September 26, 2022 Mary-Anne Brasachio

Asia: One Dish At A Time!

The only thing bigger than the continent of Asia is the reputation of its culinary traditions. From Japanese sushi and Chinese dim sum to Singaporean chilli crab, Asia’s spices and flavours are among the world’s finest. Experience them from their source with in-depth culinary tours designed by local foodie experts.

Ginger, cinnamon, pepper and turmeric were the legends in the 1600s, and sticky stir-fries, aromatic curries and juicy dumplings have all made their mark on today’s global palate. But nothing compares to the real thing fresh from the wok. One tip? Pack those stretchy pants!

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Food Trails of Thailand


DID YOU KNOW… Thai cuisine is a perfect blend of four seasonings – salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Almost every Thai dish combines all four tastes

  • 1 days featuring Bangkok / Chiang Mai / Mae Salong / Khon Kaen / Khao Yai / Sukhothai / Phitsanulok
  • Explore Thailand’s wine culture: Tour Grand Monte vineyard with a wine expert, learn about Thailand’s budding wine industry and sample different varieties.
  • Join hands-on cooking classes: Learn the secrets of Isaan food with a village cooking class and prepare a traditional meal with a celebrity chef.
  • Sample the best Thai food: From exotic fried bugs to freshly prepared street food to east-meets-west fusion, get a taste of the Kingdom’s best.


Flavours of Vietnam




FUN FACT! Cooking in Vietnam is done with minimal use of oil and dairy and relies more on the light, fresh flavours of herbs and vegetables. As a result, Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

  • 11 days featuring Ha Long Bay / Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City / Hue / Danang / Hoi An
  • Be a farmer for a day: Join a local family at their farm, ploughing the fields and picking rice for a better understanding of Vietnam’s agriculture.
  • Join hands-on cooking classes: Grab an apron and step into the kitchen, learning to prepare Vietnamese dishes from villagers and famous chefs.
  • Sample local specialties: Try food from each of Vietnam’s distinctive regions and at popular local stalls for an authentic taste of the country.

Japan’s Culture and Cuisine



Love MISO? It’s actually very good for digestion, and hence

should be eaten at the beginning of the meal; and not at the end.

  • 12 days featuring Mt Koya / Takayama / Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo
  • Learn the secrets of Japanese cuisine: Make fresh noodles with one of Tokyo’s master soba maker and learn to make sushi, miso and more in Kyoto.
  • Visit Japan’s UNESCO Heritage Sites: Gain a deeper understanding of  Buddhism at Koyasan, see Shirakawago’s unique farmhouses and explore Kyoto’s shrines.
  • Go local in Takayama: In Takayama, stay in a ryokan, dine on traditional meals and soak in an onsen just like a local.


Bali Culinary Adventure



You’ll Eat, Pray, Love this one!
  • 7 days featuring Denpasar & Ubud
  • Enjoy hands-on culinary experiences: Cook authentic Balinese cuisine with a local chef, join farmers in the rice paddies and learn to make traditional juices.
  • Sample Ubud’s best food: Taste everything from suckling pig at a local market stall to a five-course dinner at an award-winning restaurant.
  • Get a glimpse of Balinese culture: Rub elbows with locals at the market, visit the sacred Kehen Temple and learn about typical village life.

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