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Experience Travel Group's Asia experts name their top six foodie experiences

Bespoke travel specialist Experience Travel Group’s team of seasoned Asia aficionados have named their top six foodie experiences in South East Asia. From some of the world’s best coffee to vibrant, exotic street food, these authentic tours showcase the best of the region’s cuisine and are a wonderful way for food lovers to really immerse themselves in the local culture.

Experience Travel Group’s top six culinary experiences are:  
Hanoi Coffee Lovers’ Tour, Vietnam 

No trip to Hanoi is complete without sampling some of its world-famous coffee. This tour weaves through the narrow streets of the Old Quarter, lined with countless little cafes – some with shop fronts, others simply the front rooms of family homes. Some of the unusual brews visitors can try along the way include frothy egg coffee – a blend of egg yolk, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese, which has even been known to convert coffee-phobes – and the bizarrely produced weasel coffee. A two week Essential Vietnam with a Culinary Twist tour starts from £2,499 per person.  

Dilmah Tea Lounge, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is known the world over for its tea. The in-depth tour and gourment high tea at the Dilmah Tea Lounge in Colombo is a must for lovers of a good brew - guests can experiment with different flavours, learn about the traditions of tea culture and even try Dilmah's tea-inspired cocktails. A two week A Taste of Tea and Cinnamon Tour starts from £2,999 per person.  


A Lot of Thai Cooking School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai celebrity chef Siripen Sriyabhaya’s cookery courses give visitors the chance to learn the fundamentals of traditional Thai cooking. Starting with a visit to a local market to select fresh ingredients, students are then taken to the school’s traditional Thai home setting where, under Siripen’s supervision, they can cook dishes such as spring rolls and Panang curry with chicken. A two week Family Mountain and Beach Adventure starts from £2,300 per person.  

Chinatown Night Walking tour, Bangkok, Thailand

The Chinatown Night Walking tour journeys through one of Bangkok's liveliest and most photogenic neighbourhoods. Guided by a local expert, the tour takes visitors to seven eateries where they’ll sample a range of this 200-year old area's heritage dishes. Groups will also be taken on some behind-the-scenes adventures for a closer look at this unique district, meeting people in the markets and learning about the stories of cultural landmarks. A two week Thai Food Lovers Holiday starts from £1,975 per person.  

Saigon Vespa Tour, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

The Saigon Vespa Tour takes visitors to a host of authentic restaurants, including a roadside stall that was once said to be the Mafia stronghold of Vietnam...  don’t mind the live eels swimming in their tanks inches from the tables! At the other end of the (diatonic!) scale, the tours also pay a visit to The Secret Garden, a small jazz café hidden down a labyrinth of backstreets. A two week Cambodia to Vietnam via the Mekong tour starts from £2,646 per person.

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