Feeling hungry? If you’re not hungry now, you will be by the time we reach the end of this article. There are plenty of stunning areas around the world where you can expect to fill your belly with delicious food, but we’d argue that Southeast Asia is one of the best.
Of course, Southeast Asia is a big place, so you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. One solid option is to go on a family cruise to Singapore and perhaps head to Thailand from there, but there are more destinations than anyone could ever hope to visit in a single lifetime.
Feel free to pick out any additional destinations of your own, too. After all, just because you’ll never be able to see everything, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth a try. Here’s where we’d recommend if you’re thinking about traveling Asia for its food culture.
Best Family Dining locations in Southeast Asia
1. Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok has been the world’s most visited city for several years in a row, and there’s a good reason for that. Even if you ignore the food, there’s plenty to see and do, from cultural hotspots to a thriving nightlife. Once you factor in the cuisine, you can start to see why it’s such a must-visit destination. If there’s one city in the world where you can find something to suit the palette of every member of your family, it’s Bangkok.
2. Chang Mai, Thailand
Also, to be found in Thailand, this stunning city is a favorite destination of digital nomads and ex-pats, and this fusion of different cultures can also be witnessed in its cuisine. As well as some of the best and freshest Thai food, there are all sorts of specialist restaurants to cater to the city’s international inhabitants. You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for some of the quirky food stalls and trucks.
3. Hanoi, Vietnam
This Vietnamese city has plenty to offer to visitors, but the food is definitely a highlight. If you think that the food trucks in Chang Mai sound good, you’re going to love Hanoi. Vietnamese food is hearty and warming and ranges from noodle soups to pork with sticky rice, and Hanoi is so packed with restaurants and eateries that you could go somewhere different every day of the week for months – if not years – on end.
4. Siem Riep, Cambodia
Siem Riep might not be as well-known as some of the other destinations on this list, but we think that’s an almost criminal oversight. Better still, it’s right by Angkor Wat, and so after you’ve taken on the city’s food establishments and stuffed yourself silly with Cambodian food, you can go and visit one of the most stunning ancient sites that the world has to offer.
Now that you know just a few of the best family dining locations in Southeast Asia, it’s over to you to plan your perfect foodie holiday. Remember that if you want to eat at the very best restaurants, you may need to book your place way in advance if you want to guarantee to avoid disappointment and to save as much money as possible.
The good news is that Southeast Asia is a great place to visit in general, and the stunning cuisine of its constituent countries and cultures is just one of many reasons why you should consider it as a destination.
So if you’ve been thinking about paying a foodie visit to Southeast Asia, it’s time for you to make your dreams a reality. Happy travels!