Asia Transpacific Journeys announces a new tour, The Cuisine and Culture of Thailand and Vietnam, a groundbreaking journey that is redefining how foodies travel to Asia.

This is 14-day trip small group trip (up to 18) departs Feb. 7, 2009. The per person, double, rate is $7,895 for land costs that include luxurious accommodations, nearly all meals, regional flights, transfers, visa fees, tips, entrance fees, medical and emergency insurance and a comprehensive pre-departure packet. A Custom Journey may be arranged for those who prefer private travel or other dates.

Culinary travel diva Peggy Markel will lead the group into the countryside where lemongrass and coconuts are harvested, then into kitchens for roll-up-your-sleeves cooking lessons. This type of hands-on experience is a window into the culture that makes for truly insightful connection. Markel’s international travels connecting cuisine, culture and lifestyle have been reported in, among others, the New York Times and Food & Wine.

This extraordinary journey features:

• Cooking courses at renowned cooking schools
• Personal visits with acclaimed chefs
• Tour leader — renowned gastronome and teacher Peggy Markel
• Authentic local market shopping
• Local arts and performances
• UNESCO World Heritage sites
• Beautiful boutique-hotel style resorts in traditional style

“It’s the hands-on immersion and interplay of culture and cuisine that make this culinary tour so special,” says Marilyn Downing Staff, President and founder of Asia Transpacific Journeys, a tour operator specializing in Asia and Pacific Rim destinations for 21 years.

“Travelers will interact with locals and discover regional harvesting and cooking techniques. They’ll learn to combine the lemongrass, spices, coconut, meats and vegetables in traditional Thai and Vietnamese recipes, while exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites, and indulging their senses at some of Asia’s finest restaurants,” says Staff.

Travelers will unwind at gorgeous traditional resorts such as the Anantara Resort & Spa, set amidst 200 acres of tropical gardens and furnished with silks, regional cottons and wooden accents. The motif of culinary experience, cultural immersion, history and exemplary lodgings is repeated throughout.

About Asia Transpacific Journeys

Asia Transpacific Journeys is an award-winning, Boulder, Colorado-based tour operator specializing in Custom Journeys and Small Group Trips to Asia and the Pacific region since 1987. Outstanding service, long-standing connections in Asia and deeply insightful cultural interpretation make them the operator of choice for discerning individuals, their families and friends. Asia Transpacific Journeys is the recipient of three “Top Travel Specialists” awards for 2007 from Condé Nast Traveler magazine. In November 2007 Asia Transpacific Journeys was also honored as a “World’s Best Tour Operator” by National Geographic Adventure.

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