On Friday, Jan 25, I called Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School on their mobile line (081 883 5206), since there was no one answering their office phone. A Thai gentleman answered the phone. I asked if they had a beginner’s 1 day course next day (Saturday Jan 26) for my brother. He wanted me to text him the details and he subsequently called back and confirmed the reservation and that someone would pick him up from the hotel between 9:30 and 9:45am. I waited in the hotel lobby with my brother until 10:30 without any sign of driver or anyone coming to pick him up. I texted the same phone number again. Here is the actual text message “Is someone coming to pick me up? I have been waiting since 9:30. Thanks”. We were actually waiting in the lobby since 9:15am because we did not want to be late. There was no reply back. Finally at 10:45, I called the office telephone and was able to contact someone who promised to send a car for pick up. By the time, we had been waiting in the lobby for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The car finally arrived at 11:00. I was expecting the class to be a full day from 10:30 till 4pm. There were no apologies offered, no explanations and no regrets for the delay and inconvenience caused. My brother overheard a gentleman from England, in his class who was not picked up as well and made his own way to the class.
The class and the instructions itself were OK. Given their attitude and the cost of the course (THB 1400), my opinion is that this particular cooking school is way overpriced and not worth what they are charging. I have seen several cooking schools in Chiangmai offering the same course for several hundred Baht less.
In short, way too much hype (Thailand’s International TV Chef), way too busy, and not deserving my recommendation. Save a bunch of money and go with one of the competitors.
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