4 Days Cooking Course Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Four Seasons Resort, Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, 50180 Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai Cooking Holidays in Chiang Mai

Explore and master Thailand's unique cuisine with this special package from Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Immerse yourself in the lush tropics and get acquainted with local Thai culture on the terraced rice fields of the mystical Mae Rim Valley. For culinary adventurers, Thailand is a land of endless delights - vibrant, intense, and unique. The Thais’ love for food is evident in each succulent bite, whether you’re eating from a humble street vendor or at a fine-dining restaurant. Enjoy a full food experience in this peaceful and enchanting environment.

Highlights

  • Experience an authentic rice-planting activity
  • Enjoy an organic vegetable garden tour at the resort
  • Cooking class at the resort's renowned cooking school
  • An evening excursion to explore Chiang Mai street food
  • Plenty of complimentary activities at the resort
  • Daily breakfast for two at Sala Mae restaurant
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 2 days with instruction
  • Thai, English
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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

The resort offers an ideal combination of luxury accommodation options, signature service, and unique experiences for the discerning traveler. Experience soul-deep relaxation at the award-winning spa, featuring techniques inspired by ancient wellness rituals. Laze in the cool waters of our two swimming pools, overlooking emerald paddy fields. Your pavilions features polished teak floors, rich Thai silk decorations and beautiful Siamese art, all under a vaulted ceiling with cooling overhead fans. Your Thai sala offers additional private outdoor living space with a wood floor, high ceiling with fan, northern Thai-style daybed, dining table and chairs. Bask in rich silk- and cotton-covered furnishings, beautiful Siamese artefacts and original paintings.

Amenities

  • CD player
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Connection for MP3 player
  • Down duvets
  • Down pillows
  • DVD player
  • Hypoallergenic pillows on request
  • In-room dining
  • In-room safe
  • Internet access
  • iPod docking station
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Make-up mirror
  • Multi-line telephone(s) with voicemail
  • Refrigerated private bar
  • Satellite television
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Thick terry bathrobes
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Wired or wireless internet access

Garden pavilion

Set amid carefully tended tropical gardens, these rooms are perfect for those who want to enjoy the unique indigenous landscape of the resort. Settle into the outdoor pavilion-style Thai sala and take in the lush flora and fauna all around you as you watch the gentle hum and buzz of the garden. The newly renovated interiors, fitted with all modern conveniences and dressed up with local accents, are a perfect balance of comfort and local culture.

Upper garden pavilion

Ideal for those who love a sense of seclusion as well as spaciousness, these upper-level rooms come with higher ceilings, lush green views and extra privacy. Relax in your very own outdoor Thai sala and enjoy views of the lush tropical treasures of the resort - it’s the perfect spot for sundowners as you watch the changing hues of the sky. With all modern amenities, touches of Thai design and thoughtfully chosen local art, the brand-new interiors are a great blend of luxury and authenticity.

Rice terrace pavilion

These rooms are ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in the lilting rhythms of plantation life. Lounge on the swing sofa in your pavilion-style Thai sala and take in the bounty of the resort’s unique indigenous landscape - terraced rice fields, tropical foliage and pond life. The newly renovated interiors, dressed up with elements of local design, offer a fine balance of elegance, comfort and culture.

Upper rice terrace pavilion

Perfect for those who desire a blend of seclusion and spaciousness, these upper-level rooms come with added privacy, vaulted ceilings and expansive views of paddy fields, stretching into the gently rolling hills beyond. As you gently rock on the swing sofa in your very own outdoor Thai sala, enjoy a picture-postcard scene of the terraced rice fields and the pond below - the very heart of the resort’s humming plantation life. The brand-new interiors are thoughtfully decorated with Thai arts and crafts, offering that rare combination of modern luxury and cultural heritage.

Pool villa

Surrounded by water on three sides, these romantic oases are the perfect choice for couples that desire total privacy, aquatic luxury and a sense of immense flowing spaces. Frolic in your private pool, swing lazily on the sundeck, pamper yourselves with spa treatments in the outdoor Thai sala; the opportunities for indulgence are endless! These expansive villas offer an outdoor shower and lush views of tropical foliage. The airy interiors come with uber-modern conveniences, elements of local architecture, and playful touches like an ornamental bed canopy and skylights.

Thai cooking school

Designed by the award-winning Bensley Design Studios in Bangkok, the Resort's Lanna-style cooking facility celebrates northern architecture and traditional design. An imposing stone staircase leads guests into the demonstration, dining and retail pavilions, which complement the Resort's distinctive design. The demonstration pavilion, with rich timber floors, large overhead zinc exhaust fans and huge sliding glass doors, is air-conditioned. It features a large cooking area for the chef, eight individual cooking stations suitable for one or two people, and a large teak working table and chairs that can accommodate all participants. The open-air dining area of the pavilion offers spectacular views of tree-lined mountains, extensively landscaped gardens and a waterfall, and is a perfect venue for guests to enjoy the dishes created during the class. An array of essential Asian ingredients, such as lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric and garlic, are on display in the school's herb garden.

Your four-day getaway in Chiang Mai, Thailand, will include a series of activities which will be discussed and agreed together with the hotel's team, depending on your preferences and daily plans. Take a look at the sample activities for your cooking retreat:

  • Daily buffet breakfast for two at Sala Mae Rim restaurant
  • Cooking class for two at the resort's renowned cooking school with a local market trip
  • An organic vegetable garden tour at the resort
  • An evening excursion for two to explore Chiang Mai street food
  • An authentic rice-planting activity
  • An authentic rice-planting activity
  • An evening excursion to explore Chiang Mai street food
  • An organic vegetable garden tour at the resort
  • Stéphane Calvet

    The executive chef is reason enough for culinary adventurers to come visit the Four Seasons Chiang Mai! From French Sunday markets by the Mediterranean Sea to the rice valleys of Chiang Mai, Chef Stéphane Calvet has been on a food journey for decades - and he’s passionate about sharing his love of good food. His pride and joy is the organic garden, abloom with herbs and vegetables - both local and European.

Chiang Mai is in the heart of an area once known as the Lanna Kingdom, meaning the land of a million rice fields. While its vibrant blend of cultures gives the area a distinctive charm, the landscape is still covered with vivid green rice fields. Chiang Mai is often fondly called the Rose of the North for its beauty and spirit. Meeting local people in Chiang Mais handicraft centers and centuries-old temples, one finds it easy to feel their sense of sanuk, which means fun in Thai as they welcome visitors with an attitude that is both warm and captivating.

Nearby places

  • Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), 20 km - 25 minutes
  • Chiang Mai night market, city, and financial center - 30 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Golf course nearby
  • Golf driving range nearby
  • Health club
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Tennis court
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Free newspapers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Shop
  • Tour assistance

Thai cuisine doesn’t believe in rigid separations between different tastes. There’s a party happening in your plate, and everyone’s invited! Spicy, salty and sweet come together in complex and unusual ways; the whole is greater than its parts, and it’s impossible not to fall in love. The bold, bright flavors will surprise your taste buds and keep you coming back for more. Local fare features fresh produce: think juicy pineapple, creamy coconut milk, fragrant sweet basil and miniature eggplants. Meat and seafood lovers are also spoiled for choice, with a wide range of meat and seafood on the menu. There is, quite literally, something for every palate.

Even within Thailand, each region serves up a distinct cuisine. Chiang Mai has a rich culinary tradition, with a blend of Lanna, Burmese, and Laotian influences. It is certainly different from most staples in Thai restaurant around the world! With longer cooking times comes greater depth of flavor. Fire is not simply a heating mechanism here; flame roasting and charcoal grilling lend a delectable smokiness to grilled meats and chili dips. Many dishes star popular local ingredients, such as banana flowers, bamboo shoots, young jack-fruit, and wild boar. It’s not often that things live up to all the hype that surrounds them, but Thai food is a notable exception. In fact, it is somewhat like travel itself - the more you experience it, the more addictive it is!

Cooking School menus

Depending on the day that you join, you will learn to prepare different dishes according to the theme selected. You will find sample menus below:

Monday: Northern dishes - Learn to prepare a selection of dishes typical of northern Thailand

  • Larb muang moo (Northern-style spicy minced pork salad)
  • Narm prig ong goong (Chiang Mai tomato chili dip with minced shrimp)
  • Kaow soi gai (Chiang Mai famous curry noodles with chicken)
  • Abb pla yang (Northern-style grilled marinated red tilapia in banana leaf)

Tuesday: Favorite Thai dishes - Be introduced to the many types of favorite Thai dishes

  • E-sarn larb gai (Northeastern-style spicy minced chicken salad)
  • Tom yum goong (spicy prawn soup with lemongrass)
  • Panaeng ped (creamy red curry with roasted duck and mixed fruits)
  • Phad Thai goong (wok-fried rice noodles with prawns)

Wednesday: Health & spa cuisine - Stay healthy and learn how to prepare hearty Thai dishes

  • Yum woon sen gai (spicy glass noodle salad with chicken)
  • Gaeng leang (clear soup and herb-flavoured local vegetables)
  • Pla tub tim nueng manaow (steamed ruby fish with chili lime sauce)
  • Kaow phad jay (wok-fried brown and white jasmine rice with tofu)

Thursday: Fish & seafood - Learn the secrets of preparing Thai fish and seafood dishes from scratch

  • Tum tang poo nim (spicy cucumber salad with soft shell crab)
  • Thord mun pla grai (deep-fried marinated Thai fish cake)
  • Tom kha goong (prawn soup with fresh coconut milk and galangal)
  • Pla kapong sarm rod (fried sea bass with three-flavours sauce)

Friday: Home style hot & spicy dishes - Learn how to prepare Thai family favorites you will make again and again

  • Som tum (spicy green papaya salad)
  • Tom zaab moo (Northeastern-style spicy pork soup)
  • Phad kapraow gai (stir-fried minced chicken with hot basil)
  • Phad see-iew goong (stir-fried rice ribbon noodles with prawns and soy sauce)

Saturday: Chef's recommendations - The executive chef creates a traditional Thai menu for you to practice at home.

  • Yum nua (spicy grilled beef salad)
  • Tom kha gai (chicken soup with fresh coconut milk and galangal)
  • Ped ob caf (deep-fried roasted duck with Lanna coffee sauce)
  • Gaeng kiew warn goong (green curry with prawn, eggplant, sweet basil and coconut milk)

Activities

  • Garden tour, language class, rice planting, spa, Thai kickboxing, yoga
  • Visit the Business Center for around-the-clock help with work, entertainment or travel arrangements
  • The 20-meter (66-foot) infinity-edge swimming pool seems to flow into the picturesque rice terraces of the Mae Rim Valley
  • Take advantage of complimentary rackets, balls, tennis shoes and clothing on the two floodlit tennis courts

Area attractions

  • Chiang Dao Caves: The longest in Thailand, these mystical caves extend deep into the mountains
  • Chiang Mai Night Safari: Visit the first night zoo in Thailand to observe animal behaviors at night in realistic recreations of their natural environments
  • Doi Inthanon National Park: Thailand's highest peak is bursting with natural beauty with four waterfalls, terraced rice fields and tribal villages
  • Doi Suthep Temple: You have not really seen Chiang Mai until you have scaled the more than 300 steps to the summit and enjoyed the breathtaking view
  • Sankamphaeng Road: Known as the "Handicraft Highway", here you'll find everything from silk, silver, celadon, gems, antiques, "Sa" paper, umbrella painting, lacquerware and pottery to handmade furniture

The spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai features seven spacious treatment suites offering total privacy for individuals or couples. Each suite offers a variety of facilities, including outdoor showers, private herbal steam rooms and outdoor soaking tubs. Two of the suites have tropical rainshower massage tables. The spa also features a Lanna-style beauty salon. The range of Four Seasons treatments is inspired by ancient Thai rituals, using native herbs, spices and aromatic oils created through traditional rural methods and focusing on the use of organic ingredients. One of our spa specialists will help you choose the most beneficial therapy for your needs.

Body treatments

From skin scrubs to body wraps, choose from treatments that use invigorating ingredients such as cloves and tropical fruit.

Chakra treatments

Let the new Chakra blessing rituals take you on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “disc”. The body’s seven main chakras sit at the intersection of the vital energy channels that are said to run along the spinal column. When our chakras are cleansed and balanced, our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are better able to function at their optimal levels.

Facial treatments

Sample the skin treatments designed to nourish, balance, and control your complexion.

Massages

Attain total harmony with the hotel's extensive selection of massages.

New spa packages

Spa guests are invited to welcome the Thai New Year with the Songkran Spa Transformation Ritual.

Spa 101

Learn the skills and techniques needed to recreate your favorite Thai spa experiences at home.

Spa body rituals

Combine traditional Thai massages with rejuvenating treatments for the body and mind.

The royal collection

This selection of wellness therapies and beauty treatments is based on recipes and techniques used by ancient royalty, handed down through the centuries.

Yoga

Take advantage of the expert instructors' experience at the dedicated Yoga Barn.

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • An authentic rice-planting activity
  • Buffalos' bathing activity
  • Cooking class at the resort's cooking school
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two at Sala Mae Rim restaurant
  • Introduction to Thai language class
  • Kids' club for ages 12 and under
  • Local market and organic vegetable garden tours
  • Mountain biking including map, helmet, and water bottle
  • Nature trails with a local expert
  • Pool access including water sprays and fresh tropical fruits
  • Resort's standard Wi-Fi
  • Snacks during sundowners at Ratree Bar
  • Sunset yoga at Yoga Sala

Driving directions from Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

  • Exit Chiang Mai International Airport and turn right
  • Turn left at Mahidol Road, the first intersection
  • Continue for another 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), then turn left onto Suthep Road
  • Continue on Suthep Road until you reach Canal Road; turn right
  • Continue for another 12 kilometers (7.2 miles) on Canal Road; the road makes a right turn
  • When you reach Chotana-Fang Road; make a left turn
  • About 7 kilometers (4 miles) down the road, turn left when you see the Resort's sign (on the left)
  • Continue for about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) until you see the Resort's signage again, then make a left turn onto the Resort's private road; the main driveway is on the right

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from Lacrhmont

    "Management and Staff were at their best. We will always remember our Sunday morning bike ride with Mustafa the Director of Rooms, Yoga with Dareesh at the Yoga barn and the concierge staff who helped us plan our daily activities."

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  • Review by A traveler from China

    "Maybe just for a moment, it's such beautiful thought to get away from all, you come close to nature,stay at this resorts is not a bad idea, look out to the window, you see an ox and a farmer working in the rice paddy field, you are not dreaming, this is a 100 percent real as you can get, they really grow rice the way it suppose to, for someone live in a city all their life, it's a real treat to experience, without saying, Four Seasons brand offer the best money can buy, they try their best in every way, so let's get lost, live like a royalty for a moment, don't forget to book an elephant safari and lunch picnic basket on the bamboo raft, relax and enjoy, just watch the world goes by or lost in paradise for a while."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States

    "Amazing resort with every amenity possible. We had a pool cottage which gave us a lovely suite and private pool. It is comprised of many cottages and buildings with several rooms in each arranged around a small lake. Several on premise restaurants all outstanding. Several outdoor pools. Rooms with nice towels and bed linen. Dining rooms outstanding and also Great breakfast buffet. Staff friendly and helpful. This was a relaxing end to our trip. This resort is a short drive from the city."

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  • Review by Annie G.

    "Must do: spa and yoga. Our experience at Four Seasons Chiang Mai was incredible. We knew it would be an amazing highlight of our vacation to Thailand, but it was still far beyond our expectations. All views of the property are breathtaking and their friendly service met all random needs imaginable within seconds (tennis court reservations, mosquito repellent, shuttle to night market, boarding passes, etc.)Must dos:1) Spa. Can't pass up this experience if you make it this far. Our traditional Thai massages were unique and relaxing. Loved the aromas and flowers everywhere, including a bowl of rose petals for you to stare at during massage.2) Yoga lessons. Deeraj, the yogi at Four Seasons Chiang Mai, was the best. We took a 7 a.m. class and had his attention all to ourselves. There's no more perfect venue than yoga mats next to rice patties while listening to the morning noises from nature. Deeraj gave us excellent corrections and advice throughout our session. Makes me want to do yoga everyday now."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "Best massage I had among the Thai spa experiences. It was the best massage I had in Thailand. I've had many massages from many places and I must say this place was the best to me. Their masseuses were caring and highly experienced."

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  • Review by Marizamg

    "Words cannot begin to express our delight in this hotel. We stayed there as part of our honeymoon and even though might be expensive, it is worth every cent. We stayed in pool villa no.5 and were delighted. The villa was beautiful, full of details. First of all the hotel is beautiful, very green, very Asian. We loved it. The service was amazing. Every person who worked there seemed to be happy all the time; all of them really kind, even the chef on the Italian restaurant came to say "hi" during our dinner. Everyone made us feel as if we were royals!The food was spectacular. We had dinner on both restaurants and room service and on each, everything was delicious. And at last, the spa. Oh the spa... It was the best massage we have ever had in our life! Congratulations to the Four Seasons and all of their staff, we hope to return one day!"

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  • Review by John from Kenya

    "Beautiful agrarian location. Great food. Don't miss the cooking school course. Fantastic views of the rice paddies. Enjoyed watching the water buffalo. Rooms with beautiful decor. Location although away from Chiang Mai proper you can reach the city within 30 minutes. Great outdoor activities nearby including elephant rides."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "Gorgeous property, lovely staff - such an amazing stay! My husband and I spent four nights here, and I didn't want to leave. Beautiful, peaceful resort, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai was a wonderful break from a hectic travel schedule. I really enjoyed the market tour and cooking class at the resort, and my husband found it tough to tear himself away from the pool. Highly recommended!"

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  • Review by Larissa from DC

    "We decided to go to Chiang Mai for the second part of our honeymoon. We stayed 3 nights at the FS Chiang Mai after staying 6 days at the FS Koh Samui. Overall, the grounds are beautiful. Lush greenery and flowers, winding pathways to walk around.I read there are over 40 gardeners tending the grounds each day! A great view from the lobby of the resort. We met the resident water buffalo, including the famous albino one who was kind of a pink color. The shops on the resort were OK, very expensive.The pool, spa and cooking class were the highlights. Ahm was a great concierge! Overall, we enjoyed our time at this resort, the service was great - but we enjoyed the FS Koh Samui more. The spa and food at rhis resort is better though.Room: We stayed in villa 901, which was an upstairs villa with a large deck. We were disappointed not to get a pool/rice paddy view as we were on our honeymoon, but the location was pretty central.We also liked being on the second level. The room was OK, warm wood decor interior. The room was a bit tired, it could use an upgrade of the floors and bathroom.We had a problem with the A/C that stopped working on the second night, and two leaks in our bathroom from the ceiling, one of which left a large water stain on the carpet. Management did send us some complimentary beer and food for our trouble, but we wish they had just switched our room.Food: The Thai restaurant Sala Mae Rim is awesome. And we loved meeting and talking with Joy! We enjoyed the tasting menu, my husband had the seafood one. He said the fish salad with tamarind sauce was amazing.I had the khao soi noodles (a must eat in Chiang Mai!) and loved them - a yellow curry with chicken. So good - slightly spicy and very fragrant. Terraces restaurant was pretty good, the summer rolls were gorgeous and delicious.Overall, the food at this resort is excellent. We actually thought the food was better here than at the FS Koh Samui. The resort is pretty secluded, so unless you take the free shuttle into Chiang Mai - you're stuck eating at the resort. At least the food is good!Other: We did a couple's spa escape package which was very special - we had our own private suite. The spa here is amazing - definitely do it! It's a beautiful spa and the massages are great. My husband got two while we were there! We did the cooking class which was one of the best things we did on our trip.We had Poom as our guide and assistant who was lovely, he was very friendly and nice. We started with a trip to a market to look at different Thai spices, fruits vegetables, and other foods.We were disappointed we didn't actually choose food there to cook for our meal, but that's OK. The chef we had teaching our class was "Meow" - she was very fun and a good teacher! It was a private class which made it go very quickly and with personalized attention - could not have asked for anything better.The food we made was delicious! We did the Friday class which was som tum (spicy green papaya salad), tom zaab moo (Northeastern-style spicy pork soup), phad kapraow gai (stir-fried minced chicken with hot basil), and phad see-iew goong (stir-fried rice ribbon noodles with prawns and soy sauce).I don't eat seafood, so they gave me chicken for my noodles. It was great to have everything set and cleared for you, so all you did was the cooking! Then they set a beautiful table for you to enjoy your food. Wonderful experience! We also did the optional vegetable carving afterwards which was fun.Resort: The pool here is awesome. It's huge and has multiple levels. We spent most of our time at the adults quiet pool, which was pretty private. The pool service is great - and I loved the basil peanuts that they served poolside! Don't miss the secret "cold pool"!We took the free shuttle into the night market one night, which was a nice change of pace. We spent a half day at the Elephant Nature Park then came back and went to the pool - totally worth the private driver for the day! The hotel arranged everything which was perfect."

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  • Review by Olivier

    "I must say that Four Seasons upholds its reputation in this exquisite resort. The kindness of staff, the sense of service but no hassle, the wonderful scenery and taste of details, the flexibility and the delicious catering without mentioning the in-house cooking classes experience. Just so Grand to grasp the beauty of Chiang May. An absolute recommendation."

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Discover Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, a luxury resort in Thailand where you can enjoy signature spa techniques, Thai cuisine and impeccable service.

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Low season
  • January 2017
  • March - November, 2017

 

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  • December 2017 

 

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  • February 2017

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