SE Asia Culinary Journey (2024)

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Jan 20 — Jan 31, 2024
12 days
12/12 spots booked
BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $500 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be refundable - minus a 3% transaction fee - for 30 days. [*If the deposit is paid within 90 days of the tour start date, the deposit is non-refundable once paid.]
Join us on an unforgettable food-focused adventure in Southeast Asia, where we will uncover the culinary secrets of Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore!
Dive deep into the incredible food markets of Bangkok
Travel back in time through the ancient city of Ayutthaya
Get ready for the vast foodie scene of Kuala Lumpur, with some of the best food in the world
Enjoy time exploring the gorgeous Cameron Highlands of Malaysia
Visit a tea plantation to learn about the process of making the finest teas
Spoil yourself with the delicious cuisine of Singapore, with its Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences

Calling all foodies and travel enthusiasts! This trip is a chance to embark on a culinary adventure through Southeast Asia, where you’ll be immersed in the traditional food culture of each location, while also exploring some of the wonderful sights.

Our journey will take us through Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kuala Lumpur, the Cameron Highlands and Singapore. You’ll discover the secrets of traditional tea plantations and meet local chefs who serve up dishes that will remain etched in your memory forever. You’ll indulge in the explosion of flavors and spices at sprawling markets and enjoy the absolute best street food on the planet. There will be a variety of excellent restaurant experiences, a cooking class and trips to famous local eateries that few visitors ever reach.

Throughout the tour, you’ll be in the company of like-minded travelers who share your passion for adventure and culinary exploration. This food tour is an exclusive opportunity to experience Southeast Asia through food, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for the rich culture and gastronomy of this captivating region of the world!

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    Jan 20Bangkok (arrival day)
    Bangkok (arrival day)
    Arrival day
    Included: Dinner
    Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel in the city center. After getting settled and having a good rest, we’ll start off with an evening orientation and a group dinner at one of the city’s best restaurants.
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    Jan 21Bangkok
    Highlights: Full-day tour of Bangkok's highlights and markets
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today, we'll dive into the heart of Bangkok, exploring its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and local hotspots. We'll start off at the Grand Palace, a mesmerizing blend of buildings and temples that were the royal abode for the Kings of Siam. While there, we'll also make a stop at Wat Phra Kaew, the residence of the revered Emerald Buddha, and marvel at the grandeur of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Once we've soaked in the historical significance, we'll move on to the bustling flower market where you'll get hands-on experience in a garland flower arrangement workshop before grabbing lunch at a highly-rated local restaurant. After a break at the hotel to rest and recharge, our evening will take us on a culinary journey through Chinatown. We'll wander its narrow lanes, tasting a mix of time-honored and distinct dishes.
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    Jan 22Bangkok
    Highlights: Old-age traditions, cooking class in a local farm
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    In the morning we'll delve into some of Thailand's cherished traditions, beginning with a Joss Paper tour where we'll learn about its history and significance. This will be followed by an opportunity to burn the paper at a local temple, symbolizing sending good fortune to the afterlife. Next we'll transition to a local teahouse, immersing ourselves in the art and culture of tea-making, and savoring various brews. Our day continues to a homestay near Bangkok, where we'll get an authentic glimpse of the Thai countryside and its farm-to-table feeling. Engaging in a hands-on cooking class, we'll craft traditional dishes and Thai iced tea, which we'll enjoy for lunch. After returning to the hotel for some free exploration time in Bangkok, we'll finish our day with a meal at a trendy local restaurant, enjoying the city's contemporary culinary scene.
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    Jan 23Bangkok » Ayutthaya
    Bangkok » Ayutthaya
    Highlights: Ayutthaya
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today we'll head out to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. This place, once bustling with life and energy, met its unfortunate end in the 18th century. Today, it stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing the remnants of its glorious past with temples and ruins that tell a story of their own. We'll explore places like Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, and Wat Chaiwatthanaram, diving deep into their rich history. We'll then check into our local homestay in Ayutthaya, immersing ourselves in the local way of life. As the sun sets, we'll head out for a surprise evening activity, followed by a homemade dinner at our homestay.
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    Jan 24Ayutthaya » Bangkok » Kuala Lumpur
    Ayutthaya » Bangkok » Kuala Lumpur
    Highlights: Flight to Kuala Lumpur, introduction tour
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Our day will begin with a short drive from Ayutthaya to Bangkok's airport. After hopping on our flight, in just a couple of hours, we'll find ourselves in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur, where we'll dive straight into the energetic pulse of KL by heading to Bukit Bintang. This lively part of the city offers a lively blend of shopping malls, street vendors, and bustling markets, giving you a real taste of Kuala Lumpur's day-to-day rhythm. As the evening approaches, we've got a special treat in store. We'll dine at a renowned local restaurant known for its traditional Malay dishes, adding a delightful end to our first day in the city.
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    Jan 25Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur
    Highlights: Food tour of Kuala Lumpur
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Today, we're diving straight into Kuala Lumpur's renowned food scene. We'll kick off our day with a guided food tasting tour led by a local food enthusiast. As we navigate the city streets, you'll savor traditional dishes like nasi lemak, satay, and roti canai at some of the best local spots. After our food adventure, we'll make our way to the KLCC park. This lush, urban sanctuary is perfect for a leisurely stroll or simply to soak in the views of the iconic Petronas Towers. After spending some quality time at the park, you'll have some free time to keep exploring the city. As dusk sets in, our culinary journey continues as we head straight for a heartwarming traditional Chinese dinner. To wrap up our day, we're off to some of Kuala Lumpur's lesser-known speakeasies. Here, amidst an atmospheric setting, you can unwind with eclectic cocktails and enjoy the city's buzzing nightlife.
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    Jan 26Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur
    Highlights: Full-day tour of Kuala Lumpur
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We'll begin our day with a visit to the magnificent Batu Caves, a renowned site on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that features an enormous limestone hill, dramatic cave temples, and a colossal golden statue. As you climb the colorful steps, you'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring cavernous interiors adorned with vibrant murals. From there, we'll journey to watch some local artisans at work and witness firsthand the intricate process and the craftsmanship that goes into creating their unique works of art. Afterwards we'll head for the Thean Hou Temple. This serene temple, with its intricate architecture and beautiful altars, offers a peaceful break from the city's hustle. After absorbing the rich history and culture of the temple, we'll break for lunch and provide some free time for you to explore at your own pace or perhaps do a bit of shopping. As the day starts to wind down, we'll guide you to the best spot in town to capture Kuala Lumpur's magical sunset before heading for another culinary delight, specially curated for us by our local food enthusiast friends in KL.
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    Jan 27Kuala Lumpur » Cameron Highlands
    Kuala Lumpur » Cameron Highlands
    Highlights: Tea Plantation, Honey Farm, Vegetable Farm
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Our journey this morning begins with a 3.5-hour drive out of the city and into the tranquil countryside as we head to the Cameron Highlands. Once we arrive and check in, we'll have a bit of leisure time to grab lunch before we dive into the day's activities. First stop is a tea plantation. You won't just be sipping on tea, but you'll get an insider's look at how it goes from leaf to cup. Next we'll head over to a local honey farm where we'll get a hands-on lesson about how honey is made and the role bees play in keeping our planet healthy. You'll even have a chance to take a jar of the area's best honey with you! Finally, we'll wrap up our daytime adventure at a vegetable farm, so you can get a feel for local agriculture. Come evening, we'll sit down to a traditional steamboat dinner. It's like the Malaysian version of hotpot, brimming with comforting flavors that'll cap off the day.
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    Jan 28Cameron Highlands
    Cameron Highlands
    Highlights: Mossy Forest, Strawberry farm
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    With a full day in the Cameron Highlands, we have some excellent activities lined up. First up... a journey to the Mossy Forest, an enchanting ecosystem filled with a diverse range of plants and wildlife. We'll take a relaxed hike through the forest, marveling at the abundance of flora and fauna that thrive in this misty, ethereal environment. Then we'll head straight to a local strawberry farm, where might have the opportunity to pick fresh strawberries straight from the fields. We'll learn about the process of cultivating these delicious berries and have a chance to taste some of the sweetest strawberries in the region. After a lunch break of local treats in the local market, we'll have some time to explore the town of Tanah Rata or relax back at the hotel before we make the trip to Singapore the next day.
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    Jan 29Cameron Highlands » Ipoh » Singapore
    Cameron Highlands » Ipoh » Singapore
    Highlights: Drive to Ipoh, flight to Singapore
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    We'll start our day with a morning 2-hour drive to the nearby Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Ipoh, where we'll board our 1-hour flight to Singapore. Once we're settled in our hotel, we'll head for lunch, followed by an orientation tour of Singapore. This city-state boasts a delightful mix of cultural influences, resulting in mouthwatering dishes like laksa, Hainanese chicken rice, and chili crab. From bustling hawker centers to refined restaurants, Singapore offers an array of dining experiences. Tonight, we'll dine at a local restaurant renowned for its variety of dishes, letting you dive into the authentic flavors of the region.
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    Jan 30Singapore
    Highlights: Food tour of Singapore, sightseeing, farewell dinner, Gardens by the Bay lightshow
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We'll kick off the day in the city's heart with a stroll through the Colonial District, immersing ourselves in its rich heritage. Next, we'll dive into the colorful world of Little India, where every corner is alive with spice-infused aromas and vibrant Bollywood tunes. A quick stop at a hawker center will let us sample some local delicacies before we journey to Kampong Glam, a hub of Malay traditions. Our adventure then takes us down Orchard Road, where we might treat ourselves to a tasty dessert. To wrap up, the tranquil Botanical Gardens await, where we'll explore and appreciate its lush beauty. After the day's tour comes to an end in the evening, we'll head over to the Marina Bay Sands - a luxury hotel with incredible views from the rooftop. This is where we'll have our farewell group dinner, right in one of the city's absolute best restaurants. After dinner, we'll walk over to the Gardens by the Bay nearby. From here we'll witness the delightful night-time display of sound and light as we wander through the three magical waterfront gardens, all offering a perfect end to our magical trip through the region.
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    Jan 31Singapore (departure day)
    Singapore (departure day)
    Highlights: Departure day
    Included: Breakfast
    You will be picked up at the hotel by a private driver who will take you to the airport for your departing flight.

Tour Essentials

Medium Physical Level
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking, being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
We'll stay in 3* and 4* hotels during this trip. Accommodation is mid-range and all rooms have a private bathroom. There is a maximum of 6 single rooms available, offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds. (*Please note: If you book a shared room and we cannot find another traveler to share that room, there will be an extra surcharge for having a single room.)
During the trip, we'll get around with a combination of comfortable vans, public transportation and short flights between countries.
Breakfast every day, 7 lunches and 10 dinners are included. With included meals, some will be served family style, others will involve food tasting at several places and other times you will be able to order anything you wish from the menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
As with all of our trips, we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Reusable water bottles and shopping bags are provided to all guests, trash is recycled where possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
Small Groups
This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum of 12 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you'll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people. That's the kind of trip we love to offer!

What's included

  • Wandering Earl Tours Expert Tour Leader
  • Small group (maximum 12 participants)
  • Accommodation (11 nights – 3*/4* hotels and a guesthouse)
  • Transportation within Southeast Asia (vans, public transportation and flights)
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • All mentioned activities and entrance fees
  • Breakfast every day, 7 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Water throughout the trip
  • Gratuities at hotels/included meals
  • All airport transfers
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Bangkok and Singapore
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Other gratuities