We did the day course which starts with a trip to the market. The guide identified and explained local vegetables and herbs as well as some cooking tools, the meat section and processed foods.
Then we were taken by local taxi to the school which is outside Luamg Prabang in a gorgeous setting next to a lily pond and small river. The cooking then starts and you do sticky rice, either tomato or eggplant paste, fish in banana leaf, chicken stuffed in lemongrass and larb with minced buffalo meat. There are vegetarian options. The recipes are great - we ate what we cooked and it all tasted great. You watch the guide/chef do a quick prep and explain and then you go back to your cooking station and do it yourself.
For me, I would prefer the list of ingredients put up to include quantities as it is easy to forget as there are a lot of ingredients. Secondly, you cook until about 1-30 before you eat and I was really hungry. A break mid morning rather than a drink at the start would be welcome with a snack. Also if you have back problems standing al morning could be tough.
We all ate the food we had cooked together, and were told we could order drinks. No one asked what we wanted and we finally asked one of the assistants for a glass of white wine and were told that they had run out- not so good.
After lunch you cook sticky rice for desert which is served with a selection of local fruits. Then local taxi back to the city. We were dropped off at Tamarind at 2-30pm - a bit earlier than on the program. Maybe we were a quick group but I got the feeling that we were being rushed a bit at times. Also when I tried to take a photograph of my husband cooking the guide told me off - nothing had been said about whether we could take photographs and I though that was a bit rude.
However, overall this is a good experience and the food and recipes well chosen. You get a little recipe book at the end.