Step onto a street in Southeast Asia and the first thing you will notice are the rich aromas. First, fruits and flowers at their freshest. Then, the enticing sounds and smells of steaming street food kitchens. Sometimes, you will walk past shops selling spices or fresh ground coffee. Southeast Asia is a culinary treasure trove and it is the destination we like to recommend to travelers in search of magic combinations of food and culture.
Southeast Asia, a love story
In addition to the great food, we also like going back to Southeast Asia for personal reasons. Laos is where we met, serendipitously sitting at the same street food stall. We slowly fell in love over a never-ending conversation about everything and anything – food, history, politics, family, travel. Looking back, it was meant to be. Five years later, the conversation still has not ended.
Before Laos, Ana spent two years living in Chiang Mai, with long stints traveling around Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and shorter spells in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Chris has family ties in Indonesia and, after we met, spent a few months traveling around the archipelago.
Vietnam and beyond
Though we have lived and traveled in different parts of Southeast Asia for months and years at a time, there is always something new to discover. That is why we keep going back. To illustrate, our last trip to Vietnam was simply amazing. It was Ana’s fourth time in the country, and Chris’s first. Fortunately for both, the food lived up to Ana’s unrelenting hype. We feasted on banh mi and banh xeo, we sampled white rose dumplings in Hoi An’s central market, and we journeyed to the small coastal town of Quy Nhon specifically to try its famous crab noodle soup.
Forthcoming on the Foodiepackers blog, we are preparing stories about the burgeoning coffee scene in Southeast Asia countries, specifically in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Indonesia. We also want to share more of our travel tips to help you get around, such as this post which tells you how to get from Suvarnabhumi (BKK) to Don Mueang (DMK) airport in Bangkok and where you can find a fabulous food court at DMK.
Click on one of the stories below to read more about our food and coffee experiences in Southeast Asia.