Koh Samui hosting culinary festival in February

With the inaugural Asian Masters wrapping up soon and the World Gourmet Summit on the horizon, it’s safe to say we’re well served when it comes to world-class culinary experiences. In the meantime, keep your tastebuds entertained with a jaunt up north to Thailand for the three-day Extravaganza of South-East Asian Gastronomy at the Koh Samui beach resort Napasai (65/10 Ban Tai, Maenam, Koh Samui., +66 7742-9200). From Feb 23-25, six elite chefs from Orient-Express’ Southeast Asian hotels will present their takes on cuisine from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Among the events are a five-course signature dinner ($48 upwards), a gastronomic buffet ($59 upwards) and a Gala Dinner ($72 upwards). Proceeds from the event will go towards Thailand’s Foundation for Slum Child Care. A three-night stay at Napasai will cost about $520 per villa per night. Head to www.napasai.com to make your bookings.