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“Great food, Nice People!”

Thai Orchid Cookery School
Ranked #4 of 70 Food & Drink in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Courses at the Thai Orchid Cooking School are based on the philosophy that a meal should be a beautiful thing, made with love and shared with love. The school was started by "A" and her family who have the same dream of sharing their love of Thai cooking with those who desire to learn how to cook delicious Thai food but also to experience the culture and poetry of Thai cuisine.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We loved our cooking class led by A & Kong. The pad Thai that we made in class was the best we ate on the whole trip. We were in A's group at the market where she explained some of the fruits and vegetables we would cook with. She is really a lovely person and I'm so glad that the market tour was part of the class. We saw many markets in Thailand, but looking back at the photos, this was a nice one and, of course, made much more interesting with A's commentary.

The other people in the class were: a young couple from Australia, a young couple from Barcelona, a UK couple now living in the South of France and a woman and her mother from Hong Kong. Nice group!

It's a long course, so I would recommend, possibly, having shorter offerings. But, all in all, we really enjoyed it!

Thank SmoothieMaster
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

My husband and I did a daytime cookery course with 7 others (a mix of nationalities) towards the end of November. We were collected from our hotel on time in a minibus and taken to the school.The couple who ran the session were incredibly personable, professional, friendly and had great knowledge about thai food & cookery. The spacious set-up with our own cooking stations was fantastic and allowed us to cook different things - and eat it all (the best bit of course!). The ingredients were really fresh and everything we used was clean.The trip to the local food market broke up the session and was really fascinating! I cannot thank them enough for their hospitality we thoroughly enjoyed the day and it is something we will not forget from our honeymoon. We were given a cookery book each to bring home and now we are enjoying practicing!

Thank Joanne20Sheffield_UK
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

If you really want to learn how to cook some of the key Thai dishes - you have to come to this school. As opposed to many other cooking classes, where you do only a part of the dish or get to only watch the teachers - here you actually get to do 5 amazing dishes by yourself from scratch. After very detailed and easy to follow instructions and demonstrations from the teachers :-) From spring rolls to Pad Thai to different curries, soups and desserts - you actually learn how to make delicious food and leave all excited to try these easy dishes at home. The small school is run by a family, Kong and A, who are very talented teachers and will show you many tricks of Thai food. You don't have to be an experienced cook - they will give you lots of personal attention and assist you at every step. Make sure to take the morning full course (9-15:00) to learn as many dishes as possible. Don't miss out on this opportunity - I have been to many cooking classes and this one is the best by far.

Thank GannaThor
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Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I signed up for this class a couple of weeks before heading to Thailand based on the strong reviews we read on Tripadvisor. Happy to report the reviews were spot on---this class was great! Kong and A are a husband/wife duo and your hosts throughout the class. They pick you up and take you on an educational tour through a local Thai market where you learn about the key ingredients behind Thai cooking. The actual cooking begins at their home which is practically converted into a professional indoor/outdoor cooking school where you will cook a multi-course meal using the ingredients from the market. You walk away with a deep appreciation for Thai cuisine, a belly full of great food, and a solid cookbook they personally authored....we even took home the knife we used in the class!

Thank Triggs77
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had a FANTASTIC time at our recent cooking class. Starting with the market tour, 'A' was able to clearly explain the different local ingredients. I loved that they shared alternative ingredients so you could replicate the flavors upon returning home. Arriving at the cooking school, we were impressed with the spotless facilities. The demonstration area was awesome with a huge mirror over the cooking station to clearly see. All ingredients were prepped and ready for us and after cooking, our stations were promptly cleaned to ready for the next course. We went to the evening session and made 5 items – we had 8 people in our class. I have to say this was our best meal in the 2 weeks we traveled Thailand. Both A and Kong spoke very clear English which was hard to find in many of our other activities. :) It truly is a family operation and you felt like you were welcomed into their home. Love the take home cookbook we received and they encouraged us to email with any questions. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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