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Suwannee Thai Cooking Class
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Owner description: Thai cooking class with the market tour, hands on experience. Food Tasting & Cultural walking tour. All ages are welcome.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 23, 2014

This was a truly wonderful experience that we cannot recommend highly enough.

We spend the morning walking around the local market, tasting various local teas, fruit and foods learning a little more about the history and culture of Chiang Rai. We then went back to the house to cook our dishes using quick and simple methods before consuming our delicious home made lunch.

Suwanee, is a fantastic host with a wealth of knowledge and a friendly smile. We cannot recommend this highly enough.

Thank Yan and Claire G
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

The morning market tour is wonderful! Tasting of local delights and learning the great food culture of northern Thais!
Thank you Suwannee!

Thank Joeyann71
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

This class was the highlight of our trip to Chiang Rai. Suwannee was an excellent guide, providing not only excellent culinary advice but also cultural and historical understanding. She made sure we got a good understanding of the 'why' behind each spot we visited.

It was excellent that she provided local transportation for us, as this made it easier to get to the class while traveling in town. We went all around the market, getting small lessons on each ingredient, vendor, market food item etc. She really knew her stuff! Then after a quick temple visit we were back to her house where we made some really excellent food from scratch. It's one of those things where you can't believe you made such good food. I credit that to the teacher!

Lastly I have to add that she is extremely honest and helpful. My phone fell out of my pocket in the car and she had someone deliver it to our hotel. We were a mess wondering what we would do without it and she really saved the day! I can't recommend her enough. Suwannee, you are the best! We will be contacting her again for other tours she does when we are back in Chiang Rai.

Thank Adam K
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had a very enjoyable four-hour hands-on cooking class, and really learned a lot.

The classes are small, as the size of the kitchen and dining area limits the number of students so we had lots of individual attention – there were only four of us the day we took the class.

The owner takes care of transportation as well, picking us up and bringing us to the market before taking us to the class. The food we prepared was delicious, and we plan to use some of the recipes now that we are back in Canada.

Suwannee also has a business that organizes private tours of the sites around Chiang Rai, such as the white temple, the hill tribes, the black house and the golden triangle. The details and prices are towards the bottom of her webpage.

We booked a total of three days through her – besides the cooking class, she arranged for a wonderful private guide, car and driver to take us to the places we wanted to see over a two day period. The price was in line with the packaged group tours offered by the tour companies near our hotel, but far more personal and far more flexible about when the day started and what we were to see.

We were especially happy with the guide she arranged for us - Miss Addy – a very pleasant, patient person with a wealth of knowledge. We were lucky to have her.

Thank EFOttawa
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

This was one of my first activities in Chiang Rai, and Suwannee was a friendly, patient and knowledgeable guide as she showed our class the basics of Thai cuisine. My fellow students and I started by planning out the menu for the day before Suwannee took us on a tour of the local market to pick up the ingredients

I can’t decide which part was best: actually learning to cook the food in her spacious kitchen, or strolling through the market stalls learning about the various local delicacies, herbs, products, and hill tribes that inhabit the area. Either way, this is a fine introduction to Thai cuisine and local culture, and a must-do in Chiang Rai.

Suwannee also offers other tours, which other reviewers may have good advice about.

Thank Marcel_NYC
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