We miss a lot of things about traveling right now — the people, the hotels, the beaches. But, most of all, we miss the food. Whether you like Michelin stars and molecular gastronomy or street food stalls and hawkers, these journeys mix luxe stays with the flavors of Asia. Remote Lands has culinary adventures from South Korea to Singapore for even the most discerning epicurean.
This two-week journey through the distinct flavors of Vietnam will have you scootering through the streets of Saigon and looking for fresh ingredients in Hanoi on a whirlwind of foodie adventures.
Travelers will visit Saigon, Mui Ne, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi and explore the distinctive flavors of Vietnam. Chat with locals and enjoy Vietnam’s unique culture and cuisine as you stay in some of the most impressive luxury accommodations in the country. The most impressive is perhaps the Four Seasons Resort Nam Hai’s villas and hotel, featuring unspoiled views of the South China Sea and the Cham Islands. For foodies and history buffs, however, the real treat is the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi; besides being the finest hotel in all of northern Vietnam, it has three high-end restaurants to keep you sated as you spend your days exploring the city.
This short five-day epicure’s journey explores northern Thai cuisine. Lanna flavors developed at a cultural crossroads of China, Burma, and Thailand and it’s unlike anything elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
The strong, aromatic flavors of the Lanna are predominantly derived from sour tamarind, holy basil, lemongrass, coconut milk, and of course, hot chilis. A deeper look into Thailand’s food reveals that Thai cuisine is regional and vastly different. This 5-day epicure’s journey explores northern Thai cuisine, or Lanna cuisine, named after the ancient Lanna kingdom, a cuisine that developed uniquely from the rest of the country. From street food at colorful night markets and cooking over charcoal fires in the rural outskirts to foraging with hill tribes in the mountains and taking on live shrimp from a bamboo hut over water, this journey is a foodie deep-dive into one of the most celebrated regional fares in Thailand.
Graze at night market street food stalls, roast your own beans at an aboriginal coffee plantation, make delicate xiaolongbao at a five-star restaurant, and more on this eight day journey through Taiwan.
Travelers will tour markets with a local chef and have a soup dumpling workshop at a five-star restaurant as well as coffee roasting sessions with traditional coffee farmers. Besides the restaurants and street food, the world-renowned Kavalan Whisky Distillery is a treat for any lover of fine spirits.
Foodies may not want to even leave their hotel at the Mandarin Oriental, which features six impressive dining venues, and for nature lovers there’s Taroko Gorge and Silks Place Taroko.
Nowhere combines Michelin-star cuisine and hawker culture quite like Singapore. Stay at some of the most revered hotels in Asia as you spend five days in the Lion City’s markets and restaurants.
With Singapore’s multi-ethnic background comes a wealth of diversity in cuisine; the city’s mix of Michelin and street food has put Singapore on the map as one of the greatest food destinations in Southeast Asia. This short trip is easily added onto larger trips through the region, but is a journey in itself. The Lion City has a galaxy of five-star hotels from which to choose, but a favorite is the glittering Fullerton Bay Hotel, one of Singapore’s premier luxury properties, or perhaps the historic Raffles.
An ideal addition to any trip through Asia, this three-day tour will take travelers to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon on the ultimate foodie adventure through Hong Kong.
On this journey travelers will sample an intensely-flavored, award-winning noodle soup from an award-winning family restaurant, savor a freshly-baked hot tart from a side alley bakery, and learn the secret behind a 30-year old roasted beef recipe. One of the best culture treats of this trip is to try traditional Chinese pudding from a shop that’s been in business for 60 years. And, much like Singapore, Hong Kong has no shortage of luxe properties, but you really can’t go wrong with Upper House.
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