Taking a leaf out of Chiang Mai's book, several spots in Pai now offer Thai cooking classes -- one-day or two-day and more if you're keen.
They all run fairly similar courses at similar prices -- what makes or breaks it is generally going to be the teacher and the set up of the school, so pop along, meet the teacher and have a peek at the place before choosing. Most of these courses are fun and instructive and provide you with a book of recipes, including suggested alternatives for products that may be hard to find at home.
A particularly good deal with an excellent reputation is longstanding BeBe Wok ‘n’ Roll, offering a very comprehensive day course for 1,100 baht with an optional advanced second day for 900 baht more. This course begins with a breakfast and includes a tour of the local market and preparation of a wide range of dishes for lunch and dinner. You even get to invite a friend for dinner for free to sample your cuisine.
If you’re looking for half-day courses, Savoei (A Taste of Pai) offers lunch sessions from 09:30 to 13:00 or dinner classes from 16:00 to 20:00. Courses go for 700 baht and include recipe book, market tour, hands-on food preparation and tea, coffee and water. Both schools offer vegetarian versions.
BeBe Wok ‘n’ Roll: Raddamrong Rd, Pai; T: (097) 285 5490; email@example.com
Savoei (A Taste of Pai): Chaisongkran Rd (behind May Travel), Pai; T: (085) 620 9918
By Mark Ord.