Vietnam with Jamie Bissonnette

December 5 - 15, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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Heart & Soul of Vietnam

A cultural and culinary exploration with chef Jamie Bissonnette

December 5 - 15, 2024

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11 Days, 10 Nights

Best of Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

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per person based on double occupancy; includes two internal flights flights from Hanoi to Hue, and from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

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The royal city of Hue is electric—mopeds sashay through narrow lanes between market stalls while barbers hawk haircuts from streets bathed in neon. You’re lost in all of it and overcome by the exquisite aroma of street food that seems to set the table for the night ahead. You note lemongrass wafting from simmering broths, the sweet-chili char of pork skewers and egg coffee steaming from mocha pots. This is the magic of Vietnam—mornings of soulful meditation and sun-kissed bicycle rides give way to vibrant market tours and joy rides on vintage Vespas. Every day here begins like a new chapter in a fairy tale, and your next adventure is just around the bend.

With you on this incredible journey is Jamie Bissonnette, the James Beard Award-winning chef and whiz kid responsible for some of Boston’s buzziest restaurants. Jamie’s stylish Cambridge eatery—Little Donkey—was so wildly successful that he opened up a second location in Bangkok, while Toro, his Barcelona-style tapas bar, has racked up legions of devout followers throughout the Northeast. With a deep passion for fresh, seasonal ingredients and ethical nose-to-tail cooking, Jamie is the ultimate guide to Vietnam’s flavors and profound culinary traditions.

This journey is like a perfectly crafted banh mi, packed with immersive experiences and garnished with unhurried adventure. Dive deep into Hanoi’s street markets, walk ancient lanes in Ho Chi Minh City, cruise through the emerald waters of Halong Bay, and have plenty of time to eat and shop through Hoi An’s fabled markets. This isn’t a mere vacation—it’s an 11-day discovery of one of the world’s most unforgettable destinations.


Unparalleled food and architecture, traditional fishing villages and ridiculously good street food


With Vietnamese culture, local chefs and families, artisans who've been practicing their craft for generations


Incredible street foods and desserts, flavors you never knew existed—or had the courage to try


Bustling markets on revving scooters and rickshaw cyclos, and wander through ancient temples and ruins

3 Reasons to Travel with Jamie Bissonnette

Jamie Bissonnette is a force to be reckoned with. The James Beard Award-winning chef is the mastermind behind some of Boston's most successful restaurants, renowned throughout the industry for his nose-to-tail cooking and unrivaled ability to bring both nostalgia and innovation to a plate. He’s also a bit of a punk rock star, but we’ll get to that below.

Fed by Travel

Jamie credits his inspiration in the kitchen to his passion for travel. His innovative small plates at Little Donkey showcase flavors he’s encountered across the globe, and he loves preparing ingredients using techniques he discovered on his travels.

Vietnam by Taste

Jamie’s no stranger to Vietnam; he even worked on a cruise ship there years ago. On his days off, his passion for cuisine led him winding through alleyways in search of the best street food and most authentic flavors.

Punk Rock Roots

Before becoming a chef, Jamie played bass for a slew of different punk rock and metal bands. While he doesn’t play much any more (his dog isn’t a fan), his cooking is a reflection of his hardcore roots: bold, fearless, and thrumming with energy.

Your Experience

“I could eat durian sticky rice every day for the rest of my life.”
Jamie Bissonnette

Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City

“The wet markets of Vietnam just draw you in.”
Jamie Bissonnette

Day by Day

Day 1: Hanoi

Welcome to Hanoi, one of Asia’s most mesmerizing capitals. Today is all about easing into the ancient rhythm of the city, so we’ll refresh and rejuvenate after our long journeys and convene for a welcome dinner in the late afternoon.

Situated atop the former meeting spot of Vietnam’s top writers and journalists, our destination is a hotspot for innovative cocktails and inspired bites. Here, we’ll find La Table Hanoia, the award-winning eatery where Michelin-star chef, Alain Dutournier, crafts a delicious and playful menu—think saffron potato risotto with lobster bisque sherbet. It’s a multi-course celebration of craft and cuisine, and the perfect opportunity to raise our glasses in toast to Jamie and the many adventures to come.

Day 1: Hanoi Highlights

  • Transfers to hotel
  • Welcome reception at Press Club
  • Dinner at La Table Hanoia
  • Stay at Hotel de l'Opera

Day 2: Hanoi

Today, we begin our morning in quiet serenity at a nearby Buddhist temple, finding our calm as a local meditation expert leads us through a series of mindful yoga poses and inspired breathwork. Restored and profoundly settled, we’ll all but float onwards to the legendary Thanh Ha Market to commence our masterclass on Hanoi’s world-class street food. Alongside an expert guide, Jamie will introduce to us to his favorite local eats, from cà phê trúng (creamy egg coffee) to pho tiu (Vietnam’s original beef and noodle soup) at a hidden family-run shop.

Culinary tour de force complete, we’ll seek out repose at the Ambassador’s Pagoda. Here, we’ll wind through gilded halls and intricate shrines, learning more about the Pagoda’s role as a meeting spot for visiting Buddhist dignitaries. As the truly special culmination to our visit, we’ll sit down with the Pagoda’s senior monk to explore the unique practices and philosophies that inform Vietnam’s Buddhist traditions.

We’ll round off our afternoon with a breezy cyclo ride through the city’s graceful Old Quarter before heading to Koto, a restaurant and hospitality training center for at-risk youth. Here, we’re in for an incredible dinner; a sumptuous spread of regional specialities and heartfelt conversations with our inspiring hosts.

Day 2: Hanoi Highlights

  • Hanoi foodie tour
  • Ambassador’s Pagoda visit
  • Old Quarter cyclo ride
  • Stay at Hotel de L'Opera

Day 3: Ha Long Bay & Hanoi

After breakfast, we’re driving through sleepy villages and sun-kissed fields to one of the world’s most iconic seascapes: Ha Long Bay. Here, a private cruise awaits, ready to float us through an otherworldly landscape of limestone islands jutting from ancient emerald waters. From the boat’s upper deck, we’ll breathe in the symphony of looming, cave-lined karsts and sandy islets before gathering for a sumptuous lunch onboard. As a special treat, Jamie will show us how to recreate a few of the dishes at home using a few easy tricks and choice ingredients; afterwards, we’ll settle back for a cup of creamy Vietnamese coffee to learn more about his cooking philosophy and approach in the kitchen.

At Bo Hon Island, we’ll disembark to explore Ha Long’s storied caves. Our first stop is Sung Sot, or “Surprise Cave,” named by the French for the mesmerizing view hiding behind the grotto’s mouth. We’ll then head onwards to Luon Cave, an ancient tunnel that serves as a portal to an ethereal hidden lake. Luon’s tranquil waters practically beg for a kayak ride or easy float on of its bamboo boats—either way, we’ll take our time to relax and explore here before heading back to the marina for cocktails and a cooking demo against the setting sun.

Day 3: Ha Long Bay & Hanoi Highlights

  • Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Cave tours
  • Cocktails at the marina
  • Stay at Hotel de l'Opera

Day 4: Hanoi to Hue

Say tạm biệt (farewell) to Hanoi; after breakfast we’ll head to the airport for our short flight to Hue, seat of the Nguyen Dynasty and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. Our first stop is the Royal Home of Tha Om and its stunning grounds, followed by lunch at a restored royal home and a visit to the former residence of a Nguyen Dynasty princess. Keeping with the royal theme, we’ll meander onwards to the Imperial Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage site and the perfect setting for a garden stroll before the grand finale to our picturesque afternoon: a breezy boat trip down the Perfume River, complete with a stop at the iconic seven-story Thien Mu pagoda—one of the city’s best-preserved religious monuments.

In the evening, we head to Phu Mong for a feast of epic proportions. The gracious garden house recreates the authentic cuisines of Hue’s past emperors, and each plate is a work of art: think vegetables sculpted into the shapes of animals and crispy stacks of banh khoai (fried rice pancakes).

Day 4: Hanoi to Hue Highlights

  • Short flight to Hue
  • Royal residence visits
  • Dinner at Phu Mong
  • Stay at La Residence

Day 5: Hue

Our day starts with a leisurely bike ride, wending our way through verdant rice paddies out to Thanh Toan, a 17th-century village just outside Hue where ancient ways are very much intact. We’ll explore its rural market, clan shrine houses, and famous tile-roofed bridge. After lunch at a beloved neighborhood farm, we’ll drive to the elaborate Khai Dinh Royal Tomb and visit a nearby pagoda to partake in a traditional blessing ceremony with a community of local monks. It’s an unforgettable experience and we’ll leave feeling revitalized for the adventures still to come.

After some downtime, we’ll reconvene for dinner by cyclo, with Jamie as our guide to the unbeatable flavors of Hue. We’ll warm up with a drink and some light finger food, then wind our way to local restaurants and street food stalls to sample everything from rice with river clams to sizzling lemongrass pork skewers. Don’t be shy about dessert: the region’s famous sweet soups—made from lotus seed, kidney bean, and purple yam—await!

Day 5: Hue Highlights

  • Bike to Thanh Toan
  • Pagoda blessing ceremony
  • Street food cyclo tour
  • Stay at La Residence

Day 6: Hue & Hoi An

In the morning we’ll bid farewell to Hue and begin our drive to the jewel of central Vietnam: Hoi An. The famous Pass of the Ocean Clouds is our route, and we’ll pause at the crest of this mighty mountain pass to drink in stunning views of the turquoise sea below.

After lunch at our hotel, we’ll follow with a walk through the city’s historic Old Town. This picturesque riverside city was a major trading port for centuries, and mansions built by merchants still line the narrow streets of the Old Quarter. We’ll stop to admire temples, artisan workshops, and the bustling fish market, then visit the home of a master lantern-craftsman to learn more about the history, shape, and color of the lanterns—we’ll even have a chance to create our own.

In the evening, we’ll have time to catch our breath back at the hotel before reconvening for dinner at the iconic Mango Mango restaurant. The award-winning eatery is an ode to contemporary Vietnamese cuisine, and we’re honored to have Jamie walk us through the menu’s global influences before we tuck into our first-class spread.

Day 6: Hue & Hoi An Highlights

  • Drive to Hoi An
  • Lantern workshop
  • Dinner at Mango Mango
  • Stay at Hotel Royal

Day 7: Hoi An

We’ll ease into the morning with an energizing yoga session at a nearby studio, any lingering muscle stiffness all but a distant memory after our inspired flow. Grounded by the stillness of our final savasana, we’ll make our way to Hoi An’s bustling trading post by boat. The experience is a celebration of every sense: the vibrant colors, the cacophony of sounds, the exotic fruits and vegetables. Afterwards, we’re off to a gourmet cooking class led by Jamie and local legend Ms. Lu. The duo will teach us the ins-and-outs of knife work and Vietnamese herbs, then we’ll roll up our sleeves to create our very own lunch of local specialities: crab wontons, papaya salad, and muc nhoi thit (squid stuffed with pork).

From there, the afternoon is ours to explore our scenic surroundings—we won’t meet up again until the evening for a Hoi An favorite: a street food tour by vintage Vespa. We’ll zoom through the city’s bustling streets to an islet lit by dancing lanterns, then dismount our Vespas and hop onto a boat for a slow river cruise, joining locals for a few cold brews and starters. After disembarking, we’ll settle in for our main course—fiery Vietnamese barbecue at one of the city’s most innovative kitchens.

Day 7: Hoi An Highlights

  • Optional morning yoga
  • Market & cooking experience
  • Vespa foodie tour
  • Stay at Hotel Royal

Day 8: Hoi An

We’re hopping back on our bicycles this morning, passing through lush green rice paddies and grazing water buffaloes on our way to the water coconut forests of Cam Thanh. After trying our hand at fishing and crabbing in a traditional basket boat, we’re heading to the farming community of Tra Que, where we’ll roll up our sleeves to help harvest vegetables from the village garden. After a juggernaut of morning, we’ll reflect and pause for Vietnamese-style self care—an herbal foot massage to revitalize our tired muscles.

Later, we’ll join Jamie in the home of a local family for a masterclass in traditional cooking techniques followed by a hearty, garden-fed lunch. From there, the afternoon is ours to explore our scenic surroundings—we won’t meet up again until dinner and it’s a real treat. At Morning Glory, we’ll sidle up to the open concept kitchen to watch as deft chefs whip up a range of elevated house specialties, from shrimp mousse on sugarcane skewers to banana leaf-wrapped eggplant and pork.

Day 8: Hoi An Highlights

  • Basket boat fishing
  • Lunch in local home
  • Dinner at Morning Glory
  • Stay at Hotel Royal

Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

This morning we’re up bright and early for our short flight to Ho Chi Minh City. From the airport, we’ll embark straightaway on an immersive tour of the fabled city and its bustling streets, stopping to take in thought-provoking monuments like the Burning Monk Memorial and reveling in the French architecture.

After lunch at a beloved local eatery, we’re diving into the world of cocktails. P’Ti Saigon restaurant is renowned for its bold flavors and innovative fusions, and this afternoon it’s our private cocktail-making playground as Jamie and an expert in-house bartender lead us through the fine art of shaking, muddling, and straining all our favorite drinks. Once we’ve savored the fruits of our labor alongside a sumptuous dinner spread, we’re rounding out the day in quintessential Ho Chi Minh City fashion: with a night of lively tunes, cold beers, and bellyache-inducing laughs at one of the city’s most iconic karaoke bars.

Day 9: Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

  • Scenic tour of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Cocktail workshop and dinner
  • Karaoke night
  • Stay at Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City

This morning, we experience the evolving landscape of Saigon by boat, along the Saigon River, drinking in the glimmering cityscape as sleek skyscrapers give way to emerald paddy fields and villages lined with elegant banyans.

Our destination? The Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive underground network constructed by Viet Cong forces during the French and American wars. Once arrived, we’ll meet with a Viet Cong veteran who will guide us through the vast subterranean village of living quarters, kitchens, hospitals, and ordnance factories, learning all the while about his experience navigating daily life here.

After our remarkable tour, we’ll head onwards to Cao Dai Holy See, an elaborate temple of colorful halls and a vast inner sanctuary. Caodaism is the third-most practiced religion in Vietnam—it’s an intricate blend of other major world religions like Buddhism, Christianity, and Hinduism—and we’ll learn more about its history as we marvel at the temple’s ornate designs.

Our journey through the countryside complete, it’s back to the city for a night of celebration. Our farewell dinner at Hoa Tuc—a former opium refinery turned Art Deco row house—is a joyful reminder of our time together in Vietnam, and alongside Jamie we’ll recount our favorite memories over a delicious feast. After dinner, the night is yours to explore. You’ll find us at one of the city’s chic rooftop bars, nursing an unhurried nightcap in this city that never sleeps.

Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

  • Cu Chi Tunnels experience
  • Cao Dai Temple visit
  • Farewell dinner at Hoa Tuc
  • Stay at Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Day 11: Departures

It’s time to bid goodbye to Vietnam, Jamie, and our new friends. With all that we’ve experienced and tasted, we know it won’t be long before we return to this magical land.

Day 11: Departures Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfers to Ho Chi Minh's SGN airport

Where We Sleep

Art-filled design hotels in Hue and Hoi An, a luxurious retreat in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City—our accommodations are stylish, modern takes on traditional Vietnamese styles.

Hotel de l'Opera


Our boutique Old Quarter home base is perfectly situated, a block from the Hanoi's favorite gathering place at Hoan Kiem Lake and the namesake opera house. When not exploring the walkable streets outside, you can relax in the pool or have a cocktail in the quiet, fountain-filled atrium.

La Residence


An Art Deco masterpiece built in 1930, situated on the banks of the Perfume River. Its stunning architecture embraces the past while incorporating contemporary twists. Whether you choose to kick back poolside or meander through its tropical gardens, La Residence is an absolute oasis of comfort.

Hotel Royal

Hoi An

An impeccable retreat facing the bucolic Thu Bon River and just a stroll away from Hoi An’s ancient Old Quarter. Relax in expansive rooms or at their serene pool, admire their brilliant gallery, or just take in the views from the highest rooftop bar in the city.

Hôtel des Arts Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City

With smooth lines and sumptuous curves inspired by the principles of Feng Shui, this airy, art-filled hotel combines timeless glamor with a very 21st-century sense of whimsy. Take tea at the Café des Beaux Arts, nestle down in the library with a book, or head to the rooftop saltwater pool for a refreshing dip — then perch on a waterside barstool to drink in panoramic views of the sun setting above the city below.

Street food was the star of this trip. I felt like I was on an awesome adventure with a group of friends.
Lindsay S.
I loved Vietnam. I was charmed by the people and seduced by the cuisine.
Janice B.
I was blown away by how flawlessly Modern Adventure executed this trip. You exceeded my every expectation.
Joan P.

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per person based on double occupancy; includes two internal flights flights from Hanoi to Hue, and from Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City

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  1. What does the price include?

    Ten nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; transportation to the trip’s starting and ending points; two internal flights from Hanoi to Hue and Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, hands-on workshops; adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does this trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), where we’ll transfer to Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi. Our last day is in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The closest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). 

  4. 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 for step-by-step instructions on how to obtain a Vietnamese visa. 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.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel on or before August 7, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after August 8, 2024, there is a 50% cancellation fee; on or after October 6, 2024 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 of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). 

  9. 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.

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