THAILAND CULINARY TOUR – OVERVIEW
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 Thailand 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 enjoy mouth-watering Thai cooking classes with expert chefs, explore the fascinating Thai culture, and enjoy the outdoors, including a visit to a sanctuary for rescued elephants! And at the end of each day you will relax in sumptuous boutique hotels.
NOTE: Our November Thailand departures are timed to coincide with the most famous Lantern Festival in the world – Loy Krathong. All other Thailand departures feature instead an amazing organic farm cooking class, featuring homemade curry paste and culminating in a delicious dinner that we made ourselves.
A Thai cooking tour is a unique way to explore an exotic and fascinating culture. For more information, please call 1-800-567-9400 or email us today.
Authentic Thai Cuisine
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, each Thai cooking class is set in a home-style learning environment, 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 every Thai cooking class, we will enjoy the incredible feast we have prepared.
Our Thailand culinary tour 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 a multi-course Thai cooking class. Our additional included meals allow you to enjoy the finest Thai food in remarkable settings.More
Thailand Culinary Tour – Itinerary
DAY 1: Thailand Culinary Tour Begins – 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 through flower market to Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew. Welcome lunch followed by a visit to Chinatown. Evening street food tour of Old Bangkok to sample delicacies from street vendors and local eateries. Stay in 5-star riverfront hotel.
DAY 3: Thai Cooking Class
Long-tail boat ride to our Thai cooking class. 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: Golden Triangle & Transfer to Ban Tha Ton
Morning flight to Chiang Rai, then drive to Golden Triangle and Mae Sai, a border outpost with Myanmar. Continue to Ban Tha Ton. Stay in relaxing boutique riverside resort.
DAY 5: Hike & Mae Kok River Boat Ride
Morning hike from the resort through the hills and hilltribe villages. Return to boutique riverside resort via long-tailed boat up the Mae Kok river. Afternoon and evening to relax.
DAY 6: Chiang Mai Sightseeing & Loy Krathong or Organic Farm Cooking Class
Morning drive to Chiang Mai. Climb 309 steps to Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep mountain. Lunch at a local specialty restaurant. For November departures, join in the Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival) festivities. For all other departures, enjoy organic farm cooking class. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 7: Full Day Visit to Elephant Sanctuary
Drive through the countryside to an elephant conservation center. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 8: Thai Cooking Class
Half-day Thai cooking class. Rickshaw ride to visit dry goods market. Afternoon free for a Thai massage or last minute shopping. Stay in stunning 4-star boutique hotel.
DAY 9: Thailand Cooking Tour Ends
Sadly, our tour is over today. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or stay a few extra days in Thailand.