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10 Days Cycling & Cooking Tours in Northern Thailand

Cycling and Thai Cookery Holidays

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!


  • 4 hands-on cooking classes
  • Tea tour, nursery tour, and rice tour
  • 5 cycling tours, a boat tour, and rafting
  • 4 market visits, 4 street food tours, 2 farm visits
  • Visit cultural, historical, religious sites, elephant sanctuary
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 5 dinners, and snacks
  • Excursions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
  • 9 nights accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Thai, English
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Glow Trinity Silom Hotel - 3 stars, deluxe room, Bangkok, Thailand / 3 nights

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.

The Rimping Village Hotel - 3 stars, deluxe room, Chiang Mai, Thailand / 3 nights

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.

Lisu Lodge - standard room, Chiang Mai, Thailand / 1 night

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.

Khum Lanna - standard room, Chiang Mai, Thailand / 1 night

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.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive at Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
  • Private transfer to hotel for a four-night stay.

Day 2: Excursions, street food tour, sky train ride, boat ride, tuk tuk ride

  • The best way to experience Thai culture is to live it, we start off our Thai odyssey by experiencing first-hand how the average Bangkokian eats and travels. We start the morning by taking the BTS sky train system to Saphan Taksin, from here we begin a (join tour with other clients) walking street food tour of the streets of Bangkok's historic Bangrak district.
  • Walk from Saphan Taksin to the 1st tasting location (established 1960). Enjoy samples of delicious roasted duck served with Thai rice and learn about real history of this eatery.
  • After a short walk, explore a 200-year-old Thai temple renowned for its charming Buddhist architecture and valuable stories.
  • Arrive at the second tasting location established in 1938. Enjoy traditional curry on egg and beef sa-tay with peanut sauce that were continued here for more than seven decades.
  • Take the ferry across the Chao-Phra-Ya river with beautiful Bangkok view to the third tasting location inside local neighborhood. Enjoy samples of Thailand's favorite dish, authentic papaya salad (or som tam) and learn about how it gets famous in Thailand.
  • Visit one of the oldest and most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Bangkok.
  • Sightseeing while walking through Bangkok's historic landmarks.
  • Arrive at the fourth tasting location established in 1955. Enjoy samples of Thai green custard bun and Thai-style barbecue pork bun served with refreshing Thai lemon iced tea.
  • Explore the unique and oldest Hindu temple in Thailand, where most local entrepreneurs have often visited.
  • Arrive at the fifth and final tasting location established in 1970. Enjoy tasting royal recipe green curry chicken served with roti. Then its time for dessert! Let's try together the most delicious traditional Thai coconut ice cream in town!
  • In the afternoon, board a private boat and explore the canals of Bangkok and Thonburi.
  • Later, you travel by tuk tuk to Thailand's most impressive and revered temple, the Grand Palace, stopping en route for seasonal local refreshments such as fresh coconut juice, mango, pineapple, and guava.
  • After your tour of the Grand Palace we jump on one Bangkok's impressive public ferries for a cruise downstream to Saphan Taksin. From there, you will take the BTS back to your hotel.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 3: Free time, cycling trip, street food tour

  • Optional tour: a free morning for relaxation or optional cooking class at the excellent Silom Thai cooking school where you will visit a market, learn about exotic local ingredients and cook five classic dishes and one curry paste.
  • Depart your hotel at around 13:00 and take a short walk to a local clubhouse, from where you will begin our exciting cycle ride through the green lungs of Bangkok.
  • After a short cycle, you will reach your first stop, the beautiful heritage listed home of former Prime Minister M.R. Kukrit, where you will take a 15-minute tour of the historical complex of Thai-style timber houses.
  • You will then meander your way across some of Bangkoks most beautiful parkland and then into the tiny narrow lanes and warrens of high density, inner city, Bangkok.
  • From there, you will travel to the ancient Chao Phraya River, where you will cross on long tail boats to Wat Bangkachao, where your journey through the famous Lungs of Bangkok begins.
  • The area known as Phra Pradeang is a vast network of jungle, lakes, and parkland. You will traverse the jungle section on elevated pathways where cooling breezes, birds, and fish abound; eventually passing through to the gorgeous, lush parkland area. There, you will have the opportunity to feed the giant carp and enjoy a refreshing break.
  • Afterwards, you will wind your way back to the river and cross again on long tail boats to complete your tour with a glimpse of village and cultural life as you cycle through Kusoltong Village and back to the Club House. This tour is on a join basis and is only suitable for those with previous cycling experience.
  • After your exciting cycling tour, you will take a short stroll back to your hotel.
  • After some free time for relaxing, you will depart by private van to Bangkok's exciting Yaowawit road located in the heart of Bangkok's busy China Town district. *There, your guide will show you all the weird and wonderful food on offer and your guide will purchase some dishes for you to try on the way. Yaowawit is a great foodie destination as the Thai/Chinese fusion food is markedly different from that which is sold in the rest of the city.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner.

Day 4: Excursions, market visit, street food tour, overnight train ride

  • In the morning, you will depart from Bangkok and transfer approximately 40-60 minutes north of Bangkok to Bang-Pa-In, the Summer Palace of King Rama IV. You will go sightseeing here exploring the palaces, unique and charming mixture of Thai, Chinese and gothic architecture.
  • Next, you will take a short journey to your first foodie stop of the day, a local market close to Pra Si San Phet temple. At the market, you will observe skilled local artisans making all kinds of delicious snacks and treats. There will be the opportunity to try local specialty snacks candi flos, nang pla grob (crispy deep-fried fish skin), khao kriab pak moh (steamed rice skin dumplings), and tua tod (deep fried peanut cookie).
  • After trying some delicious snacks, you will explore Pra Si San Phet temple and Ayutthayas grandest temple - Wat Mahatat. The three iconic bell-shaped chedis of Wat Phra Si Sanphet have practically become a symbol of Ayutthaya. The temple stands almost in the center of the main area of the old capital. Wat Phra Si Sanphet was built by King Boromatrailokanat in 1448. It was reportedly one of the grandest temples in the ancient capital, and it is still one of the best preserved on the island. Wat Mahathat was probably built in the early days of Ayutthaya in the late 14th century by King Borommaracha I. The story goes that the king had a revelation, and relics of the Buddha then suddenly appeared. The temple was built to house the relics. The name, "Wat Mahathat" literally means "Monastery of the Great Relic" and when the collapsed central tower was excavated in the mid-1950s a small reliquary containing a piece of bone about the size of a grain of rice was found.
  • For lunch, you will continue of foodie exploration of Ayutthaya and its famous ancient Thai royal cuisine. There will be the opportunity to try a number of local specialties such as gallopping horses - a local specialty and a favorite snack of the Royal Household, pla ob fant (fish baked in straw). You will also have the opportunity to see how this fascinating and unique local dish is cooked and prepared. Also, try the traditional Thai dessert - opportunity to see how this is made and then try to make it yourself!
  • After lunch, you will visit Wat Chi Wathanaram. Standing right on the river, Wat Chai Wattanaram is widely considered to be one of the most impressive of the remaining monuments of old Ayutthaya. It was built in 1629 by King Prasat Tong. King Prasat Tong was actually a commoner who overthrew the previous king and took the throne. It is believed that the monastery may well have been established to assert his legitimacy to the throne.
  • Transfer back to Bangkok and transfer to Bangkok Hua Lampong Station to board overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai (train number 1, first class).
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 5: Free time, cycling trip, market visit, street food tour

  • Arrive at Chiang Mai station at 08:15. Transfer by private van from the train station to your hotel.
  • En route, you will stop to eat breakfast the local way; you will try a variety of dishes such as jok moo (pork rice porridge), khanom krok (Thai coconut pancake), khao neow moo ping (marinated grilled pork served with sticky rice).
  • Check into Rimping Village Hotel for a 3-night stay (early check-in on request).
  • Free morning to relax at hotel and perhaps take a swim in the pool or explore its charming river side location.
  • Early afternoon transfer to a small village, just 20 minutes outside of Chiang Mai, to begin the cycling tour. Note that this bike tour is on a join basis.
  • After bike fitting, begin cycle tour (27 kilometers, 100% flat paved roads, grade: easy). The route takes you over quiet green land roads, passing by the former capital of Lana, with Wiang Kum Kam showing you temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. You will visit a local temple, the McKean rehabilitation center; a former leper colony; a special school for monks or an elementary school mostly attended by hill-tribe children; and stop at a small pottery, where you watch them hand make different shapes of pottery.
  • Riding along the Ping River, you will breathe in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special.
  • You will stop at a local bakery where you will have delicious sweet buns, while watching them make many other different products by hand. At the market, you will see the same products back in small traditional shops, and there you will have the opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and other snacks.
  • During the tour, you will stop every hour for a short rest, and provide you with drinking water or a soft drink. Total duration approximately 4-5 hours (27 kilometers).
  • After the bike tour, return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure.
  • Enjoy an evening walk to visit a local night market for an introduction into the unique and fascinating world of northern Thai Lanna cuisine. You will have an introduction to local ingredients and you will try delicious local specialties such as Chiang Mai sausage, nam prik noom (savory and sour chilli dip), kep moo (fried pork skin) and khao soy (rich and creamy noodle soup curry).
  • Meal plan: breakfast and dinner.

Day 6: Market visit, train ride, bicycle ride, farm visit, cooking class, free time

  • In the morning, you will be picked up from the hotel and then, you will begin the tour of a local market (Somphet Market).
  • Next, transfer to Chiang Mai train station, from where you will take a fascinating 20-minute train journey on a local train to the nearby town of Lamphun to a local farm.
  • Transfer to a local farm and begin your cooking class; this morning, you will learn how to cook a variety of dishes (stir fry/soup/salad or appetizer).
  • At lunch, enjoy the dishes you have prepared before free time to explore the farm grounds, local village and local temple by bicycle.
  • After lunch, learn how to prepare a Thai curry paste the traditional way. Later, use this curry paste to prepare your very own traditional Thai curry. Finally, you will prepare a traditional Thai dessert, before sitting down to enjoy your final culinary creations.
  • Return to your hotel around 15:30 and spend the afternoon at leisure.
  • Optional tour: Take a walking tour of Chiang Mais old city including a visit to the famous Wat Chedi Luang where on certain days (no fixed schedule) you can participate in monk chat - a program that brings tourists and the monks at Wat Chedi Luang together in order to help the monks improve their English whilst also teaching tourists about the beliefs and daily lives of the monks the Buddhist monks, a visit to Chiang mai's most imporant temple Doi Suthep or perhaps an exciting scorpion tailed boat journey on the Ping River.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 7: Excursion, cooking class

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.

  • Once cooking is completed, you will sit down and dine on all the food you have created, in peaceful and atmospheric surroundings.
  • At approximately 20.00-20.30 transfer back to your hotel and have the rest of day at leisure.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 8: Transfer, excursion, garden tour, free time, entertainment

  • You will be picked up from your Chiang Mai hotel (or Chiang Mai Airport) at 08:30 - 09:00 and transferred to Lisu Lodge (approximately 45 minutes).
  • Arrive at Lisu Lodge at 10:00. A traditional welcome drink will be served followed by a briefing. Lisu Lodge staff will propose a choice of activities and you can decide how you want to spend the afternoon.
  • Your Lisu guide will then take you for a walk through the village at 11:00. During the tour, a family elder will guide you around the village to introduce you to Lisu customs and culture. You will start from the Ton Lung temple to view the herbal garden and visit some local families with a stop for a cup of tea and a spot of traditional medicine at the shamans house.
  • Return to Lisu Lodge for a tasty Thai lunch.
  • Walk with your guide through rice paddies, where you will work together with the villagers to grow rice without the use of pesticide and insecticide. Besides strolling through the green or the golden carpet of the paddy fields, depending on the season, you will learn and participate in the various stages of rice cultivation in northern Thai style.
  • Learn about the flora of northern Thailand and how they restore the forest ecosystem at a tree nursery of the Himmapaan Foundation whose goal is to support and implement environmental and social projects by working with local communities in areas affected by tourism.
  • Visit the vegetable garden, where they produce organic fertilizer from leftover organic waste and grow a variety of vegetables and fruits that are used in several dishes served at Lisu Lodge.
  • During the afternoon, you have a choice of activities to partake.
  • Spend your time at leisure until the Thai dinner with a traditional Lisu dance show.
  • Overnight at Lisu Lodge.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

Day 9: Cycling trip, tea tour, picnic, rafting, transfer, cooking class

  • Have breakfast at the lodge.
  • Then, start an exciting day with an easy 13 kilometers (8 miles) of cycling to Muang Guert.
  • En-route, you will stop at tea plantation. Relax and enjoy a magnificent landscape at the tea plantation, where you will be led by an experienced guide who will introduce you to the process of growing and harvesting tea as well as vegetation propagation to produce tea seedlings at the nursery, whilst teaching you how to pluck tea leaves and enjoy a cup of fresh-roasted tea.
  • Continue cycling to the rafting station.
  • After a healthy picnic lunch on the bank of the river, you will go on an exciting ride, about 45 minutes of white water rafting that takes you a traditional Thai country village.
  • From there, you proceed to Khum Lanna.
  • Upon arrival, as a welcome drink, enjoy a refreshing herbal tea or fruit juice from the bountiful gardens of Khum Lanna itself.
  • Check-in to your room.
  • At 17:00, you will have a briefing to decide on your activities for the following morning.
  • Thai cooking introduction. You will receive a Khum Lanna Thai Recipe Book that explains many delicious recipes, plus the herbs used and the health benefits of each. You will also receive descriptions of Thai words that will be helpful for your market visit the following day. Start the first lesson and learn how to prepare an authentic Thai meal (four dishes). All the major ingredients in Thai cooking are introduced along with the concept of balancing the 5-flavor groups.
  • Enjoy the Thai dinner that you helped prepare yourself.
  • Overnight at Khum Lanna.
  • Meal plan: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 10: Cycling trip, market visit, cooking class, free time, departure

  • Coffee or tea will be brought to your room at 05:30 for your wake-up call.
  • Enjoy sunrise biking along the rural country road via San Kwang village to Phrao to visit an early morning local market where local coffee is available. With the help of your guide, you may buy local cookies and flower garlands for the temple offering, on the way back.
  • Then, you will visit a farmer's rice and traditional tools shop, chat with the owner, and learn more about the rice legends and differences and properties of the varieties of rice. Your local escort will translate.
  • Cycle back to Khum Lanna with a stop to visit Wat Pa. Pay respect to the Buddha image under the sacred tree.
  • Continue biking to Khum Lanna along the local canal through the rice fields and get more information about the rice-growing process and the important place that rice occupies in Thai life.
  • Breakfast is served at 09:00.
  • At 10:00, Khum Lanna's concept is "rice for life". You will be given an orientation of this concept and also learn about the history of rice cultivation, the types, the equipment used in the past and the future needs.
  • Try your cooking skills out by steaming the Thai sticky rice.
  • Take a casual walk to the organic garden, where there is a variety of produce including the different rice harvesting stages. You will also have the opportunity to collect herbs and vegetables from the garden and use these in your cooking class.
  • Lunch will include a country style barbecue, sticky rice that you prepared earlier, and all the scrumptious dishes to complement.
  • From 14:00 to 16:00, you can choose one of the exciting (approximately one-hour) activities: a guided biking tour around Khum Lanna country side, creative fruit (or vegetable) carving, a local herbal steam bath to relax and rejuvenate your body, or a therapeutic hot-pressed herbal massage (consisting of 8 kinds of herbs: ginger, zingier, lemongrass, plantain, tamarind leaves, soap pod, camphor and Aom Kiew). A second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself. You will be given a road book of recommended itineraries.
  • At 16:00, depart Khum Lanna and transfer to Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) or to the hotel.
  • Upon arrival, your tour will come to an end.
  • Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.


This retreat will take place in Thailand, visiting Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and their surroundings.

Things to do (optional)

Day 3

  • If you wish, there will be an opportunity to ride one of the majestic elephants (additional cost for this activity).

Day 7

  • You can spend exploring the site taking in the elephant hospital, elephant nursery and the dung paper factory.

Day 8

  • Guided bike tour around the Lisu Lodge area.
  • Steam bath.
  • Massage.
  • Ox-cart ride through farmlands and orchards to the Thai village of Baan Pang Mai Daeng - about an hour ending up back at Lisu Lodge.
  • Note: a second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself. We will give you a road book of recommended itineraries.

Day 10

  • A guided biking tour around Khum Lanna country side.
  • A local herbal steam bath to relax and rejuvenate your body.
  • A therapeutic hot-pressed herbal massage (consisting of 8 kinds of herbs: ginger, zingier, lemongrass, plantain, tamarind leaves, soap pod, camphor and Aom Kiew).
  • Creative fruit (or vegetable) carving.
  • Note: A second additional 1-hour activity can be booked at a nominal charge but as a free activity you are welcome to go cycling by yourself. We will give you a road book of recommended itineraries.

What's included

  • 1 complimentary bottle of drinking water per person per half day excursion
  • 2 complimentary bottles of drinking water per person per full day excursion
  • 9 nights accommodations as mentioned
  • Accommodation in non air-conditioned room and with electric fan at Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna based on half twin-bedded room
  • Assistance of English-speaking guide during visit in Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
  • Baggage handling at Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
  • Excursions as programmed including entry fees
  • Helmet and life jacket at Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Local insurance
  • Local open-air truck for the activity at Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
  • Meals as specified and local coffee at the market at Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna
  • Private transfer with guide accompanies
  • Private transfer without guide Chiang Mai - Lisu Lodge and Khum Lanna - Chiang Mai
  • Tours and join-in activities in Lisu Lodge and Kuhm Lanna: rafting (1 rubber boat = 4-5 persons), cycling and activities mentioned in the program
  • Your choice of one activity at Khum Lanna: biking or steam bath or massage
  • Your choice of one activity at Lisu Lodge: biking or oxcart or steam bath or massage

What's not included

  • All flights, service or fees of landing or visa application
  • All other services not specified in the program
  • Cost of accommodation upgrades
  • Other excursions or sightseeing rather than mentioned in the program
  • Other meals rather than mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal medical and travel insurance
  • Pre and post tour services and costs
  • Tip of local crew, local guide or hotel porters

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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.

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