Food is a gateway into the culture of a nation, and Southeast Asia, where every country has its own style of cooking, spicing and ingredients, this is particularly poignant. For the adventurous eater who’ll feast on anything there are more than enough exciting delicacies to keep you taste buds tingling for days. This quick itinerary, themed for those who love their food, features some of our foodie highlights and gives you an idea of the places to visit in each destination:
These highlights have been specially picked for this themed itinerary: Cooking Class, Hoi An Hoi An is perfectly positioned to make the most of the incredible range of produce that is grown in Vietnam’s central region. Every morning the market is packed full of just-picked fruit and vegetables – the perfect ingredients for a cooking class. Learn the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and whip up your very own feast!
Tea & Coffee Plantations, Dalat Dalat has the perfect climate for growing tea and coffee, and this highland town is surrounded by acre after undulating acre of these precious plants. Learn the process of producing tea and coffee, from picking to packet, before tasting the end product.
Street Food Tour, Saigon Vietnam’s street food is renowned; delicious dishes that bring Vietnam’s amazing flavours together with influences from France, China and Korea. This is the perfect way to get a taste of both Saigon’s vibrant street life and the unique local flavours, touring the city paying visits to a range of the very best street stalls.
Mekong Delta Cruise Vietnam’s ‘rice basket’, the Delta is an area of lush, fertile land that produces plenty of rice, fruits and vegetables. Cruising on the shady, quiet canals of the area is the perfect way to explore, and means that you can easily stop off at orchards and small cottage industries to taste delicious treats made from the fruits of the land.
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.