Thailand/Vietnam/Malaysia Cooking Tour HELP
Was wondering if anybody has had good experience with a cooking tour for either Thailand Vietnam or Malaysia? I've been looking on the internet but pickings are slim for this region and would prefer recommendations.
As for the type of trip, well something that hits a few cities, maybe stays in peoples homes in villages, maybe some hiking physicall stuff and generally just a good eating experience. Price < 3500, about 20 days.
Check out Intrepid Travel (intrepidtravel.com). Though I've no personal experience with this company, I've read good things about their trips (FWIW).
As far as Malaysia goes, individual/on-your-own travel here is exceedingly easy (much easier than Vietnam or Thailand). So another (non-tour) option might be several days in Kuala Lumpur with a few cooking classes (if you're interested I can dig up some info) and market visits thrown in. Outside of the capital, the Malaysian Tourism Bureau can help arrange village homestays. Getting around is as simple as a short domestic flight, an easy ride in a deluxe coach, or your own rental car (driving here is no problem .. though it's on the left).
Having lived in Thailand, Vietnam, and now here in Malaysia, I can honestly say - the latter is Asia's most underrated food destination.
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