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This is a luxurious home-stay experience combined with culinary holidays, focusing on traditional Thai cuisine. You will spend this vacation in a small valley surrounded by mountains, in the serene village of Phrao. Enjoy the various activities such as villager tour, cycling, cooking, herbal steam baths and massages. This journey has been refined over time to offer a perfect balance of discovery, relaxation, and reflection along with meticulous attention to detail, comfort, and service. Experience local life the way it really is - not a reproduction of it, but an ecologically and environmentally sensitive journey!
Built in traditional Thai style, KhumLanna has 9 en-suite well furnished guest rooms and 1 family room. The property, which has an atmosphere of a Thai country home, lies near a creek with views over the mountains. Khum Lanna offers comfortable king-size or twin-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms (where applicable) and electric fans (not air-conditioned).
Upon your arrival at Khum Lanna about 10:00, you will be greeted with refreshing herbal juice. After checking into your room, you will relax at your leisure until your first cooking class begins. At lunch, you will learn how to cook kao soy gai or chicken curry noodles, which is one of the signature dished in northern Thailand.
The cooking menu also includes herbal tea, grilled pork with herbs, pad caprow: saut spicy chicken and basil, traditional Thai fried rice. In the late afternoon, you will visit a local community that is skillful at weaving cotton and silk to make sarong, scarves, and shawls. After that, you will learn about different kinds of herbs used to make natural medicine at an herbal medicine house. The tour ends at a mushroom farm.
In the early morning, you will visit a local market by bicycle and will see how the local people live. As you ride a bicycle back to KhumLanna, you will enjoy a view of the morning mist as you pass beautiful evergreen mountains and rice paddies. You will have breakfast at Khum Lanna. After that, an herbal massage class begins. You will learn about the healing benefits of various kinds of herbs in traditional Thai massage. The therapist will teach you how to make an herbal compress which is made out of 8 types of herbs such as ginger, zingier, lemongrass, plantain, tamarind leaves, soap pod, camphor, and green tangerine. The compress will be heated and applied to your body during the massage.
Today's first cooking class will consist of spring rolls, Thai grilled chicken, som tum (green papaya salad), larb (Thai minced meat salad), pad (Thai fried noodle), and Thai ice tea. In the afternoon, you have a choice of taking a foot massage or a herbal steam bath with herbal compress massage. Your next cooking class starts in the late afternoon. The menu is a combination of curry, soup and stir-fry dishes: Thai fish curry souffle, chicken or pork paneng, Thai coconut chicken soup (tom kha kai), chicken and cashew nut stir-fry, saut mushrooms. Portions of the dishes you make today will be set aside for you to offer to the Buddhist monks the next morning during the alms-giving ceremony.
We will start activities early in the morning with a visit to Wat Pa Archan Mun Temple, a local Buddhist temple known for teaching meditation (your breakfast will be served there). After giving alms to the monks, you will learn about meditation practice. Lunch at Khum Lanna (lunch will be prepared for you). After that, you will spend the afternoon at leisure until the cooking class begins.
The last cooking class will feature classic Thai recipes: stuffed cucumber soup, fried fish with crispy Thai herbs, green chicken curry, grilled meat salad, and Thai omelet with vegetables. The class ends with feasting on the food you've prepared while relaxing around the table in an open air dining area.
After breakfast, you are free to relax at your leisure or enjoy the morning by riding a bicycle to a nearby village or taking an herbal steam bath. The check-out time is about noon.
Rich in history with beautiful mountainous landscapes and friendly people, northern Thailand is a fascinating region of Thailand. Known as the capital of the northern region, Chiang Mai is a gateway where travelers can explore Thailand's aged culture and revel in the lush mountainous terrain that this region has to offer. Your culinary and wellness journey begins in the small charming town of Phrao, about 92 kilometers north of Chiang Mai city. Situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by rice fields and evergreen mountains, Khum Lanna offers you the opportunity to experience true village life.
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During your stay, you can enjoy herbal steam bath.
The closest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). There are regular flights from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia to Chiang Mai. You can connect to Chiang Mai through Bangkok where there are a lot of daily flights by Thai Airways, Nok Air, Air Asia, Bangkok Airways, and other budget airlines.