At the mention of Thailand, two things pop up in the heads of most Westerners: excellent cuisine and fantastic holidays. This is not an unfounded stereotype, for Thai cooking has conquered the world with its delicious and savoury dishes and its beaches and resorts are considered to be among the best in the world. Hence, it is only natural that cooking schools have sprung up all over Thailand, offering food lovers the chance to combine these two things for which the country is famous in a unique and memorable holiday package.
Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an expert cook, a cookery holiday in Thailand will enable you to acquire new skills, learn about the culture of the region through its food, go on sightseeing and shopping tours and still have plenty of time to relax. Rather than just visiting the country and taking back home with you a souvenir or two, this will give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and delight your friends and family by preparing wonderful, lesser-known dishes that are bound to impress.
Cookery courses as part of all-inclusive travel packages usually last one to two weeks, including travel time, free days and other organized activities. Travel agencies normally let you choose the type of accommodation in accordance with your budget. An all-inclusive two-week package will cost you around £ 1,800 (€ 2,000) per person. This will include round-trip flight tickets from London to the Thai capital, Bangkok, accommodation, full-board, course fees, activities and internal transport around the country. This is a great way to save time and get the most out of your cookery holiday Thailand since everything is already planned and arranged for you and there will be no unpleasant surprises in terms of accommodation.
If you prefer to be independent and do things your own way, you can choose to book the flight tickets on your own and take advantage of low-cost flight opportunities. A seven-day package that includes course fees, local transport, accommodation and meals will cost you around £ 265 (€ 300) for a two or three star hotel and £ 340 (€ 380) for a four star hotel. Please note that these rates are per person for a single room and that you can find cheaper options if you book a double room. The course fees generally cover all equipment and ingredients and some schools will even take you to local markets to add shopping for spices and vegetables to your Thai cookery experience. Another point to keep in mind is that since Thai food is so rich and diverse, most schools offer special packages for vegetarians and vegans. Considering that the main religion in Thailand is Buddhism, there is great understanding for vegetarianism.
Cookery schools exist all over the country, so you can choose one whose location is closest to other attractions that you would like to visit. Excursions to neighbouring countries are also available, one of the most popular with tourists being a trip to the ancient Cambodian city of Angkor Wat. Being a largely tropical country, Thailand is a great place to go on holiday throughout the year, especially in the south where there is little variation in temperature. One exception to this is usually the month of September when the country is struck by tropical monsoons.
Whichever option you choose for your Thailand cookery holiday, you will gain priceless knowledge of one of the richest cuisines in the world while at the same time enjoying the country’s beautiful beaches and bathing in its crystal-clear waters in a truly unique holiday experience.