Sunrise at Can Tho’s floating market
The Cai Rang Floating market is a riot of vivid colours, with boats of all sizes weighed down with Mekong Delta fruits and enticing wafts of steam rising from the noodle sellers’ sampans. For some thing special, visit the smaller floating market that gathers for just an hour around sunrise, trading baby bananas, juicy mangoes, spiky pineapples and tempting piles of produce.
Noodle soup for breakfast
This may be the start of a passionate affair. Or just another breakfast. Either way, you must try eating the first meal of the day the way Vietnamese do. Just pull up a stool at a busy stall serving Pho, Hu Tieu. When the bowl arrives, customise it with slices of chili, sprays of herbs and a squeeze oflime. Mix everything together and savour that first bite.
Lunch ordinner in family-run homestay
Save your appetite. Vietnam’s home cooks will blow you away with massive spreads of enticing food, plucked, picked and prepped the sameday. Roll soft noodles and feathery herbs in rice paper, pick away at fried fish and help yourself to bowl after bowl of rice and vegetables. Finish off with a fruit platter (and maybe a nap in thehammock.)
TIP: We recommend the homestays in the Mekong Delta for a true taste of Vietnamese hospitality, as well as the best fruit in the country.
Chè on a hot afternoon
All around the country, Vietnamese have a favourite way to cool down when the weather heats up: chè. This versatile combination of tropical goodies, shaved ice, coconut cream and fresh fruit will lift your spirits in seconds. Give it a good stir with a spoon or taste each ingredient on its own. The best thing about chè is there are so many varieties to try.
Motorbike street food tour
Vietnamese street foods is some of the best in the world and an integral part of the pleasure of travelling Vietnam. We recommend signing up for a back-of-the-bike street food tour soon after you arrive to see what the fussis all about. Let yourself be whisked by a local foodie to secret stalls, special eateries and sidewalk joints, for a delicious introduction to Vietnam.
A O Show from Lune Production
Lune Production’s striking, contemporary shows centre around Vietnamese culture, old and new. Live traditional music enhances the world-class lighting, costumes, acrobatics and dances on stage to create ariveting spectacle. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout these hour-long shows. AO show and The Mist are two of the best in the Lune repertoire.