The eclectic tastes of Thai cuisine have won the hearts of legions of foodies from all over the world. The chance of sampling famous dishes such as tom yam gung prawn soup, a signature curry or even spicy papaya salad has proved to be a major visitor draw in recent years. Taking a course at a Chiang Mai cooking school gives the chance of learning how to recreate these unique tastes and go home with same culinary skills as a Thai.
Cooking courses vary with each school, but generally include a trip to the market to pick out fresh herbs and ingredients, instructions on preparing the different dishes, cooking and then dining on the finished items. As part of the Thai cooking courses, participants gain insights into a selection of recipes and how to spice and season to taste. Most recommended Chiang Mai Thai cookery schools offer half-day and full-day courses. The average class size is about seven to eight students. Our recommendations for the best Thai cooking courses in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: November 2018
Best Thai Cooking Courses in Chiang Mai:
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Note: Courses and prices do change, we recommend you to check with the schools before making reservations.
Founded in the early 1990s by master chef Sompon Nabnian, the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School was the pioneer of the many cooking schools in the city. This establishment’s main office and school are both within easy range of Thapae Gate. Course lengths are between half a day and five days. There are different course options on which budding chefs are provided with expert tuition on how to create Thai specialities including phanaeng curry, chicken in pandan leaves and desserts of sticky rice and mango.
Thai Cookery School : #47/2, Moon Muang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:30-17:00 (Daily) | Courses: 1 Day = 1,450 B; 2 Days = 2,800 B; 3 Days = 4,050 B | Tel: +66 53 206 388, +66 53 206 315 | Website | Facebook | Email
Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School offers half and full day courses at both its Rachadamnoen Road Soi 5 premises and its Asia Scenic at Farm in San Sai District. The farm course comes with a tour of the kitchen gardens and insights on how and when to picks herbs and vegetables. Tuition on how to make the all important Thai curry paste as well as the likes of pad Thai fried noodles, chicken with cashew nuts and fiery tom sab soup ensure you will be prepared to concoct a delicious meal back home.
Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School: #31, Rachadamneon Rd., Soi 5, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Courses: ½ Day = 800 B; 1 Day = 1,000 B | Tel: +66 53 418 657, +66 84 640 0988 | Website | Facebook | Email
Occupying a location near Thapae Gate in the Old City, the Thai Orchid Cookery School is another convenient option for those staying in central Chiang Mai. This school runs half-day morning courses six days a week. People taking course here choose from a menu which features spring rolls, three different curries, stir-fry dishes and desserts.
Thai Orchid Cookery School: #1/1, Prapokklao Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:30-20:30 (Daily) | Course: ½ Day = 900 B | Tel: +66 80 499 8090 | Website | Email
The highly acclaimed Thai Farm Cooking School provides one-day courses at its premises 20kms from Chiang Mai. Courses here are fully inclusive and free pick up at hotels in Chiang Mai, a guided tour of Ruamchok Fresh Market, an illustrated recipe booklet and individual cooking stations are part of the package. Students learn how to make six dishes from a set menu. Among these are nam prik curry pastes, curries, chicken with basil leaves and bananas in coconut milk.
Thai Farm Cooking School: #38, Moon Muang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Course: ½ Day = 1,200 B; 1 Day 1,500 B | Tel: +66 81 288 5989, +66 87 174 9285 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
The Siam Rice Thai Cookery School offers short half and full day taster courses. One of these is in the evenings and a useful option for those with limited time on their hands. Students here learn by doing and will go home with all the knowledge needed to reproduce delicious Thai soups, noodles, curries and desserts plus specials such as green mango salad and Northern Thai khao soy curry soup. This school is on Canal Road in Suthep District.
Siam Rice Thai Cookery School: #211, M. 13, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:30-20:30 (Daily) | Courses: ½ Day = 700 B; 1 Day = 1,000 B | Tel: +66 53 329 091, +66 85 038 8600 | Website | Facebook | E-mail