Four days of fun and nonstop eating!… That is how I would describe our Vietnam culinary tour last March 5-8, 2009. Together with three other faculty members, 2 coordinators, and 80 students we arrived in Ho Chi Minh city via Philippine Airlines and stayed at the Dragon Royal Pearl Hotel in district 1. The hotel has a great location and is a five minute walk to Ben Thanh market. The roads look like a sea of motorcycles so first thing the students learn in Vietnam is how to cross the street…walk slowly, do not run, the motorcycle drivers will avoid you but can not anticipate it if you take a step back.
Day 1 (highlight) – City tour included Independence Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, old Post office. Dinner at the Saigon River Cruise.
Day 2 (highlight) – Two hour drive to the Mekong Delta to visit the different fruit islands, local restaurant to eat elephant ear fish
Day 3 (highlight) – Cooking class at the Majestic hotel
Day 4 (highlight) – passing by Nhu Lan for Baguettes, pate, spring rolls, and the traditional Bahn Mi sandwich before heading to the airport. Yum!
Batch 2 leaves tomorrow with 94 students.