IF you want to know and, more importantly, to understand, kitchen SOUTHEAST ASIA, BETTER reservation table in the restaurant, A cabin on the ship.

Every self-respecting foodie obliged at least once in their lives to be in Southeast Asia. Pho soup, sandwiches of the ban, fish amok in cups of banana leaves — not all, for what it is worth to visit. And there is no better way to learn this region than to go on a cruise on the Mekong River, the largest in Indochina, such as Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam Cambodian Phnom Penh. In seven days’ journey on the gastronomic paradise, you will take part in cooking classes on board and on land, visit the markets, intoxicating colors and aromas, and try amazing food in the chic restaurants, and from street stalls.

DAY 1 Ho Chi Minh City

The rapidly growing economy of Vietnam and the effect of expats do Ho Chi Minh City restaurant scene one of the most notable in Southeast Asia. Spend the first night after a long trip to the silk lanterns hung Temple Club, where scholars usually order beef, roasted on skewers of lemongrass, or shrimp in tamarind sauce. The second option — to get acquainted with the Vietnamese menu Australian chef Soren Las Celso at Square One best hotels in Park Hyatt. Be sure to try the pho soup in the virtuoso performance of the chief.

And the next morning before exploring the rich culture of street food in an outdoor cafe Quan An Ngon, where chefs whip up cooked bun cha, noodles with pork meatballs and herbs, and a four-suong-sa-hot Luu — a refreshing drink from coconut milk and tapioca and water chestnuts. Retrorestoran Cue Gach Quan -Place, has long been well-known to tourists, but it’s not a reason to ignore it: homemade tofu, fried with lemongrass and chili, and Thit Kho something (roast pork in a pot) is excellent. If at any point in Ho Chi Minh City with his crazy humidity and noisy scooters will seem tedious, you can relax in The Deck -Elegant bungalows, bobbing on the waves near the shore of the Saigon River, which showcases the world’s best cocktail hours.


Ben Thanh Market

To sail more or less prepared, take cooking lessons at the Nguyen Van Cam Dzoan, host of a popular weekly TV show in Vietnam and the most famous chefs of the country. Sign up in advance and mentally prepare yourself for a hike in her company to march in her company on the market Ben Thanh, where do you buy the product, and then shining clean the kitchen a small farm near Ho Chi Minh City you will learn how to carve the squid and cook perfect fish sauce. Forming the menu of the lesson, be sure to include it in a salad of squid with carrot and cucumber in fish sauce and chicken with lemongrass. Both dishes are surprisingly tasty, and the recipe will be the best souvenir that only you can bring back from Indochina.

DAY 3 Port of My Tho

And finally, it’s time to set sail. Transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to My Tho port where the ship is moored Jahan, take a couple of hours. Unlike other tour boats plying the river, is a luxury ship. Decor 26 cabins settled in colonial style: each — painted handmade, air conditioner, white twisted balcony. -Want Want to sit all day on it, or in the bar, while admiring the views, but you did not come here just for that — it makes sense to join the floating culinary school, lessons and master classes which are held daily.

Days 4 and 5 of the Mekong

Mekong Delta — one of the biggest rice mills in the world, and if you go on a tour of the river shallows, you learn a lot about these seemingly ordinary-looking white seed. Rice is a principal food in Southeast Asia, and from here know how to cook dozens if not hundreds of dishes. And it ground into flour, used to make noodles and rice paper required for Nemov (spring rolls). Because it is driven wine and make alcohol tinctures, sweetened coconut and bananas that grow here in abundance. Be sure to take part in the raid on the picturesque floating markets of Cai Be.

DAY b Sianukvil

After Jahan cross the water border of Cambodia, the Mekong will be more calm. And in the morning you get off the ship, leaving him at the port of Phnom Penh, which was once called the Paris of the East. Throwing things at the hotel, go to the built in Art Deco style Central Market, one of the largest in Asia and the culinary paradise: there is everything from kafir lime to kampotskogo pepper.

DAY 7 Phnom Penh

In the capital of Cambodia look at the open-air restaurant Khmer Surin Boutique Guesthouse, serving Amok (fish wrapped in banana leaves and steamed in coconut milk with curry and herbs) — the country’s most famous dish. It also makes sense to try and other local delicacies, such as pak fishing, pork with palm sugar Dittany. If it works, pay a visit to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club — the city bar, attracting foodies from around the world, inter alia, the same view of the Mekong — the great river of nine dragons.


The cruise company Heritage Line,

+8483773 8555, heritageline.com/en,

7 nights from $ 3935 per stateroom.

Tour Desk

Trails of Indochina,

10/8 Phan Dinh Grot,

+84838441005, trailsofindochina. com


Square One at the Park Hyatt

2 Lam Son Square,

+848 35202359, saigon.park.


Temple Club

29-31 Ton That Thiep,

+848 3829 9244, templeclub.com.vn

Quan An Ngon

738 Norn Ky Khoi Nghia,

Ben Nghe,

+848 3825 7179.

Cue Gach Quan

10 Dang Tat, Ward Tan

Dinh, + 848 3848 0144, cucgachquan.com.vn/en

The Deck

38 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dein,

An Phu, +848 3744 6632, thedecksaigon.com

Ben Thanh Market

Le Loi and Tran Hung Dao.

Raffles Le Royal Hotel

92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh,

Sangkat Wat Phnom,

+855 23981888, raffles.com/phnom-penh

Khmer Surin Boutique


PA House, Street 57,

SangkatBoeung Keng

Kang I, Khan Chamkarmon,

+855 1273 1909, khmersurin.com.kh


Correspondents’ Club

363 Sisowath Quay,

+855 2372 4014, fcccambodia.com

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