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Join cookbook author and food stylist Robert Carmack, and textile guru partner Morrison Polkinghorne as they tour northern Vietnam for New Year’s eve celebrations, Dec 29-Jan 5. Savour the country’s best foods while meeting its top chefs, including celebrity Didier Corlou or Verticale and Madame Thien and cookbook author Tracy Lister. 

546663 Or travel with the boys to destination Bangkok, staying in the city’s colourful Chinatown district in deluxe boutique accommodation.  They’ve arranged a great combo of street food delights plus rarefied Christmas banquets, including luncheon at The Siam, the capital’s most rarefied hotel experience. The tour includes two nights to Khao Yao, experiencing bucolic vineyards just an hour north of Bangkok. And the wine is surprisingly good.

Both tours are designed for short break excursions, with the option of adding extra pre and post tour options travelling on your own.

In Vietnam, feast with celebrity chef Didier Corlou, cruise the Red River Delta, and visit exquisite artisanal craft villages of Northern Vietnam. Meet local authors, ambassadors sharing Vietnam’s great cuisine around the world. Includes our Pho noodle soup “crawl” on pedicabs through the laneways of the capital’s medieval Old Quarter.  You’ll never again eat so much Pho in one go — but then, that’s the only way to discern the difference between great and The Best! Our group billets at mod chic luxe hotel l’Opera in the city center, with views of the classical French opera house. Here, Globetrotting Gourmet broadens their range of culinary activities, offering an “Authors’ Lunches” program – a chance to learn from the experts, while eating some of the best and most authentic foods in northern Vietnam.  The settings are informal around the table, more like a lunch than a lecture, small and intimate. And truly genuine local encounters.

546666The boys at Globetrotting Gourmet note a trend emerging in food travel. Rather than just learning a series of recipes, participants seek grounded knowledge of ingredients, taste combinations and technique, to explore Asian cooking through tastings, market tours and by talking to the local experts. “People want the genuine experience, something they can’t achieve on their own.  So they come to us,” explains director Robert Carmack. “These are not cooking class tours, they are truly food and culture tours — and better yet, we include all the cultural highlights as well. And we ensure you are eating deliciously throughout.”

What a delicious way to start your new year.  Dates: Dec 29-Jan 5, with optional Ha Long Bay cruises pre- and post tour. Priced from $3850, with deluxe accommodation. Thailand prices are especially reduced for last minutes sales, starting at $2775.

Globetrotting Gourmet food tours, all hosted by Robert and Morrison,  are now in its second decade. The guys offer just a few trips a year– and each one is unique, taking food lovers well off the beaten track, to a world of Asian authenticity. Each program is personally organised and hosted by Robert and Morrison.  “If we simply farmed the tour off to a local company, they would presume wrongly what our clientele wants.  They want authenticity, uniqueness, and a chance to break baguettes with the locals. So we organise the sites and restaurants ourselves,” explains co-host Morrison.  It’s a lot more work that way for us, but much more fulfilling.  And it definitely works, as we have so many repeat customers.”

546669Thailand dates run Dec 21-28, including out of town floating markets, Khao Yai wine country, and special Christmas banquets.

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Vietnam dates are Sunday 29 Dec until 5 Jan ’14, with an optional Ha Long Bay cruise pre or post tour. This tour only covers northern Vietnam, ridding guests of timely delays traveling between airports, but further journeys south can easily be arranged through their recommended local Hanoi tour company. Daily itinerary on

April 2014 dates to Burma/Myanmar include two options:

Rangoon and environs only, from April 8-13. staying exclusively at The Strand Hotel, the city’s oldest and finest.  A second tour Upcountry runs April 13-23 and includes imperial Mandalay, ancient Bagan, and Inle Lake.

The Myanmar tour coincides with publication of Robert and Morrison’s The Burma Cookbook, from River Books, London.

Last minute price reductions available now for Vietnam and Thailand, and there is space still available, plus even further deductions for those joining both epicurean adventures.

For more details, contact and  Tel (+61) 0400 663 644 or fax +61- 2 9519 3220

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