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Learn to cook with top Thai chefs from the renowned Blue Elephant and Amita Cooking School. Take an exciting street food tour of Bangkoks specialties, and take in the world-famous Damern Saduak floating market. If thats not enough, you will also take a incomparable tour of a vineyard on elephant-back, visit an oyster and mussel farm, and learn the well-kept secrets of Thai seafood dishes. Finally, relax on the beautiful beaches of Hua Hin before flying home. Every day of this holiday has a new sensation to be revealed only by you.
Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience. Trip Feast aims to provide you with accommodation which best represents the diversity of their tours. Trip Feast has spent a lot of time researching accommodation with the best character, as they want you to get the best cultural experience out of where you stay as well as being as comfortable as possible. From five-star hotels to charming resorts, and characterful boutique hotels, this tour uses the most luxurious accommodation, capturing the beauty and charm of Thailands nature and culture.
Arrive in Bangkok. You will be met by a Trip Feast representative and transferred to your hotel. Experienced guides will introduce you to the surrounding areas so you can get around in your free time. Dinner will be at Soul Food Mahanokorn - a small, organic restaurant run by a travel writer - featuring regional Thai food and a welcome drink. Tonight, you will sleep in Bangkok.
Visit Bangrak - a district known for its cuisine - by Sky train and start a walking food tour of four or five local restaurants - each of them specializes in a different regional style of food. Learn about the history of Thai food and how it has been influenced by India and China. Catch a ferry along the Chaophraya River to the old city area of Rattanakosin Island. Visit Bangkoks major attractions, including the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, and the Temple of Golden Buddha. Ride on a tuk-tuk, stopping for snacks and refreshments along the way. Afterwards, return to your hotel. You will have the remaining of the evening free to relax. You will spend the night in Bangkok.
After breakfast, head to the Blue Elephant Cooking School, one of the most renowned cooking schools in Thailand. Visit a local market with a Blue Elephant chef for an introduction to local ingredients. Enjoy a theory class of Thai cooking, followed by a hands-on class guided by expert chefs in cooking four royal Thai dishes, such as Plaa Koong (spicy prawn salad with Thai herbs) and Kai Tra-Krai Prik Thai Dum (stir-fried chicken with black pepper sauce).
Lunch will consist on the dishes prepared by you and it will be served in the famous Blue Elephant Restaurant. This days afternoon will be free. At 17:30, travel to the worlds largest Chinatown, where you will have the chance to taste several Thai-Chinese dishes from various eateries. Walk through Chinatown to visit the Chinatown Gate and Temple. Exit Yaowarat and go to a roof-top bar to enjoy a drink or two and the breathtaking 360 degree night time view of the metropolis of Bangkok. You will spend the night in Bangkok.
Check out of you hotel after breakfast. Then, proceed to the Amita Cooking School for a second cooking class. You will have an opportunity to learn to make four local Thai dishes and eat these for lunch. In the afternoon, leave Bangkok for Samut Songkhram. Stop on the way to visit a local village that specializes in making Benjarong (traditional Thai porcelain). Stop again in the fishing village of Home Krateng to learn about the life of a Thai fisherman. Visit an oyster and mussel farm by ferry, and feed the local macaque monkeys. Farmers will demonstrate the cooking of local seafood specialties. Dinner on a farm structure in the middle of the sea. Transfer to your accommodation at a riverside boutique resort in Amphawa.
As 95% of Thais are Buddhist, Buddhism highly influences Thai culture. This morning, you will have the option to wake up early (06:00) so that you can learn about a daily Buddhist practice and experience the act of offering alms to the monks. After breakfast, drive for 30 minutes to visit the world famous Damnern Saduak floating market. Then, you will visit a palm orchard to meet a local sugar maker and learn the process of making palm sugar.
Drive to Petchburi city for local Thai noodle lunch. On the way to Hua Hin, stop by the beautiful Marukhathaiyawan Palace, the palace of love and hope, which is a royal residence located right on the beach. At Hua Hin, relax for a couple of hours until dinner at a local seafood restaurant. Your guides can make suggestions for you to order. Tonight, you will sleep in Hua Hin.
After breakfast, you will take a trip to Hua Hin Hill vineyard. Learn about their new latitude wines and how it is possible to grow wine in a tropical climate. Take a short elephant ride to visit the vineyards, and then, stop for a wine tasting and lunch. The afternoon will be free for your enjoyment. In the evening, visit to Hua Hin night market, where you will be free to try out foods and do some shopping while your driver waits. You will spend the night in Hua Hin.
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Bangkok. Stop at a dessert shop to sample local Thai desserts. En-route, stop for lunch at a food court. The afternoon is free to explore Bangkok at your leisure. At 17:00, drive to Antara resort for a farewell drink with your guides. Board a restored wooden rice barge called the Manhora Cruise for dinner on the Chaophraya River and gaze at the lights of Bangkok. Tonight, you will sleep in Bangkok.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Bangkok International Airport (BKK) for onward flight.
Amphawa is an old market town on the Mae Klong River, and it has been famous for the fireflies which live amongst the mangroves in the waters where the Mae Klong meets the sea. Its one of the only few places in the world that you can witness thousands of fireflies light up at the same time. You will have a one-hour night tour for firefly sightseeing on a small river boat (the best season to see fireflies is during June to October, but they can be seen year round).
This retreat will take place in Thailand, visiting Bangkok, Amphawa, Hua Hin, and its surroundings.
Enjoy daily delighting breakfast, various delicious lunches, and four exclusive dinners. Your first dinner will be at the Soul Food Mahanokorn Restaurant, the second dinner will consist of several Thai-Chinese dishes, your third dinner will occur at a farm structure in the middle of the sea, while the fourth dinner will take place in Manhora Cruise, onboard a restored wooden rice barge, while you cruise along the Chaophraya River.
Some of your lunches will consist on the dished prepared by you during your cooking classes, and one will include a wine tasting in the Hua Hin Hill vineyard. You will also have the opportunity to try local Thai desserts. On the second day, when you visit the Bangrak district; remember that the specialties are likely to include such dishes as Kao-Nha-Ped (original roasted duck with rice), papaya salad (som tam), curry lava on egg, Thai green custard bun, Thai beef Sa-Tay, green curry chicken served with roti, and traditional Thai coconut ice cream.
After your itinerary activities on days one, two, three, and seven, you will have free time to relax, take a nap, or make your own tour around the Thailand cities.
In the evening of the sixth day, you will be driven to Hua Hin night market, where you will be free to try out foods and do some shopping while your driver waits.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bangkok International Airport (BKK). Trip Feast will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.