Foodie Itinerary: Vietnam
Photo Credit: Lonely Planet Magazine

Photo Credit: Lonely Planet Magazine

Less than a week until I leave for my big two-week trip!  I'm heading to Vietnam for a week with my girlfriend and then off to South Korea for a week on my own and I seriously might come back like 10 lbs heavier!  I can't believe how much amazing food there is in these two countries. I mean, I can, but wow am I excited and honestly a bit overwhelmed. If my time here is even half as yummy as my time in Thailand and Cambodia a few years ago I'm in for a real treat!  So as always, I thought I would share my foodie itinerary and plan with all of you so if you're planning a trip anytime soon you have a head start by using my research.  I usually focus a lot more on specific restaurants, but in SE Asia it's more about the street food and cuisine than any particular restaurants so this time I'm mostly just highlighting the must-not miss foods. Where I do have specific restaurant suggestions, I've listed those first under each meal category and in the order of my travel plans...which are Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay.  Clearly I'm not going to be able to try everything listed below in my limited time...although my girlfriend and I can really pack it away so we're going to give it our best shot!

If you like what you see, feel free to check out my other foodie travel posts here.  And make sure to check out my South Korea Foodie Itinerary to continue on week 2 of my journey on this vacation!
Foodie Itinerary: Seoul, South Korea

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What an adventure I have coming up!  After a week-long, whirlwind trip with my girlfriend to Vietnam, I decided to turn our 20 hour layover in Seoul, South Korea on the way back into a 5 day layover for myself since I had extra time I could take off.  So I'm headed to South Korea...and I'm doing it all alone!  Since I only have a week I'm focusing on Seoul and Gyeongju only for this trip, but even if I just stayed in Seoul the whole time there's a lot of great food experiences to fit in!

Many people say that Seoul is 6 cities crammed into one...and if I'm just judging by the variety of food alone that I'm going to be challenged to fit into my tummy shown below I can already see how overwhelming this city may prove to be.  But have no fear, SavoryGirl is up for the challenge!  That being said, I'm going to be a bit more flexible with this itinerary than with others that I have done and instead of focusing on restaurants, I'm going to simply focus on the types of food I really want to make sure I don't miss.  There are a few restaurants I'm going to try to make as well, but on this trip that's lower priority than simply sampling as much authentic South Korean cuisine as I possibly can!

If you like what you see, feel free to check out my other foodie travel posts here.  And make sure to check out my Vietnam Foodie Itinerary to see what I ate during week one of this vacation!
SavoryGirl in Thailand & Cambodia…
 

We’re off to savor our way through Thailand and Cambodia for the next 2 ½ weeks, which unfortunately means that there won’t be any new menus or recipes during that time (stupid iWeb...working on changing this limitation of my site for the future!). I encourage you to go back through the archives to try out old menus and recipes. I promise to bring back lots of yummy authentic Thai recipes from my cooking class and of course many photos of my foodie travels.  I will also be tweeting as I travel so if you’re interested you can at least get small bites of our travels while we’re away. So where are we going?  Here’s our anticipated itinerary of places we’d like to go and thins we would like to do, but we’re always flexible so we’ll see how it changes:
Help us plan our next trip to Thailand & Cambodia!

Christian and I are heading to Thailand in less than 2 months...yippee!  We’re super excited and just starting to get into planning mode and we’re looking for foodie recommendations from all of you!  What were your favorite foods that we must try (besides everything from what I hear!), favorite restaurants in Bangkok, island shacks, picnic spots, cooking classes, etc...   As of right now we’re planning to go to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, lots of beaches/islands in Southern Thailand (tbd) and Siem Reap in Cambodia.  But we’re flexible, so let’s hear what you have to say and I promise to bring lots of photos back to share!