Baan Thai Cookery School - In Town

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Learn how to cook authentic Thai food the fun way with Baan Thai Cookery School. Combined with an entertaining, hands-on teaching style in a traditional Thai setting in Chiang Mai City, you’ll be telling your friends back home about this experience for years to come. Choose from six different courses in the daytime class or five different courses in the evening class. Afterward, sit down together with your new friends and dine on your tasty creations.

Activity Schedule

Pickup will be between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM for the daytime class or between 4:30 PM and 4:50 PM for the evening class. You will return to your hotel or guesthouse around either 4:30 PM or 9:00 PM, depending on which class you chose. We can pick you up anywhere within a 3-kilometer radius of the Old City. This tour is available daily.

Daytime (lunch) class from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

  • 9:00 AM : Depart from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 9:45 AM : Explore a local market and learn about the fresh ingredients used to cook Thai food
  • 10:45 AM : Arrive at Baan Thai Cookery School and set up your cooking station
  • 11:00 AM : Learn basic Thai cooking techniques and make your first Thai dish
  • 12:00 PM : Take a short break and taste test your creation
  • 1:00 PM : Have fun making the rest of your Thai dishes with help from your instructor
  • 3:00 PM : Relax and dine on the completed meal with your friends
  • 4:00 PM : Receive a recipe book and say goodbye to the cooking school
  • 4:30 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Evening (dinner) class from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

  • 4:30 PM : Depart from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 5:15 PM : Tour a local market and learn about fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables  
  • 6:00 PM : Arrive at Baan Thai Cooking Class and prepare your cooking station
  • 6:15 PM : Begin learning basic Thai cooking techniques and cook your first dish
  • 6:45 PM : Continue cooking your Thai dishes with help from your instructor
  • 7:30 PM : Relax, sit down, and enjoy eating your dishes
  • 8:30 PM : Receive a recipe book and depart from the cooking school
  • 9:00 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Please Note: The times above are approximate and may vary depending on the weather, traffic, and the abilities of other group members. Therefore, there is no formal schedule aside from pickup and drop-off times.

About The Half Day Baan Thai Cookery School Class

This Thai cooking class will teach you how to find the right ingredients and cook authentic Thai food with the help of an English-speaking chef. Afterward, you can proudly say you’ve cooked several exotic dishes all by yourself.

A typical day begins with a fun but educational visit to a local Thai market. There you’ll be introduced to your cooking instructor, who will teach you about the ingredients used in Thai cuisine while you walk around exploring the produce stalls. Afterward, take a short drive to the Thai cooking school, where you’ll put on an apron and set up a cooking station with your ingredients and cooking utensils. Then the class begins!

Everyone will get their own wok and cooking utensils and learn how to slice, dice, and chop the ingredients to make delicious Thai dishes. Whether you’re a beginner cook or an expert chef, you’ll have fun in the kitchen with our friendly Thai teacher.

Everyone will learn how to make steamed jasmine rice and sticky rice. If you’ve chosen the daytime class, there are six different courses. They include how to make homemade curry paste by pounding together herbs and spices (1) as well as one dish from each of the following menu sections: appetizer (2), soup (3), stir-fry (4), curry dish (5), and dessert (6). The evening class excludes one course from this list due to the shorter class time.

The cooking school’s menu includes the following dishes:


  • Papaya Salad
  • Spring Roll
  • Fried Fish Cake / Corn Cake


  • Hot and Sour Prawn Soup
  • Chicken or Seafood in Coconut Milk

Stir-Fried Dish

  • Fried Noodle Thai Style
  • Fried Cashew Nut with Chicken
  • Stir-Fried Prawn with Curry Powder

Curry Paste

  • Red Curry Paste
  • Green Curry Paste
  • Panaeng Curry Paste

Curry Dish

  • Chiang Mai Noodle with Chicken
  • Green Curry with Chicken
  • Panaeng Curry with Pork


  • Deep-Fried Banana
  • Mango with Sticky Rice
  • Water Chestnuts in Coconut Milk

If you would like to learn a dish that is not mentioned in the list above, let us know and we’ll teach you how!

Once everyone has prepared their individual dishes, sit down together and feast on your Thai meal. After you’ve had your fill and rested a bit, you’ll be given a recipe book at the end of the course before going back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

This Tour Includes

  • English-speaking instructor
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or guesthouse
  • Transportation via air conditioned vehicle and driver
  • Market tour and organic kitchen garden tour
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Easy-to-follow cookbook
  • Online photo album of cooking class

Please Note: Complimentary pickup and drop-off is included for hotels and guesthouses within a 3-kilometer radius of Chiang Mai Old City. If you are further out of town, please make arrangements to meet us in the city at a predetermined meeting point.

What To Bring

  • Your appetite!
  • Comfortable, closed-toed shoes
  • A pen and paper (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Additional Information

  • Children must be at least 4 years old to participate in the cooking class and must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If you would like to visit the cooking class with your a friend or family member but do not want to cook, the fee is ฿350 per person.
  • If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please inform us at the time of booking. The entire menu can easily accommodate vegetarian or vegan diets upon request.
  • Maximum 9 people per join-in tour
  • This tour is operated by our Tour Operator Partner.

Pick up and drop off

Included in each tours from any Chiang Mai City Hotel or Guesthouse in a 3KM radius. From out of town we need to make arrangement or you need to meet us in the city to a meeting point.

Join-in Tour Price

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Day Time - 1 Person ฿1,000.00

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Tour Faqs

  • How many persons per class?

    The class size is approximately 12 people.

  • Which market do we visit ?

    We visit Somphet market

  • What should I wear?

    Just comfortable clothes and shoes.

  • Will I get a certificate after I complete the cooking course?

    To receive the certificat, you must go through the university's certificate program (which lasts a few months). The North Chiang Mai University can help you enroll in the program.

  • Do I need to bring anything to class with me?

    You do not need to bring anything to the class; you will be provided with cooking tools, apron, as well as a recipe book outlining the dishes to be made.

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