Purple Dragon A Taste of Thailand

You can learn the art of preparing tasty Thai cuisine in Chiang Mai (even if you can't boil water)!

Purple Dragon loves Thai food! Chiang Mai is home of some of our all-time favorite Thai specialties. We surveyed many cooking schools to find one that would allow every student to have their own work station and stove. Why just sit and watch the chef have all the fun? You will learn enough to dazzle your friends back home using easily-found ingredients. So, roll up your sleeves and prepare to impress all your friends when you get back home a whip up a Taste of Thailand. We have also prepared a list of alternative activity options for a companion who might prefer to explore the city while you are busy preparing steamed banana cakes, black sticky rice pudding, or heavenly chicken curry at Thai cooking classes in Chiang Mai. You do not have to be gay to enjoy this Purple Dragon package. Many of our mainstream customers choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay company.

Day One: A Trip Through the Night Bazaar

When you arrive in Chiang Mai we will whisk you to your holiday home so that you can settle in as quickly as possible. Spend the rest of the day exploring this ancient city, filled with charm, crafts and cuisine. Our local guide will meet you in the evening to recommend a great local restaurant to eat, followed by a tour around the famous night bazaar. Afterwards, rest up for tomorrow's activities, or explore Chiang Mai's vibrant nightlife.

Day Two: Cook Six Dishes, Eat Your Homework

We will pick you up at your hotel after an early breakfast. (Don't eat too much!) Each day of classes is different, with at least six dishes to be prepared before you return home late afternoon. Along with the preparation of food, each day will focus on a different aspect of Thai cuisine: introduction to Thai ingredients and alternatives you can substitute back home, how to make savory curry pastes used in a multitude of dishes, touring Chiang Mai's fabulous fresh market, learning to carve vegetables and fruits into sensational attention-getting artworks. If you have a friend or spouse joining you who would like to do something else while you are in class, we provide an alternate activity option each day. Today's alternate activity: join our guide to explore Chiang Mai's walled and moated inner city, home to dozens of peaceful temple compounds, historic monuments, quiet shady lanes, plus local shops and bustling markets.

Day Three: Not a Day for a Diet

Cooking class resumes this morning. Today's alternate activity: depart at around eight for an enchanting elephant safari through lush wilderness, visit a Hilltribe village for an unforgettable oxcart ride, after lunch, board bamboo rafts for a relaxing afternoon cruise on the Mae Taeng River.

Day Four: A Fresh Market and a Bowl of Noodles

A third day of cooking instruction until mid-afternoon. Today's alternate activity: join our guide this morning for a visit to Chiang Mai's fantastic fresh market, brimming with everything from hill tribe teas and sweets to colorful festival banners and offerings, for lunch, sample some of Chiang Mai's tasty specialties like kao soi chicken coconut curry, wrap up your afternoon with a luxurious 2-hour traditional Thai massage.

Day Five: Where's The Next Foodie Adventure?

Extend you stay for up to two more days of unique cooking classes or enjoy easy-going Chiang Mai life until we drive you to the airport. Or stay longer to enjoy one or more days of new adventures in and around Elephant City. From Chiang Mai it is a short plane ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, one of the Wonders of Asia. Or, connect to Phuket Island for some fun in the sun, or back to

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Prices and Hotels

Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.

We offer several different hotels in Chiang Mai, ranging from three to five stars. If you have a specific hotel in mind, please let us know. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We only use hotels that are gay-owned, gay-managed or gay-friendly. We inspect most hotels at least once a year.

To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.

great value

Includes
gay and lesbian-friendly hotel accommodation with tax, service, and daily breakfast beginning on day 2, private airport transportation, hotels transfers to/from the cooking school, ingredients, food and drink during the classes, and complimentary cook book. Alternative activity options instead of cooking school: old city tour with guide (please buy lunch for the guide), elephant safari includes hotel transfers and lunch, day tour with guide (please buy lunch for the guide, and pay massage fee and tip). Not included: airfare, local transportation, other meals or drinks, gratuities, features not specifically mentioned in the itinerary, or items of a purely personal nature. Classes are on a joiner basis.