Vietnam & Cambodia with Ferrell Alvarez
One Departure Only | February 20 - 27, 2022Book Now
Heart & Soul of Asia
Savor all sides of the world’s most delicious destinations with a celebrated chef at your side
February 20 - 27, 2022
One departure only with Ferrell Alvarez—reserve your spot!
8 days, 7 nights
Best of Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh
Thousands of mopeds snake around as you cling to the back of yours. The markets overflow with foods you’ve never seen or tasted and Ho Chi Minh City lights illuminate the night sky. Next, you’re in the remote Mekong Delta edging through canals and catching a fresh lunch. A world away, you’re immersed in the culture of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge as a star chef helps cook up a delicious meal. Now you’re gazing across Angkor Wat from a hilltop perch watching the sun dip below the horizon, hardly able to believe that just a week ago, you were on a moped, tearing up the streets.
Your southeast Asia traveling companion is chef Ferrell Alvarez, whose award-winning restaurants are lighting up Tampa’s food scene. Eat at any one of them and you’ll see Ferrell lives for street food. Heavily influenced by southeast Asian cuisine, he’s ready to get hands-on and try everything for the first time right along with you.
Join us on this adventure if your stomach is as big as your curiosity. Learn the meaning and tradition behind every bite, at bustling markets, tranquil local restaurants, with freshly caught delicacies. Experience Vietnamese and Cambodian culture from kinetic nightlife to royal history to enchanting holy temples. You’ll never forget it.
Savor the world’s best street foods at local markets and by tuk-tuk and motorbike
With locals ready to show and share their culture, heritage, art and cuisines
Stunning architecture, French Colonial palaces, frenetic cities and meditative temples
Ageless traditions by meeting a royal princess and visiting local Mekong Delta homes
3 Reasons to Travel with Ferrell Alvarez
If you’ve dined in Tampa, you’ve likely heard of chef Ferrell Alvarez—one of the headliners of the city's culinary renaissance. Whether at Rooster & the Till (James Beard Award nominated and voted Tampa's Best Restaurant two years running) or over shuffleboard at his gamified foodie hangout, Nebraska Mini Mart, it's clear his creative vision blends flavorful fun and playful sincerity. Vietnam and Cambodia with Ferrell will be a full-on adventure anchored in some of his favorite culinary influences.
Making Tampa Happen
Ferrell's all about a good concept. His Gallito Taqueria is a waterfront taqueria in a shipping container, with a spacious beer garden. Nebraska Mini Mart is a converted convenience store with ping pong tables, shuffleboard and summery finger foods.
A Humble Host
As Ferrell breathes new foodie life into Tampa neighborhoods, he believes a restaurant is nothing without the people who work and dine there. It’s the reason why Rooster & the Till is consistently named Tampa's best restaurant.
Ferrell's three restaurant ping-pong across flavors, ranging from southeast Asian to Indian, street tacos and curried scallops to crème fraîche panna cotta and piña colada ice cream, served in decidedly Southern small-plates.
Myst Dong KhoiHo Chi Minh City
Think “Myst” as in mystery. It’s full-blown luxury in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City's historic center. Tropical plants sprout from the windows of its Cubist-style tower set along a wide curve of the river. You enter an industrial lobby, benefitting from iron beams reclaimed for the old shipyards. The Asian-themed restaurant is by a rooftop lap pool, with more city views. The artful, cozy rooms have all the comforts you'd expect.
Raffles Hotel Le RoyalPhnom Penh
This Art Deco masterpiece of Phnom Penh grants you access into different times. It’s been the capital’s 'grand dame' since it opened in 1929. The setting is perfect—a lush, tree-lined boulevard a short way from temples, museums and the riverfront promenade. Rooms are luxurious, with marble bathrooms and some with balconies. Relaxation comes easy at Le Royal—at the spa, the courtyard pool, at the iconic Elephant Bar for afternoon tea.
Shinta ManiSiem Reap
Our Siem Reap base gives the best of both worlds. It’s a contemporary chic resort, filled with artful decors and lush looks out to the tropical gardens and pool. Every room brims in comfort, with modern Khmer artworks and a balcony to sit with a drink. And the hotel is amidst the walkable French Quarter, meaning immediate access to markets, shops and cafes of Siem Reap. Best is the resort’s mindfulness to its community. It contributes to several local social projects, including clinics and a village school.
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; internal flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh; fees associated with Cambodian visa; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; fees associated with Vietnamese visa; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does this trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at 8am on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at the Myst Dong Khoi Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The closest airport is the Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). We recommend arriving on or before February 19 to ensure you’re at our starting point on time.
Our adventure ends on Sunday, February 27, 2022 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The closest airport is the Siem Reap International Airport (REP). Your flight home can be scheduled to depart at any time on the last day.
What travel documents are needed?
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa before traveling into Vietnam. It is your responsibility to obtain this required travel document; please visit the Vietnam International Travel Information page on travel.state.gov for step-by-step instructions. Additionally a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining beyond the date of your arrival is required. For citizens of other countries, please check with your local Vietnamese embassy or consulate for information and requirements.
Guests also need a visa to enter Cambodia, which will be organized and paid for by Modern Adventure. Each guest is required to bring an extra passport photo in order to obtain a Cambodia travel visa.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $900 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before October 23, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after October 24, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after December 22, 2021 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.