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Special event: 'Gourmet Journey through Southeast Asia' introduction by Diana von Cranach

Diana von Cranach, intrepid Southeast Asian 'foodie', renowned chef and hotelier, would like to introduce you to her amazing Gourmet Journey through Southeast Asia. This one-off specialist tour covering Luang Prabang, Bangkok, Singapore, Borobudur & Bali will take place from the 2nd - 18th June 2012. Diana will personally take you to her favourite locations and local markets to discover the freshest produce and exotic ingredients, which you can later prepare and enjoy together in charming and beautiful hotels that reflect the culture and artistic traditions of each country.

From the rice paddies and rustic farms, through the markets, temples and hawker stands and all the way up to a banquet table fit for a king, you will connect with the region in a way that would otherwise be impossible. With its varied cultural landscape, Southeast Asia has some of the richest culture and there is no better way to get to the core of it than through an understanding of the love, traditions and rituals of its food.

If you would like to find out more about this unique Gourmet Journey, please join us for drinks and canapés at a special event at 18:30 this Friday 23rd March. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. If you would like to attend please RSVP to  or 020 7289 6100.

A Gourmet Journey through Southeast Asia with Diana von Cranach
> 17 days from £7820 per person

Luang Prabang | Bangkok | Singapore | Pemuteran, Bali | Borobudur, Java

Food is at the centre of any culture and it's through this inventive, dynamic and supremely evocative medium that Diana von Cranach and specially selected restaurants, chefs and guides will lead you into the very belly of South East Asia for a trip the taste buds will never forget. From banana leaf steamed fish on the banks of the Mekong to Michelin starred restaurants of Singapore, the tour is packed to bursting point with fantastic food and the finest cultural sights, all wrapped together with Ampersand's unique signature blend of luxury, tradition, pure relaxation and local insight. Diana's thoughts on the tour,  'Although our schedule is packed, I have planned lots of time for you to relax and explore the destinations alone if you would like to. Competent drivers will always be available to take you to the best places to shop or go sightseeing, armed of course with maps and a list of my own personal recommendations.'  Salivating at the thought... Places are limited so don't hesitate and book your place at South East Asia's finest table.

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - In Transit

Fly from London Heathrow to Bangkok via Doha with Qatar Airways.

Day 2 - Satri House - Luang Prabang

Connect with onward flight to Luang Prabang. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Lunch and informal briefing at the Patio Restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. Evening traditional Baci ceremony.

Day 3 - Satri House - Luang Prabang

Morning excursion to Kuang Si falls, with special Mekong style picnic. Sunset Mekong cruise with cocktails and canapes. Dinner at L'Elephant restaurant.

Day 4 - Satri House - Luang Prabang

Early morning watch thousands of monks collect alms. After breakfast in the old town visit a local farmers market with Diana and Yannick, from L'Elephant. Afternoon cookery class with Yannick.

Day 5 - Chakrabongse Villas - Luang Prabang

Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local streets. A simple Thai dinner is served this evening.

Day 6 - Chakrabongse Villas - Bangkok

Morning tour around the old city and royal palace. Later free to relax or explore. Evening private boat to the Oriental Hotel for cocktails. Dinner at the Metropolitan Hotel at David Thomson's, NAHM.

Day 7 - Chakrabongse Villas - Bangkok

Visit the Pak Klong Talad flower, fruit and vegetable market with Diana and the chef from Chakrabongse to source ingredients for a healthy Thai lunch, an afternoon cookery class and your evening meal.

Day 8 - New Majestic Hotel - Singapore

Transfer to the airport and fly to Singapore. Afternoon at leisure. Evening meal served at the New Majestic restaurant, where you'll meet the head chef.

Day 9 - New Majestic Hotel - Singapore

Visit the Chinese market with Diana. Lunch is Chicken and Rice at a local hawker cafe in Chinatown. Afternoon leisure. Dinner is served at the Michelin starred Andre's Restaurant at the Chef's table.

Day 10 - Puri Ganesha - Pemuteran, Bali

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to Bali. Transfer over the mountains to your beach hotel, stopping for a local coffee on the way. Afternoon at leisure. Evening cocktails and BBQ on the beach.

Day 11 - Puri Ganesha - Pemuteran, Bali

Spend the day at leisure. Diana will give an informal talk over lunch about the locally grown rice varieties, which you'll naturally be eating. A Balinese Chicken Betutu dish is tonights dinner.

Day 12 - Puri Ganesha - Pemuteran, Bali

Discover the local market this morning, finding fresh produce for the evening meal and afternoon cookery class.

Day 13 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java

After breakfast drive to Singaraja, stopping at beautiful local temples on the way. Lunch is at an organic farm amongst rice paddies. Later fly to Yogyakarta and transfer to your hotel in Borobudur.

Day 14 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java

A relaxed day spent visiting local markets and witnessing local cottage food industries such as glass noodle making. Dinner is a simple Javanese meal served by candlelight.

Day 15 - Amanjiwo - Borobudur, Java

Morning excursion for the sunrise over Borobudur. Remainder of the day at leisure, Afternoon cookery class with Diana and one of the hotel's chefs. A Royal Javanese dinner forms the evening meal.

Day 16 - In Transit

After breakfast transfer to Solo. Lunch is at Wong Solo, the most famous restaurant in town. Fly to Singapore and transfer to your hotel (day room). Farewell dinner at Ember, then return to the UK.

Day 17 - In Transit

Arrive back in the UK just before lunch. What a journey!

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