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12 Days Cooking Tours in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin

12 Days Cooking Tours in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin

  • Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Hua Hin

Thailand Cooking & Cycling Holidays

In this ultimate journey to Thailand, you will get an in-depth opportunity to immerse in Thailand rich culture and savor its exotic cuisine through hands-on cooking classes and cycling trips. Stay in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Hua Hin to experience Thailand traditional dishes. This is a perfect chance to tantalize your palate with cooking styles and dishes that will be recreated and presented to you by Thai cookery experts. Through amazing excursions guided by local experts, you will blend in with Thailand's life and culture right away. Enjoy this great Thai holiday package by booking now.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes, cocktail class
  • 5 market visits, 4 street food tours
  • 3 cycling tours, boat tour, farm visit
  • Excursions in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks
  • Visit cultural, historical, religious sites
  • Visit Lampang elephant sanctuary
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Thai, English
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Glow Trinity Silom Hotel (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 (superior 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.

Rest Detail Hotel, Hua Hin, Thailand / 4 nights

Rest Detail offers relaxing stays in chic beachfront accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Featuring a spa with a sparkling turquoise pool that meets the beach. Modern dcor with colorful touches, spacious rooms, fresh white linen and classic furnishings. In-room comforts include a flat-screen cable TV, DVD player and electric kettle. An en-suite bathroom comes with bathtub and separate shower.

Foodie tours in Bangkok (day 2)

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.

Arrive at the 2nd tasting location (established 1938). Enjoy traditional Curry on Egg and Beef Sa-Tay with peanut sauce that were continued here for more than 7 decades.

Take Ferry across the Chao-Phra-Ya River with beautiful Bangkok view to the 3rd tasting location inside local neighborhood. Enjoy samples of Thais favorite dish, authentic Papaya Salad (or Som Tam) & learn about how it gets famous in Thailand.

Arrive at the 4th tasting location (established 1955). Enjoy samples of Thai Green Custard Bun & Thai-Style BBQ 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 5th and final tasting location (established 1970). Enjoy tasting Royal-Recipe Green Curry Chicken served with Roti. Then its time for dessert! Lets try together the most delicious traditional Thai Coconut Ice cream in town!

Cycling tour in Bangkok (day 3)

After a short cycle we reach our first stop, the beautiful heritage listed home of former Prime Minister M.R. Kukrit, where we take a 15-minute tour of the historical complex of Thai-style timber houses. We then meander our 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 we travel to the ancient Chao Phraya River, where we cross on long tail boats to Wat Bangkachao where our journey through the famous Lungs of Bangkok begins. The area known as Phra Pradeang is a vast network of jungle, lakes, and parkland.

We traverse the jungle section on elevated pathways where cooling breezes, birds, and fish abound; eventually passing through to the gorgeous, lush parkland area. Here we stop to give you the opportunity to feed the giant Carp and enjoy a refreshing break.

Afterwards, we wind our way back to the river and cross again on long tail boats to complete our tour with a glimpse of village and cultural life as we cycle through Kusoltong Village and back to the Club House.

This tour is on a join basis with other clients and is only suitable for those with previous cycling experience.

China Town Nighttime street food tour (day 3)

Here 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 foody destination as the Thai / Chinese fusion food is markedly different from that which is sold in the rest of the city.

Ayutthaya food tour (day 4)

We will take a short journey to our first foodie stop of the day, a local market close to Pra Si San Phet temple. At the market, we 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), Tua Tod (deep fried peanut cookie) and Guay Tiew Rua (Ayutthaya Boat Noodles beef or pork noodle soup).

For lunch we will try a number of local specialties: Gallopping Horses, a local specialty and a favorite snack of the Royal Household. Pla Ob Fant (fish baked in straw), we will also have the opportunity to see how this fascinating and unique local dish is cooked and prepared. Traditional Thai dessert, we have an opportunity to see how this is made and then try to do yourself!

Cycling trip in Chiang Mai (day 5)

After bike fitting, begin cycle tour (27 kilometers, 100% flat paved roads, grade - easy). The route takes us over quiet green land roads, passing by the former capital of Lana; with Wiang Kum Kam showing us temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years.

We 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 we watch them hand make different shapes of pottery.

Riding along the Ping River, we breathe in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special.

Well stop at a local bakery where we have delicious sweet bun while watching them make many other different products by hand. At the market we see the same products back in small traditional shops; and here youll have the opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and other snacks.

Total duration approx. 4-5 hours (27 kilometers).

This cycling tour is a join with other clients basis.

Night street food trip in Chiang Mai (day 5)

This trip is an introduction into the unique and fascinating world of Northern Thai Lanna Cuisine.

Introduction to local ingredients and 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).

Cooking class, farm visit, bicycle ride in Chiang Mai (day 6)

This morning you will learn to cook a variety of dishes (stir fry / soup / salad or appetizer).

During lunch, enjoy the dishes you have prepared and then you have your free time to explore the farm grounds, local village, and local temple by bicycle.

Afterwards, learn how to prepare a Thai curry paste the traditional way. You may use the curry paste to prepare your very own traditional Thai curry later.

Finally, we will prepare a traditional Thai dessert before sitting down to enjoy your final culinary creations.

Elephant center visit in Lampang (day 7)

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.

We 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.

Master cooking class in Chiang Mai (day 7)

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 5 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.

Cooking holiday in Hua Hin (day 9)

After a leisurely morning begin your cooking class at your luxury beach side hotel at 11:30. After a presentation of Thai ingredients the hotels expert chef will demonstrate how to cook the first dish, after this it is your turn to try and make it yourself, no need to worry though the hotel's expert chef will be there to provide guidance and assistance.

Afterwards,the chef will demonstrate how to cook two further dishes before you prepare them yourself. After you have prepared all 3 dishes it is time to sit down for lunch to enjoy your delicious homemade creations. All guests will be provided with recipe cards of the dishes they created.

Thai cuisine sample menu

  • Choo chee pla: Sea bass with a light red coconut curry sauce
  • Gaeng kheaw warn gai / moo: Green curry with chicken or pork
  • Gai phad med mamuang: Stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts
  • Kluay buad chee: Banana in coconut milk
  • Larb moo / gai: Spicy minced chicken or pork salad
  • Nuea phad nam man hoi: Stir-fried beef and mushrooms with oyster sauce
  • Phad kraprao gai: Stir-fried chicken with hot basil
  • Pla graphong phad preaw warn: Stir-fried sweet & sour sea bass fillet
  • Poh pia phak: Vegetables spring rolls
  • Som tum: Spicy papaya salad
  • Tom kha gai: Spicy coconut soup with chicken
  • Tom yam goong: Spicy prawn soup with lime and chilli

Cocktail course in Hua Hin (day 9)

At around 18.00 begin cocktail mixing class. You will be welcomed by the hotel's beverage manager before beginning preparation of the ingredients you will use in your cocktails.

After this under the expert guidance of the hotel's beverage manager you wil learn how to create two different cocktails. Canapes will be served alongside the cocktails and all guests will receive copies of cocktail recipes.

Cocktail sample menu

  • Fruit Daiquiri
  • Mai Thai
  • Margarita
  • Martini Cocktail
  • Mojito
  • Pina Colada
  • Sex on the beach
  • Singapore Sling

Cycle trip in Hua Hin (day 10)

This morning we depart the hotel to begin a 2 hour (8 kilometers) cycling tour of Hua Hin city, taking in the cities main attractions.

Hua Hin Railway Station - One of the most famous sightseeing attractions in Hua Hin, the railway station has a long cultural heitage and Royal connections. Built in the reign of King Rama VI the station is one of Thailand's oldest and widely regarding as one of the countries most beautiful.

Hua Hin Market - The most colourful spot in Hua Hin day and night, the market offers a wide array of food, drinks, memorable souveniers and all kinds of freshly prepared dishes such as hoi thod (mussel pancake/omlette), fresh seafood, indian roti bread and coconut ice cream. Hua Hin market will delight visitors wishing to savour the real taste of Hua Hin

Hua Hin Fishing Pier - The pier, another popular place for tourists to visit is a great place to observe locals fishing and boats coming ni and out of the gulf of Thailand.

After your cycling tour, return to the hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Essential Travel Thailand Cooking Vacations Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

  • Arrive at Bangkok Airport.
  • Private transfer to hotel for a three night stay.

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

  • Meal basis: Breakfast, lunch
  • 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.
  • After a short walk, explore a 200-year-old Thai temple renowned for its charming Buddhist architecture and valuable stories.
  • Visit one of the oldest and most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Bangkok.
  • Sightseeing while walking through Bangkoks historic landmarks.
  • In the afternoon, board a private boat and explore the canals of Bangkok and Thonburi.
  • Later we 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 our tour of the Grand Palace we jump on one Bangkok's impressive public ferries for a cruise downstream to Saphan Taksin. From here we take the BTS back to our hotel.

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

  • Meal basis: Breakfast, dinner
  • 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 5 classic dishes and one curry paste.
  • We depart our hotel at around 13.00 and take a short walk to a local clubhouse, from where we will begin our exciting cycle ride through 'the green lungs of Bangkok'.
  • After our exciting cycling tour, we take a short stroll back to our 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.

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

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast, lunch
  • Full day foodie and culture tour to Bang Pa in and Ayutthaya.
  • Transfer and visit Bang Pa In, the Summer Palace of King Rama IV with its charming mixture of Thai, Chinese, and gothic architecture.
  • After trying some delicious snacks, we 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.
  • After lunch visit Wat Chi Wathanaram, widely regarded as one of Ayutthayas most beautiful temples.
  • 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 No.1, 18.10/08.15, 1st Class) or similar train.

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

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast, dinner
  • Arrive at Chiang Mai station at 08:15. Transfer by private van from the train station to your hotel.
  • En route we will stop to eat breakfast the local way, we 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), or similar dishes.
  • Check into Rimping Village Hotel for a 3-night stay (early check in on a request basis).
  • 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 small village 20 minutes outside of Chiang Mai to begin cycling tour.
  • After bike tour, return to hotel and evening at leisure.
  • Evening walk to visit a local night market and food tasting.

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

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast, lunch
  • In the morning, you will be picked up from Hotel and then begin tour of a local market (Somphet Market).
  • Next, transfer to Chiang Mai train station where we will take a fascinating 20 minutes train journey on a local train to the nearby town of Lamphun, to a local farm.
  • Begin your cooking class.
  • Return to your hotel around 15:30 and afternoon at leisure.
  • Optional tour: Free afternoon to relax at your riverside hotel, explore the local area or partake in an optional tour, such as trip to Doi Suthep or tour of Chiang Mais ancient city temples.
  • Evening at leisure.

Day 7: Excursion, cooking class

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Departing Chiang Mai we will head for the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC).
  • Transfer back to Chiang Mai hotel and free time for relaxation.
  • At approx 15:30 you will be picked up from your hotel and transfered to the Chiang Mai Cooking School to begin your Masters Cooking Class program.
  • At approximately 20:00 - 20:30 transfer back to your hotel, rest of day at leisure.

Day 8: Transfer

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast
  • Transfer to Chiang Mai Airport.
  • Flight to Bangkok.
  • Transfer to Hua Hin (approx. 3 hours)
  • Upon arrival check into your hotel and rest of day at leisure

Day 9: Cooking class, free time, cocktail mixology class

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast, lunch
  • After a leisurely morning begin your cooking class at your luxury beach side hotel at 11.30am.
  • Afternoon at leisure to enjoy your luxury beachside hotel.
  • At around 18.00 begin cocktail mixing class.
  • After cocktail class, enjoy your creations and rest of evening at leisure.

Day 10: Cycle tour, market visit, free time

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast
  • This morning we depart the hotel to begin a 2-hour (8 kilometers) cycling tour of Hua Hin city, taking in the citys main attractions.
  • After your cycling tour, return to the hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Day 11: Free time

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast
  • Day at leisure
  • Full day at leisure to relax and enjoy your luxury beach side hotel or perhaps enjoy optional activities.

Day 12: Departure

  • Meal Basis: Breakfast
  • Transfer to Bangkok
  • At the appropriate time transfer to Bangkok airport or a city hotel.
  • Upon arrival end of services.

Optional tours

If you wish, there will be an opportunity to ride one of the majestic elephants on day 3 (additional cost for this activity). You can spend exploring the site taking in the elephant hospital, elephant nursery and the Dung paper factory.Optional tours include silom cookery school in Bangkok (day 3), 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 while also teaching tourists about the beliefs and daily lives of the Buddhist monks (day 6 or 7 or morning day 5). Perhaps a visit to Chiang Mai's most important temple Doi Suthep (day 6 or 7 or morning day 5), or a trip to Wiang Khum Khan Historical park (including horse and cart ride and scorpion tailed boat journey on the river Ping) (day 6 or morning day 5). In Hua Hin, you will have chances to visit a local elephant sanctuary, a round of gold on one of Hua Hin's famous golf courses, trip to Pala-U waterfall and extra cooking classes and bicycle tours (day 11).

  • 1 complimentary bottle of drinking water per person per half day excursion and 2 complimentary bottles of drinking water per person per full day excursion.
  • 11 nights accommodation as mentioned
  • Excursions as per program including entry fees
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Local insurance
  • Private transfer with accompanying guide
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • All flights, service or fees of landing or visa application
  • All other services not specified in the program
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Other excursions or sightseeing 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