Enjoy a cooking class hosted by Luke at his cooking studio, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, in Ho Chi Minh City.
At Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam House in Ho Chi Minh City, be treated to a dinner personally designed by Luke for APT guests.
Witness the beauty of Cambodia’s World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat with a drink in hand as the sun rises over the temple.
Designed Exclusively for APT guests
These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises
Vietnamese cuisine related experiences with celebrity chef and APT Ambassador, Luke Nguyen
Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories
Choose from a variety of included dining options sure to tantalise the tastebuds of every guest
Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) today, you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury hotel to begin your exciting journey.
Stay: Three Nights, Ho Chi Minh City, Park Hyatt SaigonDaily :
Later tonight, head to Luke’s own restaurant Vietnam House, for a special dinner menu created by Luke Nguyen.
Meet APT Ambassador Luke Nguyen this morning. He’ll then guide you through the bustling streets of Old Saigon where you’ll wander the atmospheric neighbourhoods. Dodge swarms of motorbikes as they whirl amid the bustling streets. During the walk, you’ll also visit the area in which Luke’s parents grew up and meet his extended family of aunties and uncles.
Enjoy an exclusive cooking class with Luke at his culinary school, GRAIN by Luke Nguyen, where you’ll learn how to prepare some of his favourite Vietnamese dishes.
Embark on a special Luke Nguyen Signature Experience this morning. After, visit GRAIN by Luke Nguyen for another exclusive experience. The day is tied off with a delicious and exclusive dinner at Vietnam House.Daily :
Today you are able to select one of two fascinating Signature Experiences. Perhaps journey to Ba Ria and learn about the Battle of Long Tan. Afterwards, attend a memorial service at Long Tan Cross. Alternatively, visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an incredible tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters during the war.
Back in Ho Chi Minh City, enjoy dinner at a restaurant personally selected by Luke.
This morning, you have the choice between two equally fascinating Signature Experiences. Then following afternoon of leisure time, a special Luke Nguyen Signature Experience awaits at dinner.Daily :
Perhaps enjoy a walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City, taking in the charming French colonial architecture as you visit the Reunification Palace and the Central Post Office. You might like to jump on the back of a motorbike and tour the city or visit the Ky Long Art Villa to learn the techniques of Vietnamese lacquer art and see active artist workshops. Alternatively, join a shopping tour.
Tonight, enjoy an exclusive Luke Nguyen Vietnamese dinner on board your river ship.
Explore the exciting Vietnamese city, Ho Chi Minh City, on one of our Freedom of Choice activities. Later, transfer to My Tho to embark your luxury river ship where you’ll enjoy a Luke Nguyen Signature Experience for dinner.
Stay: Seven Nights, Mekong River, APT’s RV AmaLotusDaily :
A local boat will take you to the river-land town of Cai Be today. Step ashore to visit the French Gothic cathedral and colourful port area, which is filled with colonial buildings and delightful flower gardens. Afterwards, visit a rice paper manufacturer then enjoy lunch back on board as your ship cruises towards the quaint town of Sa Dec. This is where French writer Marguerite Duras met her Vietnamese-Chinese lover, Huynh Thuy Le. On arrival, tour Huynh Thuy Le’s old house and learn the story behind Duras’ best-selling novel, The Lover. Later, visit a colourful Cao Dai temple, watching visitors and pilgrims come and go as they worship and appreciate the artistry of the building.Daily :
This afternoon, take part in an exclusive ‘Get to Know Luke’ session, where APT’s Ambassador will discuss fascinating details of his background and passion for food while border formalities are carried out and you cross into Cambodia.
After a breakfast on your ship, disembark and transfer to a small boat for a journey along the tiny tributaries that snake around Tan Chau. Cruise past a floating fish farm, then step ashore for a rickshaw tour. Ride past shops, rice wine rooms and friendly locals eager to say hello. Later, step back in time during a visit to Evergreen Island as you observe traditional rural Mekong life. Enjoy a delicious dinner later this evening and cross into Cambodia towards the capital.Daily :
Choose your sightseeing activity today.
This morning presents a wealth of included sightseeing choices. Experience some of Cambodia’s sobering history with a moving excursion to the infamous Killing Fields. Afterwards, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, located on the site of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21). Otherwise, discover Phnom Penh on a tuk tuk ride past the railway station and the city’s namesake, Wat Phnom. You will also stop to haggle for a bargain at the Central Market. History buffs can embark on a visit to the National Museum or explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. After lunch back on board, the afternoon is yours at leisure to further explore.Daily :
Today, journey to historic Oudong, which was Cambodia’s fascinating royal capital from 1618 until 1866. During your time here, you’ll pay a visit to a monastery for a Buddhist blessing experience with local monks. On the way back to Phnom Penh, take a leisurely stroll through the village of Koh Chen and perhaps visit some home workshops that manufacture copperware. You also have the option to ride an ox cart, where you’ll meet your ship in Kampong Tralach. Later, your ship glides along the lush banks of the Mekong to Oknha Tey, which renowned for its silk manufacturing traditions, preserved over centuries. Here, gain an insight into the traditional silk weaving process. After, return to your river ship to relax before enjoying delicious onboard dining tonight.Daily :
Join a walking discovery of Angkor Ban, one of the few villages in Cambodia that was not destroyed under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. Here, people still live in traditional wooden homes and keep ancient cultural traditions alive. Continuing cruising towards Siem Reap this afternoon, enjoy some time at leisure on board. Perhaps go for a dip in the pool, or kick back on the Sun Deck with a good book.Daily :
If you are feeling active this morning, perhaps set out on a walk to the hilltop pagoda of Wat Hanchey. From here, enjoy views over the Mekong, making it well worth the climb. You’ll find many temples, pagodas and stupas, some dating back to the 8th century. Lunch is back on board, before taking a tuk tuk to explore the island of Koh Pen with its wooden stilt houses and local farming culture. On your ship this evening, toast the end of your cruise during a final farewell dinner.Daily :
Enjoy dinner at your choice of restaurants.
Today, disembark at Kampong Cham and transfer to your hotel. Then, head to World Heritage-listed Angkor Archaeological Park to visit Angkor Thom and the 12th-century temple, Bayon. In Siem Reap tonight, dine in one of the local restaurants tonight.
Stay: Three Nights, Siem Reap, Hotel Sofitel AngkorDaily :
Rise early this morning and travel to the Angkor Archaeological Park to enjoy a special sunrise experience at Angkor Wat with drink in hand.
After your Signature Experience at Angkor Wat, enjoy a guided tour of the impressive temple, the best-preserved temple of Angkor and said to be the world’s largest single religious monument. Afterwards, return to your hotel for breakfast and some time at leisure. This afternoon, you’ll explore the intriguing temple of Ta Prohm, a World Heritage-listed site famous for its bewildering intertwined trees. Later, visit ‘Opportunities of Development thru Art’ (ODA), a Siem Reap organisation that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged children. A free evening in the city then gives you the chance to step out and explore the local dining scene at your leisure. Your APT Tour Director can point you in the direction of some fantastic restaurants.Daily :
Perhaps visit the temple of Wat Preah Prom Rath and participate in a Buddhist blessing; enjoy an exciting tuk tuk ride to the Senteurs d’Angkor workshop, where you can shop for local handmade crafts; participate in a fun Apsara dance class; take off on a thrilling quad bike adventure; enjoy a leisurely bicycle tour across the Cambodian countryside; take a horse and cart ride; partake in a traditional Khmer cooking class; go on a shopping adventure; or perhaps indulge in a relaxing spa treatment.
Embark on your selected sightseeing activity. Afterwards, with the afternoon at leisure, you might like to step out to explore the city independently. Tonight before your Farewell Dinner, enjoy a traditional Apsara dance performance, a dance that was once reserved for the royal family’s entertainment, and tells an interesting tale.Daily :
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Siem Reap this morning. Take the time to chat to fellow travellers about the adventures you have just been through, and memories you now share. Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
We go to great lengths to ensure the hotels selected throughout Asia deliver a luxury experience on every level.
Luke will escort guests on this unique gastronomic holiday, offering an authentic look at the region through his eyes.
You could not ask for a better ambassador than Luke Nguyen. He is a very down-to-earth person, who shares his enthusiasm and love of food, and Vietnam.