How to plan a great foodie trip in Asia


1. Compare published itineraries

See where others commonly go, and why

Good sources of ideas are:
Lonely Planet Guide
Food/travel books
Easy to follow Intrepid itineraries are detailed, available online in their ‘trip notes’ and combine local ‘highlights’ with lesser known, but often delightful, spots too

2. Keep travelling times low

Don’t try to cover too much ground in one go

Consider taking some domestic flights, if cheap and easy
Local taxis (your hotel or a local travel agency can organise this when you get there) or a hotel transfer can be a good option to get between spots, if you don’t need a full time driver/guide

3. Think about what you like to do best and plan around this theme (the rest can just fit in)

Perhaps it’s heritage hotels, local markets, street food, great eating opportunities, whatever you love most

4. Check out the weather and when it’s best to go

Try the Lonely Planet Guide or just google
Often weather is best in Nov-Feb, but you may be surprised
Festivals: you might want to catch them (Holi, Diwali and the Pushkar Camel Fair are great), or prefer to miss the crowds and busyness

5. If you’d prefer a group trip try:

Intrepid’s ‘Classic Rajasthan‘ (tried and true, great value, plenty of interesting accommodation and lots of highlights) but do try to catch the Pushkar Camel Fair: or

Intrepid’s ‘Delhi to Kathmandu’ (also a great mix of highlights and special experiences)

or Intrepid’s Vietnam Express Southbound

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