Food tours to Thailand and Vietnam. Want to tag-along?
The tag-along concept is simple — make your own way to Bangkok or Hanoi (use your frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards etc.) and meet up with Spirit House chefs and guide for four fun-filled days of food exploration and discovery.
These tours are a fantastic way to begin your holiday in Thailand or Vietnam — giving you a deeper understanding of the food and culture as well as some unique sights along the way.
As we show you in the video above: what started out as a boutique tour focused on Thai food culture and heritage has become four amazing days to see a side of Thailand that most tourists never get to experience.
Over the years we have finessed this tour and have a simply dazzling array of sights, sounds and tastes that, quite frankly, will leave you needing another holiday. The great thing about this tour is you will feel confident to explore the rest of this fascinating country with all its amazing diversity. So if you're planning a Thai holiday why not join us for the first few days?
The essential ingredients to enjoy our Tour? Be adventurous about tasting new food. Be flexible, as we sometimes alter the itinerary if interesting places attract your attention ... all part of the fun!
The video above gives you an idea on what the tours are all about but you can also download a complete in pdf format Download our booking forms
If you're 'old school' and don't like watching videos, here's a quick breakdown of the tour for you.
You make your own way to Bangkok and book your own hotel. This gives you the opportunity to use frequent flyer miles and hotel rewards etc. We all meet up in the lobby of the Patumwan Princess hotel at 8.30am on the first day of the tour, ready to hit the streets. The tour costs $800 per person (twin share) and includes one night accommodation in Ayutthaya on Days 3 & 4 of the tour.
Day #1: A fascinating walking tour of old royal Bangkok. Interesting food, Buddha factories and temples. This is a side of Bangkok most tourists don't see. You'll definitely want to bring your camera with you because we will start the tour by ferry travelling to two of Bangkok's most revered temples and the Grand Palace which are all in the neighbourhood.
Day #2: We're going to tour one of Bangkok's biggest wet markets and then take part in a private cooking class in a slum nearby. Don't worry, this cooking school is clean, professionally run and gives you a glimpse into yet another side of Thai life - fascinating and fun. We'll finish the day at the home of Thai Silk, Jim Thompson's house and a special treat - we take you on a short walk to the homes of traditional silk weavers where you can see the whole silk making process in action - this is not on any tourist map.
Day #3: Pack your bags we're off to Ayutthaya. We'll explore 13th century ruins, ride an elephant, learn how to make Persian fairy floss by hand - afternoon free to explore more ruins, relax in the pool with a beer etc. That evening we're off to watch the elephants bathe in the river and dinner in the local market.
Day #4: Early morning start to visit another fascinating ruin before heading to the river to take a long tail boat down to the King's old summer palace. We travel by rickety cable car to a bizarre neo-gothic style buddhist temple, visit the palace and should reach Bangkok by 2pm.
As stated above. The tag-along concept means you pay your airfares and accommodation (where applicable) and we cover all daily transport, street/market food, lunch and snacks (excluding alcohol and evening meals). If you have any questions regarding the tours, feel free to call us on (07) 5446 8977 or email us.
Download our booking forms - fill in your details and send or fax the completed forms to our travel agent, Spectacular Events. Because each of our tours involves an overnight stay, by law we need to use a travel agent to handle bookings for our tours. You can book your airfares and accommodation however you like - Zoe and her team at Spectacular Events are also happy to help you with this side of your trip if you like.