Learn to cook delicious, innovative, and mouth-watering Thai dishes prepared from scratch using all-natural ingredients in this great holiday in Chiang Mai. In the hands-on cooking courses, Thai Celebrity Chef, Sompon Nabnian, will be your personal instructor. You will learn some of the chefs best kept secrets and enjoy a 5-star gourmet dinner when finished. Not just that, explore Chiang Mai's great Buddhist Temples and also a famous elephant conservation center in Lampang. Stay in a comfortable boutique hotel to rest, relax, and unwind.
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.
A challenging 5-day course in Chiang Mai Cooking School is 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. Don't worry, vegetarian options are available for all dishes. There are 5 different courses to choose from, each with its own exiting selection of dishes. Course 5 (final day) specializes in northern food which is becoming more and more popular. Each person will be given the ingredients for 5 dishes that they will cook.
You will have to prepare them from scratch and make any curry pastes that are needed. Once the preparation is completed, you 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.
The internationally renowned Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School was established in 1993 and was the first Thai cooking school to open in Chiang Mai. It is owned and run by Sompon Nabnian Thailand's international TV chef. With over 15 years experience of teaching over 100,000 people from all over the world, it is the leading Thai cooking school in Chiang Mai.
The school continually up-grades and improves their courses and facilities. It has facilities that are second to none. Everybody has their own gas ring and work surface so that under no circumstances will you ever have to share and waste time waiting around for your turn to cook.
This is the only cooking school in Chiang Mai recommended in all major guide books such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Let's Go, Frommers, Stefan Loose and many others. You cannot buy your way into these guide books. Entries are made on recommendations from past students and that is the only way to get in.
Whether it is to learn how to cook some of Thailands most beloved dishes to impress friends and families at home, to enjoy a terrific day out, or to participate in one of Thai peoples favorite past times communal cooking and eating the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School experience is an unforgettable memory for many visitors to Chiang Mai.
Classrooms: The classrooms are designed so that every student can view the demonstration area. Overhead mirror and stadium style seating along with air-conditioning makes our classroom cooking and preparation presentations comfortable and educational for all students.
Cooking and preparation area: Every student enjoys a personal cooking station in our large preparation area. Specially designed working stations allow you to easily organize, prepare and cook your favorite Thai food with ease. Each station is equipped with everything you need during your course.
Dining area: Dining area is located next to our Organic Herb Garden, this provides a very comfortable and relaxing place to enjoy your cooking creations when you have finished them. Complementary coffee water tea are always available in the dining area throughout the day.
Organic herb garden: The tranquil surroundings of Master Chef Sompons house provide you with access to his organic herb garden to pick some of your own ingredients fresh from the soil. Many of our courses include a personally guided tour that is both educational and stimulating to your senses. Come and enjoy one of Chiang Mais largest organic herb gardens.
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.
This retreat will take place in Thailand, visiting Chiang Mai and its surroundings.
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You will try local specialties such as Chiang Mai sausage, nam prik noom (savory and sour chilli dip), sai grob (fried pork skin) and khao soy (rich and creamy noodle soup curry during your local market trip. The following is your menu for day 1 Masters Cooking Class.
Explore the ancient streets of Chiang Mai, relax by the hotel pool or perhaps partake in an optional tour in the morning/afternoon of day 3 to 6. Optional tous include cultural cycling tours around Chiang Mai and the surronding countryside and a trip to the ancient city of Wiang Khum Kham. If you wish, there will be the opportunity to ride one of the elephants (additional cost for this activity) or you can spend exploring the site taking in the elephant hospital, elephant nursery and the dung paper factory on day 4.
Book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai Airport (CNX). The organizer will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.
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