Chef on the Road

As Vietnam Ambassador for luxury cruise and tour operator APT, celebrity chef Luke Nguyen is hosting two very special and intimate tours to Vietnam in 2014. Guests are invited to join him on APT's 20-day Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise, departing on either June 27,2014 or December 26, 2014, which comprises a 12 day land journey followed by an eight day luxury Mekong river cruise.
Highlights include the chance to spend two nights in Hanoi where Luke will take his group to visit a side-street food stall run by a local woman, her children and grandchildren, who share a tiny house down a nearby alley. The family wake early to prepare the traditional Vietnamese soup, Pho, in their home, before selling it on the street. Sample a bowl or enjoy an authentic Vietnamese coffee. Dinner is spent at a restaurant personally recommended by Luke.

The journey continues with a three-day cruise on World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay before heading to Hoi An for three nights and then on to Hue.In Hue, visit the Dong Thien Pagoda to enjoy an exclusive APT vegetarian lunch. Later visit the Ba Do family to watch and sample Hue's speciality - steamed glutinous rice flour cakes and dumplings.Then it's on to Saigon to wander through the neighbourhoods of the old town with Luke as a personal guide, looking into open homes and watching locals cook for their street food stalls. Visit the area where Luke's parents grew up and meet his extended family of aunts and uncles.
Guests will also attend a cooking class led by Luke at Xu Restaurant, followed by a degustation dinner with matching wines.
Finally, embark on a luxury river cruise aboard the RV AmaLotus from Vietnam to Cambodia. Enjoy an exclusive Vietnamese banquet personally designed by Luke and sail through, fishing villages and remote communities to Siem Reap, where guests will enjoy a champagne sunrise at Angkor Wat and the final days of this spectacular trip.
 Priced from AU$10,595 (US$9,293) per person twin share, included are 50 meals, an APT tour director and local guides, all tipping, airport transfers, sightseeing, porterage, flights within Vietnam and complimentary drinks throughout the Mekong cruise.

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