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What better way to enhance your travel experience than to engage with local experts in the fine arts, history, culture, cuisine and more? Here is a selection of some of our special activities.
Vietnam is famous for its lively, fresh flavors, and artfully composed meals and cuisine. Meet with your culinary expert and visit a local market in Hoi An to enjoy the tantalizing sights, smells, and flavors of local produce. Walk through zigzagging alleys to savor real street food as the local people do, along the way, engage in conversation with your culinary expert to understand his passion for food and experience the local culture through the eyes of an expatriate. Gather at a local restaurant to examine and taste traditional central dishes and learn more about this fascinating region.
Hanoi is known as the culture center of the country. Little wonder then that there are more than 250 art galleries in this small city and almost every street has an art cafe. Venture out of town to visit the studio–home of a well–known Vietnamese painter, sculptor and art performer. Enjoy a cocktail reception to view his exhibition and stroll around the lush garden full of sculpture scattered around the compound.
Originated in the 10th century, water puppetry is a unique folk art that cannot be found anywhere in the world but Vietnam. Although water puppetry has gone on for over 300 years in Dao Thuc village, it really made a comeback several years ago by one particular artisan. At the village, learn how he and his family introduce this traditional art to the world, and enjoy a real performance right at the home of water puppetry. Finish the trip by enjoying a private outdoor show on the village pond accompanied by live, traditional orchestra music.
An ideal floating retreat for couples or small groups, Heritage Line’s newest vessel is a colonial throwback, British–Indian style featuring attentive concierge and butler staff, sunrise Tai Chi and delightful cooking classes. From My Tho to Angkor, a week aboard The Jahan reveals the many inventive ways Vietnamese and Cambodians live on the water. In Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, take relaxing sampan tours of a floating market, canals, floating villages, a catfish farm and a Cham Muslim community. In Cambodia, visit Phnom Penh, the entirely stilted “waterworld” of Kampong Chhnang, and surrounding villages. Engage with monks, laugh with children or join for a swim in the tea-colored waters. Your Jahan cruise ends on Tonle Sap lake at Siem Reap.
Follow our trail through an alley dotted with colonial era mansions until you reach a gate, behind of which an enchanting home awaits. The US Ambassador to South Vietnam in the 1960s, Henry Cabot Lodge, lived in this stylish residence and today it has been restored to its former glory. Enjoy a cocktail reception complete with traditional dance performances in the intimate courtyard. A sophisticated Vietnamese meal will be served in the magnificent dining room and is accompanied by live music to create a memorable atmosphere.