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Thai cooking classes

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Chiang Mai is very well regarded for its cooking classes and if you’re at a loose end for a half day—or even a full day—then why not sign up for a fun and interesting Thai cookery course?

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You’ll find Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer cookery lessons on offer right across Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai, however, was one of the first cities where the idea of teaching foreigners the local cuisine really caught on. Not surprisingly, today it hosts a plethora of options. While we wouldn’t guarantee the following are the absolute best of the bunch they’re definitely very good, excellently run, fine value for money and make for a great way to spend some holiday time.

Start here. Photo taken in or around Thai cooking classes, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Start here. Photo: Mark Ord

The overall formulas vary little between one school and another, with classes either morning, afternoon or all day. Longer two- and three-day courses are available for the more enthusiastic. Prices and menus don’t range too much either, so for us criteria boils down to setting, organisation and importantly the chef/teacher. The cookery group itself is an important factor but you obviously can’t do much about that. Times will change but an 08:00-ish kick off is standard, finishing around 13:00 and a 14:00-15:00 afternoon start until 19:00-20:00. Classes with downtown locations may set their kitchen as meeting points, others outside a market while some will rendezvous with you at your hotel or guesthouse.

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