Thailand Culinary Tour

14 days - from £1,955

The Thai cuisine is a celebration of the fresh and fragrant. Its profusion of exotic flavours and fragrances make it among the most coveted of international cuisines. Reason enough for us to create an itinerary which covers all aspects of the Thai food culture. Our Culinary Tour is a foodie’s dream come true.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a mouth watering exploration of Bangkok’s 200-year-old Chinatown
  • Go on a midnight tuk tuk food tour
  • Get tips and tricks from a local restaurant owner
  • Explore Chiang Rai’s food scene
  • Discover the Golden Triangle by bicycle
  • Get a taste of the Northern Thai cuisine in Chiang Mai
  • Rise early and offer alms to the monks to receive their blessings
  • Relax at the white long beaches in Khanom

Day 1 - Sawasdee to Thailand

You will be met at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport by your private chauffeur and be driven to the Riva Surya Hotel, one of our favourite boutique hotels in Bangkok. We have left this afternoon and evening free for you to relax, unwind and become accustomed to your new surroundings. Your Fleewinter guide will offer tips and suggestions if you would like to eat out tonight. (Riva Surya, Deluxe Riva Room)

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Day 2 - Tasting Chinatown

This morning you will be picked up by your private guide to go on a walking tour to explore the hidden side of Bangkok. Right before sunset, we will pick you up for a mouth watering exploration of Bangkok’s 200-year-old Chinatown district. Visit various tasty eateries, from sit-on-the-pavement-vendors to characterful restaurants, and taste dim sum, dumplings, fresh seafood, local deserts and more. We will end the day with a drink in a lovely open air bar from where you can sit in comfort and watch the hustle and bustle of China Town.

Day 3 - Midnight tuk tuk food tour

Explore Bangkok at your own pace, or simply relax by the hotel pool, before we will take you on our midnight tuk tuk food tour. Bangkok is packed with exciting culinary highlights. Visit local famous eateries at night including the best Pad Thai and Khao Mun Gai (chicken rice), try best kept-secret Guay Tiew Kua Gai (stir-fried chicken noodle) and see how it’s made, and cool down with a beer at a “Secret Bar” with the most fantastic view! We will also visit the flower market and a magnificent temple for a unique night-time perspective.

Day 4 - Cooking with a local

We will take you to Nakhon Pathom today, to meet with Aoy, a passionate food lover who fully commits herself to preparing authentic Thai dishes. In this hands-on cooking lesson you will learn to prepare from scratch two of Aoy’s favourite Thai dishes. She will share her deep knowledge of Thai herbs and spices and passion for cooking as you cook together in her studio kitchen. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and chop vegetables, pound spices, and laugh as you cook together with this charming and fun-loving host!

Day 5 - Bangkok - Chiang Rai

This morning, we will fly you to Chiang Rai, where your guide will take you on a fascinating tour to Wat Rong Khun, our favourite temple in all of Thailand. At 19.00 hrs be ready for our unique Tuktuk tour! During a relaxing ride you will see the authentic side of the city and all the must-sees. Afterwards, we bring you to the famous night market, where your dedicated guide will explain the cultural and historical particularities of Chiang Rai, the Gateway to the mythical Golden Triangle. (Le Patta Hotel, Superior Room)

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Day 6 - Food Tasting Walking Tour

This morning you will experience an authentic culinary and cultural discovery walk in the country’s far North. Ensure you only have a very light breakfast in your hotel as we’ll explore Chiang Rai’s tastiest neighborhoods, where you will enjoy tasting delicious Thai cuisine and learn about Thai culture and local history. We will walk our way through Chiang Rai’s most yummy districts as our knowledgeable tour guides unveil real stories behind each restaurant and their locally famous dish. Along the way, we also share with you about exciting history, exceptional culture, as well as distinctive architecture. Let us guide you to best dishes prepared by best chefs in town.

Chiang Mai rice fields

Day 7 - Golden Triangle by bicycle

Today, we will take you to Chiang Saen in the mystical Golden Triangle. We will start cycling along Mekong river and visit the area where the three countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together. Discover the ancient sites around the Chiang Saen including Wat Pa Sak ,Wat Phra That Chedi Luang. Cycle along gently rolling hills of the countryside and pass rice fields and pineapple plantations. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant along the way.

Day 8 - Chiang Mai's Foodie Scene

Today, you will be transferred to Chiang Mai. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before we will take you on a food adventure by bicycle. Traditional Chiang Mai cuisine, or Muang Food, is mouthwatering and distinct from regular Thai food. With the setting sun pedal forth for a culinary journey of Chiang Mai. Your guide will explain each dish and explain some of the Chiang Mai traditions. Then dig in! You’ll experience traditional cuisine that’s hard to find in restaurants. (Tamarind Village, Lanna Room).

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Day 9 - Alms giving, garden tour and cooking class

Rise early today, as your guide will take you to the alms giving ceremony that takes place daily in the heart of the historical town. Later, you will be taken to Pea’s home for a tour of the family garden and to learn how essential Thai herbs, such as lemongrass and holy basil, are grown. Enjoy a local snack before you join Pea in her kitchen. Over a cold beer and wonderful company, you will share the Thai meal you helped prepare at Pea’s kitchen table. After, Pea will take you on a tour of her beautiful teak home, telling you stories of her family and showing you her family shrine.

Khanom Beach

Day 10 - Time to relax

This morning, we will fly you to Surat Thani, from where you will be privately transferred to the Aava Resort, located at the pristine Nadan Beach in Khanom. It is time to dig your toes into the soothing white sand and to do nothing but relax. (Aava Resort, Deluxe Bungalow).

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Day 11 - Day 13 - Relaxing in Khanom

Enjoy your time at the beach. Aava Resort has a clean and minimalist design with simple slope-roofed villas, arrow-straight wooden walkways and louche four-poster sun-loungers.  Little-known Khanom is just a half-hour drive from the ferry piers to Koh Samui. Some of the white beaches here stretch for over 20 kilometres at a time. Nadan beach, where the Aava resides, is a prime spot.

Day 14 - Safe travels

It is time to bid farewell to Thailand today. We will fly you to Bangkok today, from where you can catch your international flight home. Bon voyage!

This itinerary costs from £1,955 per person B&B based on 2 sharing and including all private transfers but not international flights.

You can get flights from as little as £500 per person return and do ask us for advice. Alternatively, we can book the flights for you but a booking fee may apply.

 

INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £1,955 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
  • All entrance fees with service of English speaking guides for excursions
  • Lunch on Day 4, 6, 7 and 9
  • Dinner on Day 2, 3, 5 and 8
  • Internal flights
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered