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Asia Culinary Trips

Take a sushi class with a Michelin-starred chef in Tokyo, explore the heart of kaiseki in Kyoto, master soup dumplings in Shanghai and perfect dim sum in Hong Kong. Cook in Bangkok’s most iconic kitchen, meet the chefs behind renowned restaurants, and wander into legendary back-alley food haunts. In Vietnam, sample some of the most delicious street food in the world and enjoy fine dining in elegant French villas. Building on two decades of culinary tours in Asia, our trips honor the people and places behind the cuisine, showcasing how the region’s best food is the ultimate expression of both a time and a place. Each of these culinary destinations reveals a distinctive aspect or personality of Asia's gastronomy.

Forage for ingredients, exploring markets with all your senses, discovering the unique regional expressions of market to table, and concept to presentation. And then you’ll taste, the very best of Asia’s cuisine, and equally savoring the atmospheric settings in the alleys and venues we explore. Meet the people behind their respective city's dining scenes, cook with local and renowned chefs, going behind the scenes in iconic restaurants. Through these intimate and interactive encounters, discover how cuisine is the defining aspect of each place. Historic sights we'll canvas along the way will further our insight into each culture.

Cooking class on Halong Bay, Vietnam

VIETNAM
The Culinary Splendors of Vietnam
Discover why Bourdain, and countless others, wax poetic about what we've saying since 1994—Vietnam is one of a short list of the world's top culinary destinations. Our Vietnam culinary and foodie trips have been organized for over 20 years, featuring fabulous street eats, markets, farms, elegant dining, with chef introductions and hands-on cooking from Hanoi all the way to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

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Preparing dumplings in Shanghai

CHINA
The Eight Cuisines of China
The ultimate culinary experience featuring the cuisines of China. Explore timeless markets, street food alleys, and enjoy fine dining in world-class venues. Sample the traditional flavors of Beijing's imperial cuisine, savory dumplings of Shanghai, fiery chillies of Sichuan, stir-fry Cantonese, and influences that came from Korea, Mongolia, Tibet and Central Asia.

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Stir fry cooking on the street in Bangkok

THAILAND
Culinary Splendors of Thailand
One of the world's most popular cuisines, and surely its most exotic, Thai cuisine is as rich and diverse as its culture. While everyone has a favorite Thai dish, such Pad Thai or green curry chicken with sweet basil, during this immersive culinary tour explore the deeper and remarkable aspects of Thailand's regional cuisines, firsthand from farm to table in its cities and rural small towns.

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Chef at Higashiazabu Amamoto preparing a sashimi in Tokyo, Japan

JAPAN
Sushi to Kaiseki
Nowhere is the mantra "food is culture" truer than in Japan. One of the top culinary destinations in the world and even, arguably, the best of all. Discover the greatest breadth of tradition, quality, and variety, of any place in the world. Every city has its own delicasies, each district something unique, and each region a distinctive style. Explore Japan's cuisine top to bottom—from sizzling street food, local bistros, renowned sushi bars, and to some of the finest Michelin-recognized restaurants in world.

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Tea server in Xian, China

ASIA's CULINARY CAPITALS TOUR
The Ultimate Asia Culinary Tour
Learn sushi with a Michelin-starred chef in Tokyo, explore the heart of kaiseki in Kyoto, master soup dumplings in Shanghai and perfect dim sum in Hong Kong. Cook in Bangkok’s most iconic kitchen, meet the chefs behind renowned restaurants, and wander into legendary street food haunts. Building on two decades of culinary tours in Asia, this trip honors the people and places behind the cuisine, showcasing how the region’s best food is the ultimate expression of both a time and a place.

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The Indochina Travel Difference in Vietnam


Asia Expert

Asia changes quickly and is, well, very different from trip planning to other places. Many of our travelers have never used a tour company before.


Experience

The first American tour operator in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and to organize specialty adventure, family, arts, photography, and culinary trips.


Insider Travel

Toss the guidebook and discover the authentic, away from crowds, overlooked gems, immersive activities, and amazing encounters that provide real insight into places you visit.


Unique Experiences

Skip the boring, the unremarkable, and tourist traps. Thrill to unique insider experiences, fascinating people encounters, and activities that only we arrange.


Airlines

We provide full-service booking for your international flights, discounted and refundable, and arranging of all regional and in-country flights.


Only Private Trips

Access our decades of experience in the region on an entirely private custom trip, enjoying insider access, exceptional people, maximum flexibility, and activities few travelers experience.


Visas and More

Relax while we handle airlines, visas, and all other incedentals, including VIP immigration for your arrivals. Benefit from attentive local offices, experienced staff, and premier guides.


Culinary Delights

We organized the 1st culinary trips in Indochina. We plan and organize our dining from street eats to the finest formal. View one of our remarkable culinary trips.


Premier Guides

Experienced travelers know the guide makes the trip. Our guides are the most experienced and knowledgeable, typically with two decades in their position.


Value

Enjoy a private trip for what many companies charge for a group trip, all with equal or better quality guides, itinerary, and accommodation.


Trip of a Lifetime

Even the most jaded our travelers return thrilled about thier unique and unforgettable trips. Ask us for references and read our testimonials.


Peace of Mind

Take advantage of the services that premier travel agents use including meticulous private trip planning and attentive in-country offices and 24-hour staff allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your trip.

INDOCHINA Travel Company

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