Cookery classes in Thailand offer tourists the chance to learn the skills they need to recreate their favorite Thai dishes back home.
There are several cookery schools across Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand where foreigners can find out the secrets to creating the most delicious local delicacies.
From one-day workshops to courses run over a number of days, there are options suitable for every keen chef.
Traditional Thai Food and Recipes
Travelers who take part in a Thai cookery course can expect to make some of the most popular dishes eaten throughout Thailand.
Some meals may be familiar to westerners who have eaten at Thai restaurants back home, whilst others are rarely seen on menus outside of southeast Asia.
Thai dishes served in homes, at restaurants and by street food vendors in Thailand include:
- Guay Teow, noodle soup with chicken, pork or beef and rice or egg noodles
- Som Tam, this spicy green papaya salad include shredded vegetables, dried shrimp, lime and chile
- Gaeng Keow Wan Gai, a spicy green chicken curry
- Pad Thai, the most well-known Thai dish popular in Thailand and across the world
- Kao Niew Ma Muang, a typical dessert made from sticky rice and mango
Vegetarians and vegans should consult with the academy before booking to ensure they can accommodate their requirements.
Cookery courses in Bangkok
Many of the most popular Thai cookery classes for tourists are concentrated in Bangkok. There are several schools to choose from, many of which offer programs aimed at amateur cooks.
In the Thai capital, several schools offer courses in different languages, including English.
One-day cookery courses in Bangkok
For travelers who simply want to get a taste for Thai cuisine and learn how to make one or 2 dishes, half-day or full-day courses may be the best option.
An example of a half-day cookery class is as follows:
- Meet fellow students and the teacher at the academy to discuss the dishes that will be prepared
- Go to a local Thai market to select the ingredients and find out more about typical ingredients
- Prepare the recipes with demonstrations and guidance from the chef
- Eat the meal together for lunch or dinner
In general, 4 to 5 recipes will be prepared during a one-day class. Menus may change weekly, participants can consult the proposed dishes before making a reservation.
One-day cooking course prices
The cost of a single day class experience depends on the school. As a rough guide, a morning session at a well-known academy costs around 3,000 Baht (USD 100). The price of private classes is higher.
This fee includes the cost of the ingredients and participants eat or take home what they have made at the end of the session.
Multiple-day kitchen courses in Bangkok
Tourists who wish to dedicate more of their stay in Thailand to learn about the nation’s cuisine can take a program covering 2 or 3 days.
Some packages include accommodation for the most immersive experience. Participants visit markets in the morning to select the ingredients and prepare various dishes during the day.
Cookery Courses in Rural Thailand
Thai food classes can be found in the countryside surrounding Chan Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket. Several Thai farms have created experiences for tourists. Organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs are picked fresh from the farm’s own land to prepare the dishes for the day.
Meals are often eaten in the open air with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. This is a good option for visitors who would like to get an insight into local life in Thailand and spend some time away from the city.
Food Tasting Tours in Thailand
Travelers can learn about some of the most typical dishes and ingredients by going on a food tasting experience, a popular type of guided tour in Thailand. While participants don’t get hands-on experience, they can sample the food and find out from experts about how certain dishes are prepared.
Some popular experiences include:
- Tuk tuk tour around Rattanakosin and Chinatown areas
- Bangkok street food tour by bicycle
- Thai vegan food tours
- Visit the markets of Chiang Mai
These tours often take place in the evening when Thai cities come alive with street food markets.
Visa Requirements for Completing a Cookery Course in Thailand
Tourists who require a visa for Thailand and would like to sign up for cookery classes can apply for the eVisa on arrival.
The Thai eVOA is valid for 15 days, long enough for most informal cookery courses. Provided that the main purpose of the visit is tourism, travelers can take advantage of the electronic visa scheme.
To apply, visitors from eligible countries should complete the online Thai visa application. Just a few basic personal and passport details are required to complete the electronic form. Visas are processed in 1 to 3 days and emailed to the applicant on approval.
Foreigners should be aware that it is not possible to enroll in a program for longer than 15 days or to attend university or other formal educational institutions using a tourist visa. In such cases, a study permit must be obtained from a Thai embassy or consulate.