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In this amazing holiday in Thailand you will get the heart of Thai culinary arts and its culture. Stay in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and northern Thailand region to experience traditional Thai culture and the way of life of its people. Cooking styles and dishes will be demonstrated by a Thai cookery expert and then recreated by you. Guided by local experts, you will also join memorable excursions and not to mention cycling trips to explore some of the best spots and sceneries in Thailand. Enjoy all the fine things Thailand has to offer by booking your place now!
Located in the heart of Bangkok, Glow by Zinc gets the modern travelers needs just right. Ease and convenience as a guiding principle. A desire to provide guests with precisely what they need. Glow by Zinc focuses on five crucial elements for todays on-the-go travellers: a delicious bed and pillows, free high-quality Wi-Fi in every room, access to a fitness center, a satisfying breakfast, and an excellent shower.
Rimping Village Hotel is located close to the pretty Ping River and a 10 minutes walk from the night bazaar. Its traditional Thai architectural style perfectly suits the architectures around the area, uniting the hotel and the community together. A comfortable hotel with 24 rooms and excellent facilities, this is a boutique hotel that deliver comfort and community feel to make for your perfect holiday.
Named after the Lisu hill tribe village that is found near the lodge, Lisu Lodge is part of a community-based project that aims to conserve the natural heritage of the hill tribes of northern Thailand. The Lisu migrated from southern China and Tibet in the early 20th century. Built in traditional Lisu style, with an eye for western comforts, the lodge overlooks the lush fields and hills surrounding the valley and serves as your base camp for a magical blend of adventure, relaxation and insight.
Lisu Lodge is an eco-friendly community-based lodge designed to improve the quality of life of hill tribe villagers and to promote community-based tourism in Thailand. Hosted by Lisu and Lahu villagers there are 24 double bedrooms equipped with electricity fans, mosquito nets and comfortable beddings, en-suite private bathrooms with hot water and safety equipment for outdoor activities.
Set in a small valley surrounded by mountains, Khum Lanna is located in the serene village of Phrao, an hour and a half drive from Chiang Mai. Amidst emerald-green rice fields and lush orchards, Khum Lanna gives you a luxurious homestay experience combined with a cooking school specializing in traditional Northern Thai cuisine. In sum, it is a celebration of heritage, food and lifestyle. Khum Lanna features an informative walk-around through the very own exhibition Rice is Life on the compound, as well as a unique cooking class, teaching hands-on preparation of the most famous Thai delicacies. An elegant teak house with 10 elegantly double-bed rooms, all rooms are equipped with fans, a dressing table, private bathrooms, fully tiled with hot water and large open common and dining area.
Depart Chiang Mai and head for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC). Founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage, the TECC cares for more than 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest. Beyond being an exciting tourist experience, the TECC is also known for its pioneering work in conservation and science. The TECC also proudly houses six of HM King Bhumibol's ten white elephants in the Royal Elephant stables.
You will arrive in time, this morning, to watch the elephant's bathing. Bathing is quite a spectacle, with fifteen elephants submerging and rolling and spraying water with their trunks. The mahouts very nimbly manage not to fall into the water while scrubbing their charges.
After observing the bathing, it is time to watch the fascinating elephant show. The central theme of the show demonstrates traditional logging techniques that were widely practiced in Thailand for hundreds of years until logging was banned in 1989. A healthy elephant can drag about one half of its body weight, so the display exhibits the animals' strength but also their great delicacy and finesse, particularly when stacking logs with great precision. Beyond showcasing the elephants' prowess, logging demonstrations illustrate the incredible ability of the mahouts to control their elephants, using a subtle mix of voice commands (most elephants understand about 35-40 commands), body movements, and "touch" points. The show also demonstrates the elephant's agility and their ability to do complex behaviors on their own. If you wish, there will be the opportunity to ride one of these majestic creatures (additional cost for this activity) or you can spend exploring the site, taking in the elephant hospital, elephant nursery and the dung paper factory.
Transfer back to Chiang Mai hotel and take some free time for relaxation.
At approximately 15.30, you will be picked up from your hotel and transfered to the Chiang Mai Cooking School to begin your master's cooking class program, a challenging course for those looking to take their Thai culinary skills to the next level. Learn how to cook some of the most delicious Thai dishes ever created! The master classes are designed for people who are passionate about Thai food and want to learn more than what is usually offered in a Thai cooking course. The menus have been specially designed to cater to professional chefs whilst still being accessible to food lovers who already have some knowledge of Thai cooking.
Each person will be given the ingredients for five dishes that they will cook. They will have to prepare them from scratch and make any curry pastes that are needed. Once the preparation is completed, they will cook all the dishes. A teacher will be on hand to help and will give any extra tips and hints as they go.
This retreat will take place in Thailand, visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and their surroundings.
Book your flight to arrive at Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKKk). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.