One of the best reasons to visit our part of the world is the incredible
food. If you love cooking, love food, or want to learn more about the cuisines
of Asia, we think you will enjoy the programs below. You do not have to be a
trained chef to enjoy any of these programs. Several include cooking classes.
Emphasis is on dishes that can be prepared using ingredients you can find easily
in your home country. If your traveling companion is not interested in cooking
classes, please let us know and we will keep him or her busy with other
activities during class time.
A TASTE OF
just a few fun days you can learn enough Thai cooking to prepare a banquet when
you return home. This Chiang Mai
program includes three full days of cooking classes. (You can add up to three
more days if you want to take the full course.) Students get a personal work
station and ingredients. The teacher demonstrates a dish, then you try it on
your own. Prepare three or four dishes each day, then eat what you have made. At
the end you get a cookbook to take home.
FLAVORS OF SIAM
Bangkok cooking school program is more than just
cooking Thai cooking classes, it is an exploration of Thai cuisine and culture
that includes visits to markets and all of the most important places to see in
Bangkok. All cooking classes are hands-on at a personal work station. Even
non-cooks will have fun learning simple but delicious dishes they can make back
WOKING ON THE BEACH
cook Thai food in Phuket
at a school located on a spectacular private beach. This program is three nights
long, but you can (and maybe should) stay longer.
cuisines of Laos and Thailand are similar but not the same. (It is difficult to
say who borrowed from whom.) Taking a cooking class in LP is a great excuse to
spend an extra day in a town most people do not want to leave.
This is not
a food tour per se. However, fantastic food is such an integral part of a visit
to Guilin that we have to mention it. In most big cities you have to look hard
to find a good meal. In Guilin you have to look hard to find a bad one. The city
is brimming with so much good food that you could spend days and nights just
eating. Nestled between Hunan and Guangdong (home to Cantonese cooking),
Guilinese cuisine is vivid and full of chilies of
every description. But if you cannot handle spicy food you will still find
marvelous things to eat there and will give you our private restaurant list.
ANCIENT CITY LANES
Beijing's Traditional Hutong Districts and enjoy
lunch in a Chinese home. You can watch while your
hostess creates steamed dumplings and other traditional food.