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A workshop is where the job gets done. A workshop is a place where ideas are born, shared and materialized. Portlands Culinary Workshop is brimming with excitement to share their knowledge and love of all things edible, good and true. Join Portlands Culinary Workshop in a culinary tour of the country. Their culinary tours are an amazing way to see and experience a country through its food, off the beaten path, and it is a unique insight into the Thai culture!
Arrive in Bangkok.
Be transferred from the airport to the hotel by your guide.
Today, enroll in Amitas Thai cooking class, a home-style culinary school in a waterside location.
Arrive by boat and tour the instructors garden, pick up herbs for the class and learn to cook a wonderful meal that you will feast on.
Travel to Bangkok's Chinatown by boat, and have lunch at the famous Tipsamai Pad Thai restaurant.
Tour 100-year-old Nanglerng Food Market; not only a wonderfully historic market, but also rich with interesting architecture.
After the market tour and education, you will be taking tuk tuk's through the old city and then walk through the narrow streets trying various foods from street stalls.
After a traditional lunch, you will be touring the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha.
Today, take a one-hour drive south of Bangkok to Samut Songkhram Province to the Thai countryside.
Next, enjoy a tour of the amazing Hoop Rom Market (Mae Klong Railway Market) that sprung up along a railway. This market hugs the railway and vendors scramble to clear the front of their stalls before the trains come by, then set everything back up. It's an experience to behold for sure!
Then, you will be transferred to the airport to get a flight north to Chiang Mai.
An early start in Chiang Mai will allow to reach the mountain in time for the daily alms giving ceremony. Dozens of monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items.
You will climb 309 steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Mountain to visit the 14th century temple and finish the morning with the northern curry specialty of a bowl of Khao Soy.
Next, you will travel by boat along the rural Mae Ping River to the Wararos Market.
Later on, head into the city by traditional rickshaw and tour past the ancient city walls and temples.
You will start the day by touring a rice farm and even joining in on the rice planting!
Next, you will then head to the Pantawan Cooking School, located south of the city, to tour the local market, getting provisions for class, learning to make a variety of Thai dishes and eating the fruits of your labor!
This is a special treat of a cooking class with a Thai family, away from tourists and other commercial classes.
You are invited to be part of a family for a day by touring Mr. Prapat's traditional Thai house and rice barn. Home cooked recipes are different than what you find in even Thai run restaurants, so this is a great opportunity to learn true home-cooked food.
After lunch, you will have the chance to tour Mr. Prapat's neighborhood and see some cottage industry goods of the region.
Return to Chiang Mai for the evening, where you will tour the night markets and eat street food.
Your guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight back south to Phuket.
Reach your hotel in Phuket, where you will have some down time and relax, and getting ready for your next day in Phuket.
The day starts touring the market and stalls to get food and coffee in Phuket town.
Next, you are on to visit an orchard on the island, and a shrimp farm.
You will have lunch at local food stalls.
Later on, you will visit a cashew nut factory and an orchid garden.
You will be starting the day with a cooking class at the Phuket Cooking Academy. The Cooking Academy is set in a spacious garden with a large pond and surrounded by beautiful landscape. It is a very quiet and serene environment, perfect for the last cooking class.
Transfer to Phuket airport for your flight back to Bangkok, as the tour came to an end.
Climb 309 steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Mountain
Tour Mr. Prapat's traditional Thai house and rice barn
Travel by boat along the rural Mae Ping River to the Wararos Market
Travel to Bangkok's Chinatown by boat
Visit a cashew nut factory and an orchid garden
Visit an orchard and a shrimp farm
This vacation will take place in Thailand, visiting Bangkok, Samut Songkhram Province, Chiang Mai, and Phuket.
Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). Portland's Culinary Workshop will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.