Vietnam Experience October 7-16th 2019


Vietnam Experience October 7-16th 2019


Vietnam Art Food Culture Experience

w/ Luke from Hue Grit Tour & Anna from ArtFoodCulture

7-16th October 2019

Fully hosted and guided 10 day Art Food Culture Experience in Central Vietnam

Hoi An - Trung Son Mountains - Hue - Danang.

This Experience is for everyone of any sex, age, race, religion or walk of life that would like to experience slow responsible travel with like minds. The emphasis is on authentic cultural experiences that only a local can show you.

We focus on Art, Food and Culture.

Your hosts Anna Barnes (founder of ArtFoodCulture, long term traveller to Hoi An, chef and artist) and Luke Digweed (founder of Hue Grit Tour, long term resident of Hue, writer and curator of experiential tours for a deeper socio-cultural understanding) have built a network of contacts over the years that delight in giving our guests special attention. We go off the tourist trail to experience locations, activities and food that only locals can.

Total land cost $3,500. Deposit due now to reserve your place $500.

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Small group maximum 8 guests. This will ensure you will receive plenty of personal tuition during the sessions.

9 nights accommodation -4 nights Hoi An Hotel with pool (4 star, locally owned). 1 night Trung Son Mountains Bungalow in an authentic Co Tu village (with ensuite). 3 nights Hue City Homestay. 1 night in a Hotel (4 star) in Danang.

Fully hosted by Anna Barnes of ArtFoodCulture & Luke Digweed of Hue Grit Tour

9 breakfasts

8 lunches accompanied by Anna & Luke

9 dinners (street food, markets & local eateries) accompanied by Anna & Luke

Travel Sketching Workshops by Anna @annasartfoodculture

Hue Grit Tours by Luke Digweed of

Entry ticket to Hoi An Ancient Town

Co Tu Village 2d/ 1n - local foods, traditional dancing, weaving demo, crossbow shooting & jungle trek

Cooking Class and Basket Boat rides at a private Eco Fish and Herb Farm with Linh.

Bicycle hire (bring your own helmet, or buy one on location and donate when you leave)

Drinking Water will be made available. Please bring your own stainless steel refillable bottle. Say NO to straws and plastic bags.

Not included:

International airfares


Travel insurance

Some meals

Beverages- alcohol and imported soft drinks 

Extra activities and tours around Hoi An organised at your own cost

Personal expenses, laundry, minibar, tips, airport transfers etc.

Anything not mentioned in the Included list

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Please note:

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required in order to secure your reservation. The final payment balance of $3000 is due 30 days prior to departure date.

Bookings close 7th September. Full Balance due.

If you have paid your deposit, then your reservation will be assured. The retreat is guaranteed to go ahead if minimum numbers are reached by the booking deadline. For guests who have a reservation assured, DO NOT proceed with booking your air travel and organising your visa and insurance until we have contacted you. (In the rare case that minimum numbers are not reached, and a retreat is cancelled, then your deposit will be returned in full).


Here is the booking page:

For general information about Anna Barnes and ArtFoodCulture, 

please go to

For general information about Luke Digweed and Hue Grit Tour please go to

We can recommend a Sydney based Vietnam specialist Travel Agent to take care of your airfares, visa and travel insurance if you are departing from Australia. Let us know if you would like details.

Travel insurance is mandatory and a copy must be supplied to us before commencement.

For Extra nights, add ons to your itinerary within Vietnam, VIP Airport service, private transfers to your hotel, and tours to neighbouring countries please contact us. 

Anna Barnes email:

phone/whatsapp: Anna Barnes (+61) 490345782

Additional Information

  • We hope you are looking forward to what we are sure will be a trip of a lifetime. Before you embark on this Experience, we ask you to consider the points listed below that relate to our Vietnam Retreats. This will ensure you understand what is involved and help you decide if this retreat is right for you.

  • To ensure that your retreat runs as smoothly as possible for you and your fellow retreat members, please consider the following aspects prior to confirming your arrangements.

  • While we believe that age is no barrier, please give special consideration to the fact that medical assistance and public infrastructure can be limited in Vietnam.

  • There will be long periods of physical activity, including walking, climbing of stairs, in/out of boats. Participants who will travel with a cane/walking stick may come across difficulties. It is our experience that using a cane/walking stick in these areas where there are rough and uneven surfaces, stairs to climb and high humidity/summer temperatures, becomes difficult.

  • Only limited meal options will be available. People with special dietary requirements can expect difficulties on these tours. Please understand that depending on the street food or market vendor you may be given very little choice to change/add/omit certain foods from a meal. Allergies including mild intolerances to to life threatening anaphylactic reactions can not be accommodated on Vietnam Experiences.

  • Your retreat includes 2/3/4 star accommodation facilities. The city and/or village power or water may at times be disrupted. This may mean the power, hot water, wifi, refrigeration or air-conditioning may not be available for short or long periods.

  • There will be long periods of driving on often rural and bumpy roads in vehicles ranging from tour coaches to to taxi’s.

  • Heat and humidity affects people in many different ways and a certain level of fitness is required in order to limit the effects. Please discuss how to manage Vietnams tropical summer heat with a health care professional.

  • Guides will endeavour to provide rest stops in your itinerary where possible. Please be advised that some days may have a more physical program than others.

  • We strongly urge you to be sure you can make it before you book. Please see our refund policy in Term and Conditions.

  • Each guest will have different medical needs including decisions to be made with travel vaccinations. Please see a health care professional for advice.

  • Understand that taking out Travel Insurance is compulsory and a copy must be supplied to the organisers prior to commencement of the retreat.

  • The Retreat commences at 4pm 7th October at the Hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam. Address will be supplied at time of booking (check in time 2pm or earlier by arrangement). The best way get to Hoi An is to arrive via the International Airport in Da Nang (DAD). Then get a transfer by private car or taxi to Hoi An (about 30 mins). You will be greeted upon arrival. (details for private transfer available at booking). Retreat ends upon check out time at 11am 16th October in Danang 2019.

  • If you are comfortable with the above mentioned aspects of travelling we look forward to welcoming you on what is sure to be a unique and memorable experience

  • If you have any hesitations please contact Anna at or +610490345782