Cook. Taste. Savour.
Highly scrumptious, this cooking class activity takes place in Thailand’s second largest city, Chiang Mai, dubbed “The Rose of the North.” If you have time to include Northern Thailand in your Better Beach holiday travels, arranging a flight from bustling Bangkok to breezy Chiang Mai is, well, a breeze.
Top 5 Chiang Mai Cooking Classes
1. Thai Farm Cooking School
Prices: Full day, 1,500 baht/person
Address: 38 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
2. Basil Cookery School
Prices: Morning or evening class, 1,000 baht/person
Address: 22/4 Siri Mangalajarn Rd. Soi 5, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
3. Thai Orchid School
Prices: Evening class or full day class, 1,000 – 1,200 baht/person
Address: 1/1 Phra Pok Kloa 8 Mueang Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
4. Asian Scenic Thai Cooking School
Prices: Evening or full day class, 800 – 1,200/person
Address: 31 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 5, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
5. A Lot of Thai
Prices: Full day – $1,200/person
Address: 165 Soi 9 Chiangmai-Lampoon rd., Nonghoi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
Cooking Classes Let You Connect With Thai Culture
Chiang Mai cooking lessons should be on the menu of any traveller to Thailand, from foodies to fans of this region’s distinct and delectable flavours. Thai dishes incorporate spice, salt, sweetness and sourness, making it arguably one of the most well-rounded cuisines. Why not make yourself more well-rounded and take a Chiang Mai cooking class? (Although we can’t promise your tummy won’t be more “well-rounded”, too!)
Northern Thai Cuisine
The differences between Northern and Southern Thai cuisine may seem elusive to foreigners, but a Chiang Mai cooking class will teach you how geography plays a significant role in Thai recipes.
In the mountainous north, you’ll find more sticky rice than jasmine rice, and being farther away from the ocean, pork is dominant over seafood. Popular northern Thai dishes are considerably more underrated than their cousins to the south. Dishes like Khao Soi and Kaeng Hang Lei (stewed pork) curries are overshadowed by central Thai recipes such as green and red curries. Some local delights like banana leaf wrapped Miang Kham are sometimes never heard of at the tableside of a Thai restaurant in the West.
What to Expect
There are many different styles of classes to choose from, and with varying levels of difficulty. But almost every single one of them starts with a visit to the local markets or farms to pick out ingredients. Here, you’ll learn the entire farm-to-table process of assembling a well-crafted organic dish. Shopping costs are included in the class booking, and the instructors will walk you through the different types of herbs, spices, coconut milk and rice used in northern Thai cuisine. Finally, you’ll figure out the difference between ginger and galangal.
Some classes take place in scenic outdoor environments including farms in Chiang Mai countryside. Others are in more intimate home kitchens, with one-on-one instructors, or in smaller groups.
Recipes offered in-class can range from, mango salad, pad Thai, pad siew (fried rice noodles), Khao Soi, and sweet sticky rice. In a full day class, you might cook up to seven dishes. A caveat: you’ll eat everything you cook.
Most classes will offer cookbooks at the end of the session, with the added bonus of walking away with delicious leftovers.
A nation’s cuisine is a hallmark of its culture. Thanks to its unique and globally beloved food, it is important for a traveller to experience Thailand through their taste buds. Ask one of our Expert Travellers about add-ons like a Thailand cooking class to enhance your Better Beach holiday.