It's no secret Anthony Bourdain loved Vietnam. Now, Diep Nguyen, who assisted Bourdain on one of his trips to Vietnam for Parts Unknown, has created a two-week food tour of the country that follows Bourdain's path through the country.
Called "A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain: Taste of Vietnam," the trip consists of 14 days and 13 nights in the country. Travelers will explore nine different cities where they can "follow in the footsteps, and more importantly, sit at the tables," according to Exotic Voyages, the company putting on the tour with Nguyen.
Anthony Bourdain visited Vietnam twice on No Reservations and twice in Parts Unknown. "Going to Vietnam the first time was life-changing for sure," he said in an interview with Conde Nast Traveler. "Maybe because it was all so new and different to my life before and the world I grew up in. The food, culture, landscape and smell; they’re all inseparable. It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go."
The Exotic Voyages food tour will visit several of the memorable establishments where Bourdain himself dined on his shows, from the famous Lunch Lady restaurant in Saigon where he dined on bún bò huê' to the restaurant in Hanoi where Bourdain and Barack Obama shared a meal of bun cha. There are visits to markets and cooking classes included in the trips as well as a few free days where travelers can explore on their own.
Rates start at $3,755 per person, which includes all your meals, transportation during the trip (you'll have to get yourself to and from Vietnam) and accommodations.
Nguyen says that working with Bourdain on Parts Unknown was "the experience of a lifetime" and that it helped her not only "understand the man himself but how his love for my beautiful Vietnam developed over good food and conversation." This tour is a way of helping other people discover the food traditions and culture of Vietnam — with the late, great Bourdain as their guide.