5 of Our Very Best Local Life Experiences, as Chosen by You

The numbers speak for themselves; these tours are our some of the best local experiences in Asia. From street eats tours in the back alleys of Asia’s biggest cities to countryside excursions to tiny villages, these are the tours that highlight real lives within each of our destinations.

Local Life in Thailand

bangkok-street-food-on-a-tuk-tukBangkok Street Eats by Tuk Tuk

The Bangkok street eats tour has perfected its food tour recipe. A diverse range of street snacks to start, a race through a local wet market in a Tuk Tuk, a digestion break for your private nighttime viewing of Wat Pho, a sit down meal at the city’s most famous Pad Thai joint and finished off with takeaway desert at a rooftop bar overlooking the Chao Praya river.

“It’s a fantastic way to introduce you to the local food and open your mind to amazing taste’s that you would otherwise be uncomfortable to try.”

phuket-food-tour-local-lifePhuket Street Eats

There is more to Thailand’s largest island than beach-hopping and resort buffets. On the streets of Old Phuket you can find delicious cuisine from all over the country, allowing you to travel Thailand with your taste buds. A street food tour is also a fantastic way to take in the beautiful sino-Portuguese architecture of this historic town.

“This was a wonderful evening trip and a bonus to see the city by night. Would thoroughly recommend this and the guide was lovely”

Local Life in Vietnam

cu-chi-tunnels-tour-guide-local-lifeCu Chi Tunnels by Saigon River

A visit to the Cu Chi tunnels, the infamous underground city for Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War, is not just a must-do while in Saigon but a fantastic opportunity to take in a little of rural Vietnam.  As you journey down the Saigon River by speedboat towards Cu Chi, you can watch the city fade into the background, replaced by rickety stilt homes, rice paddies and fish farms.

“The tour was a highlight – we learnt a lot about this beautiful country and took away many memories to treasure.”

mekong-delta-flower-sellerMekong Delta Le Jarai

This Mekong trip is the perfect blend of local experiences and Indochina luxury. Begin the day meandering the small canals and waterways of the Mekong before heading inland to meet and learn from some local artisans. For the second part of the trip relax on the beautiful teak Le Jarai boat where you will enjoy a 3 course feast of Mekong specialties while watching the world go by.

“It was a fantastic trip. The entire journey was just saturated with the rich culture of Vietnam.”

Local Life in Bali

kuta-street-food-warungsKuta Street Eats Tour

We are so happy that food adventures are moving from travel trend to travel necessity and that so many of you are so excited to delve deep into the local cuisine. In Bali head to Kuta’s warungs for a real taste of Indonesia. These family-owned businesses play an essential role in the lives of local Balinese and offer a vast variety of local specialties to try.

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