4 Days Thai Cooking Course Bangkok

  • Bangkok, Thailand

Overview

Thai Cooking Holiday and Dance Show in Bangkok

This holiday includes carefully hand-picked activities which will give you a cultural immersive experience that will bring you closer to the people and the places you’re visiting. Each experience is unique and compliments the destination, connecting you to a disconnected planet. The tour options offered in this holiday are a mix of cultural, educational, and positive impact experiences. So, grab the chance and explore the less-touristy parts of Bangkok!

Highlights

  • Take part in Thai cooking class in the slums
  • Join Bangrak tour and sample generations-old artisan recipes
  • Tour to Klong Toey wet market and learn ingredients for Thai dishes
  • Visit fascinating local attractions hidden away from major tourist path
  • Enjoy a unique take on Thai theater and entertainment
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Throughout this holiday, you will stay in a 2+ star accommodation in central Bangkok which is clean, comfortable, and convenient.

The 4-day Bangkok city break includes 3 optional half day activities, to be used on whichever day is best suited to your schedule.

Day 1 - Arrival

Today is your arrival day. You may arrive at any time. Check in to the hotel, 3Howw Guesthouse at Sukhomvit 21, begins at 14:00, though if you arrive early, you may leave your bags in storage and begin your day of exploring. It is possible to use one of your optional activities in the evening. If you expect the possibility of arriving late, however, reserved activities for this day will be void if missed.

To start your Bangkok vacation, you may take part in dinner, traditional dancing and a cabaret show which takes place at 18:15 - 21:30 or 20:15 - 23:00. Meet others at Calypso Cabaret at Asiatique on the Riverfront before the show. The night starts with a dining experience which features fresh Thai cuisine, while enjoying a performance of traditional Thai dance. Once dinner is over, you may enter the auditorium to witness a Broadway-style show that has entertained audiences for over 25 years! The 1.5 hour performance has over 15 sets, with more than 70 actors and actresses! You are sure to be wowed by this unique take on Thai theater and entertainment. The package includes dinner and one choice of drink, traditional dancing during meal, and cabaret performance.

Days 2 and 3 - Activities

Being full days, it is possible to do a morning half-day tour option, and an evening half-day tour option each day, as long as you are still within your limit of included activities. Please take note of start and end times, to make sure you drink lots of water, do not overexert yourself, and leave enough time to get between activities which may be on opposite ends of Bangkok. The organizer will be able to help you with that decision making if need be.

For today, you may continue your culinary holiday with a Thai cooking class in the slums. You will first have an Emporium Hotel pick up in the morning as the class takes place between 08:30 and 13:00. Join one of the cooking classes for a real grass roots experience where you learn to master a couple of Thai dishes while encountering life within the Klong Toey community. You will start by going to the Klong Toey wet market. There, you learn about the local Thai produce, much of which you will use and taste afterwards in your cooking class at Khun Poo’s small cooking school in the slum. This activity both educates, inspires and gives back to the community. Plus, you'll be stuffed by the end of it. What better way to start your day, or any day for that matter? The cooking class includes 3-course meal. Set menu changes daily. Vegetarian alternatives are available with advanced notice.

For the next day, you may consider the food tasting and culture tour of historic Bangrak. Bangrak is the district famous among Thais for its diverse local flavors. The area is a true melting pot, where you can find Thai delicacies from various regions and ethnicity. As you journey along our easy-to-walk route, you will meet and engage with restaurant owners, sample their generations-old artisan recipes, and visit fascinating local attractions hidden away from major tourist path. Not only will you get full exposure to Thai gastronomic tradition, but your visit will also be a great support to local community. Meet others at Saphan Taksin BTS station. The tour takes place between 09:30 and 13:00. There will be maximum of 14 people in the group. The tour includes visits to five tasting locations, 12+ food and drink samples, and experienced local guide. Vegetarian options are available.

Day 4 - Departure

Today is a departure day. If you have a late departure, it would be possible to do one of your morning half-day tours, if you have not yet used your allotment from this package. Should you choose to do this option, please bring all your belongings down to reception on your way to the tour, so that your room is ready for checkout (as you will be returning after checkout period). If you wish to have any help with additional services prior to or upon completion of your city break tour pack, please do not hesitate to contact Where Sidewalks End staff and they will gladly be help you on your journey.

  • Head to local theater and watch traditional dancing and a cabaret show
  • Visit Bangrak district for food tasting
  • Visit Khun Poo’s small cooking school in the slum

This culture and culinary holiday takes place in Bangkok, Thailand.

For your Thai holiday, there are many other optional half-day activities for your selection.

Backwaters of Bangkok (Klong tour)

From grandeur of the high rises to the slowness of the backwaters, this is the best way to describe the contrast between the two "worlds" visited on the Klong tour. This half-day tour goes behind the scenes and visits extraordinary places that you would not be able to find yourselves. Getting out into the Klongs is still one of the best ways to see Bangkok for more than just a big concrete jungle. The contrasts, the atmosphere, the life in the waterways, it is very special and unique. Meeting Point: New Road guesthouse, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak, Bangkok. Morning departure time: 09:00 - 13:00. This package includes transport on the river in long tail boat, entrance fee, and English-speaking tour guide. The number of participants is between four and twenty.

Bangkok jungle (bike tour)

Crossing the river is like taking a journey back in time. You will find a peaceful place with lush vegetation, a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and real tropical jungle. If it wasn't for Bangkok's skyline, you would never believe you were so close to the city. And, there is no traffic! You will ride about 25 kilometers in total. The ride starts on Sukhumvit Road and there is a short section in the city before we cross the river. You then, ride along very minor roads, pathways, through alleys, temples, gardens and tropical jungle. It's an experience in Bangkok like no other. First, you meet others outside FlowHouse in A-Square on Sukhumvit Soi 26. If taking the BTS (sky train), you need to get off at Phromphong, use exit 4 and walk straight to Sukhumvit Soi 26. Here, you can take a motorcycle taxi or a regular taxi to A-Square. Morning departure time is 08:15 - 11:30, while evening departure time is 12:45 - 16:30. The number of participants is between one and sixteen. The tour includes a city bike and helmet, water, soft drinks and snacks, as well as an English-speaking guide. It does not include transport to / from starting point, meals, or alcoholic drinks.

Bangkok night lights (tuk tuk tour)

On this Bangkok night tour, you will travel by tuk tuk to explore Bangkok's markets, temples, and food under the night lights. Seeing the sites at night brings out the true excitement, beauty and mystery of the city. You will visit some of the places that most tourists only visit during the daytime including some of Bangkok's most famous temples. You will stop at 24-hour markets including the Flower market where the vivid colors come alive under the fluorescent lights and at a time when flowers are starting to get delivered. Finally there is the food and at night time the streets are alive with food vendors. As we go we will stop to sample some of the best food in the city. You will not go hungry, so no need to eat beforehand! The meeting point is Krung Thonburi BTS (sky train) station. The tour takes place between 19:00 - 23:30, with 1 - 10 participants. The tour includes English-speaking tour guide, food and drinks, and transport during the tour.

Behind the madness of Chinatown and Little India (walking tour)

Discover the history behind one of the oldest areas in Bangkok. This walking tour will bring you to ancient temples, cursing along the historic Chao Phraya river, through 200-year-old markets, sampling local Indian and Chinese snacks and meals, to the largest golden Buddha statue in the world. This is not your average Bangkok walking tour. The meeting point is at stray office (behind STA Office on Khao San Road). The tour takes place between 09:15 - 14:00 with 2 - 7 people. The tour includes transport on tour, entry fees, lunch, water, and snacks.

Bike historic Bangkok (bike tour)

Historic Bangkok shows the true heart of this bustling city. Cycle the back roads and small lane ways to discover that there is more to this city than big roads full of traffic alongside high rise buildings. This tour is all about seeing a very different side of Bangkok. You won't be going anywhere famous, instead get ready to take in the real Bangkok, where normal people life in the jumble of lane ways that few people think to explore.The tour takes place between 08:45 - 13:00 with one to ten people. Meeting point is at Grasshopper Adventures Shop, 57 Ratchadamnoen Road, Phranakorn. The tour includes Merida mountain bike with a helmet, English-speaking guide, water, and snack.

Creepy Bangkok (walking tour)

Bangkok can be a weird and wonderful place without even trying to find its oddities. If you want to go beyond the ordinary and see some truly weird and wonderful places, then Creepy Bangkok is a trip for you. Getting around and zig-zagging the city by boat, sky train and tuk tuks gives an insight to the local lifestyle and habits. Get ready for a special peek into some of Bangkok's hidden and secret places known only to the locals. Lunch will be served on the trip in a very special place as well. If you are up for a very different kind of experience, then Creepy Bangkok is the tour you need to try. Meeting point: New Road guesthouse, 1216/1 Charoen Krung Road, Bangrak. The tour takes place between 10:00 and 14:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with two to eight people in the group. The tour includes entrance fee, transport (river boats, sky train, tuk tuk), and English-speaking guide.

Muay Thai lesson and Muay Thai fight (outer-zone seating)

You will start your afternoon at one of the oldest Muay Thai boxing gyms in Bangkok which has specialized in helping train and bridge the learning gap for foreigners. Having trained countless champions over the past few decades, you can trust that you're in good hands (or gloves). This will give you a chance to try out a very cultural sport which is special to this part of the world. After your class, freshen up, get changed, and get ready. You’re about to get into the action and see Muay Thai at its finest in the historic Rajadamnern boxing stadium. This ancient tradition happens several times a week here in the heart of Bangkok, with

millions of fans watching every heart pounding, body slamming event! This is a cultural must for those interested in sports and culture. Meeting point is at a gym, Sor.Vorapin 1 (Jakapong Road. only 100 meters from Khaosan Road) or stadium, Rajadamnern Nok, Pompab Satroo pai, Bangkok. The match is at 15:00 - 23:00. No guide on this activity. Muay Thai boxing class is from 15:00 to 17:00, public matches happen on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (18:30). It is suggested that you get food in between the gym and the match. Transport between these two events is not provided (it is a 10 minutes taxi ride, or a 30 minutes walk).

Muay Thai fight (inner-zone seating)

If big cities make you a bit tense, what better way to blow off some steam then to watch two grown men knock each around? Experience Thailand's most trade-marked sport, Muay Thai kickboxing, in the historic Rajadamnern boxing stadium. Rajadmnern is one of the world-renowned boxing stadiums and an institution of Muay Thai boxing in Thailand. Experiencing a match here is experiencing a unique cultural pastime, in a place where history has been made. Meeting point: Rajadamnern boxing stadium. The match takes place between 18:30 and 23:00. The package includes ticket to Muay Thai fight (inner zone). No guide on this activity. Boxing matches are on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (18:30), Sunday (17:00 and 20:30).

What a Wat (walking tour)

A Wat is the Thai word for the incredibly ornate Buddhist Temples you see in Thailand. This unique tour will visit to some of the most important and unknown temples in the city. With thousands of temples scattered throughout, it's easy to become overwhelmed, let alone know the significance of any. For this reason, many people experience what is commonly referred to as being "templed-out", simply due to aimless wanderings and lack of information. With expert guides bringing you to some of the most important, unique, and significant temples, you will be able to gain a deeper appreciation for them before you ever get the chance of getting dazed and confused. Wat are you waiting for? Meeting point: stray office (behind STA Office on Khao San Road). The tour takes place between 09:00 and 14:00 with 2 - 7 people in the group. The tour includes transportation around the city, entry fees, lunch, snack, water.

  • 3 nights accommodation
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  • Meals, as listed in the itineraries
  • Transportation, as listed in the itineraries
  • Additional activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities and tips for local guides
  • International flights or transportation to / from the itinerary’s start point
  • Meals not listed in the activity itineraries
  • Personal expenses
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  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

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