This was the experience we were most looking forward to on our first trip to Koh Samui and we were more than happy about it! We heard about Ying's Cooking Classes from a friend who visited Koh Samui a few weeks earlier.
Ying picked us up from our hotel's doorstep and took us to a local market. Without a single feeling of being rushed Ying showed us around the market, even pointing out some of the food from various parts of Koh Samui. She even let us stop by a supermarket to buy some snacks and my wife's favourite Thai toothpaste!
We were driven to Ying's home and introduced to her family. The ground floor alcove has been transformed into a homely cooking studio complete with relaxation couches, large preparation table, cooking station as well as a home-made mini-bungalow for dining that cozily seats 6. Around the house is a large plot of land: every corner of it teeming with vegetation. Between courses, Ying would show us around, explaining how the land is being used in different seasons and even how parts of the coconut tree had different uses!
We had a few main courses and a dessert and Ying even shared with us some recipes for some of our favourite Thai dishes.
Thank you Ying and family for the wonderful time, clearly the best part of our Koh Samui vacation!
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