If you can say that food is love, then the Vietnamese are overflowing with it.


I have been in love with Vietnam and Vietnamese food for what seems like forever, so I can't wait to share with you 10 days and nights of the most unbelievably fresh and zingy food you have ever tasted. 

We start our tour in the north in Hanoi, where we spend three days finding out how to make rice paper and tofu, eating street food – which is a Hanoi specialty, learning how to cook at my friend's house and drinking the famous Hanoi fresh beer.

Then we fly to Hué for two nights, (which is like going from Paris to the South of France). Hué is the ancient Imperial Capitol of Vietnam and is all about intricate imperial cuisine, fabulous imperial sites and is a huge centre for Buddhism.

Next, we drive through the Marble Mountains to the town of Hoi An, one of the most exceptionally well preserved heritage towns in Vietnam and an absolute must-see. Here we spend two days shopping, cooking, fishing and soaking up the beautiful old town and market.

Lastly, we fly to Saigon for three nights of big city fun, this is where things get seriously rock n' roll. Our tour ends with a fabulous last-night extravaganza... brace yourselves!

For further info on Peta's Vietnam tour you can read her book
Noodle Pillows.

IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved and the temperatures are hot.

fishing trip on the river in hoi an

fishing trip on the river in hoi an

Join Peta and her gastronomads as they travel to Hanoi, Hué, Hoi An and Saigon sampling the delights of the zingy, clean, sophisticated flavours of Vietnam.

Tour details


Hanoi, Hué, Hoi An & Saigon

28 March – 7 April 2020


 NZD 8,750 per person
(based on twin share) 

This includes 10 nights accommodation, airport transfers on days 1 & 11, Peta and our local guide, internal flights & transport, cooking classes, guest chefs, entrances, all meals & wine with meals.

NZD 1,250 single supplement subject to availability.

Maximum of 12 guests.


In Hanoi we stay at
Hotel Metropole Hanoi

In Hué we stay at
Pilgrim Village Resort

In Hoi An we stay at
Hoi An Historic Hotel

In Saigon we stay at
The Myst Dong Khoi

About our tours

Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences. We travel initially to lose ourselves and next to find ourselves, because travel cracks us open and so pushes us over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.  

Behind every person and every household is a story of local traditions and daily life in villages and towns. Traditional food is about ancestral memories and looking back and holding on to old cultures – it is profoundly about identity.  Come with us and partake in the honesty, grace, generosity and fun that is a Peta Mathias tour. Suitable for fit and healthy gastronomic adventurers!

How lucky we were to be in a small intimate group with kind and knowledgable guides, a hostess with flair and where not once were we made to feel like marauding tourists. You can keep that recipe Peta.
— Robyn Williams, NZ
Thanks Peta for the chance to travel to Vietnam cook and meet you. Three things off my bucket list. An eye opener on how the Vietnamese live and grow their food - something we can learn from. Great company and thanks again for the wonderful adventure.
— Sylvia Rofe, NZ
I have really loved visiting such a vibrant and emerging country as Vietnam. Also to visit and see the people at their daily tasks with such patience. It has been great to be able to taste and generally experience their food scene. The experience was a great tour with a good balance of activities. Peta you are a joy and great facilitator
— Celia Smith, NZ
We wish to thank you for our fabulous trip to Vietnam. We had an amazing time and have been regaling everyone with our experiences. Looking forward to practicing the recipes and wishing we were back there.
— Rebecca Holmes, Wellington