Fun way to pass a morning
Published/Last edited or updated: 24th August, 2017
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?
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.
The modestly named Best Thai Cookery School performed very well in each department with a smoothly run course, delightful garden setting and an amusing, comprehensible and professional chef.
The open-sided kitchen looking onto a pond and wide garden was cool and spacious and though slightly out of town—in this case Mae Rim—the price includes return transport from your hotel. The meeting point will generally be an in-town market, (for example Somphet), where the teacher will show you around, stock up on ingredients, and explain some of the bewildering array of herbs, vegetables and fruit to the students. After this you’ll transfer to the kitchen and cook a half dozen or so dishes for lunch ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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