INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. -- Hanoi, located at the confluence of the Red and Duong Rivers in Vietnam, has come a long way from the stilt houses of the Stone and Bronze Age dwellers of five thousand years ago. Between Chinese power struggles, peasant rebellions, invasions from warring Mongols, the French occupation and American bombing, the city has undergone and continues to undergo tremendous growth and change. Because of its dynamic history, visitors will see the cultural influences that shaped this capital city through its architecture, customs and gastronomy.
Myths and Mountains offers a unique opportunity for travelers to discover Vietnamese cuisine from a welcoming Hanoian family. The host family will teach guests about the healthy yet inexpensive, fresh ingredients used for staple dishes such as white rice, seafood, meat, vegetables and herbs; then they will use those ingredients to prepare a balanced, flavorful meal to share. Definitely try signature dishes like bún riêu and bánh cuốn.
The 2015 departure dates are March 10 and October 20, but custom dates and prices are available. For more information, visit www.mythsandmountains.com.