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6 Experiences You Should Try In Southeast Asia

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Vietnam - Walking tour of Hoi An

Start the day with breakfast at a local restaurant while sitting by the river looking back across to Old Town. With a cool breeze and a delicious bowl of Cao lầu, it's a perfect way to start the day and fuel up for your walk. Embark on the walking tour and explore a residential area where families run their metal work, construction and paint businesses. Cross the river and head towards Hoi An Central Market. Getting there early means seeing the best produce, avoiding the crowds, and seeing the interactions of locals preparing for the day. Be prepared to smile a lot and say hello as the locals love to engage and are proud of their little communities in these narrow alleyways. Take a break and sip a refreshing drink on a veranda overlooking the river while watching fishing and tour boats glide through the waters. Continue through the Old Town while your guide shares stories and explains local customs. Pass through the famous Japanese covered bridge and stop to learn from a local family about the skills required to make your own hand-made lantern. Learn more about our trips to Vietnam.

Cambodia - Explore the Siem Reap countryside by bike

Beyond the temples, take an easy ride through the Siem Reap countryside. Ride the quiet trails through rice fields and small villages. Make lots of stops to learn about daily village life in Cambodia and to enjoy some delicious local snacks and connect with the real Cambodia. Start with a ride out along the Siem Reap river, then leave the tarmac and ride on small dirt paths through the scenic countryside and friendly villages where children will be welcoming you with a hello from every angle. See palm wine and sugar production, possibly basket weaving, rice farming and all sorts of activities that keeps the countryside buzzing along. Learn more about out trips to Cambodia.

Myanmar - Enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a local family on Inle Lake

Take a small boat across Inle Lake to a local family's home, perched high above the lake on stilts, to join them for lunch. Hop off at their personal dock where you will be greeted by the family, shown their home, and then treated to a traditional Burmese meal! What better way to share and learn about each others culture than over a meal! Learn more about our trips to Myanmar.


Indonesia - Indulge in traditional dinner with a Balinese Princess 

Prepare for an incredibly unique experience; a special dinner in a Balinese home with Malaika, a princess of the Balinese Royal Family in Tabanan. Despite 300 years of colonization by the Dutch and a more recent Japanese occupation during WW2, the Kings of Bali have endured. With independence and a new political map in Indonesia, the old Kingdoms of Bali have re-invented themselves as the repositories of culture and traditions. Whenever a temple ceremony, an important cremation, or any other important undertaking occurs members of the last Royal Families are called for. Indulge in an extraordinary dinner with locally farmed organic products used in a mix of traditional recipes cooked with modern techniques and served in the quiet environment of a private Villa with the princess. Learn more about our trips to Indonesia.


Thailand - Chiang Mai Cooking Class 

Start the day with a visit to the market to pick out the freshest local spices and produce for the cooking course, which focuses on an introduction to Thai ingredients and curry pastes. After the market, cook 4 dishes, each demonstrated first by Sompon and his experienced staff. They will share tips about alternative cooking methods and substitutes throughout the demonstrations. Then it is your turn! Cook each dish yourself, with teachers on hand to help and guide you with step-by-step instructions. Once you have cooked 2 dishes, sit down to relax and eat the fruits of your hard work. After lunch you will make 2 more dishes and then eat once again. Expect to be completely full by the end of the day! Learn more about our trips to Thailand.


Sri Lanka - Walking tour of Slave Island & Travelers' Bar

Explore the streets of Colombo with Rashan, a beloved tour guide, who delves deep into the true spirit of the city to share it with others. A walk with him will take you through the Galle Face Hotels' Travelers' Bar and through the Galle Face Green. Walk through the crazy streets of the Slave Island, meet locals and experience how their days are spent. Savor Kottu Rotti, an everyday Sri Lankan meal not to be missed and best enjoyed on the street. If you want to feel a bit like Anthony Bourdain, exploring a new destination off the beaten track, Rashan is the prefect insider to introduce you to the other side of Colombo. Learn more about our trips to Sri Lanka.


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