See Wat Po Temple on our Thai Culinary Tour


Our Thailand tour is a favorite for Access Trips staffers. As if the food wasn’t enough (and it is!), the sites, sounds and people of Thailand make this tour what every vacation should be. Beyond our fantastic culinary classes, where guests learn to cook Thai classics firsthand, there are historical monuments that must be seen by all visitors to this exotic land.

As you enter the city of Bangkok, there is no shortage of sites to hold you in wonderment, but for today we’ll focus on the impressive Wat Po (also spelled Wat Pho) Temple and Grand Palace, which we visit at the beginning of our tour.

Wat Po, or in proper form, Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn, houses the largest collection of Buddhas in Thailand. Perhaps the most iconic is the 46-meter long “reclining Buddha” who dominates the temple with ease. This behemoth was built to symbolize the last phases of Buddha’s life before he entered Parinirvana. Here Buddha rests on his right side, gazing at visitors and beyond them.

While the temple complex had existed for centuries before his reign, King Rama III made the largest architectural impact by expanding the temple’s structures and instituting Wat Po as a place of higher education, not just worship and meditation. Initially, this was done by including inscriptions of various subjects on the walls of the temple for all citizens to study, something the UNESCO World Heritage group recognized in 2008 as part of their Memory Project. It served as a medical school in the 19th century, and now today a prominent Thai massage school is housed within the complex.

Thai Culinary Tour

Our cooking vacations help guests connect intimately with the cultures and countries we visit. In Thailand that includes several hands-on classes with local experts.  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 where 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. Our Thai cooking classes 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 cooking class, we will enjoy the incredible feast we have prepared.

Our Thailand cooking trip includes daily breakfast, seven lunches, and two dinners. Two of the included lunches and one dinner will be meals that you learn to prepare yourself during the cooking classes. Our additional included meals allow you to enjoy the finest Thai food in remarkable settings.

Here are some dishes that you might cook during your Thai cooking classes:

* Phad Thai – Thai fried noodles
A stir-fry comprising rice noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, egg and prawns. This taste sensation uses the combination of sweet, sour and salty flavors to enhance the superbly contrasting textures.

* Tom Kha Gai – Chicken soup in coconut milk
A coconut-based soup with a similar taste palate to tom yum soup, this version is sweeter due to the addition of coconut milk.

* Phat Kra Pow Moo Sab
A delicious and spicy dish of wok-fried ground pork or chicken with basil.

* Ka Nom Krok – Coconut pancakes
Sweet and savory coconut pancakes garnished with green scallions, corn and cilantro.

To book your culinary tour of Thailand today, contact us at Access Trips.