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14 Days Cookery Holidays in Thailand

14 Days Cookery Holidays in Thailand

  • Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai - Krabi

Thai Culinary Holiday

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).

Highlights

  • Local market visit
  • 8 hands-on cooking classes
  • Restaurant trip and street food trip
  • Boat trips, island hopping, and snorkeling
  • Farm visit, plantation visit, cooking demonstrations
  • Excursions in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 8 days with instruction
  • Thai, English
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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.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Pick up Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and transfer in air-conditioned private minibus to centrally-located boutique inn.
  • Time to relax, then a stroll through the local area for a welcome dinner.
  • Meal plan: Dinner.

Day 2 - Cooking class

  • Morning boat trip and introductory cooking lesson at a waterside cooking school.
  • Time to relax in the afternoon.
  • Evening visit around Chinatown.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 3 - Boat trip

  • Morning boat trip on the Chao Phraya River to visit the magnificent Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha with an expert guide.
  • Mid-afternoon free to enjoy the pool or go shopping.
  • Evening visit to the Asiatique night bazaar on the riverbank.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 4 - Boat tour

  • Time to pack up. Then, a 1 - 1 and a half hours drive in your private minibus to a sleepy village in the Central Plains.
  • Settle in and enjoy sitting by the canal.
  • Late afternoon local area tour by boat.
  • Dinner, lesson on Thai desserts and overnight stay at the village headman's elegant but simple teak house.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 5 - Market tour, cooking lesson

  • Early morning, at the local market with the headman's wife followed by a cookery lesson and lunch.
  • Then, you will be driven to nearby Ayutthaya, one-time capital of Thailand, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Some sightseeing, before you make a stop for a shower and change and then catch an overnight sleeper train north to Chiang Mai.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 6 - Leisure day

  • Morning arrival in Chiang Mai, the center of the old "Lanna" kingdom, and transfer to your hotel.
  • Settle in, then have a dip in the small pool.
  • Day at leisure.
  • Evening dinner out.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 7 - Organic farm tour, cooking lesson

  • Pick your own at an organic farm and northern Thai cookery lesson.
  • Mid-afternoon at leisure.
  • In the evening, there is a special weekly market in your street.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 8 - Pottery lesson, cooking demonstration

  • Morning visit to our friend's, Mae's home, where you will have a fun pottery lesson (or just look around her quirky pottery museum if you prefer).
  • Then, she'll give you a short demonstration in vegetarian Thai cooking and lunch.
  • Then, you'll spend the afternoon sightseeing in Chiang Mai.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 9 - Handcraft day

  • Jungle survival skills. Learn how Thai people can make a makeshift kitchen of bamboo and banana leaves and cook over an open fire.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 10 - Leisure day

  • Time to pack up.
  • Then, a morning flight to Bangkok and onto Krabi.
  • Short transfer away from the hustle and bustle to your small resort, Phu Pha.
  • Settle in and have a dip in the pool.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast.

Day 11 - Island hopping

  • Island hopping around the Hong archipelago; a series of uninhabited islands with pristine white beaches and hidden lagoons that are considered to be the most beautiful in the region.
  • Snorkeling amid tropical fish on the coral reef and picnic lunch.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 12 - Cooking lesson

  • Morning at cooking school to learn sizzling southern-style dishes.
  • Mid-afternoon onward is free.
  • In the evening, visit the locals' night market to graze among the food stalls.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 13 - Local village visit

  • Drive to Tubkaak Beach, the nicest beach on the mainland (or stay behind and relax by the pool if you prefer).
  • Visit to a local village and dinner.
  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 14 - Departure

  • End of your tour.
  • Transfer to Krabi Airport (KBV) for a short internal flight to Bangkok and connect to the international flight.

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.

  • 5 dinners
  • 7 lunches
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Activities including cooking lessons and excursions
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transport in private air-conditioned minibuses, sleeper train, and internal flights
  • Entrance fees for sites and national parks
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, internet access and drinks
  • International airfare
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)

Arrival by airplane

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.