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Cooking and Food Tours in Asia

Live to eat? Love to cook? Asia's great cuisines await for your enjoyment, whether it be sampling Bangkok's legendary street food or learning to make pho in Hanoi. We have the perfect recipe for a fun foodie holiday!

One of the best reasons to visit our part of the world is the incredible food. If you love cooking, love food, or want to learn more about the cuisines of Asia, we think you will enjoy the programs below. You do not have to be a trained chef to enjoy any of these programs. Several include cooking classes. Emphasis is on dishes that can be prepared using ingredients you can find easily in your home country. If your traveling companion is not interested in cooking classes, please let us know and we will keep him or her busy with other activities during class time.


Travel the Big Mango by tuktuk, stopping at three different Thai restaurants for three different courses. You'll also make a stop at the city's sprawling night-time flower market, and enjoy a rooftop cocktail with fabulous panoramic view of Wat Po and Wat Arun. Don't have a big lunch!

Khao soi in Chiang Mai


In just a few fun days you can learn enough Thai cooking to prepare a banquet when you return home. This Mai program includes three full days of cooking classes. (You can add up to three more days if you want to take the full course.) Students get a personal work station and ingredients. The teacher demonstrates a dish, then you try it on your own. Prepare three or four dishes each day, then eat what you have made. At the end you get a cookbook to take home.

We can help you eat your way across Asia, whether you want to dive into the local food culture, research new culinary trends, enjoy some cooking classes, discover the wonders of "street food" or even photograph food or ingredients. We're foodies, too, and we want to share some of things we have discovered over the 20 years we have spent here. Chapatis in Bangalore? Chiang Mai's top pick for khao soi The best yum pla duk fu in Bangkok? Awesome amok in Kep? The perfect momo in Wangduephodrang? Or maybe the noodle joint where Obama and Bordain lunched in Hanoi? We know where to find it all and we love to share.


This Bangkok cooking school program is more than just cooking Thai cooking classes, it is an exploration of Thai cuisine and culture that includes visits to markets and all of the most important places to see in Bangkok. All cooking classes are hands-on at a personal work station. Even non-cooks will have fun learning simple but delicious dishes they can make back home.


Learn to cook Thai food on the tropical holiday island of Phuketat a school located on a spectacular private beach. This program is three nights long, but you can (and maybe should)  stay longer.


The cuisines of Laos and Thailand are similar but not the same. (It is difficult to say who borrowed from whom.) Taking a cooking class in LP is a great excuse to spend an extra day in a town that most people do not want to leave.


The secret to Vietnamese cooking is simplicity and freshness. If you can add an extra day to any of our Hanoi packages  we can add a private cooking lesson. You get your choice of dishes to learn!

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