Feast Thailand Food Tours let you “eat your heart out”
Feeling hungry? Well, you’re in for a “feast” if you sign up for one of the innovative dine and discover journeys operated by Feast Thailand Food Tours, a food-centric travel company in Hua Hin that began operations in September of 2016.
Owner and operator Leigh Higgins (along with her husband) moved to Thailand from Melbourne and chose Hua Hin as a location for a number of reasons—mainly because in the more than two decades that they’ve been visiting Thailand on and off they’ve grown to like this particular town, but also because there’s already plenty of food tour companies operating in Bangkok but no one doing this sort of thing in Hua Hin.
“The premise for our food tours is about showing people some things they may know, but also introducing travellers to dishes they don’t know,” explains Leigh. “It’s about good flavours, but also about educating travellers about Thai food.”
The company offers six food-related tours (information about each is available on the company’s very informative website), but a good place to start is the Foodies Food Tour (B1,500 per person). The tour begins with a traditional Thai breakfast before moving on to a guided tour through Hua Hin’s famous 100-year-old Chat Chai wet market, where guests can graze a bit—sampling food that is cooked or prepared on the spot.
Apart from the food, there are lots of other nice touches that are covered by the fee, including pick-up and drop off from your hotel (as long as it’s in the Hua Hin area), an English speaking guide, and a survival kit which includes a map of the tour itself, two plastic spoons, and one wooden skewer—and these utensils come in handy when sampling nibbles in the wet market.
The 3.5 hour tour includes a bit of walking between all that eating—which is good—and concludes with a full-on midday meal. It’s also worth noting that all the restaurants and food stalls featured in the various packages are all hand-picked by Leigh and her team.
“This aspect is critical,” she admits. “It’s not only about finding restaurants or vendors that have great tasting food, but that food needs to be consistently good, and the standards have to be high when it comes to food preparation and hygiene. Our Thai staff were also crucial in this decision making process as well, as they also would only eat where it’s tasty and prepared fresh.”
Words and photos by Bruce Scott