Southeast Asia Food And Travel Guide

What to Eat in Southeast Asia

You Know You’re in Southeast Asia When…well, there is just something about the region. It’s no secret we love Southeast Asia, and when we first stepped foot back in the area in early 2013, we knew we were in the right spot. Yeah, it’s a cheap place to live and to travel, but more than anything, for us, it’s all about the Southeast Asia food!

We’ve been fortunate to be able to explore the Southeast Asia food scene, from cooking classes to food tours. From street food to luxury dining. We love spice, we love to explore, we love to try new foods.  From Vietnamese pho to Thai curry, there is something for everyone. We loved the region so much we lived there for 4 years!

Enjoy our Southeast Asia Food Guide, and check back often for more updates on tasty eats! We hope our Southeast Asia food blog and guide can help you plan your next Southeast Asia food tour.

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Thailand Food And Travel Guide

Thailand Food Travel

I never get enough of Thailand and Thai food travel. To me, Thai food offers some of the best and most well known Southeast Asia cuisines. Although during our earlier trips I was intimidated by the food scene in Bangkok, it is now a place that I love, a place that I crave. And, we even called Bangkok home for about 18 months! It’s the perfect destination to explore the best of Southeast Asia food, and even some South Asia foods as well. To help plan your trip to Thailand, check out this 14 day Thailand itinerary.

Or, plan to book a food tour in Thailand. It’s the best way to better understand Thai food. There are also great cooking classes available in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket. There’s a lot of great food to eat in Chiang Mai too. 

Bangkok Blog Posts – Thailand Food Travel

My Surprising Visit to the Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok – The best market in Bangkok with great South east Asia street food. (Or learn about the Saturday night market in Chiang Mai)

The Most Decadent Burger in Bangkok – The Pullman G

Bangkok Food Tours

Taste of Thailand Bangkok Food Tour – One of my favorite Southeast Asia food tours in Asia.

Midnight Tuk Tuk Tour with Bangkok Food Tours

Podcasts About Thai Food

Talking Thai Food With Marriott’s Chef Michael Hogan

Talking Thai Food With Chiang Mai Experts Tieland to Thailand

Bangkok Food Tours

While living in Bangkok we took a few culinary tours around the city. Here are our recommended tours: 


Featured Thai Food And Culinary Experiences

While living in Thailand, we spent a good amount of time exploring the Thai beaches. I am not going to lie, a lot of that time was spent was attempting to take a Thai beach holiday rather than capturing content for the blog. But, we did happen to write about several of our food and travel experiences.

Contemporary Thai Cuisine at Nikki Beach Koh Samui

How to rent a Luxury Villa in Koh Samui

Thai Wellness Retreat – It’s possible to be healthy in Thailand

Exploring the Phuket Market – Easily accessible fresh Thai market

Thai Cooking Class in Phuket – Learning how to make Tom Yum

Retreat to Mai Khao Beach – Romantic dining experiences

Recommended Thai Culinary Experiences And Food Tours

Looking for Great Culinary Tours – Southeast Asia?

Book a Half Day Cooking Class in Koh Samui

Book a Drinks Tour of Koh Samui with Lunch

Book a Cooking Class at the Famous Blue Elephant Cooking School

Book a Half Day Phuket Street Food Tour

Recommended Hotels In Thailand

JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Thailand

JW Marriott Khao Lak

A peaceful retreat just north of Phuket

Rooms from $145

Read our review of the JW Marriott Khao Lak

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Amatara Thai wellness resort

Amatara Resort Phuket

Wellness resort sheltered from the hubbub of Phuket

Rooms from $175

Read our review of the Amatara Wellness Resort

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More Recommended Hotels In Thailand

Bangkok Hotels

Hotel Indigo Wireless Road, hip property, centrally located: TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Book Direct | Rooms From $171

Intercontinental Bangkok, one of the most iconic properties, in the heart of it all: TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Book Direct | Rooms From $200

Phuket Beach Hotels

Renaissance Phuket, a nature retreat on Mai Khao Beach: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Rooms From $200

Amari Phuket, a lifestyle resort close to the center of Phuket: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Rooms From $200

Koh Samui Hotels

The Four Seasons Koh Samui, a luxury cliffside resort in Koh Samui: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Rooms From $975

Nikki Beach Koh Samui, a hip and fun beach resort in Koh Samui: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book on | Rooms From $165

Vietnam Food And Travel Guide

Vietnam Food Travel

If you are looking for the best Southeast Asian food Vietnam is the place to be. Vietnam is a country we return to over and over. There’s something about this eastern edge of Southeast Asia that just captivated our hearts. So much so that we even considered moving to Hanoi.  

We love the cities and villages and are always returning to some of the best beaches in Vietnam, like in Danang or Phu Quoc. And, The food is a big part of why we return to Vietnam over and over again and is one of our favorite places to explore Southeast Asia food. Also, when planning a trip to Vietnam, check out this Vietnam packing list. Check out our Vietnam food travel blogs.

Hanoi Food Tours & Hanoi Cooking Classes

Hanoi Street Food Tour – What to eat in Hanoi and how to book a Southeast Asian food tour in Hanoi

Food Tour of Chau Long Market – A fresh “wet” market in Hanoi to learn about Southeast Asia food culture

The Perfect Cooking Class in Hanoi – How to cook Vietnamese food during a Southeast Asia culinary tours

Learning How to Make Pho – How to make the most iconic Vietnamese food

Vietnam Food & Drink Posts

Eating Snake in Vietnam – in Dong Ha, Vietnam

How to Drink in Vietnam – Part 1 & Part 2

Where to eat in Hoi An

Southeast Asia Food Tours - Hanoi Street food

Read our Hanoi Street Food Tour Review

Book a Private Hanoi Street Food Tour

Southeast Asia Food Tours and Cooking Classes

Read our Vietnamese Cooking Class Review

Book A Vietnamese Cooking Class in Hanoi

Bali Food And Travel Guide

Bali Food Travel

We lived in Ubud, Bali, for about 18 months. Most of the reason we ended up there was to get healthy, to practice yoga. It was a great place to do this with loads of healthy food options, but there are also decent international options, and fabulous luxury restaurants as well. I will admit that Bali doesn’t offer the best food in Asia, particularly when comparing it to Vietnam and Thailand. But, there are still some great options. It is where we were living when we decided to become Southeast Asian food bloggers.

Check out our Southeast Asia food tips for Bali:

Bintang and Babi Guling in Bali – The Balinese speciality

Anomali Coffee – The best coffee in Bali

Locavore – One of the top 50 restaurants in Asia

The Sayan House – Luxury in Ubud

W Seminyak Bali – The Best Brunch In Bali


Recommended Hotels In Bali

Southeast Asia Travel - Courtyard Seminyak Bali Hotel

Courtyard Marriott Seminyak

One of the most fun hotels in Seminyak, Bali!

Rooms from $100

Read our review of the Courtyard Seminyak

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Southeast Asia Travel Guide Where to Stay in Bali Indonesia

The Stones Legian – An Autograph Collection

The most fun hotel in Legian, Bali

Rooms from $100

Read our Review of The Stones Legian

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Bali Beach Areas

Renaissance Uluwatu, a cliff top resort with impeccable views: TripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Rooms from $150

W Hotel Seminyak, a hip hotel in the center of Seminyak: TripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Rooms from $259

Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua, a family friendly hotel in the resort area: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Rooms from $88

Ubud Area Hotels

Viceroy Ubud, one of the most luxurious hotels in Bali: Read our ReviewTripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Rooms from $539

LUXE Villas Ubud, unique individual villas: TripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Villas from $265

Komune Resort in Keramas, fun beach club only 30 minutes from Ubud: Read our Review | TripAdvisor Reviews | Book now on | Rooms from $260

Malaysia Food And Travel Guide

Malaysia Food Travel

When we lived in Bali, we often found ourselves in Kuala Lumpur. But, we’ve also traveled around the country as well. A veritable melting pot of Indian, Malay, and Chinese cultures and cuisine, Malaysia has a little something for everyone looking to explore Southeast Asia food.

The Ultimate Melting Pot – Where to Eat in Kuala Lumpur

Food Tour Malaysia

Malaysian Cooking Class – Cook With Shuk

Top 10 Foods to Eat in Langkawi

How to Cook Beef Rendang

Here are our recommended Food Tours in Malaysia:

Book a Malay Cooking Master Class – From $81

Book a Half Day Flavors of Langkawi Tour – From $57

Southeast Asia Travel Videos

More Southeast Asia Travel Resources

Southeast Asia Travel Books

Even the best Southeast Asia Travel Guide online can only provide so much information. Southeast Asia is a big region, with so many travel opportunities for different kinds of Southeast Asia food tours. We have a few recommendations for Southeast Asia travel book options.

Lonely Planet publishes probably what is the most well-known and well-used Southeast Asia travel guide book. Lonely Planet’s book tends to cater to backpackers and budget travelers. Fodor’s and Frommer’s also publishes some well-regarded Southeast Asia travel books. For us, we tend to like the DK Eyewitness Guides. Their Southeast Asia travel guide and other guidebooks we’ve used from them in the past are lovely to look at and give great maps and diagrams. They make Southeast Asia food tours much easier. All of these Southeast Asia travel guide books offer great recommendations.