Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Travel With Luke Nguyen and Enjoy a Real Taste of Vietnam

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 27 June 2014 or 26 December 2014, which comprises a 12 day land journey followed by an eight day luxury Mekong river cruise.

Commenting on the forthcoming tours, Luke says, "I'm extremely proud of my Vietnamese heritage and the sacrifice my parents made to immigrate to Australia, where I've built a life for myself in Sydney as a chef and restaurant owner. And I'm genuinely grateful to have the opportunity to share my love for the land and my family. I very much hope my involvement serves to enhance what is a truly wonderful holiday experience."
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 $10,595 per person twin share or $13,445 per person solo, 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.
To find out more about APT's Vietnam and Cambodia luxury Mekong River Cruising and Land Journeys or to book the 20-day Luke Nguyen's Vietnam & Mekong River Cruise call 1300 196420 or see or see your local travel agent.

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