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Thailand Cooking Classes in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is home of some of our all-time favorite Thai specialtiy dishes. Even if you can't boil water, you will learn enough to dazzle your friends back home using easily-found ingredients.

Day One: Welcome to the Kingdom of Lanna!

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: Shopping at Bustling Market=Six Dishes

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.

intricate vegetable carving accents Thai cuisine A fun holiday in Chiang Mai for anyone who loves Thai food, even if you have little or no talent in the kitchen. Choose from our great gay-friendly hotels and take five days Thai cooking classes in Chiang Mai, plus Chiang Mai sightseeing and nightlife! 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! Even though Purple Dragon pioneered gay travel to Thailand our tours are open to everyone!

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: More Cooking or a Hilltribe Village?

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: Cook, Shop, and Maybe a Massage?

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: Leave if You Have To, or Stay to Cook and Eat!

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 Bangkok .

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Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Thailand, but everyone is welcome on our tours!

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