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) where we stay in an exquisite Art Deco La Residence hotel. 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 Hai Van tunnel and through the Marble Mountains to the town of Hoi An, one of the most exceptionally well preserved heritage towns in Vietnam. Here we spend two days shopping, cooking and visiting 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 should be of a reasonable level of fitness with no mobility issues.

hanging lanterns in hoi an

hanging lanterns in hoi an

Tour details


Hanoi, Hué, Hoi An & Saigon

1 – 11 April


Hanoi, Hué, Hoi An & Saigon

31 March – 10 April



 NZD 7,750 per person
(based on twin share) 

This includes 10 nights accommodation, internal flights & transport, cooking classes, visits, guest chefs, restaurants, all meals & wine with meals.  ($1000 single supplement subject to availability).

Maximum of 14 guests.


In Hanoi we stay at
Hotel Metropole Hanoi

In Hué we stay at
La Residence Hué

In Hoi An we stay at
Ha An Hotel

In Saigon we stay at
Grand Hotel Saigon

About our tours

My mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences, far from the well-trodden tourist circuits and into the homes, restaurants and kitchens of people with real food soul.

We sample everything, from the chic to the humble because... variety is the spice of life!  As usual the most difficult task has been to choose between all those delicious recipes... those tempting wines... those magical interiors... those overflowing markets... Someone's got to do it - why not you?  I hope you can join us.