One of the things people enjoy most about travelling is the chance to experience a different culture and one of the easiest ways to do this is to try the local cuisine on holiday. Thomson have a good range of late deals at the moment so if you are considering a break why not be adventurous and consider a destination in Southeast Asia?
Travelling throughout Southeast Asia will introduce you to a kaleidoscope of cultures each with its own distinctive cuisine. The area is roughly split into nine regions which are Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Thai food has become commonplace nowadays and most people may have visited a noodle bar but visiting the actual region will offer you so much more choice, from Tom Yam soup to Kaeng Ho curry. Extend your trip into Burma and you could experience a range of traditional local salads (thokes) whose main ingredients can vary from rice or glass noodles to kaffir lime or fish paste (ngapi).
For the chance to experience one of the world’s oldest living cuisines, you will need to head for Cambodia. The staple food in Cambodia is rice but here the rice is far from boring. Cambodians have over one hundred different words for rice and there are as many different varieties available. A traditional Cambodian dessert is sticky rice which is often eaten with pieces of fruit and coconut milk. If you are looking for a quick takeaway lunch in Cambodia then you may be surprised to see French baguettes which are known in Cambodia as Nom Pang. This is a legacy from the French rule of Cambodia and they can be seen in all parts of the country.
If you get the chance to include Singapore in your trip through Southeast Asia then you will have the opportunity to experience probably the most diverse cuisine in the world. The food in Singapore has been influenced by Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisine. Food stalls may offer you the chance to sample noodle dishes with Indian spices or find fried noodles served alongside curries.
It is impossible to cover all the varieties and styles of food available in Southeast Asia. The diversity of food and the wide choice available will make eating each day an adventure that you will never forget.