Smiley Cook
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SMILEY COOK is a lovely Thai Cooking School located at Ko Samui, 4,5 persons maximum per class, we will take you to the Thai LOCAL MARKET which is fun and very interesting. Then, 2h00 Cooking class with our certified and friendly Chef name Bung! You will cook 4 dishes of your own choice (see the menu on the internet site) After that, wyou will ENJOY together your own making lunch or dinner! We offer free TRANSFER back and from your Hotel. EVERY DAY 9.00 am to 1.00 pm 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm See you very soon!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Danielle
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was such a lovely experience! The chef and his brohter collected us from our hotel and took us to the local market to go through the local produce and spices which we found so insightful and authentic, Then we made our way to the their home where we were to cook the dishes in their outside cooking space.

Our chef and guide was amazing! So knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout the market experience and during the cooking. This dishes we cooked tasted incredible and fairly straight forward.

Myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would recommend this to you!

We can't wait to try these dishes at home :)
Written 8 February 2020
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Brady M
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed every aspect from the market visit to ingredient prep to finally putting it all together. The mix of ingredients you prep yourselves versus the ingredients they prep for you is perfect. Just the right mix of hands on without becoming tedious.

Would reccomend for any type of group as I can see kids being able to participate to a degree though our group for the day was only couples.

Great half-day activity on Samui, but beware, you will leave very full and satisfied.
Written 12 March 2020
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Eyal M
Tel Aviv, Israel34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Smiley Cook class was one of our best experience in Ko Samui, during January 2020 vacation. Chef Mong and his brother picked us from the hotel and started our cooking journey in the market, explaining in details and with enthusiasm every vegetable and ingredient we are going to use today, it was really a fresh and wonderful start. The best part has come when we arrived to the beautiful place where Mong, Bung and Tony are performing the class, it’s a piece of heaven. Then we started cooking, and it was so easy, as he passed all of his skills to you and let you enjoy the moment. We have jungled between Papaya salad, Gorgeous Thai Soup, chicken in red curry and white snapper fish with outstanding sauce, you can’t miss it even if you try hard.
In the end, a gorgeously sweet banana-coconut Thai desert was served complementary , which was a perfect end for this day. Thank you Mong, Bung and Tony! Two thumbs up!
Written 22 January 2020
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Thank you very much for your beautiful review. Wish you all the best from smiley cook team. See you soon. Tony, Bung and Mong.
Written 23 January 2020
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BBKing
Melbourne49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
What a great time. The market was really nice and the house where the class is conducted is beautiful. The entire team made my 6 year feel really comfortable and helped her throughout the cook. The food was amazing much more tasty than any restaurant we have tried so far! Thank you again and wishing you and your family all the best for 2022.
Written 4 July 2022
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Shivani P
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We had a great evening! started off with a market tour then went over to the beautiful garden kitchen for our class. Bung is very friendly and experienced! Definitely worth the spend as they pick and drop you off and you will be stuffed after too..we are vegetarian and they catered to this too!
Written 6 June 2022
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WallyRuss
68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Pick up from the hotel, visit the market where fresh produce was purchased. Frankly, the market would not have otherwise appealed but was outstanding.
Bus to Smiley Cook venue (actually the home of the business owner) where we cooked on their verandah!
The chef was so friendly, helpful & informative. We cooked the best meal of our holiday (& we’ve had some amazing meals!).
Pad si iew
Pad kra pow
Tom yum soup
Penang curry.
Each person cooked their own meal.
We were a group of 9. The hardest task (not really!) was to choose the 4 dishes.
The cook supplied banana coconut for dessert (also delicious).
Absolutely recommended!
Written 6 October 2023
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Alice T
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
A highlight of the holiday for us; highly recommended! Chef Bung and her family were fantastic hosts from start to finish. It was really interesting learning about the produce that we were going to cook with at the local market, and I was really impressed with the dishes that we were able to create (we are not great cooks at home!). Being a vegetarian was no trouble either. Chef Bung had substitute ingredients for every dish. Can't wait to try out our new skills and make authentic Thai food at home!
Written 21 April 2022
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ntmsz
Bangkok, Thailand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We booked this while visiting Samui and it was a great family experience. We are not new to Thailand but Khun Bung taught us a lot of new information about Thai ingredients and cooking. She made the class very relaxed and pleasant and we all felt we had a delicious product at the end!
Written 2 August 2020
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Rachel G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I've done this cooking class twice, once with Chef Bung in July and most recently with Chef Mong in December and both times were really enjoyable. The trip to the market was really interesting and informative. During the class, Chef Mong and Chef Bung give really clear instructions and practical tips so that you can recreate any dish you learn in the class, with ingredients readily available in most Western countries. The food that Smiley Cook helps you to prepare is really delicious! I'd consider going back for the third time!
Written 3 January 2020
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Shahar B
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
I will start by saying that the food we made was actually pretty decent and the chef is clearly an experienced individual.

That said, the entire experience was terrible for that price tag.

First, we determined that the time of pick up will be at 16:00. We were told by the hotel reception that that they arrived at 15:45, which is okay but we weren't ready yet. When we did get there, *at 16:00* were greeted with sour faces and a lecture about being on time. That bad feeling lingered for at least the first half of the class.

Second, we were teamed with a family of 5, and that bring the total amount to 7 people. That is way too much for what they had planned, and we felt left out a lot.

Third, the most important ingredients (like the pad thai's sauce and curry paste) were pre-made by the chef and we were told there is a YouTube video that shows the preparation.

Last, we wanted the prepare vegetarian versions of the dishes, for which I have to give them credit since the adaptions were great. What I did not care for is that I had to practically beg by email to get the vegetarian recipes after the class since they are different than the ones listed on their site.

Overall we felt like these guys did the bare minimum and we didn't get much out of the experience, which ia a shame since we were looking forward to it.
Written 29 August 2017
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