Thailand has much to offer to a food connoisseur. Not only is the food rich and the spices plenty, but Thai food offers plenty of opportunities to combine flavors: sweet and sour, spicy and bitter. Thailand is affordable and a great destination for those who want to combine a vacation with a chance to expand their culinary knowledge.
Types of Classes
Travelers can take advantage of two types of cooking vacations in Thailand. One is a vacation built around the cooking classes, where you spend long hours every day inside the kitchen or shopping with the teacher at the local food market. The other kind of cooking vacation is one where cooking is just part of a larger offering of activities. For example, a cooking vacation might also include trips to local tribes to watch them prepare traditional foods, or enjoying vegetarian food at a Buddhist temple.Local market >> 5 Most Attractive Destinations in Thailand
Chiang Mai, in the northeast of Thailand, is a common destination for travelers looking for a cooking vacation. Frommers designated Chiang Mai as one of the world's nine top cities for culinary vacations. Frommers recommends the school A Lot of Thai, where you'll learn to make the most common types of Thai dishes, such as sticky rice mango and pad Thai.
The other prime location for cooking vacations is Bangkok. Thailand's capital is a vibrant city with plenty of cooking schools and a huger number of class options. A major school in Bangkok is Blue Elephant Cooking School, which prides itself in teaching authentic "royal Thai cuisine."
Some schools offer their own accommodations. Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai is one example. If you choose the "stay & study" option, you get a room in the chef's house. The package includes use of Internet in your room, free transportation to and from the city, free bicycles to explore the area when you're not cooking and a gourmet dinner prepared by the chef -- in addition to cooking classes every day. The school also has its own organic herb garden, where you can pick the herbs you'll use during the lessons.cooking class
Those who procure their own accommodations can take daily classes. If you're taking classes in a big city, like Bangkok, you'll probably have to make it to the school on your own, either by taxi or BTS Sky Train, the local train system. In more secluded areas, the school might provide transportation to and from your hotel. Baipai Thai Cooking School in Bangkok is a good example of a day-class school. You can choose from either a morning class, which runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, or an afternoon class, running from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm