Korean meal

Food & Drink holidays

Asia is a food-lover’s heaven, and there are as many ways to experience it as there are things to try.

In fact, there's a recipe to the perfect foodie holiday — and it all starts (and potentially ends) with a guided food tour. Once that’s under your belt, and you’re fully armed with knowledge of all those local delicacies, you can graze with confidence in the destinations to come. And wherever you go, be sure to take in a little drinks culture, too; whether you wind up at a hipster coffee café in Saigon or delving into Korea's 24-hour bar culture, you’ll soon find that Southeast Asia is home to some of the best people watching places there are.

To truly understand a cuisine, we’ll sing the praises of taking a cookery class to anyone who will listen. Plus, the classes we've handpicked (many of them community or charitable initiatives) are run by some of the best people we know. Tasty and memorable!

Food inspired Asian itineraries

If you want a foodie trip, these are our favourites

Sunrise over Angkor Wat

Laos & Cambodia Entwined

From $3,200 per person

Take your time to soak up the culture and scenery, travelling slow from Luang Prabang to Phnom Penh.

People eating in the street in autumn

Gastronomic Adventure

From $3,978 per person

Call us biased, but Japan has the best food in the world — and this trip has the best food in Japan.

Floating market in Thailand

Taste of Thailand

From $4,182 per person

A gastronomic adventure through one of the world’s great cuisines — from curry to coffee, and from street food to Michelin stars.

Pho in Vietnam

Food-lover's Vietnam

From $4,091 per person

Go far beyond pho on this gastronomic adventure – covering Vietnam’s classic destinations with a focus on fabulous food.

Sunset over temple in Penang

Experiential Malaysia

From $3,113 per person

This action-packed itinerary is all about full immersion: getting to grips with Malaysian culture by experiencing it first-hand.

Halong Bay view

Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered

From $2,800 per person

Pho noodles and amok curry, merchant houses and temples, villages and karst islands. Discover the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Asia's top foodie destinations

Places to experience the best of Asian food culture

Vietnam - Hanoi - Street - David Lovejoy

Hanoi

Northern Vietnam

Combining canary-yellow French palaces with colourful and chaotic market streets dating back to the imperial dynasties, Hanoi is the place to soak up the atmosphere of old Vietnam.

Aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City cathedral

Ho Chi Minh City

Southern Vietnam

The yin to Hanoi’s yang, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon to its friends) offers a more internationally minded counterpoint to that northern bastion of tradition — not to mention an exciting base from which to explore Vietnam’s most interesting war sites.

Kuala Lumpur skyline

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is a true cultural melting pot, where jade-topped Chinese gates open out onto palm-lined squares, Indian restaurants serve banana leaf curries in marigold-scented alleyways, and old-fashioned Malay villages lie squeezed between the skyscrapers.

Kuching waterfront

Kuching

Borneo

A wide variety of indigenous and immigrant cultures combine to form Kuching’s unmistakable cultural mélange, expressed not only in its historic architecture and ethnic diversity, but in its legendary laksa, multicoloured cakes and freshly blended gourmet coffee.

Steps up to Penang Hill

Penang

Malaysia

World Heritage architecture, 130-million-year-old rainforest, world-class street art and a countryside peppered with spice gardens and durian groves: the island of Penang is an intoxicating medley of natural and cultural treasures.

Orange robed monks at Angkor Wat Temple

Siem Reap

Cambodia

The laid-back, low-rise town of Siem Reap is the gateway to one of the most spectacular man-made sights on the planet: the sprawling, root-strangled ruins of Angkor.

Floating villages at Kampot

Kampot

Cambodia

World-famous for its tongue-tingling pepper, sleepy Kampot is the jumping-off point for adventures in Bokor National Park, and a wonderfully chilled-out place to relax for a few days.

Aerial view of Lumpini Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok

Thailand

Bangkok is an assault on the senses. Clouds of aromatic steam battle with exhaust fumes, neon signs blink jarringly alongside confection-like temples, and 30-degree heat and humidity heightens the sensation that you’re simmering in a heady, spice-laden stew.

Food experiences and tours

Unmissable ways to experience Asian food culture

Eating street food in Kuching

Evening street food tour of Kuching

Kuching

Kuching is the gastronomic capital of Borneo, and this guided tour is about sampling its many delights.

Dim sum in bamboo baskets

East meets West Hong Kong - walking & food tour

Hong Kong

Walking & food tour in Hong Kong

Playing boules

Boules & Barbecue

Luang Prabang

What does Laos have in common with turn-of-the-century Provence? An abiding love of the boules, for one thing.

Japanese whisky tasting

Sake and whisky tasting

Japan

We all know that Japan is famous for sake, but did you know that it also produces some of the best whisky in the world?

Exploring Ho Chi Minh City on the back of a Vespa

Vespa street-food tour

Vietnam

Vietnam is notorious for its scooter-snarled streets, but we say — if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

Bangkok street market

Bangkok after dark

Bangkok

Bangkok is the city that never stops eating, as you’ll discover on this late-night tuk-tuk tour of the city’s finest street-food spots and drinking holes.

Phnom Penh street food

Phnom Penh's street food by night

Phnom Penh

“You start with crickets and a beer.” That’s Angelina Jolie’s advice on Cambodian street food — but don’t worry, it’s not all about deep-fried tarantulas.

Looking out over the Kampot Pepper Farm

La Plantation pepper farm

Kampot

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or simply spice curious, you can’t possibly leave Cambodia without a taste of Kampot pepper.

Tour of a Vietnamese market with Chef Ai

Insider Experience: Home cooking with Chef Ai

Hanoi

If you ask us, there’s no better way to kick off your trip to Vietnam than with this cooking class at the home of Vietnamese MasterChef finalist Chef Ai.

Chef Ai running a market tour in Vietnam

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