From a cooking class in Bangkok to a walking tour of Tokyo's food scene, book an authentic, food-centric activity to get a true taste of local flavor. English-speaking guides can help you learn the difference between shabu-shabu and sukiyaki.
Here are some of our favorite eating, cooking and drinking experiences in Asia.
Discover Tokyo at your own pace on this 4- or 8-hour private, custom tour with guide. Design a tour that’s perfect for your interests. There’s a world of options, including the outer fish market at Tsukiji, the city’s temples and shrines, shopping excursions and food or sake tours. Your private custom tour includes a guide, entrance fees at select attractions, snacks, round-trip transport from your hotel with meet-and-greet and a car (for the private transfer option), or public transport (for the public transfer) and optional lunch (for the full-day tour).
This award-winning night tour by tuk-tuk provides a great introduction to Bangkok for first-time visitors, but it also showcases a side of the city that most repeat visitors haven't seen. You get to bypass heavily trafficked areas and take off-the-beaten-track routes toward illuminated temples such as Wat Pho and a bustling, 24-hour flower market. Enjoy dinner, followed by dessert at a mystery stop. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
Discover Ubud’s natural wonders, UNESCO-listed rice terraces, and sacred temples at your own pace on this private full-day tour. Visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, trek to the Tegalalang rice terraces, and tour a coffee plantation, then soar through the trees on a jungle swing and cool off with a swim at Tegenungan waterfall.
Eat, train, and fight like a real Japanese sumo wrestler during this sumo demonstration and authentic ‘Chanko Nabe’ (hotpot) meal. Discover the history, training, and rules behind the typical sumo match as you watch real clashes. You can even try it yourself during a skirmish with a retired wrestler. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into a tasty Chanko Nabe, a filling meal of hotpot, rice, miso, salad, French fries and more, used by these hulking fighters to gain weight. Admission to the demonstration and meals are both covered.
First-time visitors to Tokyo who want a comprehensive overview of the city will love this handy private tour. Experience both modern and ancient Tokyo at attractions like the Tokyo Tower, Meiji Shrine, the Imperial Palace, and more. Foodies will be kept satisfied with lunch at the Tsukiji Fish Market, and shopaholics will love Asakusa and Ginza. Customize the tour to suit your needs.
Visit the numerous temples, shrines, hot springs and national parks of Taiwan on this 5-day tour around the entire island. Leave bustling Taipei behind for the remote beaches and rocky coastal scenery of Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kenting National Park, and the East Coast National Scenic Area. Your guide provides insightful commentary on sites such as Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine, and Tse-En Pagoda.
Experience two of Bangkok’s most famous traditional markets on this half-day tour. Benefit from a small group size as you ride the train to the Maeklong Railway Market, uniquely situated on a working railway track. After free time for shopping, continue to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and cruise around the stalls on a longtail boat.
Explore the best that Tokyo has to offer on a full-day private sightseeing tour. Choose from a set itinerary or customize your own with your English-speaking driver to see the locations of the most interest to you. Visit key landmarks like Sensoji Temple, the Skytree building, the Shibuya crossing and more as you listen to commentary about the history and culture of the city.
Take a deep dive into the world of Japanese seafood during this tour of the outer Tsukiji Fish Market. Rub shoulders with Michelin-starred chefs as they shop for ingredients at this sprawling, 80-year-old market for all things aquatic. Investigate the various stalls selling fish, shellfish, and everything in between, and sample Japanese favorites such as sushi, fresh Tuna, and sake. A local guide and all food on the tour are included.
Singapore is a very diverse place, and on this food-focused walking tour, you can sample a variety of different cuisines as you explore the Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam neighborhoods. Follow your tour guide through the streets and learn about the history, culture, and heritage of Singapore and discover where the locals like to eat. Get in-depth insights into each dish that you sample and hear stories about the local communities.
Combine the cultural delights and delectable bites of Tokyo on this 3-hour food tour of Japan’s capital. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the culinary scene of the city by visiting several popular bars and restaurants. Sample local specialties like succulent grilled meat skewers, sweet cakes and refreshing sake. Deepen your knowledge of Japanese culinary and cultural traditions and enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour limited to 12 people.
If you are looking for the most Instagram-worthy spots in Bali, this tour is for you. On a private trip, you don’t have to worry about holding up the rest of a tour group while you work on capturing the perfect shot. Instead, relax knowing that the tour is completely dedicated to meeting your photography needs while visiting magical sites like the Lempuyang Temple and Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Discover Tokyo accompanied by an experienced, private guide who shares the modern and traditional sides of the dynamic Japanese capital. Navigate the city's complex, yet efficient, subway system with your guide as you visit famous sites including the outer Tsukiji fish market, the traditional town of Asakusa, the Meiji Shrine. Stroll down Takeshita Street in Harajuku — home to Japan's youth and pop culture, and indulge in lunch on route (depending on option selected). This private tour can also be customized to suit your interests.
Seeking out the well-concealed back-alley bars of Tokyo's Shinjuku district is notoriously tricky for outsiders. Take the guesswork out of your trip on this guided tour that takes you barhopping to Izakaya bars in two different alleyways—a small group of no more than eight people means that you can easily access tiny bars with just a few seats. Between drinks and snacks (included) your guide shares insights into local culture in this atmospheric part of the city.
Orient yourself on your first day in Tokyo, and see the city through the eyes of a local. During this customized tour with your personal host, learn how to navigate and use Tokyo’s transport system. Choose from the city’s most famous attractions, or explore up-and-coming neighborhoods. Understand cultural practices, find the best places to eat, and get advice on Tokyo’s nightlife scene.
Visit the artisan villages around Ubud on a full-day tour of Balinese culture. Check out the local handicrafts, including batik in Batubulan, gold and silver jewelry in Celuk, and wood sculptures in Mas. Visit Batuan Temple and Sebatu Holy Spring Temple, then enjoy a buffet lunch overlooking Kintamani Volcano (Mt. Batur). In the afternoon, you’re guided to a Luwak coffee plantation, rice field, the Ubud Village, Ubud Art Market, and Tegunungan Waterfall.
Avoid rigid timetables, drive-by visits and crowded tour buses with this private, fully customizable day trip around Bali. Whether you’re into sightseeing or hiking or simply relaxing on the beach, build a personalized schedule from a range of potential destinations, from popular stops like Nusa Dua Beach and Mount Batur to hidden gems like Tirta Empul Temple and the Nyaman Gallery. Don’t miss out on a potential highlight just because you don’t know about it, either: get tailored hints and tips from your private driver.
Get a taste of Japanese food and culture during this walking tour of Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Escape the tourist hordes as you eat like a Japanese local, sampling favorites like ‘okonomiyaki’ (savory egg pancakes), Wagyu beef skewers and more in the area’s off-the-beaten-path eateries and hangouts. Toast your adventure, and new friends, with an included glass of beer, ‘shochu’ (rice liquor) or soft drinks.
Savor the after-dark pleasures of Bangkok’s legendary street food scene during this evening food and sightseeing excursion by tuk-tuk. Travel aboard one of these iconic 3-wheeled taxis, stopping to sample sizzling roadside favorites like charcoal-fried noodles and pad thai. You also experience attractions like the flower market and the famous Wat Pho temple illuminated at night.
Go off the beaten track—and avoid tourist traps—on this nighttime walking tour of Osaka. In a small group of no more than six people head for the foodie districts of Tenma and Kyobashi to sample local dishes, enjoy a few drinks, and get to know the locals.
This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
Skip the hassle of waiting for others and spending too long at places of little interest on this private tour of Tokyo. In the company of just your party and a driver, you have the flexibility to customize your time to your own interests. Enjoy hassle-free pickup from your hotel and explore Tokyo at your own pace, spending as long as you wish at such landmarks as the Meiji Shrine, Imperial Palace, and Tsukiji Fish Market.
Learn about daily life and culture in Thailand through this tour that focuses on the Damnoen Saduak floating market and the railway market. Enjoy a boat ride and a walking tour through the respective markets, enjoying personalized attention from your guide and an intimate atmosphere with just 10 people or fewer. This tour allows you to get in touch with local culture, far off the beaten path.
Travel the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia on this three-day trip that showcases the best of this iconic destination. Follow a friendly local guide as you make your way through the waters lined with quiet villages, lush tropical foliage and plenty of local life. This memorable tour is one of the best ways to see one of the region's top attractions and is not to be missed!