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Thai Farm Cooking MAGIC!
It says I visited Jan 2011 but really I visted yesterday, so unless I've been send into some time ma...

By missgeo

What we say: 4 stars

Most courses kick off with a trip to the market to peruse and learn about fresh ingredients. The teacher will then give a demonstration, after which students prepare the dishes themselves, usually ones you've chosen yourself from a list. Some courses cook then immediately eat their produce throughout the whole day, but most save all dishes for mealtimes. In one day, you will generally cook around six to seven dishes, and some teachers will also cook up a few extra for you to taste. Course price usually includes a cookbook.

Instead of the market tour, some schools offer to teach either vegetable carving or how to make curry paste. This is usually done by group consensus or when the course runs for two or more days.

The cost is generally 700B to 900B per day, depending on the course and where you booked. Booking directly through the company itself is often a little cheaper than through an agent or guesthouse. Transport is usually included to and from your guesthouse.

Reputable and well known companies include:
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 206 388
Fax: (053) 206 387
Email: nabnian@loxinfo.co.th
Website: http://www.thaicookeryschool.com

Smart Cook
Tel: (053) 418 309
Email: smartcook@yahoo.com

Gap's House
Tel: (053) 278 140
Website: http://thai-culinary-art.infothai.com , http://www.gaps-house.com

The Master
Tel: (053) 277 823
Email: snabnian@hotmail.com

Thai Kitchen Cookery Centre
Tel: (053) 276 886
Fax: (053) 272 569
Email: thaikitchen5@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.geocities.com/thaikitchencentre

A Lot of Thai
Their brochure doubles as a city map, and includes some great information and eating suggestions. Contact them directly on T:(053)800724 , Mobile: (089)853 9680 or by email for more information.
Email: lothome@hotmail.com,
Website: http://www.alotofthai.com

Baan Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 357 339
Email: baanthai@cookinthai.com
Website: http://www.cookinthai.com

Pad Thai Cookery School
Tel: (053) 380 151
Fax: (053) 207 017
Email: padthaicookery@hotmail.com

Smile Cookery School
Email: smile208@loxinfo.co.th
Website: http://www.smilehousechiangmai.com

Classic Home Cooking
Tel: (053) 806 392
Email: vane@poppymail.com

Three cooking classes differ from the rest:
Jungle Survival Cooking Class
(Run by Smile Cookery School) teaches how to cook using equipment that can be found in the jungle such as banana leaves and bamboo. Email: smile208@loxinfo.co.th
Website: http://www.smilehousechiangmai.com

The Indian Cookery School
The Indian Cookery School teaches Vegetarian Indian Cooking, where you'll learn to cook 10 dishes and also eat others. One day costs 700 baht.
27/3 Moon Muang Rd, Soi 9
Tel: (053) 223 396.

Thai Farm Cooking School
Thai Farm Cooking School does a similar class to the others, with a local market tour, but the class is held on an organic farm 17 kilometres out of Chiang Mai. You pick your own fresh ingredients from the herbs and vegetables grown there. The cost is 900 baht a day.
Tel: (053) 419 125
Email: thaifarmcooking@rediffmail.com
Website: http://www.thaifarmcooking.com

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Last updated: 21st September, 2013

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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  • Thai Farm Cooking MAGIC! 5 stars

    21st January, 2012

    It says I visited Jan 2011 but really I visted yesterday, so unless I've been send into some time machine to set me back a year, it SHOULD say Jan 2012.

    Anyways - I went to the Thai Farm cooking school and I really really really can't recommend it enough. It was 1000baht for the whole day, and I came out of the class at the end of the day with a greater understanding of local thai ingredients, the use of herbs, and how truly EASY it is to make thai food. I won't be doing take out anymore, because it really only took 10 minutes to make Tom Yam soup! I got to take home a high quality cookbook with each recipe we cooked in it, plus some extra ones and photos of the different ingredients. It's on a gorgeous farm with fantastic kitchen equipment, energetic and english proficient staff, and an upbeat atmosphere.

    Ask your hostel/guest house for more details: Thai Farm Cooking School! :-D

    HIGH Recommendation!!

    Thai cooking classes reviewed by missgeo (1)
    Written on 21st January, 2012, rated 5 out of 5. Visited here in January, 2012

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