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Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok
Kuala Lumpur – Bangkok
Arrive in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, or KL, located along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. KL is one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing cities and the region’s youngest capital, presenting an intoxicating blend of old-world charm and new-world sophistication.
On day two, embark on a brief morning tour of KL’s key monuments, historic gems and influential architectural structures, which include the National Monument, King’s Palace, Independence Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Take a photo in front of the Petronas Twin Towers, KL’s most iconic landmark and world’s tallest twin structures. This evening, experience first-hand the multi-layered ethnic cultures and corresponding melting-pot of cuisine that this capital is so renowned for. Stroll along Chinatown’s lively street markets that burst alive after dark with countless food stalls. Then feast on a traditional Malay dinner, accompanied by a captivating cultural show.
A world-class foodie destination, Malaysia boasts a unique and richly complex culinary culture, with an incredible array of food choices, predominately infused with Chinese, Indian and Malay traditions. Today, embark on a gastronomical journey of discovery along a heritage trail, sampling some of Malaysia’s most beloved and iconic national dishes. Follow in the footsteps of a local food expert on this culinary walking tour, a veritable treat for the taste-buds. Try delicious local dishes that include nasi lemak, roti canai and hokkien mee. While in the neighbourhood, take this opportunity to additionally savour some of KL’s famous heritage sites, including Jamek Mosque, Sri Mahamariamman and Central Market.
This hands-on communal cooking class provides you with a rare opportunity to learn how to prepare and create Malaysian home-cooking recipes, as practiced down the generations. You will also get to experience warm Malaysian hospitality and gain fascinating insight into the nation’s cultural and social traditions. The cooking class commences with a guided tour through a typical local market. Afterwards sample your Malay dishes at a sit-down lunch, accompanied by your chef and the other novice cooks.
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand’s pulsating capital. In addition to being ranked as a leading tourist destination, Bangkok is one of the world’s finest culinary epicentres. This “City of Angels” provides a delicious plethora of dining options, while its’ distinctive street food culture is ranked amongst the world’s finest.
Spend a full day exploring Thailand’s diverse complexity of flavours. Set off early morning to Or Tor Kor Market, one of the world’s premier fresh markets, renowned for its high-quality produce and broad spectrum of exotic specialties. Learn basic market phrases and tips on selecting the freshest produce. At Bussaracum, Thailand’s first restaurant to specialise in royal cuisine, join a workshop to learn the ancient art of fruit and vegetable carving. This is followed by an exclusive lunch of dishes traditionally presented to Siamese royalty. In the evening, enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Chef David Thompson’s world-acclaimed Nahm, the Kingdom’s first Michelin-starred restaurant.
To delve deeper into Thai culinary traditions, explore two famed markets on Bangkok’s outskirts. Our first stop is Mahachai Market, one of the nation’s largest traditional seafood markets, boasting some of the world’s highest levels of seafood production. Continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s few remaining places to experience an authentic floating market. On a sampan, slowly navigate through this vibrant market and the maze of slender canals, passing boats laden with colourful produce. Early this evening, head to bustling Chinatown, established in the late 18th century, yet still evocative of “Old Bangkok.” Our hosted foodie tour leads us past countless street-side food stalls and eateries, renowned for their delicious street food.
Besides culinary delights, we set aside time to explore some of Bangkok’s most iconic sights. First, visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok’s oldest temples housing a sacred reclining Buddha. Our early morning visit coincides with a mesmerising morning chanting ritual by Buddhist monks. Take a thrilling Tuk-Tuk ride through the capital’s bustling streets, then stroll down Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s historic high street. Known as the “Venice of the East”, Bangkok’s network of klongs (canals) are an intrinsic part of the urban fabric. Experience river life deep along the klongs aboard an iconic, long-tailed boat. Later, enjoy an evening dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. Feast on a gourmet dinner of authentic Thai cuisine, while sailing past illuminated monuments.
Free at leisure until the transfer to Bangkok International Airport for your onward flight.