• Peruse the vibrant local market in Hoi An, where the locals go to shop each morning.

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  • Enter Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in Hanoi.

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  • Cross Huc Bridge over Hoan Kiem Lake to Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi.

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  • See Sung Sot Cave, carved by eons of ocean waves. Halong Bay.

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  • Your perfect ocean-view villa at the Four Season Nam Hai. Da Nang.

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Delectable Vietnam Through a Chef's Eyes. A Hosted Journey.


Join Crusoe Managing Director Brett Cumberland and his wife, Anna, and co-host Chef Thai Dang and his wife, Danielle, cofounders of Chicago’s hottest new restaurant, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen. On this Hosted Journey, you examine Vietnam’s history, culture, and ancient remnants. Uncover the secrets of Southeast Asia’s finest cuisine. Chef Thai offers personal anecdotes and insights, introduces you to friends and family, takes you to find hidden treasures in local markets, and teaches you the subtleties of Vietnamese cooking with hands-on lessons.

     Don't miss this one-time-only opportunity.

*This Hosted Journey is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please call 888-490-8046 or email info@rcrusoe.com.



Dates:9 February 2019

Type:Hosted Journeys/Special Interest Group Tours/Set Departure


Our Hosted Journey

Day 1: United States
Saturday, 9 February 2019
• Overnight flight to Asian gateway city of your choice.
Overnight in flight
Day 2: Asian Gateway City
Sunday, 10 February 2019
• Arrive chosen city (Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Tokyo).
Overnight at an airport hotel at the traveler's expense

Day 3: Asian Gateway City; Hanoi, Vietnam
Monday, 11 February 2019
• Fly from Asian gateway city to Hanoi.
• Arrive Hanoi, fast-track airport arrival services, private transfer to our hotel.
• Tour briefing over drinks at the hotel, dinner.

Overnight at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 4-6: Hanoi
Tuesday-Thursday, 12-14 February 2019
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and house, One Pillar Pagoda (no line; fast-track entry), Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple, cyclo ride through French Quarter, Hmong dinner, street food tour with local writer, free time, cooking demonstration, option to "My Village" cultural show (subject to theater schedules).
• Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology with expert, 54 Traditions ethnic art gallery, cocktails at contemporary Asian art gallery-salon with gallerist-owner.
Overnights at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel

Day 7: Halong Bay
Friday, 15 February 2019
• Fly to Halong Bay via helicopter.
• Embark luxury junk, welcome drink and briefing.
• Cruise Halong Bay, kayaking option, Sung Sot Cave.
• Mixology lesson and cooking demonstration onboard with Danielle and Chef Thai.
• Option for squid fishing.

Overnight aboard the Paradise Luxury

Day 8: Halong Bay, Hanoi, Da Nang
Saturday, 16 February 2019
• Optional tai chi class onboard junk.
• Ti Top Island. 
• Fly via helicopter back to Hanoi, connect to flight to Da Nang.
• Hotel check-in, beach barbecue.

Overnight at the Four Seasons Nam Hai

Day 9: Hoi An, Da Nang
Sunday, 17 February 2019
• Hoi An food market with Chef Thai and Ms. Lu, chef at Market Restaurant.
• Tour Hoi An, option for leisure time in town.
• Cooking class at Market Restaurant.
Overnight at the Four Seasons Nam Hai

Day 10: My Son, Hoi An
Monday, 18 February 2019
• Option to ancient Cham ruins at My Son.
Bahn mi lunch in Hoi An.
• Leisure time.
• Tra Que herb and vegetable garden, cooking class at Mango Mango Restaurant with Chef Duc.
Overnight at the Four Seasons Nam Hai

Day 11: Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
• Fly to Ho Chi Minh City.
• Lunch, city walking tour including Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, and old Post Office.
• Evening at leisure.
Overnight at the Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 12: Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
• Option to Cu Chi Tunnels, or morning at leisure.
• Lunch with entire group in Ho Chi Minh City.
• War Remnants Museum.
• Option to Ben Thanh Market or Dong Khoi Street at leisure.
Overnight at the Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 13: Dong Nai, Ho Chi Minh City
Thursday, 21 February 2019
• Drive to Dong Nai, Chef Thai's family village.
• Organized activities in the village with extended family and friends of Chef Thai.
• Farewell lunch with villagers.
• Return to Ho Chi Minh City, evening at leisure.
Overnight at the Park Hyatt Saigon

Day 14: Ho Chi Minh City; U.S.
Friday, 22 February 2019
• Fly home.

This itinerary is subject to change.

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Tour per person sharing room from $10,940
Single supplement $3,490
Internal air (estimate) per person, non-refundable $330

For more information or to book, please call Jane Franklin at 888-490-8019 or email her at jfranklin@rcrusoe.com.

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Your Co-Host: Chef Thai.

Thai Dang was born in a village outside Saigon and resettled in America with his parents, six brothers, and two of his three sisters in the mid 1980s. After living in Illinois for 18 months, the family moved to a large Vietnamese community in Virginia.

     Following his passion, Thai enrolled in culinary school. He met and married his wife, Danielle Pizzutillo—an architect by training and an equally talented mixologist—and entered the world of upscale restaurants. One position led to another, and soon he was cooking under Laurent Gras at Chicago’s three-Michelin-starred L20.

     Before long, the Dangs opened Embeya in Chicago. where Chef Thai’s progressive Asian menu made a splash.

     In 2017, Chef Thai and Danielle created yet another exceptional restaurant, HaiSous Vietnamese Kitchen. Zagat raved. So did USA Today. Michelin awarded the new restaurant a Bib Gourmand. Forbes chimed in, too. And within a year of opening its door, HaiSous was named a semifinalists in the 2018 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, among the most prestigious dining honors in America.

     We are thrilled to count Chef Thai and Danielle among our friends, and we’re excited to have them co-host this upcoming journey.

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