Photo: Cook then eat.

Cooking classes

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If you haven't yet signed up for a course in Chiang Mai, Pai or elsewhere then a cooking class in Chiang Rai may be your last chance to put into practice some Thai cookery (as opposed to Lao cookery classes in for example Luang Prabang) before you head off on a slow boat down the Mekong.

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None we checked had in-town offices so, apart from a scroll through a search engine, you'll come across them by way of flyers, pamphlets or posters on your reception wall or travel agent desktop. You can then book yourself directly on the cookery school's website, telephone them or ask your hotel or guesthouse to call on your behalf. Bear in mind though most accommodation spots will probably deal with just the one school that they're friends with or have a commission deal with so you won't necessarily get the full choice.

This is how you do it. Photo taken in or around Cooking classes, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

This is how you do it. Photo: Mark Ord

All the courses we checked had very similar formats, prices and timing. The standard package is 08:30 or 09:00 pick up from your hotel followed by a visit to the municipal market where you'll be enlightened on the myriad weird and wonderful vegetables herbs and so-on before heading to a suburban house adapted for the purpose, where you'll cook your own lunch. Five courses including starter, dessert, soup and a couple of mains seem to be par for the course so you'll need to go with an appetite. Drinks and fruits are included as is the return transfer to your hotel around 2-ish. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are offered and choices include the usual tourist faves; tom yam, tom kha kai, massaman, yellow, green red curries and so-on. (All schools have complete menus on their ... Travelfish members only (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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