food experiences you wouldn't find without a guide

You're spoiled for choice when it comes to food in Asia. Every city is overflowing with eateries, and the intoxicating sights and smells makes it a foodie paradise. Yet with so many options, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. What's more, many of the best local spots are tucked away in hidden corners, or just remarkably understated. 

Guides can steer you away from tourist hotspots and take you to authentic places you never would have discovered alone. Here are a few of our favourite food experiences you probably wouldn't find without a guide:

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hanoi street food tour

Vietnam

Let your curiosity get the better of you at the Hanoi street food market. There are innumerable delicious Vietnamese dishes on offer, and your expert guide can advise you on which are the most distinctive to Hanoi.

This would be the perfect addition to our A Different Side to Vietnam holiday, which weaves away from the well-trodden path and unlocks the country's hidden magic.

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vIENTIANE CITY TOUR

LAOS

While most people could name lots of dishes from its neighbours, far fewer are familiar with Laotian cuisine. This visit to a food night market will show curious travellers the local dinner culture before feasting on a traditional Lao style BBQ or Sindat.

We'd recommend taking this tour as part of our Active Laos holiday that enables you to really get under the skin of this evocative country.

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gariahat food market walk

india

One of the most authentic ways to experience Indian food is tasting dishes from local markets. Many travellers would be hesitant to do this alone, but your expert guide can take you to safe, tasty local spots.

For those looking to soak up the aromatic flavours of Northern India, why not try our India's 3 Northern States holiday - which also takes in Lucknow, one of the new foodie capitals of India.