a rising trend, prompting tour companies and cruise lines to organize tours led by accomplished chefs around the world.
The chefs serve as tour guides, introducing the quintessence of local cuisine and culture to guests.
A food tour along the Mekong River will take tourists to explore the quintessence of local cuisine and culture. Photo by VnExpress.
The APT travel group is launching a new food tour next month in Vietnam, led by Vietnamese-Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen.
The 14-day tour will take guests through the alleyways of Ho Chi Minh City to meet his relatives, visit their kitchens, and take a trip down to market stalls to buy ingredients, the New York Times said.
The highlight of the tour will be the chance to join the famous chef in cooking while sailing down the Mekong River.
The tour is scheduled to depart on November 30 and end on December 13. The tour price starts from $5,945 per person based on double occupancy.
Other food tours picked by the New York Times include journeys to explore Italian culture and cuisine on bikes, food and wildlife in South Africa, spices and teas in India and Sri Lanka, a cruise through Polynesia and a food tour on the Amazon.