Come with us to Thailand to experience an exotic gem, a country where the architecture and artistry are matched only by the friendliness of the people; where every flavor is more pleasing than the last; and where Buddhism binds the culture seamlessly. On our Thai culinary tour, we’ll head from bustling Bangkok to our relaxing riverside resort in Thaton, and finally, end up at the charming northern city of Chiang Mai. You’ll learn to cook incredible Thai food, explore the fascinating Thai culture, and enjoy the outdoors, including a trek through the jungle on an elephant! And at the end of each day you will relax in sumptuous boutique hotels.
Thai food is an exceptional combination of exotic sweet, tangy and peppery spices, fresh ingredients, and stunning presentation, and most who try it are hooked for life. Traditional Thai cooking is taught at home. Every mother is a “teacher” and family recipes are passed down from one generation to the next. Meals are always shared family affairs and are an important part of Thai cultural heritage. Therefore, our Bangkok and Chiang Mai cooking schools are set in home-style learning environments, with open-air, Thai-style kitchens, surrounded by aromatic herb gardens, orchards and rice paddies. Our instructors will pass down their family recipes, as they teach us about ingredient selection, combining spices into curry pastes, and preparation of full meals of Thai cuisine. And of course, at the end of our lesson, we will enjoy the incredible feast we have prepared.
DAY 1: Arrive & Relax
Pick up from Bangkok Airport and transfer to our hotel. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.
DAY 2: Sightseeing in Bangkok
Visit Wat Po for monks morning chant. Tuk-tuk ride to Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew. Welcome lunch followed by flower market tour. Evening visit to Chinatown & private dinner cooked by renowned Chinese-Thai chef. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.
DAY 3: Cooking Class
Long-tail boat ride to our cooking school. Tour the gardens, then move to open-air kitchen for a full morning of cooking. Afternoon visit to Jim Thompson’s House. Stay in luxurious 5-star riverfront hotel.
DAY 4: Transfer to Ban Tha Ton
Morning free. Afternoon flight to Chiang Rai, then drive to Ban Tha Ton. Stay in relaxing boutique riverside resort.
DAY 5: Golden Triangle
Drive two hours to Mae Sai, a border outpost with Myanmar. After lunch, drive 45 minutes to the Golden Triangle. Visit the Hall of Opium museum. Return to boutique riverside resort and relax before dinner.
DAY 6: Elephant Camp & Cooking Class
Morning drive to elephant camp and ride elephants through the jungle. Lunch at the camp. Drive to Chiang Mai and check into hotel. Late afternoon cooking class. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 7: Chiang Mai Sightseeing
Rickshaw ride to visit dry goods market. Drive to Doi Suthep mountain and climb 309 steps to Wat Phrathat. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch at a local specialty restaurant. Afternoon free to relax, or optional visit to local handcraft factories. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 8: Cooking Class
Half-day cooking class. Afternoon free for a Thai massage or last minute shopping. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 9: Thai Culinary Tour Ends
Sadly, our tour is over today. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or stay a few extra days in Thailand.
Duration: 9 days
Prices: From US $3490
Skill level: Beg – Int