Small group cooking holiday in Thailand

Description of Small group cooking holiday in Thailand

Cook and chop your way around Thailand on this 2-week cultural and cooking holiday. Perfect for those keen to learn about Thailand and its culture. And along the way, you'll learn how to cook Thai food, make new friends and time to relax too.

You'll begin your holiday in Bangkok to kick-start your Thai cooking skills before you head off on your tour around Thailand. You will learn how to pick and choose the freshest ingredients and cook up a storm in cooking schools as well as meet passionate home cooks. You'll also have experiences diverse from feeding fish at a local temple to swimming amongst fish in coral reefs.

There is no single supplement but don't worry you don't have to share a room with a stranger! You get your own room throughout the tour except for 2 nights (1 night village homestay, 1 night sleeper train).

We are able to accommodate vegetarians on this trip, just bear in mind others on the trip will be cooking with meat and fish and it's not for the squeamish.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:(Saturday) Fly overnight with Thai Airways or Eva Air between London Heathrow and Bangkok (or if you are from another country, you can join the tour in Bangkok, we will make sure you are met at the airport)
Day 2:Settle in and welcome dinner. Transfer from Bangkok airport in air-conditioned private minibus to boutique inn. Unpack, have a dip in the pool, then you’ll have an evening walk and a welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant. Meals included - D (dinner).
Day 3:Learn the basics of Thai cooking. After a morning lie-in, you will have your first cookery lesson this afternoon at a cookery school. Walk it off later with a stroll around Chinatown. - B and meal after cooking
Day 4:Sightseeing in Bangkok with a boat trip on the river and a visit to the Grand Palace with one of our expert guides. Evening visit to a night bazaar on the riverbank. B
Day 5:Pack up at leisure, visit an agricultural market and 1.5 hour transfer to the heart of the countryside. Arrival at canal-side village where you will meet the village headman and his wife and enjoy a boat trip down the canal where you can see everyone from housewives and fishermen and visit the local temple to feed the fish. Overnight in village homestay. B D
Day 6:Local food market and cooking demonstration with the headman's wife. Afternoon cycle around the spectacular ruins of Ayutthaya a UNESCO heritage site by bicycle (the minibus is there for those who don't want to cycle). Time to shower and change before taking the train north (sleeper train to Chiang Mai). B L
Day 7:Transfer from the station to a quaint boutique inn. Settle in, spend the day relaxing and have a dip in the small pool. Evening dinner at restaurant or cultural centre. B D
Day 8:Organic farm cooking. Pick the freshest vegetables and herbs before trying your hand at cooking a variety of northern Thai dishes. B L
Day 9:Visit a local home to see a quirky pottery museum , learn about vegetarian cooking and have lunch. Afternoon guided sightseeing in Chiang Mai. Visit temples and explore the Sunday market. B L
Day 10:Learn how to make a makeshift kitchen of bamboo and banana leaves and cook over an open fire. B L
Day 11:Time to move on. Fly from Chiang Mai in the north to Krabi in the south (quick change at Bangkok airport). Transfer from the airport to a mini-resort away from the hustle and bustle. A little bit of time for a dip in the pool. B
Day 12:Relaxation day. Explore the Andaman sea on a boat, you'll snorkel in coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, drift through hidden lagoons and have a picnic lunch on a desert island. B L
Day 13:Spend the morning learning sizzling Southern-style dishes at a cooking school. Time to yourself in the afternoon. Evening visit to Krabi's night market with its many food stalls. B L D
Day 14:Visit the nicest beach on the mainland. Evening visit to local village and an authentic home cooked meal. B D
Day 15:(Saturday) Transfer to Krabi airport and fly home. B

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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11 Feb 2017
£ 2225
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28 Oct 2017
£ 2225
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Holiday type

Small group holiday

You will be travelling with a group of an absolute maximum of 12 other people, including the group leader. As this is a special interest tour, whilst people may come from all walks of life, you should have plenty in common! This trip is mainly designed for people who wanted to take our private tours but wanted to travel solo, so unlike most other tour operators we guarantee that the majority of people on this tour will be solo travellers. You will have your own room (except where this is not practical and specified in the itinerary) so even though this trip has no single supplements, it is certainly not on the condition of you having to share a room with a friend you haven't met yet! If you are travelling in a couple, you are welcome to join our set departures, but please note we restrict numbers for group dynamic reasons. You also have the option of taking a private tour with us.

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Environment

Accommodation - The accommodation on this holiday is local and as small as it can be, within existing buildings or built with comparatively low impact to the environment.

Transport - We encourage our customers who wish to add domestic flights to take the train to Heathrow instead, which makes both environmental and economical sense. In our customer packs, we provide tips on how to offset carbon via changes in lifestyle. Although we design our itineraries with visiting less places and spending more time there for experience purposes, this also has the benefit of cutting down on miles driven. Where possible our cars and minivans are fuelled by LPG. You will also spend some time exploring local areas by foot, bicycle and boat.

Community

All our holidays are deliberately designed to be as socially responsible as possible, working in harmony with the daily lives of local people. You will spend most of your time areas away from the main tourist destinations.

We often provide opportunities for people who are not involved in tourism to benefit from cultural exchange as well as financially. We are also proud to say we often build in ‘shopping stops’ these are at places like out-of-the-way villages which specialise in a particular handicraft – a great way to break up the longer journeys whilst supporting local economies.

You will learn about real life in Thailand, both traditional and modern, sustainable ways of living and farming, local festivals, dances etc. We find people who will show these to you and compensate them accordingly, which helps local efforts of keeping traditions alive.

We employ people locally which helps us work with local people on a highly individual basis. When we say we use local guides, we don’t mean guides from Thailand, but guides in each local area, not just those from the ‘big city’. We of course also provide cultural and responsible travel guidelines in our customer packs.

Reviews of Small group cooking holiday in Thailand

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was great! This is a great "taste of Thailand". Early February was a great time of year to go, the weather was sunny and hot every day!

I loved the Central Plains homestay, after Bangkok it was amazingly beautiful and peaceful. All the cooking schools were so beautiful and peaceful, and the food was amazing!

My favourite part was feeding elephants at a conservation site, and the boat trip round the Hong Archipelago with a barbecue on the beach at sunset after an opportunity to snorkel with parrot fish!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots and lots of suncream, at least factor 30, and a sunhat (or buy one there everything is very reasonable). Leave some packing room in the suitcase to take back purchases!

Take lots of currency in 100s and 20s, most of the holiday these are the notes you will use.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it felt like we did not do much of the tourist trail, more attending local cooking schools and meeting local people and seeing how they lived.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was wonderful, a great way to get a feel for Thailand not "just" see all the temples (though we did a bit of that too!), and lots of great eating!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so glad you appreciated our style of travel.
Your travel tip about changing money into smaller notes of Thai baht is great!

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Definitely the cooking ... and all the eating. Swimming in the Andaman sea was also a real highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take lots of insect repellent and anything else you need in that area, eg anti-histamine. Take few clothes and get those you do take with you washed locally - very great service and very cheap prices. If you have time, I'd recommend taking advantage of local massages.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so from the perspective of visiting an elephant sanctuary and a visit to a local handicraft place to buy goods.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Enjoyable overall but I feel the organisation side of things let things down. It could be a really good trip with some changes. Cooking was great - I could have done more. For me it was a good introduction to Thailand and I'm keen to go back to explore more of the country. The size of the group was about right, and it was nice to hang out with a really good bunch of people.

Read the operator's response here:

We're so glad you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to you travelling with us again.
We appreciated your helpful feedback.

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cooking and the eating were the most memorable! Fabulous.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go a few days early and stay a few days after the trip finishes if you can!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?



4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Not impressed with the organisation of the tour so not sure I'd recommend it. The cooking was fabulous but could be arranged independently. Possibly saw more or different places by going on the tour and liked the company of the other tour members.

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I really enjoyed the jungle cooking experience outside of Chiang Mai. Ao Nang and the coastal areas of Krabi were some of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


No need to bring too many fancy clothes, a backpack was fine to travel with. Bring lots of bug spray and the willingness to experience the local life of the Thai people.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We went to see elephants at a local elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai rather than riding the animals in the streets of Chiang Mai.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I enjoyed the ability to see three different areas of Thailand. This experience will allow me to travel back to Thailand and explore some more. I would have liked to have done even more cooking considering it was a culinary tour:)

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