Adventures in Thai Cooking

Chiang Mai is my favorite city in Thailand. I loved it so much that I actually lived here for a month. There are plenty of places to go, temples to see, night markets and bazaars to wander and haggle around for good finds, great and cheap street foods. If you’re also a vegetarian and adventure lover just like me, this city is perfect for you!

When you’re only visiting Chiang Mai for a few days, one of the fun activities that I can recommend you is to join a Thai Cooking Class. Not only will you get to learn to cook Thai food, it is also a fun way to learn a little of the Thai culture, what they add to their food and what makes their food one of the best in the world.


The first thing that you will do is to select the dishes you’d like to make. Then you will go to a local Thai market to buy and pick your ingredients. The teacher will also introduce you to the ingredients and seasonings they use in their food.


(Thai local market)

Once you get your ingredients, you will then proceed to the organic farm where you will learn about specific vegetables and herbs grown in Thailand and what they use for their dishes.

After this introduction, you will then proceed to making your first dish. Note that I am vegetarian so the foods here are made out of tofu.

Below are the class pictures and the dishes I made. ;) P1040566

(my checklist)


(The teacher demonstrating how to do stir fried veggies)


(First Dish: Green Curry)


(Second Dish:Tom Yum Soup)


(Third Dish: Stir Fried Vegetables)


(After lunch bonus: Mango Sticky Rice)

The class is for a whole day and you will be really hungry by the time you finish your second dish. It is certainly worth the wait! You will be given a recipe book after class so you can just focus and enjoy the cooking class. You can also adjust the spiciness level of your food. This class is great not only for meat lovers but also for vegetarians. I personally chose the Thai Organic Farm cooking class that was recommended by a traveler I met in Laos. They are great and catered to my vegetarian needs. Not only is the food yummy, it is really a fun experience!

Sending my greetings from the island of Ko Phangan and greatly missing Chiang Mai,

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12 Responses to “Adventures in Thai Cooking”

  1. jan
    March 3, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    A genius and fun way of spending your time in Thailand — learning to cook Thai dishes! Thanks for sharing, it’s really inspiring :)

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Thank you! :)

  2. Flo
    March 3, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Thai food is <3 How much is the class?

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      It is <3!! The cooking class is THB 1000 ($30)

      • donna
        March 3, 2012 at 11:50 am #

        Oh my Anna I miss you pls come back to US . But I’m happy that you finally share your passion on travel & food .

        • March 3, 2012 at 11:57 am #

          Ate Donna! I miss you too! I will be back soon and will definitely see you! Sending much love from Thailand!

  3. Mhy
    March 3, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    nice post! :) i want to try this!

    can you recommend a nice hostel to stay..

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      You should! It’s fun! I actually rented a serviced apartment while I was in Chiang Mai but I did stay at one guesthouse before that- Top Garden Boutique Guesthouse in the old city, I highly highly recommend it. It’s THB300 ($10) a night. Here’s my review–>

      • Mhy
        March 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

        Thank you so much! =) will definitely stay there! hope to read more post re activities in Chiang Mai. =)

  4. Monique
    March 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Are you attending the Full Moon Party? :) I hope you can post more of your adventures!

    • March 6, 2012 at 12:16 am #

      Yes I actually am here for the full moon party! Will do! :)

  5. March 21, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    failed to try this when i was in ChiangMai…