The best way to find a Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai is to do some research on the Internet and find what will work the best for you. There are plenty of options to choose from. Look for classes that are small, so you can get more individual attention.
1. What is the local history?
A family began this cooking school by growing a farm in an old rice field. While the farm is a little outside the city, Chiang Mai has a rich history. It is the biggest city in northern Thailand and was established in 1296 by King Phaya Mengrai. In the 1800s, it was a large trade hub, with artists creating woodcarvings, silver, and pottery. While local residents have protested against it, Chiang Mai has modernized and built up over the years.
2. Are there any relevant myths or folklore about a location?
A flood buried the city of the ancient Lanna people, Wiang Kum Kam, long ago. It was buried for so long that the Thai people began to believe it was a myth. Only in the last thirty years has the city been uncovered again, and tourists are able to visit.
3. What is the physical description of the location?
The Chiang Mai province is encompassed by the Thai highlands and parts of it are covered in rainforest. It has tropical, warm weather year round. Like other tropical locations, it has a wet and dry season where it rains frequently each year for a few months.
4. How many hours does it take to fully explore the location?
There is time given before the cooking class begins to go on the farm and pick vegetables that will be used in your own dishes. Following the lunch meal, there is time to walk around the farm and explore.
5. What is the best way to get there?
6. How far is it from the city center/airport?
It is about twenty minutes outside of the city and fifteen minutes away from the airport.
7. Open hours & dates
Pick up from your hotel is between 8:30 and 9 a.m., and you will be back by the latest, 5:15 p.m. The price is 1500 Baht per person, and it includes transportation, all the meals, and a free recipe book. Classes are offered every day of the week.
8. Do you need a guide to visit?
You do not need a separate guide to visit this cooking school. The workers will aid you in the farm picking out produce, and an English-speaking cook will walk you through the class.
9. Is this location family friendly?
10. How much exercise is expected?
11. Vegetarian cooking classes in Chiang Mai? What are the food and drink options?
Free herbal tea and water is provided all day. You can choose your type of curry and soup for appetizers. Depending on which day you go, there will be different dishes like chicken with basil and mango with sticky rice that you will cook. The entire menu can be altered to be vegetarian or vegan if needed.
12. What should I pack?
13. Chiang Mai cooking schools
Make a reservation on their website, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling from inside Thailand:
081 288 59 89
087 174 92 85
Calling from outside Thailand:
+ 66 81 288 59 89
+ 66 87 174 92 85
Moon Muang Rd Soi 9
Tambon Si Phum
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai
Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200
14. Evening cooking class in Chiang Mai
There are some options, where they start at 6 pm. This is ideal if you are here for a very short period of time and therefor are cramming to fit in a lot of activities. Normally you would return from a one day trek (return around 3-4pm) and then relax, get refreshed and visit an evening school for cooking. This would cover your dinner, because you will cook your own dinner at the school 🙂