Chiang Mai Tours
Private Market Tour and Northern Thai Cooking Lesson with a Local

Private Market Tour and Northern Thai Cooking Lesson with a Local

By Traveling Spoon
per adult (price varies by group size)
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99
Duration: 4h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Private tour including lunch with your host Nid
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally-located Chiang Mai hotels
  • Private experience
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Market Tour
What's not included
  • N/A
  • Transportation from hotels outside Chiang Mai
  • Alcohol

    Pickup details
    • Your host will pick you up from the concierge desk of your Chiang Mai hotel.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P115

      • If any travelers in your party have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please advise at time of booking
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
      • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P115

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      • Traveling Spoon
        Bangkok, Thailand
        Joined in April 2017
      • 516marcw
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Most memorable experience from Thailand
        Wow. If this had been the only thing we had done while in Thailand, the trip would have been well worth it. Aoy had some amazing things to share with us, and Nani was extremely helpful. Aoy is very passionate about what she does, and she obviously cares about those with whom she interacts. Truly one of the great culinary experiences of my life!
        Written March 21, 2024
      • kellyjP4163VK
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must Do Thai Cooking Class!
        We had such an amazing experience! Our hosts picked us up at our hotel, took us to two different markets, and then we took a boat ride over to the restaurant, where we had a cooking class and made three delicious meals. Our hosts and the entire staff at Aoywann were incredible, we truly felt like we were family. I highly recommend this tour and look forward to returning someday!
        Written March 10, 2024
      • gnarwal
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The ultimate cooking experience!!
        Aoywaan is an amazing chef full of fun stories and endless cooking knowledge. We cooked 5 dishes in her air conditioned kitchen then ate along the waterfront. I also found out and confirmed she is a winner of Iron Chef Thailand! Factor in the several markets we toured and the food we ate there, the local coffees, and the boat ride along the river... and this turned into my favorite excursion on a month long trip. 10/10 will definitely do this again next time i am in bangkok... Thank you so much, Aoywaan!
        Written March 10, 2024
      • Trixr4kids9713
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best secret in Thailand…
        Best thing we’ve done in Thailand! My husband and I went with our 3 year old.. Aoy and her friend took such good care of us on the market tour and then the boat ride, which was my son’s favourite part. The food was plentiful and delicious - an incredible experience I’d recommend everyone do!
        Written February 20, 2024
      • SS787
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Off the Beaten Path…
        We highly recommend this activity, particularly if you are looking for a private, personalized full-day experience with a real Thai Chef, not just a random cooking class in Bangkok. (And if you don’t mind travelling to a nearby suburban town called Bang Kratheuk, immediately west of Bangkok, rather than staying in Bangkok proper. It’s still fairly convenient, since Aoy arranges for transportation from the Bang Wa station of the Bangkok BTS system.) Initially, when I was searching for a cooking class for our Bangkok leg of our Thailand trip, I noticed many less expensive options for group classes, some with added-on market tours. We tend to prefer instead spending one-on-one time with locals on our vacations, having down-to-earth conversations about the people, culture, politics, life, and food. And we love to cook! This activity fit the bill. Our day with Aoywaan was fun-filled and action-packed! (Ie including our 50 min BTS commute each way to the most-west Bangkok Bang-wa metro station from/to our downtown hotel, full 7 am-3 pm) Aoy made pickup from Bang-wa easy and punctual, and even sent confirmed directions and BTS public transit instructions and map on the whatsup app the day before. We started our day with visits to 3 markets: -quick morning visit to Pak Klong Talat Mai Flower market (with gorgeous flowers+++ still with the morning dew on them, as the market was getting ready for the day) -longer visit to World Market (west side of Bangkok) to see Thai vegetables, fruit, live seafood and fresh meat). -Don Wai “Floating” market (just west of Bangkok in Bang Krathuek)— food market by the river local to Aoywaan’s house (Not a True “floating market”, which in Bangkok are for tourists only anyways.) Refreshing to see almost no foreigners at these places, just locals. Even greater is that Aoy showing you around the markets is like having your own private Thai local tour guide who can show and explain to you the different Thai fruits, vegetables, the fish and meat that are popular there. From Toronto, with its large Asian population, we were acquainted with much of the Asian produce, but the sheer scale of market goodies was amazing to explore! We had a quick bite to eat and coffee/tea at street stalls /“food courts” at both World Market and Don Wai (I guess we should have skipped the hotel breakfast!) Then Aoy took us on a private boat ride from the market to her riverside restaurant located at her home. We met her family, who were very friendly and even showed us some traditional Thai dance moves! Our cooking class involved Papaya Salad/Som Tam, Tom Kha soup, and Pad Thai. Very organized and went step-by-step, with nice plating of the dishes afterward. Her niece took pics all along the way and even provided us at the end of the day with a personalized laminated recipe sheet including pictures of us and the food, and Airdropped us many photos of our cooking experience! We then enjoyed our lunch we cooked with beers at her peaceful riverside restaurant “Aoywaan” and chatted with Aoy some more, before she dropped us off at Bang-Wa station at the end of the day. All in all, a wonderful experience and opportunity to cook Thai food and chat during the drive between the markets to Aoy about various topics. She’s passionate and warm-hearted. If you’re looking for a more “in-and-out” cooking class in Bangkok city proper, or don’t want to talk much with your tour guide/chef, a more structured, short class with other foreigners like those at Blue Elephant may be more your style. (When we were in Phuket, we happened to observe briefly a Blue Elephant cooking class. We also did another private cooking class at a high-end Phuket region resort earlier in our trip, which was as enjoyable as Aoy’s, and on-site and polished with professional chef and sous-chefs, but didn’t include the market tours and boat ride or extended chats). If you’re looking for more of an individualized, memorable foodie experience with a fluent-English-speaking local Chef, then I suggest spending the day with Aoywaan. She has even been on Iron Chef Thailand! Caveat: you’d probably need at least a 3 d trip in Bangkok to give yourself time to do the other “sights” to see during the rest of your trip. But we enjoyed the reprieve of our private, local tour with Aoy as much if not more than running around in the heat checking out the Grand Palace/Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Suthat, Golden Mount, River Boat commute, etc which were crowded with tourists taking their instagram shots.
        Written November 13, 2023
      • Afbmedina
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Our host, Aoy, was so friendly, so kind, and so patient. She not only gave us a wonderful cooking experience, but provided us with many experiences and insights into Thai culture! We would highly recommend this activity to anyone!!
        Written November 8, 2023
      • G3054WUlaurend
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best day ever!! Thank you Aoy! 🙏🏻❤️
        This tour is a MUST! Aoy is the most gracious, kind, vivacious, and positive person! She is such a pleasure to be around and went above and beyond to make sure we had the best day ever. The market tour was absolutely incredible. We got to taste so many things we’ve never seen before and everything was absolutely delicious. Aoy was so knowledgeable and we learned so much just from walking around the market with her. Her restaurant was completely breathtaking and a real garden waterside oasis! Her entire staff was so friendly and welcoming. We really felt like family there. The cooking class was so well thought out and so much fun! We learned a lot and we ate even more! This is experience is one of the best we have ever done! Thank you to Aoy for helping us make a memory we will cherish forever!
        Written August 21, 2023
      • DRZfromPA
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Lifetime Memory
        This experience was incomparable. Aoy made us feel so special the entire time, I left with practicable skills to use in my own kitchen at home, and the food, the people, the ambiance, every moment of it was just incredible. If you are reading this review, take it as a sign that you should book this experience! Now. Do not hesitate. ❤️
        Written July 16, 2023
      • 752chrystals
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Exceptional Cooking Experience - not just a class
        This is the TOTAL package. Aoy is simply amazing and takes her time to show you how to cook while giving you a complete experience, from going to markets to select the perfect ingredients, to explaining why and how things are made/curated. This is not simply a rushed cooking class in a classroom. It is a complete day of learning and immersion. I was very lucky she was available. She is passionate, caring, takes her time and truly expresses her love for her culture, the food and what she does. Her restaurant is gorgeous. Her staff are very kind. The markets we visited were an experience in itself. You get to taste some many things along the way. The boat ride to her restaurant was serene and you get to see a bit of the canal life. Upon arrival you are greeted in a very personalized manor with a fresh towel to cool off, a tea and snack. Then you get a tour of her restaurant and to start cooking. She is an artist and it is evident in her display of the ingredients in kitchen you use! It is hard to explain this experience was fun, engaging, entertaining, educational and delicious! If you are truly a lover of food and people this is a perfect way to spend a day! THANK YOU AOY!
        Written March 6, 2023
      • 801sharonv
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing class, delicious food
        Pimmy was an amazing teacher. We had a fantastic trip to the market where Pimmy patiently explained to us all of the various ingredients we would be using, including how to pickout the freshest shrimp! Then we went back to her professionally outfitted cooking school, in an air-conditioned room where she had us cooking in no time. Our family agree that the meal we made and then enjoyed was one of the best meals we had ever had. Flavorful, beautifully presented, and so much fun. This class was just terrific.
        Written February 22, 2023
      • Kaythxbye
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        More than a cooking class
        Aoy is a sincere and passionate guide. The markets that she brought us to were such an eye opening and insightful experience. The boat ride was enjoyable and her restaurant is beautiful and filled with so much love. She looked after us so well yet kept a comfortable pace throughout the tour. She covered so much in a relaxed manner. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to experience much more than a cooking class. See the country side with her and get to know a different side of Bangkok.
        Written February 13, 2023
      • saffiem2022
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must Do! Aoy is the best in all of Thailand!
        Aoy was nothing less than amazing. Her passion and love for food resonated during our entire time together, and she provided a magical experience! By far one of the best days of our time in Thailand!
        Written January 2, 2023
      • pukk88
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Incredible Authentic Experience - Aoy’s Passion for Food, Friends, and Life Made our Trip
        We were incredibly lucky to find this opportunity (not just a tour, but a lifetime experience) through Trip Advisor. After easily booking on short notice it, was easy to communicate with Tasting Spoon Inc. and Aoy to ensure we met at the right place/time and could adjust the menu as desired. Aoy was/is so much more than an amazing chef, but a guide (informed by travel and experience around the world), foodie sommelier, and quickly became a friend. Her beautifully cared for home/restaurant and deeply caring staff were immediate reflections of how she pours her heart into her loves (food and people). Our travel with her through various markets to pick ingredients for our meal and learn more about Thai food culture was fascinating and also showed how much she is respected in the community. We will highly recommend her and her business to anyone we know visiting Bangkok. The pictures below of the amazing meal we made (before and after) together with Aoy and her staff and one of the walls outside her home show a glimpse of what was *the best* day! Thank you Aoy and your wonderful staff - you are inspirations!
        Written December 29, 2022
      • 44alyssar
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An experience of a lifetime
        My sister and I took Aoy’s class together, and it was our favorite day of our whole trip to Thailand! Aoy is so friendly and passionate, and is full of knowledge. It was an action packed day - we went to flower, meat and vegetable markets with new foods at every stop, enjoyed a boat ride to her gorgeous restaurant on the water and then learned to cook 4 recipes. I would 100% recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a unique immersion experience off the beaten path. Thank you Aoy!!
        Written September 20, 2022
      • BostoNicholas
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable day!
        I don't even know how I'll summarize how fun this was -- I almost don't want to tell other people about it since I'd like it to remain the relatively hidden gem that it is and enjoy it again next time I come to Bangkok...but I'll choose not to be selfish: This experience was beyond what I had hoped for, it was in fact like I was in my own little independent movie for the day. I had gotten off at the wrong place near the metro station but Aoy and her very kind niece Mod found me anyway, both speak English and "Chef" and I were able to joke around in German as well :-) We started with a tour and tasting around a couple of local markets (I didn't see a single other tourist), and then took a relaxing little riverboat ride to her restaurant right on the water. A quick welcome snack and drink later and it was time to get to cooking...I'm sure there's a set plan for the day if you don't have any special requests but once I mentioned my favorite Thai dish it was added to my curriculum. What followed was a gym-session's worth of slicing, frying, laughing, singing, and dishing before I ate what I had made (with a lot of help from the two of them as well as Mod's sister May -- I apologize if I've misspelled anyone's name), in addition to a delicious house-prepared special dessert I had no idea was coming. So very tasty. In short: if you are up for something different from all the standard tours, and especially if you enjoy cooking and/or Thai cuisine at all, you'll want to book this. Thank you Chef, thank you ladies, and thank you to the restaurant staff as well.
        Written June 18, 2022
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