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11 Days Flavors of Thailand Cooking Holidays

11 Days Flavors of Thailand Cooking Holidays

  • Bangkok - Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

Flavors of Thailand Culinary Holidays

Discover the flavors of Thailand on a culinary journey through this beguiling country. Browse local markets, learn about local products, and try your hand at preparing delicious Thai meals. This tour includes market visits and cooking classes with expert chefs and local families offering a great way to experience the culture and cuisine of this fascinating country, taking in the key highlights along the way. During this vacation, youll travel all around northern Thailand including Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai.

Highlights

  • 3 cooking classes
  • Traditional Thai cuisine
  • Long tail boat cruise on the canals of Bangkok and on the Kok River
  • Excursions to Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai
  • Visit to the product markets in Chiang Mai
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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Day 1 - Bangkok

Upon arrival into Bangkok, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

A welcome meeting takes place this evening where you'll meet your guide and the rest of your group. After you'll head into the city for an optional group meal at the Mango Tee, a modern Thai restaurant serving up traditional dishes from around the country.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2 - Bangkok city tour

This morning, you embark on a sightseeing tour of Bangkok, making your first stop at the spiritual and religious heart of the city - the striking Grand Palace. Topped by golden stupas, the complex has been the site of royal coronations and is home to the legendary Emerald Buddha.

You'll also visit the House of the Reclining Buddha and Original Thai Massage School before boarding traditional long tail boats to explore the citys canals. Known as khlongs, the canals enable surface water to make its way to the sea and have long been a way of getting around Bangkok. On your journey, youll glide by curious stilted houses and gleaming temples whilst old men fish and children folic about on the edge of water.

You will be dropped off within walking distance of Khao San Road, popular with backpackers and hippies. You then return to your hotel to freshen up before setting out to one of the most popular micro-breweries in the city - Tawan Daeng. This popular spot serves a fusion of German / Thai drinks and food.

Overnight in Bangkok.

Breakfast is included.

Day 3 - Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

Its an early start today as you drive west of the capital to the small town of Kanchanaburi. Here you will pay your respects to the thousands of Allied prisoners of war who perished in the area under the hand of the Imperial Japanese Army during the World War II. After pausing at the Allied War Cemetery, youll continue to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai immortalized by the novel and film of the same name.

You will have a chance to take pictures here before you meet your teacher for the day and head to the market to buy the products for your cooking class.

You will learn about the different herbs and spices and fresh products on offer, and how they have been used over the years.

Then, you'll head to the cooking school where you scrub up and get cooking. Your teacher will run through the different catering styles and techniques as you make food that you can snack on along the way.

Following the cooking class, youll take a leisurely long tail boat ride to the fabulous floating jungle raft hotel. Enjoy the beauty of a hundred of softly glowing lanterns and the sounds of the tropical forest and cool water flowing by you. Here, you will have your dinner and a relaxing evening on the deck.

Overnight in Kanchanaburi.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4 - Erawan National Park

Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya.

This morning, youll travel to the beautiful Erawan National Park, to explore the rivers, waterfalls, and trails on foot. The park boasts a stunning tiered waterfall, and theres time to take a quick dip in the crystalline waters before you visit an elephant center to enjoy a ride through the forest.

Your final destination today is Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand.

Overnight in Ayutthaya.

Breakfast is included.

Day 5 - Ancient Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya was sacked by the Burmese, leading them to abandon the site and relocate the capital to Bangkok. All that remains are the stone and brick temples from that era. Today, youll explore Ayutthayas famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of Buddha, and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree. This is one of Thailands most religiously significant places.

Departing Ayutthaya, you'll board a cruise ship on the mighty Chao Praya River, for a scenic cruise back to the Bangkok, enjoying lunch on board. On arrival, theres time to explore the nearby shops and bars before heading to Bangkoks main train station to catch your overnight express sleeper train (2nd class A/C sleeper cabins) to Chiang Mai.

Overnight at a sleeper train.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6 - Cooking class

Arriving into Chiang Mai in the morning, you head out into the countryside to meet with your cook and teacher.

You'll explore the organic garden to pick the herbs and spices you need before cooking your lunch.

Then, you'll return to your hotel in the late afternoon where the rest of the day and evening are free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 7 - Chiang Mai - your way

A free day for you to relax or participate in some of the many activities on offer.

Choose from the more relaxing options with spa treatments and massages to the adrenaline-fueled ones with canopy zip lines and rock climbing.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8 - Boating on the Kok River

Your journey today takes you through stunning karst and jungle scenery. Stopping for lunch at Ta Thon, youll board private long tail boats for a cruise down the Kok River watching rural life pass you by.

Farmers work the land where oranges grow whilst men fish along the banks and buffalo wallow in the shallow waters. You later dock in a small village and enjoy a one-hour elephant ride through the surrounding countryside. From the arrival point, you continue to Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) - a beautiful complex of newly built white and golden temples that are still a work in progress.

You then continue to your hotel in Chiang Rai arriving in the early evening. After hotel check-in you take a short stroll down to the night market to do some last minute bargain hunting.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9 - Cooking class

Today, you'll visit the product markets in Chiang Rai to get the necessary supplies for your cooking class, which will be focused on the northern Thai cuisine. The class covers some of the best that the region has to offer.

In the evening, you are free to explore the town or to simply relax by the river.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 10 - Hill tribes

After breakfast and hotel check-out, youll head out to a local village where you'll have the chance to encounter the famous Long Neck or Karen tribe.

You then continue to the border frontier town of Mae Sai, where you have the chance to cross briefly into Myanmar and enter the Burmese town of Tachilek (optional).

Your next stop is a viewpoint in Chiang Saen, better known as the Golden Triangle, which earned its name from the fact that so much opium once passed through the area. From this viewpoint you are able to see Myanmar in front of you and Laos to the right.

You then have some time to visit the Opium Museum before returning to Chiang Mai to catch your flights back to Bangkok. Upon arrival, youll be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Bangkok. Breakfast is included.

Day 11 - Bangkok - your way.

Tuesday. Today marks the end of your Thai adventure.

After breakfast and hotel check-out, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.

You're most welcome to extend your stay in Bangkok. If choosing to book post tour accommodation with On the Go Tours, a departure transfer to the airport will be offered at the completion of your post tour accommodation arrangements.

  • Cruising on the Kok River in a long tail boat.
  • In Chiang Mai, you will visit a night market to learn about different street foods.
  • In Chiang Rai, you will visit Wat Rhon Khung, also known as the White Temple as well as a local market.
  • In Kanchanaburi, you will visit Allied War Cemetery, Bridge on the River Kwai, Hellfire Pass, and a local market.
  • River cruise from Ayutthaya to Bangkok and a tour over Ayutthayas famous ruins, visiting the magnificent stupas at Wat Phri Sanphet, the giant Bronze Statue of Buddha and iconic Wat Mahatat where the head of a damaged Buddha statue has slowly been embraced and lifted by a nearby tree.
  • The cruise down the Kok River where youll be watching rural life pass you by.
  • The sightseeing tour of Bangkok covering Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Original Thai Massage School, and Khao San Road.
  • Visit to a hill tribe and Golden Triangle - Karen (Longneck) tribe village, frontier town of Mae Sai, Chiang Saen, and the Opium Museum.
  • Visit to Sukhothai - a UNESCO-listed historical park - filled with some of Thailands best ancient temples, monuments, and statues.

Beyond the soaring skyscrapers of Thailand's capital Bangkok, there're traditional scenes of rural life aplenty, from the farming communities of central Thailand to the hill tribes of Chiang Rai. With a rich cultural heritage heavily influenced by the wide-spread practice of Theravada Buddhism, saffron-clad monks, and gleaming temples are a familiar sight throughout the country.

Bangkok

Straddling the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is a bustling metropolis and the countrys capital. Known by locals as Krungthep, Bangkok is a city which many find at first overwhelming and chaotic. Founded in 1782, the city possesses many highly regarded attractions including the Grand Palace, magnificent wats, museums and parks. For those of you who enjoy shopping, Bangkok offers a plethora of choice from markets to trendy boutiques, as well as an exciting nightlife with trendy bars and clubs. Bangkok will soon get under your skin!

Chiang Mai

Though Thailands second city, Chiang Mai is quite different from Bangkok. Thanks to the prestigious Chiang Mai University, the city has a young laid-back vibe and boasts an array of wats, temples, restaurants, and markets. It possesses an enviable location beneath the foothills of northern Thailand. Food lovers will find respite in Chiang Mai's abundance of restaurants and street food. The Don Phayam Market provides an outstanding example of a Thai product market, and the city teems with quality cooking classes.

Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle

Founded in 1262, Chiang Rai is an ancient city which has managed to retain its small town charm. Located in the highlands, it enjoys cooler temperatures and a superb reputation as a trekking base. Evidence of the towns historic past can be seen with monuments such as Wat Phra Kaeo. It also possesses an excellent Hill Tribe Education Centre which provides valuable background information for those thinking of trekking.

Hill tribe villages

The hill tribe dwellers are semi-nomadic people, who arrived from their native lands of China, Tibet, and Burma as a result of civil war and political pressure. Though collectively known as hill tribes, this rather generalist description fails to adequately describe the obvious differences between each group. The tribes not only do originate from different countries but also have their own culture, religion, and language. There are six main groups of hill tribe communities in northern Thailand. Whilst in Chiang Rai, youll visit the Karen hill tribe community. Known as the long neck tribe, the native women wear neck rings that cause their necks to lengthen.

Kanchanaburi and the river of Kwai

Kanchanaburi is located just over 100 kilometers from Bangkok. Surrounded by beautiful limestone hill, majestic lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, Kanchanaburi for many is not about the beautiful scenery but the World War II and the Thai-Burma railway. Sitting alongside the river Kwai, the town signature landmark is the rail bridge built by the prisoners of war. Together with Jeath War Museum, War Cemetery, and the railway itself, all of them are poignant reminders of the Death Railway.

Sukothai

Embodied within a historical park, UNESCO-listed old Sukhothai is the site of the ancient Thai Capital of Sukothai. Meaning dawn of happiness it raised in the early 13th century as the kingdoms first capital. It was a period which now is seen as the golden age of Thailand, when arts, culture, and trade flourished. Today, the site contains the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist Temples, the city gates, walls, and moats of the ancient kingdom. Well-preserved and peaceful, these stunning ruins are steeped in history and look particularly stunning at sunrise.

  • Crossing the border into Burma to explore the small town of Tachileik.
  • Enjoy your time and get adrenaline-fueled with canopy zip lines and rock climbing.
  • Explore nearby shops and bars in Ayutthaya
  • Order a new-tailored suit in the Grand Fashion International Tailor Shop

On day 7 you can choose from the more relaxing options with optional spa treatments and massages. During your Bangkok City tour, you will also visit Original Thai Massage School.

  • 3 cooking classes.
  • 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner.
  • 10 nights accommodation.
  • Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 11.
  • Guided sightseeing: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Erawan National Park, Ayutthaya and Chiang Rai.
  • Economy class flight Chiang Rai - Bangkok.
  • Escort of an English-speaking Thai tour guide.
  • Restaurant suggestions and option to visit Tawan Daeng micro-brewery.
  • River cruise from Ayutthaya to Bangkok.
  • Train ride over the River Kwai and visit to Hellfire Pass.
  • Visits to the local markets to purchase fresh products for your dishes.
  • Entrance fees: 70-75 USD.
  • International flights and visa.
  • Tip for your tour guide.
  • Tipping kitty: 45-50 USD.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi international airport (BKK) or Don Mueang international airport (DMK). On the Go Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.