The wonderful reviews of this place are all completely true. My friend and I were planning on taking a cooking class when I stumbled apon Dokmai Garden online. We decided that a day with a market tour and botanical edible garden would be more interesting than just hanging out in a kitchen all day. I love to visit local markets when i visit new countries, and going with Eric was really the best way ever! He brought us to a local food market where he described the fruits and vegetables, their origins and how they are prepared. I was very interested and asked a lot of questions, so we stayed even longer. Eric is truly fascinated with botany and was a fantastic guide to these things that I would have otherwise just looked at and wondered about. Also,anything we came across that was particularly rare or interesting to him or us, he purchased to prepare for us. Then we had a tour of the beautiful garden and ate star fruit, cocoa, rose apple,mulberries,and other fruits and herbs off the trees. After the tour, we prepared an omelette, a curry, hibiscus-type tea, mango salad, and vegetables from the market with Kate and her mother. It was more a "how to choose thai foods and prepare them in thai style" than a western-style recipe-based class, which I think is much more helpful in cooking at home. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who truly enjoys learning about and tasting new foods on their vacations!
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