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

Asia's top foodie destinations

Places to experience the best of Asian food culture

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ho Chi Minh City
Culture
Culture & History
Food & Drink
Insider

Sipping a sweet iced coffee at a street-side café is an unmissable Vietnamese experience — but there’s more to it than just a few ground beans and some condensed milk: these days, Vietnam is a bona fide, world-class, bean-brewing pro.

Singapore
Culture
Food & Drink
Luxury

Originally built as a private beach house in the 1830s, Raffles Hotel has seen film stars, escaped tigers, Japanese soldiers and (more recently) Instagram influencers pass through its doors over the past 200 years.

Japan
Culture
Food & Drink

Can you be a professional at bar-hopping? Some of our Japan team have dedicated years to the art, and this insider’s eating-and-drinking extravaganza is the result.

Japan
Food & Drink

There’s a reason Osaka’s unofficial motto is kuidaore: “eat ‘til you drop”. Join our street-food tour and you’ll find out why as you sample mouthwatering treats at our favourite foodie spots in the city.

Malacca
Food & Drink

Peranakan (or Baba Nyonya) culture is a fusion of Chinese and Malay traditions, and nowhere is it more deliciously expressed than in its cuisine – of which Malaccans are rightly proud.

Japan
Food & Drink

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?

Singapore
Culture
Food & Drink

Each specialising in a single, meticulously prepared dish honed over generations, Singapore’s hawker stalls are so unique they’ve been given heritage status by UNESCO.

Japan
Activity
Food & Drink

No sooner have you stepped inside Moe and Chikako’s front door than you’ll be seated at the kitchen table, chatting away and sipping the latest batch of their home-made plum wine.

Singapore
Culture
Food & Drink
Insider

Melding ancient Chinese and local Malay traditions since the 15th century, Peranakan culture is totally unique, and food is the way to its heart.

Chef Ai running a market tour in Vietnam

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