Whether if you are an enthusiastic hobby cook or just fell in love with the Thai cuisine and want to reproduce some of the dishes back at home, then you should join a cooking class during your stay in Bangkok. You will learn directly from professional Thai chefs about the flavors, ingredients and techniques of cooking authentic and delicious Thai food. Some cooking classes even include an apron and a certificate that you can take home and show to your friends as a proof you are now officially a Thai chef.
Depending on the host and timing of your cooking class, some of them include a visit to a local market where you can see and experience the source of the used ingredients. Other classes focus on some classroom learning where you will get some knowledge about the history of Thai cuisine, the regional differences and the various health benefits of the typical ingredients. Joining a cooking class alone or with friends or family is always an exciting experience during your stay in Bangkok. As an example we would like to introduce two cooking schools that are popular with foreigners and received good reviews.
The first one is the Blue Elephant Cooking School and Restaurant. Long-standing and reliable, this is an institution of Bangkok's cooking schools. They are so successful, that they have expanded their business to a restaurant and the sales of authentic cooking ingredients such as several curry pastes or seasoning sauces. The recipes they teach originate mostly from the Royal Thai Cuisine, that in the past was exclusively served for the ruling elite of the country. Now everyone can prepare some of Thailand's most iconic foods in a stunning location, their century-old mansion. The cooking school and restaurant is in the Sathorn district of Bangkok and easy to reach by public transport or taxi from any hotel near Ploenchit BTS or surroundings.
Our second recommendation takes you in a beautiful kitchen-garden surroundings in the Old Bangkok area. With the help of an experienced Thai chef you will learn more about local herbs and ingredients used for Thai dishes. After preparing your food you will enjoy your first own-cooked Thai meal together with the other participants. As a special bonus, the round trip transportation by minibus to and from your central Bangkok hotel is included in the price. To enjoy the Thai cooking class in Bangkok, you might need to book a place on time as there might be a rush for rooms in several classy Lohas Residences hotels near Sukhumvit.