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2 Day Northern Thai Foodie Experience Private Cooking Holiday in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai
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Cooking Vacation in Thailand

This Northern Thai Foodie Experience is much more than a cooking class. You will learn how to prepare traditional northern Thai dishes and beyond that, you also discover local ingredients, explore how locals grow and prepare their food staples, forage for ingredients in the jungle, and cook a jungle style meal. This is really a special experience for real foodies!


  • Private tour
  • One jungle style cooking class
  • Two cooking classes at Spicy Villa
  • Karen village - learning about food staples
  • Complimentary pick up and drop off around Chiang Mai
  • Learning about ingredients in the wild
  • One night accommodation with meals
  • Guide and insurance


2 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport
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Private bungalow at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges is suitable for one or two guests and consists of a room with a king-sized bed and a private bathroom. The bungalow is very basic and hand built with locally source materials. However, the bungalow is clean and cozy. The view is of rice fields and jungle.


Day 1

Your guide will pick you up at 9.30 a.m. from either your accommodation or a convenient place in Chiang Mai, such as the airport or train station. On your way to Mae Win area, you first make a stop at a local market to buy ingredients for the dishes you will make during the two days. This is also a good opportunity to start learning about different spices, herbs, vegetables and fruit used in traditional northern Thai dishes.

You will then drive up the mountain to Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges, where you have some free time to settle in your bungalow. Before lunch, you start with the first cooking class and learn to make a traditional jungle curry and other northern Thai dishes. You can tell your cooking instructor if you would like to learn to prepare one of your favorite dishes, otherwise, he will make suggestions for you.

After lunch, you have some free time before your second cooking class in the afternoon. This cooking lesson will highlight a local seasonal ingredient. For instance, during the second part of the rainy season, bamboo shoots are in season and you will learn how locals use them to prepare a variety of dishes. Some other seasonal highlight ingredients are kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, banana blossom, and more. After dinner, you spend a night in a private bungalow.

  • Meals included: Lunch and dinner
  • Accommodation: Private bungalow at Spicy Villa

Day 2

After breakfast, you will visit a local Karen tribe village and explore it with your guide. You learn how the villagers prepare their food staples and see what handmade equipment they use. You also hike around the village over rice paddies and farmland and learn which food staples locals grow and how they grow them. Depending on the season, you could even get a chance for a hands-on experience on growing or harvesting rice.

From the village, you will go on a short trek to a local waterfall where you can take a break and refresh. During the trek, your guide points out wild medicinal and edible plants. You also forage in the jungle for ingredients for lunch.

The third cooking class takes place by the waterfall and you learn how to prepare and use bamboo for cooking. For centuries, bamboo stems have been used instead of pots to cook dishes in the jungle. One popular dish you will learn to make this way is sticky rice!

After the cooking class, you will have lunch by the waterfall and then trek to the pickup point and drive back to Chiang Mai.

  • Meals included: Breakfast and lunch


Your private guide will be with you at all times, from pick up to drop off. He is local and speaks good English and will be able to tell you a lot about local plants, animals, culture and traditions. He will also adjust trekking route and difficulty according to your wishes, but please let Next Step Thailand know in advance how long and difficult you would like your trek to be, so they can prepare a suitable route. You will also have an assisting guide.



All meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by your guide or bought fresh at a local market. Each meal consists of several northern Thai dishes. For breakfast, you will be prepared some western dishes, such as toast or pancakes for instance. Let Next Step Thailand know if you would prefer to eat only Thai dishes.

If you have any kind of dietary restrictions, let them know in advance, and they will make sure to provide suitable meals for you. This tour can cater to most dietary restrictions and prepare vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, milk free meals and more.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation at Spicy Villa Eco-Lodges
  • All entrance fees
  • Compulsory insurance
  • Guide’s assistant when needed
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private guide
  • Transportation - choice of Jeep (up to six passengers) or covered pickup with benches

What's not included

  • Drinking water
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Snacks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Pick up and drop off in Chiang Mai city is included in the price for this trip. Pick up and drop off locations include accommodations in Chiang Mai city (15 kilometers area around the old city center), Chiang Mai airport, Chiang Mai train station, and bus stations.

If you would like to be picked up outside of Chiang Mai city, for instance in Mae Rim, Sankampaeng and similar, additional charges might apply, please inquire about options.

Airport: Chiang Mai International Airport Airport transfer included: Chiang Mai International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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