Our Sample Itineraries

A Taste of Thailand

Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Thailand’s distinctive cuisine is one of the world’s finest and best-loved and its balance of big, bold flavours ranks it amongst the most prolific of international cuisines. Thailand is a paradise for both gastronomes and street food lovers and to experience its authentic tastes, we delve into the culinary scene in food epicentres, Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

A Taste of Indochina

Luang Prabang – Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City – Hue – Hanoi

A culinary odyssey through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam revealing distinctive cuisines and kitchen traditions. Hands-on experiences at key culinary destinations range from street food stalls to gastronomic restaurants, assisted by expert chefs, food gurus and in-the-know locals.

A Culinary Journey through Vietnam and Thailand

Hanoi – Halong Bay – Hue – Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Bangkok

A delicious voyage through two of the world’s hottest culinary destinations. Discover everything from local street food and rustic village specialties to gastronomic cuisine at sophisticated restaurants.

Flavours of Myanmar

Yangon - Inle Lake - Bagan - Mandalay

Discover Burma's enigmatic cuisine which is one of the most complex and diverse in Southeast Asia. Experience the unique flavours of each region by sampling the local cuisine and participating in a number of hands-on cooking classes.

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Our Tailored Experiences

  • The Ultimate Food Tour of Bangkok

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Renowned for its bold and spicy flavours, Thai food is a harmonious balance of sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy, taking seemingly disparate elements and fusing them into wonderfully complex dishes. Spend a full day exploring the many flavours of Thailand starting with an early morning trip to Or Tor Kor Market, rated one of the world’s best fresh markets for its cleanliness, high-quality produce, and wide-ranging selection.

    Learn basic market phrases and tips on selecting fresh food. At Bussaracum, Thailand’s first restaurant to specialise in royal cuisine, join a workshop on food carving, followed by a lunch of dishes typically served to Siamese royalty. In the evening, enjoy a fine dining experience of authentic Thai cuisine at Chef David Thompson’s Nahm, the kingdom’s first restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star.

    Duration: 12hrs

  • Culinary Adventure in Bali

    Bali, Indonesia

    Embark on a unique culinary experience pairing authentic Balinese cuisine with food adventures. Ideal for those who love cooking and eating and want to understand more about food and its influence on the culture, the meals or cooking classes are structured around local, off-the-beaten-track experiences.

    Choose from 5 different “Day in the Life of…” themes: visiting a local village to see Balinese palm wine being made and soaking your feet in a natural spring; joining a local fisherman on his traditional-style jukung outrigger sailboat; cycling between rice fields and through jungles in the foothills of Mount Ayung; making and applying traditional skin and beauty products from natural ingredients; or shopping at a morning market and learning how to prepare traditional flower offerings.

    Duration: 8hrs

  • Exploring Balinese Street Food

    Bali, Indonesia

    Indonesian cuisine is incredibly diverse, thanks to its more than 300 ethnic groups, a long history as a land of spices, and influences from countries like China, India, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

    Hop in a 1980 Brasilian VW Kombi and spend the evening sampling Bali’s street food at several hidden eateries known mostly just to locals, including food stalls and mobile hawkers on bicycles, carts or carrying two baskets on a pikulan, or yoke. Also stop at a secret warung, or small restaurant, favoured by local taxi drivers. Humble warungs are an Indonesian tradition where people from all walks of life come together for great food. End the night with a special Indonesian dessert cooked in earthen pots on open coals.

    Duration: 4hrs

  • Street Food Walking Tour Through Chinatown

    Yangon, Myanmar

    Established by British colonials in the 1800s to cater to immigrants from the southernmost Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Yunnan, and Fujian, Yangon’s Chinatown is now known for its vibrant culture and amazing street food. Experience an explosion for your senses with an evening stroll through these bustling streets, walking past storefronts burning paper money and incense offerings and hawkers selling their wares, all while ancient Buddhist and Confucian rituals take place side by side.

    Take in the aromas wafting from colourful shops filled with crispy roasted ducks and suckling pigs, steaming dim sum and traditional medicine. Listen as your guide provides insight into the history of the area and introduces you to some local eats to try along the way like giant tiger prawn skewers or traditional Chinese-style BBQ.

    Duration: 4-5hrs

  • Learn How to Prepare Shan Cuisine

    Heho, Myanmar

    The cuisine of Shan State is loaded with unique flavours thanks to its many fresh, locally-farmed products, the influence of its nine primary ethnic groups as well as its preference for spices similar to those used in the south of India. Shan State is known for producing glutinous rice, fermented beans and preserved vegetables in rice wine while the floating gardens of Inle Lake supplies tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and string beans to much of the country.

    Spend the morning shopping in the local fresh market and selecting ingredients. With the hands-on guidance from the chef, prepare popular Shan dishes including Shan noodles, vegetable tempura, and Shan salad which you will enjoy for lunch.

    Duration: 4hrs

  • Cooking Class and Swimming at Kuang Si Falls

    Luang Prabang, Laos

    Spend a leisurely half day at the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls, known for their turquoise blue pools formed by water cascading down in tiers from the hillside. Begin by visiting the organic farm of your instructor who is an author of the first English-language Lao cookbook. Her garden of herbs, medicinal plants, fruits and vegetables is situated in a wild jungle setting beside a river outlet of the Kuang Si Falls.

    Gather ingredients from the garden for a cooking class with your host, showcasing some of Lao cuisine’s intriguing and perhaps unfamiliar flavours. After enjoying the lunch you helped prepare, explore the nearby Kuang Si Waterfalls with the opportunity to swim in the pools or hike to the top of the main waterfall featuring an impressive 60m (200ft) cascade.

    Duration: 6.5hrs

  • Exploring Lao Street Food by Tuk-Tuk

    Vientiane, Laos

    While perhaps not as well-known as Thai or Vietnamese cuisine, the flavours of Laos are just as enchanting in their own right. Being mountainous and landlocked, Lao cuisine focuses on fresh, local ingredients and enjoys some similarities with Northern Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    Spend an evening zipping around Vientiane by three-wheeled tuk-tuk on an adventurous dinner safari. Join the locals at a bustling evening food market to sample some Lao favourites accompanied by the staples of sticky rice and umami-rich padaek, a paste made from cured, fermented fish. Also visit pop-up stands that sell roadside desserts and drinks only in the evenings. End the night on a sweet note by sampling some traditional Lao sweets, many featuring coconut or sticky rice, and Lao-style roti with banana and coconut milk.

    Duration: 3hrs

  • Experience Khmer Food Delights by Tuk Tuk

    Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Heartier than Vietnamese food and not as sweet or spicy as Thai, Khmer cuisine occupies a niche all its own. Shaped by history (with influences from China and France) and geography (incorporating rice and freshwater fish from the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers), Cambodian food showcases pleasing contrasts – sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked.

    Spend an evening criss-crossing the town of Siem Reap by tuk tuk in search of Khmer favourites including snacks in the alleyways and side streets surrounding the Old Market; street food on famed Angkor Kyung Yu Road (also known as Road 60) including a range of exotic fruits, grilled meats, and for the food-adventurous, some fried insects; a more substantial sit-down meal at a local restaurant; and finishing off with a traditional Cambodian alcoholic beverage.

    Duration: 3-4hrs

  • Cooking Class at Ambassador’s Former Residence

    Ho Chi Minh City

    Vietnamese cuisine is unique in Southeast Asia for its many influences, including the Chinese who ruled parts of Vietnam for a thousand years and the French who occupied Vietnam close to a century. Participate in an engaging half-day cooking class highlighting the bold, fresh flavours of southern Vietnamese cuisine at the exclusive former residence of US Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. Begin with a trip to Ben Thanh, Saigon’s iconic market. Its central location and volume of shoppers means it has some of the city’s freshest ingredients. At the villa, learn more about this historic home with a tour and a short video, and enjoy a private, hands-on cooking demonstration, with tips on presentation and chopstick usage before savouring your culinary creation.

    Duration: 3hrs

  • Discovering the Street Food Culture of Hanoi

    Hanoi, Vietnam

    An enduring image of Hanoi is of people clustered around low tables, enjoying steaming bowls of street food while motorbikes whiz on by. Northern Vietnam is not only the country’s cradle of civilisation, but is also the birthplace of many of its best-known dishes, including pho (noodle soup) and bun cha (grilled pork over noodles). Together with a well-known food blogger who has spent over a decade documenting Hanoi’s street food scene, explore some of his favourite Old Quarter wet markets and street food stalls. Listen as he demystifies Vietnamese food practices and unusual flavours while introducing you to some of Hanoi’s iconic dishes. Among the tour’s highlights are ceremonial cake stalls, dried and candied fruit, and traditional coffee in a historic café in the Old Quarter.

    Duration: 3hrs

  • Exploring Saigon’s Hidden Eateries and Cafes by Vespa (Exclusive)

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City has 8 million residents and just as many motorbikes. Do as the locals do and hop on a vintage Vespa, zipping across Saigon’s urban districts in search of local, authentic eateries known mostly to the just most food-conscious of the city’s residents. Try Vietnamese versions of French-inspired flavours including freshly baked baguettes and a cup of “ca-phe phin” or rich, drip coffee, served in a vintage coffee shop. Taste how the Vietnamese treat fresh seafood in an out-of-the-way restaurant. Explore a mid 20th century apartment complex which transforms into hundreds of food and drink stalls in the evening. Finish the night with a Vietnamese dessert at a 50-year-old sweet shop, followed by a glass of local beer or a cocktail at a cosy Saigon bar tucked down a quiet alley.

    Duration: 3.5hrs