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“Rip Off - Cooking school without actually cooking! Total con”

Roi Thai Cooking School
Ranked #4 of 7 Food & Drink in Ko Lanta
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 28, 2012

What an absolute rip off. In the entire evening course we were allowed to stir a curry, turn satay chicken over on a griddle pan, chop 1 bean and half a tomato! The 'chef' did all the cooking and we were allowed to watch and then taste it. His English was Ok but was very quiet and just talked to 1 or 2 people, so you either kept having to ask him to repeat himself, or you didn't know what was going on. You were provided with a photocopy of the recipe being made but it didn't replicate the actual dish being produced.
The brochure states you will be eating your food on the beach but this is not the case as apparently the local government no longer allow this. Every course was eaten separately in the restaurant where you were 'invited' to purchase drinks at the bar. You would then return to watch the chef cook another dish before returning to the bar area where you could again buy drinks. It seemed like a con to get you to spend a fortune in the bar. Far more time was spent sitting around the table waiting than watching the chef. Luckily I wasn't there on my own otherwise I would have felt a spare part seeing as everyone was in couples.
Many courses take you to look at fresh produce at the market - this course shows you a basket with some herbs and ingredients in it.
To top it off at the end of the evening you got a certificate stating the recipes you 'had made', but the put the wrong meals on ours!
Having been on several thai cookery courses before in Thailand, I can state this is the biggest rip off i've unfortunately paid for. You scarcely make anything, and the actual food made is acceptable but nothing special. On a positive - the nearby beach is nice, as was the air-conditioned transfer!

1  Thank ennalairla
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

Well worth the experience and cost. We had a larger group and things seemed to go a little slower than usual as a result.

Thank Stempleman
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

We were in Ko Lanta for a few days in May. It was very quiet and in looking for things to do, we stumbled on Roi Thai Cooking School. We chatted extensively with the owner one night and decided to take her course. Since there were four of us, we were able to have a private half-day lesson and even got to choose what meals we wanted to prepare the next day!
When we arrived for our class, we found a bounty of fresh food waiting for us to prepare at a very clean kitchen designed for group cooking. All the produce was sourced and brought locally only hours before. There is a nice big shared table for prep, with lots of stations, and a stovetop burner with wok for each student. We were instructed on proper chopping techniques and received a thorough education in traditional Thai ingredients, vegetables and cooking methods. We made spring rolls, a green curry from scratch with prawns, a pineapple chicken dish, satays, pad thai, salads, peanut sauce and thought we were going to explode we were so full! The instructor was amazing - she explained everything in detail and had a great sense of humour. Roi Thai focuses on fresh, preservative and MSG food, which we appreciated, and is certified by the Thai ministry of public health.

The cooking was a lot of fun to do as a group ... we each made our own meals and compared with one another to see who did the best job. It made for lots of fun, friendly competition! We also got to eat our fantastic self cooked meals in a beautiful beach setting! The staff actually moved a table and chairs out of the adjoining restaurant on to the beach for us to enjoy our food in front of one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. A perfect night ;)

We had a great, great day at Roi Thai. I would recommend it highly! All four members of our group enjoyed it a great deal. Go!

4  Thank Jooliecakes
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Reviewed April 10, 2011

Highly recommended! We went to the afternoon session, the Thai teacher was very clear and easy to follow answering all of our questions as we went along. We learnt how to prepare and cook several dishes which I have already tried again since I have been home. The school is very well run, the staff are delightful and I would happily recommend it.

Thank Helena219
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

Exciting and well priced cooking class. Small intimate group in the morning session was great. The food was morish. High recommened this cooking school if you're venturing to the kicked back Ko Lanta

Thank Nicholapaige
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