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Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai provided by Thai Akha Cooking School

Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai
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from S$44.55 per adult
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
The best way to get to know a country’s culture is through its food. Delve deeper into Thai cuisine, and the culture of the Akha hill tribe, during a cooking class in Chiang Mai, which proves perfect for food lovers and first-time visitors. As well as learning to master traditional dishes, you’ll get a glimpse of local life at a fresh food market.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2020
Available languages
English
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2020
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Learn more about a hill tribe in Thailand during a cooking class
Use equipment you may not have at home
Discover unfamiliar ingredients during a market tour
Prepare 11 different dishes sure to suit every taste
What to expect
Receive a morning pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel and transfer to the cooking studio for your session. Depending on if you’ve selected the morning session you’ll also get to stop by a local Chiang Mai market to shop for fresh ingredients for your session. Once you arrive at the cooking site, you’ll begin to prepare a variety of dishes with the help of your Akha instructor. Not only will you get a glimpse into Akha culture and food, you’ll also learn about some of the Akha’s unique ingredients as well. During your session you will prepare 2 appetizers, a soup, a curry paste and curry, and 2 desserts, as well as several special Akha-style dishes like Akha Salad, Akha Soup, and ‘Sapi Thuong’ (tomato dipping sauce). You’ll finish the day by enjoying your home-cooked meal featuring all your recent creations. Before you leave, your host will provide a special souvenir cookbook you can use to recreate the dishes when you return home. Finish the day with a ride back to your Chiang Mai hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 35919P1
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
Local market tour (only for morning class) • Individual cooking station • Akha Hill Tribe coffee • Full color cook book • Hotel pickup and drop-off (only within 3 km from city area)
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
6h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
14/10 Soi Rat Chiang Saen 2 Ko., Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Local market tour (only for morning class) • Individual cooking station • Akha Hill Tribe coffee • Full color cook book • Hotel pickup and drop-off (only within 3 km from city area)
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
14/10 Soi Rat Chiang Saen 2 Ko., Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Visitor are welcome
Come with empty stomach
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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susiey09
5 contributions
Highly Recommended Experience for Everyone Visiting Chiang Mai
Apr 2021
Our experience with Niti was simply superb. It was such a lovely journey to learn about all the different kinds of ingredients and herbs used in Thai cuisine. Niti was informative, professional, fun, as well as engaging. My boyfriend and I were the only two students on that day and we got basically a private course. My boyfriend doesn’t have too much experience with cooking whereas I have more experience and we both enjoyed it a lot. It was also a bonding experience for us because we will definitely try to recreate what we learned when we go back home. Would highly recommend it if you find yourself in Chiang Mai!

Also, her pet Husky (Puffy) is SO adorable! Please be sure to give him a pet for us if you see him.
Written 22 April 2021
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Don T
Austin, TX3 contributions
Amazing experience!
Apr 2021
My wife and I just finished a morning cooking class at Thai Akha. What a wonderful experience! The kitchen area which is outdoors but under cover is stunning and so peaceful! Niti did a great job communicating with us ahead of time, gathering our menu choices and answering questions we had. She was fully prepared for our visit, from a nice pot of coffee to all the menu ingredients prepared for us. The pace of the class was perfect - from instruction, to cooking, to time to enjoy eating all the great food with lots of leftovers! We learned so much, made and ate delicious food, and enjoyed the great conversations. We would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone!!!
Written 19 April 2021
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Dear dtraub, Thank you so much for your wonderful words and recommendations about cooking school to others. It is our pleasure to meet you and to have you in our cooking. We are glad that you are enjoyed the class. Please take care and stay safe. God always looks upon us and always provides all we need.
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shevelle n
3 contributions
Highly recommended cooking class!
Apr 2021
We were so blown away by the lovely Niti who was the most fantastic tour guide and chef of the day. She really made our day by giving us heaps of information about food and Thailand that was truly unforgettable. She guided us through the fresh market and informed us of ingredients and related them to their origins in Thailand - most of this we did not know! She also encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones and try new things which we were pleasantly surprised by. Once we got to the cooking class, we were extremely impressed with the layout and the variety of options to cook, we learnt so many skills and had way too many delicious foods to try. In total we cooked 11 dishes and the course is well worth it! We would highly recommend putting going along with some friends which is what we did and to put this cooking class at the top of your to-do list when visiting Chiang Mai. Thank you Niti, you were a fabulous host!
Written 14 April 2021
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Dear shevelle n, It was our pleasure to spend time cooking and spreads the words about our culture to you. Thank you so much for coming to hang out with us. We are totally glad full, you enjoy the class and learned something from us :) Please keep it trying new stuff, if you never try, You will never know. Take care and stay safe! P.s Thank you so much for your wonderful words.
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Michelle G
Ko Kret, Thailand5 contributions
WOW!!
Apr 2021 • Family
Amazing experience!! In Covid times it was just myself and 13 year old son. Nikita who runs the school along with Nikon were soooo accommodating and knowledgeable! Learnt so much in the market and also the Thai cooking experience fab- cannot recommend enough!! Exceeded my expectations.
Written 13 April 2021
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Dear Michelle and Hadyn, Thank you so much for coming to experience our cooking school. It was present to meet you guys. Thanks a lot for the wonderful reviews. Thanks for your support. Please take care, stay safe, drive safe, and have a great holiday!
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2Passports 1Dream
United Kingdom18 contributions
Amazing cooking class with a knowledgeable and super friendly teacher!
Apr 2021
We booked this cooking class online since the reviews were so amazing, and they are no word of a lie! The day started as we were greeted by the lovely Niti at the meeting point - we booked in as a couple (my boyfriend and myself) alongside a couple of our friends.
The first hour was spent walking around the fresh food market in old town Chiang mai. This was an experience on it's own, as there were such interesting ingredients and foods that we didn't know and had never tried before. She had a fun mantra that went along the lines of 'try it and then I will tell you what it is' which was lucky, as many things tasted great but ended up being very odd things that we wouldn't normally try (but we are so glad we did!). The whole experience was great, and she even provided us with visors as well as regular hand gel, to make us feel at ease, too!

She bought some fresh ingredients for the cooking and then we headed to the location. It was absolutely gorgeous! Like a mix between a very homely kitchen, and a professional tv kitchen. It was clean, bright, lovely, and so so inviting. We not only got a great lesson in how to cook various things, but also got to choose some of the dishes ourselves (we were so happy to learn that some of our favourites were on the menu!). I think it was around 11 dishes in total, which was amazing! Some of the dishes are smaller 'in-between' dishes, 2 starters, and 2 desserts, alongside some larger mains. In the end we even had left overs that we took home in plastic bags (true Thai style!).

The food was amazing, the class was SUCH fun, Niti is such a lovely woman and had so many interesting and amazing stories to tell. We learnt skills that we will definitely be using in the kitchen.

If you like food; book this class! If you cannot cook; book this class! If you simply want to have a fun day out; book this class!

In summary, you will not be disappointed!
Written 10 April 2021
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Dear 2passports1dream, Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We are glad to have you with us. We were very happy that you have a good time and give us very nice feedback. Stay safe and take care!
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AntoniaPC
Avignon, France63 contributions
Excellent!
Feb 2020
We had a wonderful lesson here. The whole process was brilliantly organised and we learned so much during the three hours of cooking. The instructor made sure to spend time with each of the students and was very patient with clear instructions. We loved the fact that we could each choose different dishes to create - and then share!!
Written 16 January 2021
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Dear AntoniaPC Thank you for your review and the support of our cooking school. We are happy to hear you had a great time with us. Please take care and stay safe!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Botswana9
San Francisco, CA6 contributions
Significantly Expanded my Thai Cooking Repertoire!
Nov 2020
Niti gave a private market tour and Akha cooking class to me and my daughter and we learned soooo much from her. The school is set up beautifully. I am inspired to significantly branch out my Thai cooking repertoire after taking this class! We used a ton of ingredients I had never tried before despite cooking Thai food for decades! Highly recommend a cooking class with Thai Akha Cooking School!
Written 23 November 2020
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Meena
1 contribution
One of the best Chiang Mai Experiences
Dec 2019 • Solo
I took a lot of cooking classes while in Chiang Mai, and this one was one of the best. The instructor had a great sense of humor and was willing to answer all sorts of questions about Thailand, Akha culture, and more. Our market tour was very informative, and her encouraging us to try food without knowing what it was, first, really encouraged us to try things we may not have otherwise eaten. A lot of people came out of the experience wanting to eat things they'd have never tried otherwise!

She was also a fantastic cooking instructor (not just for Thai food, but food in general). She had us frequently taste our food at each stage; this approach really helped us understand what effect each step had in developing the flavors we were trying to create.

Everything we made and ate tasted authentic and the way in which the course was taught was accessible for seasoned cooks and new cooks alike. The instructor was also easily able to make adjustments for people with food allergies or special diets (vegans don't need to fear). Of all the cookbooks I got on my trip, I use the book from this class the most now that I'm back home. Can't recommend this cooking school enough!
Written 28 September 2020
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Abigail D
3 contributions
Bringing new cooking skills home to Canada
Oct 2019 • Family
My family and I really enjoyed our cooking class with Thai Akha cooking school! The lessons were taught thoroughly and it was very fun and engaging! Thai Akha sent us home with small spice kits to cook at home and I finally used mine. I made an absolutely fantastic curry that I would rate 11/10! The spices really enhanced the dish and I am so appreciative for my new cooking knowledge. Thank you Thai Akha!
Written 15 September 2020
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icedlemoncake
Irvine, CA25 contributions
Worth booking
This was a really fun activity to do while in Chiang Mai. The staff knew a lot and provided thorough information on the ingredients, cooking processes, and so forth. They were also incredibly friendly. I went by myself and had a great time. I was hesitant to book a cooking class for fear is would be gimicky, but someone I worked with had been to Thai Akha and had great things to say so I booked it and am glad I did.
Written 1 September 2020
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Great online experience!
We did the zoom class and it was SO fun! Niti was so sweet, engaging, kind, and a wonderful teacher!
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Starting from the moment that we were picked up at our house, our day at this wonderful Chiang Mai attraction was t
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It wash a very nice group and very good and clear instructions.Food wash great. I'll do it again.Thank you.
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Super fun cooking class
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Amazing online cooking class!
It was our First organized cooking class together with Khun Niti and we LOVED IT!!! She was so very helpful and wai
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Fantastic cooking class
Niti was our teacher and explained everything very clearly showing patience and a smile along the way. We ended up
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Niti was a wonderful teacher!!!
Fantastic class. Very easy to follow along and such a delicious outcome! Niti was such a joy, even at 5am her tim
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Great experience!
My boyfriend and I had a great time! Niti was very friendly and did a great job coaching us through how to make th
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Spectacular! Would Give 10 Stars If I Could!
I cannot imagine a better cooking class experience than the one with had with Niti and Thai Akha Cooking School. Ev
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10/10 Would Recommend! Niti is awesome :)
Niti was an absolutely amazing instructor. Khao Soi is one of our favorite all times dishes and she helped us recre
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Great day and tried at least a dozen new vegetables!
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