Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
This includes accommodation in single rooms, cooking, activities, transport and meals as specified.
Please allow approx £50 for entrance fees, payable locally.
Description of Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
"TAMARIND AND SPICE"
This small group cooking holiday in Thailand was recommended in The Telegraph as a top food holiday in Asia. "There are many complexities in Thai cuisine and mastering the range of dishes takes skill and practice. Participants can upgrade their recipe book on this two-week cooking tour of Thailand, stopping at Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai and Krabi, with time to explore the Andaman Sea on a boat. The colourful food and culture quest includes instruction on a stable of classic Thai dishes such as tom kha gai. There is a mix of fragrant market tours, formal cookery schools and cosy home cooking groups." This holiday has also been named by the Telegraph as a top 10 food holiday for solo travellers worldwide, as well as one of the world's delicious departures by Wanderlust magazine.
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 with private bathroom throughout the tour except for 2 nights (1 night village homestay, 1 night sleeper train).
Vegetarians and vegans are welcome on this trip, just bear in mind others on the trip will be cooking with meat and fish and local markets aren't for the squeamish.
|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).|
|Day 2: D||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 for dinner, see letters next to the other days)|
|Day 3: BL||Learn the basics of Thai cooking. You will have your first cookery lesson this morning at a waterside cookery school before feasting on your efforts. Walk it off later with a stroll around Chinatown.|
|Day 4: B||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.|
|Day 5: BD||Pack up at leisure, visit a vast farmers 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.|
|Day 6: BL||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 (vehicle support 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).|
|Day 7: BD||Transfer from the station to a boutique inn. Settle in, spend the day relaxing and have a dip in the small pool. Evening dinner in Chiang Mai.|
|Day 8: BL||Organic farm cooking. Pick the freshest vegetables and herbs before trying your hand at cooking a variety of northern Thai dishes.|
|Day 9: BL||Sightseeing in Chiang Mai and explore the Sunday market.|
|Day 10: BL||Learn how to make a makeshift kitchen of bamboo and banana leaves and cook over an open fire.|
|Day 11: B||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 rustic resort away from the hustle and bustle. A little bit of time to relax by the pool.|
|Day 12: BL||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.|
|Day 13: BL||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.|
|Day 14: BD||Visit the nicest beach on the mainland. Evening visit to local village and an authentic home cooked meal.|
|Day 15: B||(Saturday) Transfer to Krabi airport for a short flight to Bangkok and connect to international flight. You'll land back in the UK at approximately 7pm.|
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.
8 Reviews of Small group cooking holiday in Thailand
Reviewed on 19 Mar 2019 by Loreen HanomanThe guide Toy was super and the itinerary thoughtfully put together. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2019 by Catherine WickensThis was my first solo holiday and I had a wonderful experience. Our tour guide Toy was exceptional Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Mar 2019 by Fiona WilsonGreat taste of Thailand, seeing different areas and learning loads and plenty of relaxing time too. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Nov 2017 by AnonExploring some of the food markets, the cooking school days with Mr Da and Ya. The jungle (seeing elephants), amazing Andaman Islands and Chiang Mai at Loy Krathong. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2014 by Suzanne SmithI 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! Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2013 by Shelley KennedyThe most memorable part of the holiday was definitely the cooking ... and all the eating. Swimming in the Andaman sea was also a real highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by Stacey CooperThe cooking and the eating were the most memorable! Fabulous. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by Fiona ClarkI 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. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation - 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. 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.
PeopleAll 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.