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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 a relaxing riverside resort in Ban Thaton, near the Golden Triangle, and 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.
INSTRUCTION - THAI COOKING SCHOOL
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.
ITINERARY - THAILAND CULINARY TOUR
DAY 1: Arrive & Relax Our Thai culinary tour begins! 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: Thai Culinary Class Long-tail boat ride to our Thai 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 & Thai 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 Thai 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: Thai Cooking Class Half-day Thai 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.
Our Thai culinary tour is ideal for people wishing to get to know Thai culture and learn to cook scrumptious Thai cuisine. It is perfect for those wishing to enjoy unique cultural and culinary experiences, both in the cities and in rural areas. Unlike other Thai culinary vacations, we do not limit ourselves to one location. So this is also the ideal tour for those wishing to enjoy a variety of Thai cultural experiences: the bustle of Bangkok, the charm of Chiang Mai, peaceful rural mountain villages, and always, the friendliness and hospitality of the Thai people.
High quality Thai culinary instruction in a private home-style setting
Explore Bangkok, Chiang Mai & mountain villages
Enjoy an elephant trek along the Ping River
Carefully selected Thai culinary experiences
Delicious food, vibrant markets, stylish hotels
Cities, semi-rural towns & mountain villages
Instructor to Guest Ratio
Max Group Size
8 nights in 5-star riverfront hotel, 4-star boutique hotel, and relaxing riverside resort
All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners included
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