Korean meal

Food & Drink vacations

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 vacation — 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 favorites

$3,800
Classic
Culture
Food & Drink

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

$2,800
Classic
Activity
Culture & History
Food & Drink
Hands on

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

$3,500
Classic
Food & Drink

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

$2,900
Activity
Classic
Food & Drink

From beach BBQs to high-end fusion: this itinerary proves that Cambodia has the culinary clout to take on the world.

$3,700
Activity
Classic
Culture
Food & Drink

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

$2,800
Classic
Active
Culture
Food & Drink
Scenery

Taste the very best of Laos on this food-focused adventure, showcasing three classic destinations in a fresh (and delicious) light.

Asia's top foodie destinations

Places to experience the best of Asian food culture

Northern Vietnam

Combining canary-yellow French palaces with colorful 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, multicolored 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

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.

Food experiences and tours

Unmissable ways to experience Asian food culture

Penang
Art
Food & Drink

George Town’s street-art scene was born in 2010, when 52 steel artworks appeared around the city. When “Lithuanian Banksy” Ernest Zacharevic added eight murals in 2012, it cemented its reputation as one of the trendiest street-art destinations in the world.

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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur
Food & Drink
Insider

This isn’t just the best street-food tour in Kuala Lumpur, it's one of the best we’ve done anywhere. And we’ve done lots.

Bangkok
Food & Drink

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.

Hanoi
Food & Drink
Hands on
Insider

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.

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.

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.

Singapore
Culture
Food & Drink

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

Chef Ai running a market tour in Vietnam

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