5 best food destinations in South East Asia | Qatar Airways
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If you’re a traveler who lets their stomach decide where to vacation, Qatar Airways has the ultimate list of destinations every gourmand should venture to. Whether you seek fresh, local produce from a downtown street market or a unique treat to post on your Instagram feed, explore our top recommendations for eating your way around South East Asia.

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2. Enjoy fresh, locally grown produce in Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is a gourmand’s paradise, with its own culinary traditions and dining experiences. Travelers can enjoy everything from authentic Thai street food to international cuisine and high quality fine-dining experiences.

We recommended wandering through Chiang Mai’s streets, alive with the sounds and smells of traditional Thai cooking. The Northern Thai city is most famous for its spicy noodle soup named khao soi, which is packed with flavor, spice and fresh, locally grown vegetables. Chiang Mai is an ideal vacation for non-meat eaters as fresh vegetables are a key ingredient in most of Chiang Mai’s local dishes. Look out for tam khanun on the menu, a salad made of jackfruit, shrimp and spices, as well as the world famous Thai green curry.


Indulge in Chiang Mai
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4. Indulge in a big bowl of Northern Vietnam pho in Hanoi


It’s no secret that Vietnam is a food lover’s paradise, famed for its traditional noodle soup. Hanoi is the perfect city to try this quintessential must-try dish, as the soup has a unique and tasty Northern Vietnamese influence. Whilst the locals tend to enjoy this dish at breakfast, you can find pho at any time of the day.

We recommend exploring Old Quarter, where you’ll find a wide range of restaurants with ultra-long menus and unusual delicacies. Look out for the pho bo (beef) or pho ga (chicken) and make sure to add in all of the accompaniments served with the soup.

Hanoi also hosts many traditional cooking classes, where you will shop for your own ingredients in the bustling street markets and then cook up a delectable Vietnamese feast under the guidance of a professional.


Enjoy the culinary city of Hanoi
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