You Can Now Follow in Anthony Bourdain’s Footsteps in Vietnam With Trip Dedicated to His Legacy


Anthony Bourdain traveled to the far corners of the world for his show Parts Unknown, and one of his most memorable trips was the one he took to Vietnam.

Diep Nguyen, a Vietnam travel expert for vacation company Exotic Voyages, worked with Bourdain and his crew the last time he traveled to Northern Vietnam in 2016.

She wanted to pay tribute to the late chef and author, who was found dead by suicide in his hotel room in France while shooting an upcoming episode of the hit Netflix show with his friend Eric Ripert in June, by creating a trip through her native country that would honor his legacy and allow people to explore Vietnam the same way he did.

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“As a self-proclaimed foodie, Anthony Bourdain is my hero,” Nguyen says. “I have been following his work, from his TV debut on No Reservations to his most recent show, Parts Unknown. In both his book, Kitchen Confidential, and the show, he inspires generations of young ‘Glorified Dishwashers’ to become so much more, just as he once did with his career.”

“To meet him, not to mention assisting him and working with his crew on his show was literally a dream come true!” she continues. “The experience of a lifetime not only helped me understand the man himself, but how his love for my beautiful Vietnam developed over good food and conversation. To say thanks and pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the trip ‘A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain: Taste of Vietnam’ is everything I would like to offer for everyone who loves him, fall for (or is curious about) Vietnam, and, of course, would love our food.”

The 14-day, 13-night tour hits nine cities in the Southeast Asian country and retraces the late chef’s footsteps. It kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City with dinner at one of Bourdain’s favorite restaurants featured on No Reservations, Com Nieu. Guests on the excursion will also visit the Opera House, the Ben Tre province, and cruise the Chet Say River. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Hoi An’s Central Market or a meal at the small hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Hanoi where Bourdain treated President Barack Obama to a meal. The table and chairs where they dined are now encased in glass.

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“There is no better place to entertain the leader of the free world, in my opinion, than one of these classic, funky, family-run noodle shops you find all over Hanoi,” Bourdain said during the episode. “Dinner and a beer cost about $6. I’m guessing the president doesn’t get a lot of state dinners like this.”

The trip through Exotic Voyages is customizable, and the price includes all meals, accommodations and transportation (not including airfare). Rates begin at $3,755 per person.

It was no secret that Bourdain advocated for everyone who was able to see the world to do so. In his book Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, he wrote: “If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel — as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them — wherever you go.”


How to Vacation Like an Instagram Influencer: Tips from the Travel Social Media Gods

It’s that time of year when everyone is posting amazing vacation photos and the FOMO is setting in. And if you’ve been looking for a weekend getaway to recharge, we may have the answer.


The online travel agency Cheap Caribbean, which specializes in tropical beach vacations, recently launched an exclusive, limited-time “Vacation Envy” package that’s basically the pick-me-up you (and your Instagram feed!) need.


The package features a three-night stay (May 17-20) at one of Bermuda’s top hotels, the photogenic Hamilton Princess, and starts at $999 for room, air, spa and transportation.



The best part? Guests will get on-the-ground tips from social media influencers Nastasia Yakoub (of @DameTraveler and @NastasiasPassport) and Jess Meryck (of @thewonderingdreamer) to help them plan content. The influencers will host tutorial sessions and actual photo shoots to help you choose the photos for your feed, and you’ll even leave with a custom book of tips.


Interested in booking? Call 844-421-0825 now, before the offer ends on April 26. And check out some of the tips for curating your perfect vacation Instagrams below.


Tip #1: Timing Is Key


Make sure to wake up early for those golden hour shots. Most locations, especially the touristy ones, will be quiet and empty at this time. The Golden Hour App shows you the path of the sun in the sky for the location and date selected.



Tip # 2: Styling Yourself


Use Pinterest for inspiration. Select your wardrobe by the color palette of the destination you’re going to, or what mood you’re feeling there.



Tip #3: Flatlays


Search for Instagrammable restaurants. Try to get a window table (natural light is best) and declutter your space. When taking a photo, make sure your phone is as high as it can go and as flat as it can be. Play around with the food and keep it in line and organized. Bring props for the table, i.e. sunglasses or a hat.



Tip #4: Use Your Angles


Be creative with your shots! Try angles through a palm tree or a bush of flowers. Go for shots that have never been done before. You might get a view better than the ones everyone’s seen before. Have patience; sometimes it take a long time to get that perfect shot!


Millie Bobby Brown Vacations in Cabo with Family and Stranger Things Castmate (and New BFF!) Sadie Sink


Millie Bobby Brown is soaking up the summer sunshine!


The young star of the Netflix sci-fi hit series Stranger Things spent some time with family and newly-added castmate Sadie Sink in Cabo, Mexico, throughout the past week.


In photos shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Brown, 13, and Sink, 15, frolick in the foamy and white turquoise waters as they hold hands while walking on the beach. During their trip, the new BFFs also spent time at the spa and dined at fine restaurants in the Grand Velas resort with family.


Brown shot to stardom (and inspired a bevy of Halloween costumes) with her portrayal of Eleven, a girl with a psychokinetic gift. The young actress also won theand delivered an emotional speech during the surprise win in the May ceremony.


Sink —who is best known for her role in the NBC thriller series, American Odyssey — joined the hit show for season 2.


“They had so much fun at the resort, they literally never left during their visit!” a source told PEOPLE about the Stranger Things costars’ time together in Cabo.


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Brown also shared a sweet photo montage and caption on Instagram of the “beautiful people” that she had the “honor to spend” her vacation with.

“Thanks again to @grandvelascabos staff! Here are some pictures to represent beautiful people that I got the honor to spend my vacation with! Love to all of you! -mills 🌸@zaringgroup #mexico #ad,” wrote Brown.

The highly acclaimed cast and show — costarring Winona Ryder — earned a staggering 18 Emmy nominations and earned the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in February.


While the second season of the Netflix thriller isn’t set to air until October, co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer told Vulture in a recent interview that there will likely be “a four season thing and then out.”

Our round up of the best spa breaks!

There’s nothing quite like going away for a weekend at a spa for some serious R&R. But of course, not all spa breaks are created equal. That’s why – and it’s a tough job – the Top Sante team have packed their bags and travelled around the country to review the great and good of UK and foreign spas. It’s not all selfish (honest!) but designed to help you make the most of your hard-earned cash, and get the relaxing spa weekend you deserve.

UK spa reviews

Review: Armathwaite Hall, Cumbria

A dog-friendly hotel with enormous grounds and access to the gorgeous walks of the Lake District, discover what our tester thought.

Review: Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Newbury

We tried an aromatherapy massage at this Berkshire hotel, as well as making the most of the experience showers and other facilities.

Review: Lakeside Hotel and Spa, Cumbria


A waterside retreat on the edge of Lake Windermere, this spa is a treat for the senses.

Review: Feversham Arms Hotel Verbena Spa,Yorkshire

This Yorkshire spa has a heated outdoor pool and spa area. We tested the Power Breakfast Facial – find out how we got on!

Review: Mottram Hall spa, Cheshire

Try one of 40 weekly fitness classes, lounge by outdoor or indoor pools or test the Alfresco ThermoSpace.

Review: Bedford Lodge Spa, Newmarket

This Suffolk spa and hotel offers dry floatation experiences and bubble pools!

Review: Balmer Lawn Hotel and spa, New Forest

This four-star former hunting lodge is the perfect blend of old and new, and we loved the outdoor heated pool.

Review: Dunston Hall hotel and spa, Norwich

We noticed a few issues with this Elizabethan-style manor house – find out more by reading our full review.

European spa reviews

Review: Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri, Spain

Looking for a Spanish spa with ocean views? This luxurious hotel could be just the ticket.

Review: Wildfitness, Menorca

Fancy horse riding on the beach, eating outdoors and getting back to nature? A Wildfitness retreat could be for you.

Review: Ragusa Spa Wellness Centre, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a hot destination, and if it’s on your bucket list you might want to incorporate a spa visit too – especially one with an infrared sauna.

Review: Soulshine Retreats, Ibiza

Looking for yoga, sunshine and calm living? You might not think the ‘party Isle’ is the obvious choice, but there’s another side to Ibiza, as we discovered.

Get a First Look at the Anthony Bourdain Special Dedicated to the Late Chef’s Impact

The Parts Unknown episode on Oct. 14 will look a lot different than usual.

CNN is paying tribute to Anthony Bourdain with a special episode of the late chef‘s hit travel series. The one hour episode titled “Bourdain’s Impact,” which airs during Parts Unknown‘s usual time slot at 9 p.m., will “explore how Anthony Bourdain’s unique perspective and voice altered the world of food, travel and culture and in the process reinvented how audiences watched television and engaged intimately and actively with the world around them,” according to a press release. 

In an exclusive first look at the trailer above, Bourdain is shown during some of his most memorable travels, including his meal with Barack Obama in Vietnam. “He was funny and fearless with a chef’s swagger and the heart of a story teller,” a voice narrates over the clips. “Anthony Bourdain was the ultimate guest and his impact lives on.”


Friends and colleagues like podcaster Andy Greenwald and author Andrew Friedman will contribute to the special. The Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi, who were both imprisoned by Iranian government after appearing on a Parts Unknown episode set in the Middle Eastern country in 2014, also join in.

“I would describe myself as a lucky cook who gets to tell stories,” Bourdain says in the trailer.


The chef died by suicide in June while filming Parts Unknown in France with his friend and fellow chef Eric Ripert. Bourdain’s colleagues honored his work at the season premiere during the Tribeca TV Festival last week.

“Bourdain’s Impact” is part of the series’ final seven-part season. Five episodes are in the traditional format on-location in Kenya, Indonesia, West Texas, Spain and New York City’s Lower East Side, though only Kenya was completed with Bourdain’s written narration before his death. A second special is also set to air later this season.

Parts Unknown airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.