100 essential Asia Pacific experiences for your 2018 travel bucket list have been named by DestinAsian in the travel magazine’s latest issue and we’re excited that our Cambodia Culinary Tour Handmade, Homecooked and Hands-on edition has been named as one of them.

To celebrate their 100th issue, Asia’s top travel magazine, DestinAsian, has compiled a list of the best 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences that travellers should be adding to their 2018 bucket list.

We are absolutely thrilled that our new Cambodia Culinary Tour, the Handmade, Home-cooked, Hands-on Edition, is on the list alongside some of the regions most delicious culinary experiences, highly anticipated restaurant and hotel openings, exciting new adventures, and “buzz-worthy destinations”.

100 Essential Asia Pacific Experiences According to DestinAsian Magazine

We are ecstatic that our Cambodia Culinary Tours have been recognised as one of 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences by our favourite regional travel magazine, DestinAsian. The all-inclusive, small group food tours that we host are a product of partnerships with some of the best Cambodia based, small, responsible travel businesses, community tourism organisations, social enterprises, and the finest restaurants and small boutique hotels in Siem Reap and Battambang.

What we have carefully curated into compelling culinary trips is our personal selection of the very best Cambodia culinary experiences, from chef guided market walks, street food tours and cooking classes, to temple, village and countryside excursions to meet local farmers, artisanal producers and traditional craftspeople. And when the experiences we’ve wanted to offer haven’t existed we’ve developed them with the best Cambodian guides we could find.

Our new Handmade, Home-cooked and Hands-on edition of our Cambodia Culinary Tour, which we’re running from 3-10 June, 2018 is even more experiential, engaging and immersive than other tours we’ve hosted, so we’re chuffed that has been recognised. We’ve had a heap of enquiries since the list was released but there are still some places left, so do hurry and book soon. Okum tom tom! A big big thank you, DestinAsian!

‘More than Just a Meal’

We’re delighted that DestinAsian has included our Cambodia Culinary Tour on their ‘More than Just a Meal’ list of “unique culinary experiences that provide plenty of food for thought”. We are in such delicious company, too!

Also on DestinAsian’s ‘More than Just a Meal’ list: Ko Tahi te Ra, a six-hour excursion to tribal lands on New Zealand’s North Island to learn about traditional Maori food culture with a chef, hunter, and tangata whenua (person of the land); Tali Wiru, an intimate, multi-course dinner of bush tucker–inspired dishes atop a tali waru (beautiful dune) overlooking Uluru and Kara Tjuta in Australia’s Red Center; and the “multi-sensorial dining encounter” in Shanghai, China, that is the three Michelin-starred one-table Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, an avant-garde French chef.

Also under ‘Food Stuff’ on DestinAsian’s 100 Essential Asia Pacific Experiences are five high-profile restaurant openings to look out for, including the relocation of one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou Hong Kong from a Wan Chai basement to new hotel The Murray; Marco Pierre White’s highly anticipated new restaurant The English House Singapore in two adjoining colonial buildings; Sushi Saito Hong Kong, an outpost of the legendary Tokyo restaurant, which will open on the 45th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong; Voyages by Alain Ducasse, Macau, to open in the Zaha Hadid–designed Morpheus Hotel in Cotai; and the Straits Clan Singapore in the former premises of the 1920s-era New Majestic Hotel, a private club by the Lo & Behold group.

DestinAsian’s 100 Essential Asia Pacific Experiences also include seven Bangkok eating establishments that received Michelin stars in the inaugural Thailand Michelin Guide, including Chim by Siam Wisdom, Bo.lan, Saneh Jaan, Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Paste, Nahm, and Raan Jay Fai.

‘Most Buzz-Worthy Destinations’

DestinAsian magazine’s 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences kicks off with the most buzz-worthy destinations you need to add to your 2018 travel bucket list, beginning with India’s untouched Andaman Islands, where the far-flung archipelago’s first five-star resort has just opened, a brand-new Taj Exotica Resort & Spa.

Also on the list are Bhutan, the Cook Islands, Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, Kyrgyzstan, the Cambodian Coast, South Korea’s Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics are currently being held, India’s Sikkim, and New Zealand’s Aotea or Great Barrier Island.

DestinAsian magazine selected Bhutan for its “dizzying mountain ranges, vast green valleys and gilded stupas”, as well as its luxury lodges by Aman and COMO Hotels and Resorts, and a new Six Senses Bhutan collection of five lodges scattered across mountain valleys: Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro will open in September, and Bumthang and Gangtey later in the year.

The Mornington Peninsula has been named one of 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences for its olive growers, cheesemongers and vineyards like Pt. Leo Estate, which has a new restaurant helmed by former Rockpool head chef Phil Wood, and a just-opened sculpture park that is home to more than 50 large-scale contemporary local and international works.

Kyrgyzstan has been chosen for its World Nomad Games in September, a “riotous biennial celebration of nomadic culture” which will see peoples from across Central Asia – Tajiks, Tatars, Uzbeks, Uyghurs – descend on the former Soviet republic, and its oldest city Osh, where new tours highlight its “3,000 years of history as an important stop on the Silk Road, with cooking classes, culinary tours and home visits” offering insight into the city’s traditions.

We’re also tickled pink that the Cambodian Coast has been included as one of 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences in the region. This year two new luxury island resorts will join eco-retreat Song Saa and the Royal Sands Koh Rong – Six Senses Krabey Island and Alila Villas Koh Russey.

‘Art and Culture, Festivals and Fairs’

DestinAsian’s 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences include numerous art and design exhibitions, cultural initiatives, and festivals, including ‘four to explore’ in China: ‘Design Society’, a collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum at Shenzhen’s Sea World Culture and Arts Centre; Tank Shanghai, art collector Qiao Zhibing’s visionary art centre being built around five decommissioned oil tanks on the Huangpu River; the David Chipperfield–designed West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai’s Xuhui Waterfront area, which will host a branch of Paris’s Centre Pompidou; and the Tai Kwun Center for Heritage & Arts in the restored Central Police Station compound in Hong Kong’s Central district.

Don’t miss events that DestinAsian includes on its 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences list are the Thailand Biennale around Krabi (2 Nov 2018–28 Feb 2019); Art Jakarta, Indonesia’s top contemporary art fair (2-5 Aug); Tropfest, the world’s largest short-film festival in Sydney’s Parramatta Park (Feb); OH! Emerald Hill, an annual art walk in Singapore (Mar); and the 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia’s largest contemporary visual arts festival (16 Mar–11 Jun).

Click through to see the entire list of DestinAsian’s 100 essential Asia Pacific experiences for 2018.

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