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Indulge your passion for food and travel on this authentic Thailand cookery holiday. Chop and eat your way around four regions and cook up a storm in locations as diverse as an organic farm and a desert island. Local cookery experts will introduce you to an amazing variety of flavors and share their personal recipes and cookery techniques. This 2-week trip is a mixture of culture, cooking (novices welcome!), sightseeing and relaxation too! Escape to Thailand and you’ll return not just refreshed, but with skills and recipes to entertain effortlessly or knock up a mouth-watering meal in minutes. "Tamarind and Spice" is a special itinerary for those who’d like to take a Tell Tale trip but would like to join with other people (rather than take a private tour).
Accommodation is also more intimate than mass-market hotels, but more comfortable than a typical adventure trip (boutique inns and a small resorts, rather than say guesthouses). There is no single supplement, but you do not have to share a room with someone you don’t already know. You will have a private room throughout the trip with the exceptions of a one-night village stay, on the fourth day, and one night on a sleeper train.
You will start your holiday in Bangkok with some sightseeing, a boat trip and a kick-off core skills lesson (suitable for novice or more expert cooks). Then you’ll head to the Central Plains, known for its vibrant green rice fields where you’ll experience traditional Thai life and learn how to shop in local food markets. Then you’ll take an overnight sleeper train to the north of Thailand where you will pick your own at an organic farm and enjoy the lush countryside outside Chiang Mai. You’ll even learn how you could survive food wise in survival cooking class. Then you will fly to the south of Thailand to enjoy the beaches, islands and spicy food of the Andaman Coast.
This is a journey around Thailand taking in four areas. You will start your tour in Bangkok with some sightseeing, exploring and a kick-off lesson in Thai cooking. Then you’ll head to the Central Plains, its vibrant green rice fields are a backdrop for experiencing traditional Thai life. Then, you’ll take an overnight sleeper train to the north of Thailand where you will pick your own at an organic farm and explore the town of Chiang Mai and try the "Lanna" cuisine of the north. Then, you will fly to the south of Thailand for the final part of your trip to enjoy the spicy food of the Andaman Coast.
People you know may tell you they've learnt how to cook Thai food on holiday - what they learnt is the mere tip of what you will learn and experience in these two weeks. Treat today as a foundation in ingredients and basic skills needed for Thai cooking; there's a lot more to come! After Bangkok, you'll move onto a rural area in Thailand's fertile Central Plains and arrive at a village where life has remained unchanged for years. The village headman's wife will show you how to pick the best vegetables at the bustling local market and share her family's recipes for regional specialties.
Influenced by the northern Lanna kingdom and local hill tribe customs, Chiang Mai cuisine has a very distinctive, fiery flavor. You will pick and cook your own vegetables at an organic farm and learn a series of Lanna dishes including pad ka prow (stir-fried pork or chicken, chili and holy basil), often considered to be the Thai version of banger and mash. In Krabi, you'll learn to cook a range of sizzling southern dishes such as the slightly sweet and delicious massaman curry.
The nearest airport to the location is Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Tell Tale Travel will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.