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.
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.
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.
Podcasts About Thai Food
Talking Thai Food With Marriott’s Chef Michael Hogan
Talking Thai Food With Chiang Mai Experts Tieland to Thailand
Koh Samui Blog Posts
Contemporary Thai Cuisine at Nikki Beach Koh Samui
Luxury Thai Cuisine at Koh Thai Kitchen – The Four Seasons Koh Samui
Celebrating National Donut Day … In Thailand
How to rent a Luxury Villa in Koh Samui
Phuket Travel Blog Posts
A Thai Wellness Retreat – It’s possible to be healthy in Thailand
Exploring the Phuket Market – Easily accessible fresh Thai market
A Thai Cooking Class in Phuket – Learning how to make Tom Yum
Retreat to Mai Khao Beach – Romantic dining experiences
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. 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
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:
Bali Eating Tips – Southeast Asian Food in Bali
Tips for Eating in Bali – Street Eats – How to find street food
Tips for Eating in Bali – The Padang – What is a Padang
Bintang and Babi Guling in Bali – The Balinese speciality
Anomali Coffee – The best coffee in Bali
Luxury Dining in Bali
The Sayan House – Luxury in Ubud
CasCades – Luxury in Ubud
The Viceroy Bali – Luxury Breakfast in Ubud
Locavore – One of the top 50 restaurants in Asia
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.
Singapore Food Travel
Just down the road from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore is another great melting pot city, and one that it is entirely proud of its Southeast Asia food heritage. It’s also a big transit point, and many international flights offer layovers in Singapore. Just enough time to eat!
From Chinese to Indian to Malay, each cuisine is well represented, particularly in the local food courts, called hawker centers.
Eating Snake in Vietnam
48 Hours to Eat in Singapore
Taste of Thailand Bangkok Food Tour
Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak
JW Marriott Khao Lak
A peaceful retreat just north of Phuket
Rooms from $145
Read our review of the JW Marriott Khao Lak
Read TripAdvisor Reviews
Book on Booking.com
Thailand Hotel Guide
Phuket Beach Hotels
Koh Samui Hotels
The Stones Legian – An Autograph Collection
The most fun hotel in Legian, Bali
Rooms from $100
Read our Review of The Stones Legian
Read TripAdvisor Reviews
Book on Booking.com
Bali Hotel Guide
Bali Beach Areas
Ubud Area Hotels
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.