Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines around the world favoured for its delicate flavours and aromatic blend of spices and herbs. On this special Epicurean’s Delight Tour, we take you to the capital city of Bangkok for some unforgettable food adventures. From exploring the many vibrant markets in and around the city inspecting the fresh produce to getting a behind-the-scenes look inside the best restaurants of Bangkok, this is a hands-on experience of culinary life. On this tour you will get to taste at least 20 different dishes in different restaurants, street stalls and farms. Enjoy a master class at Bangkok’s famous Baipai Cookery School and learn the tricks and techniques of cooking and plating some authentic Thai recipes, sure to wow your friends and family back home. Feel like royalty as you enjoy an evening of traditional dance and music over an exquisite Thai dinner. This Epicurean’s Delight Tour is a fully immersive experience of Thai culture through its ancient culinary traditions. So join us as we take you on a delicious journey into the heart of Thailand. We hope you’re hungry!
What is included in the tour
- Accommodation in Bangkok
- All meals as specified in itinerary
- Airport transfers and all local transport
- All local permits and fees for activities as specified
What is NOT included in the tour
- Air travel
- Any meal not specified in itinerary
- Any additional services (eg. Massage/spa) not specified in itinerary
- Travel insurance (if any)
- Explore exotic flavours of the Orient in Bangkok’s 200-year old China Town
- Visit a charming fruit farm and try your hand at fruit picking
- Discover Bangkok by night on tuk tuks
- Explore the bustling bazaars of the city
- Learn authentic Thai recipes at Baipai Cookery School Master Class
- Dine under the stars on a luxury cruise ship watching the night lights of Bangkok
- Your Epicurean Adventure starts as soon as you arrive in Bangkok. A luxury sedan will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel in the city’s downtown. Next, it’s a quick check-in before we get down to business. A Thai buffet awaits you at lunch. This will be the prelude to your Thai food trail with hints of the many gastronomical surprises coming up over the next few days. Feast on a wide assortment of mouth watering entrèes like satays and fragrant soups followed by a delectable spread of mains using authentic Thai flavourings like galangal, chilli and coconut milk. After that satisfying meal, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a relaxing Thai massage or avail of some of the other amenities at the hotel. In the evening we will visit Yaowarat, Bangkok’s iconic 200- year old Chinatown. Yaowarat is a Mecca for chefs and epicureans around the world for its amazing variety of Thai- Chinese delicacies. On this special Night Walk to Yaowarat, we will visit 7 of the best known eateries in Bangkok from street food stalls to fine dining restaurants. Sample the authentic flavours of Thai-Chinese cuisine and get a behind-the-scenes look into the lives and stories of those behind the magic. There is an entire community of people inside the walls of China Town, all from different walks of life and each with incredible stories. Meet some of these colourful characters, take a stroll around the bustling food bazaars, visit a few of the cultural and religious landmarks of the area, and at the end of the 3 and a half hour tour it’s not just your stomach that will be full when you return to your hotel.
- Today’s tour gives you a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes of sourcing the best ingredients for any good meal. We get an early start and drive to Mahachai seafood pier by 6:30am. This is the point where the Ta Chine River and Mahachai Canal converge and is one of the largest seafood piers in the Gulf of Thailand. Every morning fishermen bring in their fresh catches to have them auctioned to the highest bidders. Watch how deck hands from fishermen’s boats pass on baskets of shrimps, lobsters, cuttlefish and various other shellfish to traders on the pier who then sell these to multiple vendors in the adjoining seafood market. This is also where most big seafood plants get their supplies. Next, we make our way to Mae Klong Railway market, a unique bazaar where vendors pitch their stalls along train tracks. Watch the fascinating bargaining that goes on between buyers and vendors who periodically raise their awnings to make way for an approaching train. Take a stroll around the market and have a look at all the wonderful fresh produce. We will stop for breakfast at a local café before heading to Ampawa. Our first stop in this intricate labyrinth of canals and waterways is the Benjarong House and Museum. Here you can see skilled artisans hand- painting delicate patterns on porcelain ware. We stop for a Thai set lunch at a homestay before setting off for a boat ride along the canal, crossing fruit orchards, coconut trees and rural settlements. Our boat ride brings us to the 200- year old Wat Bang Kung Temple, covered by the roots of an enormous banyan tree. After a full day’s excursion, we return to your hotel in the evening.
- Today you get a taste of rural Thailand with a visit to two charming fruit farms on the outskirts of Bangkok. Have an early breakfast at the hotel and then drive for a couple of hours to reach the first village. Explore a coconut orchard on bicycle and learn about the many uses of this fruit loved and used by millions of people around the world. From cold coconut oil to the meaty flesh of the fruit to even the husk of the coconut shell, every part of the fruit has its own use. Next, help farmers carefully release wasps into the orchards. These wasps control worms from infesting the fruits. Not feeling up to a bicycle ride? No problem. Let local villagers show you how to make traditional handicrafts like weaving pandan leaves and making paper garlands. Learn an authentic Thai chicken curry recipe using coconut shells made exclusively in this village and then enjoy the fruits of your labour at lunchtime! Post lunch it’s onwards to the second farm of the day. Here you can enjoy an all-our-can-eat papaya buffet and pick your fruits straight from the trees. This is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. The tour finally ends with an instructive guide on the methods of bee farming where you can taste the freshest honey brought straight from the hives. How’s that for a sweet finale! After a full day’s excursion we return to the hotel where you’re free to spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
- Today we set out on a journey to explore Thailand’s glorious past. Located 76 kilometres to the north of Bangkok, Ayutthaya remained the illustrious capital of Thailand for over 400 years before the Burmese army laid siege to it in 1767. Our trip today is a unique blend of history, culture, architecture and Thailand’s ancient culinary traditions. Our tour starts at the Wat Yai Chaimongkhol in Ayutthaya. This is the spectacular royal monastery with one of the largest chedis in Thailand. Discover the fascinating specimens of Thai culture and arts preserved in the hallowed halls of this monastery. This is as much a food trip as a cultural tour. So each temple visit is truncated with sampling a new gastronomical delight at local eateries. Discover the ancient Thai dessert Roti Sai Mai (Roti with fairy floss) and get first-hand experience of making these traditional sweets. Next, we take a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River to explore the old quarters of Ayutthaya. Wat Chai Wattanaram is one of the most beautiful and well maintained temples in Ayutthaya and you will get an interesting perspective of the temple from your boat. Next, we disembark to enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy fresh river prawns as big as the palm of your hand, cooked in delectable Thai gravy and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the cooking method. Over the course of the day we will make over 10 stops for food and drinks sampling the best of old style Thai cooking. This is a truly immersive experience of Thai culture. Our tour ends with a visit to Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch, an ancient palace dating back to the Ayutthaya era. From here it’s back to your hotel in the evening.
- Your epicurean adventure continues with a special master class at Baipai Cookery School. Over the course of the morning you will learn to cook some signature Thai dishes as well as a few lesser known recipes. After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Baipai Cookery School. Here, you will be provided with all the cooking essentials for the master class including cooking range, woks, dry and fresh ingredients and recipes. The lesson will be conducted in English by an experienced chef who will teach you the fine art of cooking and plating an authentic Thai dish. Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines around the world and this master class at Baipai School is a great way of learning some great recipes and tricks of cooking Thai food that you can take home with you from your trip. At the end of the class, you can enjoy a lunch of all the dishes that you have made. After this, it’s back to the hotel where you are free to spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, there’s a special Thai dinner and dance performance awaiting you at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant. Enjoy traditional Thai music and folk dances depicting battle scenes as you feast on such delicacies like Lon Poo Talay (crab cooked in coconut milk) and Mussamun Nuea (a delectable beef curry cooked with onions and sweet potatoes).
- Today we return to the vibrant bazaars of Bangkok. Our first stop is the Damnoen Saduak floating market. We set off early morning to reach Damnoen Saduak which is abuzz with activity in the early hours of the morning. The market is located about 100 kilometres to the southwest of Bangkok. A short ride on a long-tail boat brings us to the heart of the market. This is unlike anything you have experienced before. It is like a place forgotten by time. Fleets of boats carrying fruits, vegetables and an assortment of other wares weave in and out of rows on the water. It is a truly fascinating photo opportunity. From Damnoen Saduak we make our way to Nakhon Pathom, home to the highest chedi in the world. Take your time admiring this iconic landmark of Thailand before we make our way to a beautiful riverside resort, Sampran Riverside. The resort boasts of beautifully landscaped gardens that offer a stunning contrast against the waterside. Enjoy a lovely buffet lunch at Sampran Resort and then get ready for an afternoon of cultural shows and handicrafts. See performances of traditional Muay Thai boxing, sword fighting, depiction of a traditional Thai wedding through folk dances and an informative exhibition of local handicrafts. After the day- long activities we head back to your hotel where you can get some rest before the night’s special attraction: a spectacular dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. Take in the sights of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks from the cruise ship and dine under a star studded sky enjoying delectable canapés and the cool river breeze. The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of Dawn, the Rama VIII Bridge designed by the ruling King of Thailand, look entirely different with their lights up after sunset. This cruise is great for both couples as well as solo epicureans looking to wine and dine in style!
- Get a relaxed start to the day with a leisurely breakfast and then enjoy an invigorating spa treatment followed by a traditional Thai massage at the hotel. Refreshed and energised, you can head to lunch where an authentic Thai spread awaits you. Enjoy an assortment of signature Thai dishes like Tom Yum Goong, a spicy shrimp soup make with a heady blend of galangal, chilli and lemongrass. Try Gaeng Daeng, better known as Red Curry and one of the best known dishes of Thailand. Tender pieces of meat are cooked in a delicate gravy of coconut milk and secret spices of red curry paste and topped off with fresh kafir lime leaves. The meal also includes the ultimate Thai dish- Pad Thai, delectable stir-fried noodles using either flat or thin noodles with an assortment of condiments to sprinkle over. After that delicious meal, you can spend the rest of the day however you like. Go out for some last minute shopping, or just take a walk around the busy roads of Bangkok’s downtown, taking it its many sights and sounds. On this last night of the tour, we want to show you a different side of the city and sample a last few morsels of its treats. Tonight we explore Bangkok by tuk tuk! Hop on this iconic Thai ride and skid through town stopping at some of its best known eateries and street food stalls. Bangkok is a city that never sleeps and on this night time adventure we will explore and sample some mouth- watering midnight treats. From the local favourite Moo Satay or juicy pork fillets on a stick to Nam Prik, the spicy chilli dip, we will sample a variety of flavours on this tour. Our Epicurean’s Delight Tour comes to a full circle in China Town where we end our night on a sweet note with some authentic Chinese desserts like Bua Loy Nam Ging, or sesame dumplings served in an aromatic ginger soup.
- This is the last day of the tour. Enjoy the lavish breakfast spread at the hotel before checking out. As we drive to the airport, look back on some of the incredible adventures we’ve had over the last week- the places you’ve seen, people you’ve met and all the delectable new flavours and aromas you’ve discovered. The car will drop you off at Bangkok Airport from where you can continue your onward journey.