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Do you have any experience with food tours?
Most travellers abroad initially explore the city's top attractions. But if you want to absorb the region you're visiting, eat what the locals feed you; experiencing local life characterizes a journey.
As a bonus, you'll get the wonderful feeling of knowing off-the-beaten-path sites and eateries that only locals frequent. These discoveries make each trip authentically cultural. It's an exciting approach to learning about a destination.
You can achieve this yourself through research, open-mindedness, and exploration. Most travellers don't have time or money to explore much. Food tours help here. Another motive for food excursions. Food tours provide a thorough picture of a city's culinary scene in just a few days (or hours).
Food tours make you try so many eateries that you'd need a week to do it on your own. So instead, you can try local cuisine at farmers' markets, street food spots, and famous restaurants. Food tours cover 7-10 restaurants and local dishes. You can then choose where to return and where to skip.
Guided culinary tours teach tourists about a place or region through its food. Most food tours take guests to famous sights, restaurants, and food stalls. Most excursions involve 7–8 stops to sample local dishes.
You might be asking yourself, "Why should I take a food tour when I can just use Google to find great restaurants?" Of course, you can always find good places to eat on Google, but you won't learn much about the cultural significance of food and when and how it's eaten without a guided food tour.
Have you ever had an international visitor? You showed them the best of your city, don't deny it. Food tour guides are locals. They want to show off their city, too. If a food tour is appropriately done, you'll definitely see hidden gems along the way.
You can visit all the restaurants on a food tour independently, but you won't learn as much without a local guide who knows the best places to eat and has exciting stories to share. Most tour guides are foodies and can offer more recommendations. Tell them what you crave and your budget, and they'll recommend the best local restaurants. These guides live in the city and can provide the latest restaurant and bar updates (that change rapidly, especially in big cities). You can learn about the best restaurants and other activities you wouldn't find on your own.
First-time city visits can be rocky. That's why most travellers play it safe with familiar or guidebook-recommended places when travelling. However, if you've ever travelled off the beaten path, you know how much fun it is to ditch your guidebook and live like a local. For example, most food tours don't visit tourist spots. Instead, you'll see small restaurants and street food joints loved by locals and possibly take cooking classes.
A culinary tour means avoiding foreign fast-food restaurants and sampling local specialities. These culinary tours feature mostly family-owned eateries, and street food stands. These food tours help small local companies get the clients they need.
If you do enough research, you can visit most food tour stops but can't see behind the scenes. For example, many food tours take visitors to the "employee-only area" to see how food is prepared and how a typical workday looks. During one of these visits, you might learn how to cook a local delicacy.
Meeting other solo travellers can be difficult. Small groups allow you to easily engage in conversation with other travellers and locals on food tours. With food tours, you have the perfect conversation starter- food. You can share your travel experience and learn from others about tremendous and bad spots. On the other hand, private food tours can be a fun way to have a good time together if you're travelling with a large group of people.
So, are you ready to give a food tour a try? Below are several fantastic food tours around Thailand.
These half-day Chinatown tours highlight Bangkok's street food. Try chicken satay, Thai curries, noodles, and more as you stroll with our guide. It's a hands-on session to teach you about Thai cuisine and culture that has received the highest ratings on Tripadvisor.
During the journey, a pro foodie guide will take you through the backstreets of Old Bangkok for four hours to sample 16+ truly magical food tastings meticulously curated by a Bangkok chef. Bottled water and local drinks are complimentary along the way.
Not included are pick-up and drop-off from your hotel and alcoholic beverages.
Discover Bangkok's authentic urban life by open-air 3-wheeler with your English-speaking guide. Visit Chinatown, Golden Mountain, Flower Market, Khao San Road, and Wat Pho at night, and enjoy tasty street food along the way. All-ages tour. This Tuk Tuk Tour is one of Bangkok's "Must Do's" and the best way to see the city.
Explore Chiang Mai's night markets on foot and by songthaew with a local. This small-group Chaing Mai food tour includes eight market samples and hotel pickup and drop-off. The whole experience is about two and a half hours long.
On this half-day food tour, you'll get to taste your way around Chiang Mai. This tour gives you an authentic look at the local food culture and the chance to try some delicious local specialities. With dishes like mango sticky rice and tapioca dumplings, this tour shows a side of Thai food that isn't often found on menus outside of Thailand.
Visit one of Chiang Mai's oldest open-air markets and experience food the way locals do. With a private driver, you'll have more time to eat and less time stuck in transit. Plus, you'll get to learn the details and history about Chiang Mai's most famous dishes.
Learn about Thai food history and enjoy a feast at the same time. With a small group and a guide who loves food and knows the best places to eat in Phuket Old Town, you'll enjoy the best meals this location can offer. During the half-day tour, you can expect to try Burmese curries, Hokkien noodles, and grilled meats with signature sauces, among other things. To end the journey, the sweet tooth is satisfied with tropical fruits and unique sweets. Overall, you’ll get to sample over 14 Phuketian food and drink dishes.