Half or Full Day Grandma’s Home Cooking School

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“Happiness is cooking with your grandma.” That’s the motto of the Grandma’s Home Cooking School in Chiang Mai, which is located on an organic farm just 20 minutes outside the city in a charming village in Saraphi. In our small class setting, learn how to cook traditional Thai food in a beautiful outdoor setting beneath Thai-style Lanna pavilions. Choose from a half day morning class (3 dishes), half day afternoon class (4 dishes), or full day class (5 dishes) plus a special menu item. Then, sit down and enjoy the delicious meal you’ve proudly made yourself!

Join-In Tour Price

  • ฿1,190 thai bath per person half day morning class
  • ฿1,390 thai bath  per person half day afternoon class
  • ฿1,790 thai bath per person full day class

Activity Schedule

If you’re interested in the half day cooking class…

Pickup will be between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM for the morning half day class or between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM for the half day evening class. You will return to your hotel or guesthouse around either 1:30 PM or 8:00 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.

Half day morning class from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

  • 8:30 AM : Depart from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 9:15 AM : Visit the local market and learn about special ingredients and seasonings of Thai food
  • 10:00 AM : Arrive at Grandma's Home Cooking School and receive welcome drinks and snacks 
  • 10:20 AM : Begin the class by learning how to cook steamed rice and sticky rice
  • 10:35 AM : Take a tour of the organic farm, collecting fresh eggs, herbs, and vegetables for the dishes 
  • 11:00 AM : Make your very own Thai soup and stir-fry dish and then eat it 
  • 12:00 PM : Learn how to pound curry paste and use it to make a creamy curry dish 
  • 12:30 PM : The chef will show you how to make dessert and special refreshments step by step 
  • 1:00 PM : Depart from the cooking school
  • 1:30 PM : Arrive at your hotel in Chiang Mai

Half day evening class from 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM

  • 3:30 PM : Depart from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle Note: This course does not offer a visit to a local produce market
  • 4:30 PM : Arrive at the cooking school and meet your instructor
  • 4:45 PM : Enjoy a welcome refreshments and tour the organic farm, collecting eggs and Thai herbs to be cooked with
  • 5:10 PM : Make your own curry paste and a Thai soup, and then sample your creations
  • 5:40 PM : Prepare three more Thai dishes with help from your instructor
  • 6:15 PM : Sit down, relax, and enjoy the food you made yourself
  • 7:30 PM : Depart from Grandma’s Cooking School
  • 8:00 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

If you’re interested in the full day cooking class….

Pickup will be between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM for the full day class if your hotel is within a 3-kilometer radius of the Old City. You will return to your hotel or guesthouse around 4:00 PM. This tour is available daily.

Full day class from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

  • 8:30 AM : Depart from your hotel or guesthouse in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 9:15 AM : Tour a local market tour and learn about various ingredients and seasonings 
  • 10:00 AM : Arrival at Grandma's Cooking School and enjoy welcome drinks and snacks 
  • 10:20 AM : Learn how to make steamed rice and sticky rice 
  • 10:35 AM : Explore the organic farm, learning about Thai herbs and vegetables while gathering eggs and some fresh ingredients
  • 11:00 AM : Learn how to prepare and cook your choice of appetizer 
  • 12:00 PM : Make a steaming bowl of Thai soup 
  • 12:30 PM : Enjoy a lunch break where you’ll dine on your creations
  • 12:45 PM : Use a mortar and pestle to pound Thai herbs and spices into curry paste 
  • 1:15 PM : Slice and dice to make a stir-fry dish and curry dish 
  • 2:20 PM : Relax with a second break to eat the rest of the dishes you made
  • 2:45 PM : Make dessert and enjoy refreshments
  • 3:30 PM : Say goodbye to Grandma and receive a departing gift of a Thai cookbook
  • 4:30 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 Cooking Class At Grandma’s Home Cooking School

Learn how to cook delicious traditional Thai food at Grandma’s Home Cooking School, just how Grandma used to make it! This class will teach you which special ingredients are used in Thai food, several traditional cooking techniques, and the history of Thai food and its health benefits. You can look forward to a fun and educational experience, even if you’ve never cooked before!

Begin your day with an eye-opening visit to the local market in the Thai countryside. Our English-speaking instructor will teach you about the special herbs, spices, and other exotic ingredients that go into traditional Thai recipes. You’ll also see a large variety of fresh tropical fruit and vegetables being sold by the local vendors.

Once you arrive at Grandma’s Home Cooking School, receive a welcome drink and snack and then explore the organic farm, learning about which Thai herbs and vegetables are grown there. You’ll also meet the resident ducks and chickens, feed them, and collect chicken eggs. It’s a true farm life experience!

Next, it’s time to put on your apron, choose a cooking station, and get messy! Everyone will learn how to make steamed rice and sticky rice in addition to making one of Thailand’s national iced (non-alcoholic) drinks.

Choose three items for the half-day morning course or four items for the half day afternoon course from the following list: soup, stir-fry, curry, or dessert. If you sign up for the full day course, you’ll also make an appetizer and an extra menu item for a total of six courses.

Grandma’s Home Cooking School is not like other cooking classes in Chiang Mai. The menu changes depending on what day of the week you visit and whether you take a half day or full day class.

Half Day Course Menu

  • Soup: Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yum) OR Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)
  • Stir-Fry: Thai Stir Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai)
  • Curry: Green Curry (Gang Keaw Waan) OR Red Curry (Gang Phed)
  • Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
  • Special Menu: Thai Milk Tea (Cha Yen) OR Thai Lemon Tea (Cha Ma Nao)

The morning half day course includes three dishes from the above list plus one special menu item. The evening half day course includes four dishes from the above list plus one special menu item.

Full Day Course Menu: Monday & Thursday Dishes

  • Appetizer: Deep Fried Spring Rolls (Poh Piah Tod)
  • Soup: Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yam) OR Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)
  • Stir-Fry: Stir Fried Chicken with Holy Basil (Pad Ka Prao) OR Stir-Fried Chicken with Cashew Nut (Pad Med Mamuang Himma Phaan)
  • Curry (Choose One): Green Curry (Gang Keaw Waan), Kao Soi Curry (Khao Soi), Red Curry (Gang Phed)
  • Dessert: Red Ruby Water Chestnuts (Tub Tim Krob)

Full Day Course Menu: Tuesday & Friday Dishes

  • Appetizer: Thai Traditional Spring Rolls (Toong Thong)
  • Soup: Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yam) OR Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)
  • Stir-Fry: Thai Stir Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai)
  • Curry (Choose One): Green Curry (Gang Keaw Waan), Kao Soi Curry (Khao Soi), Red Curry (Gang Phed)
  • Dessert: Banana in Coconut Milk (Gluay Buad Chee)

Full Day Course Menu: Wednesday & Saturday Dishes

  • Appetizer: Fresh Spring Rolls (Poh Piah Sod)
  • Soup: Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yam) OR Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)
  • Stir-Fry: Thai Stir Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai)
  • Curry (Choose One): Green Curry (Gang Keaw Waan), Kao Soi Curry (Khao Soi), Red Curry (Gang Phed)
  • Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)

Full Day Course Menu: Sunday Dishes

  • Appetizer: Deep Fried Spring Rolls (Poh Piah Tod)
  • Soup: Hot and Sour Soup (Tom Yam) OR Coconut Soup (Tom Kha)
  • Stir-Fry: Thai Stir Fried Rice Noodles (Pad Thai)
  • Curry: Green Curry (Gang Keaw Waan) OR Red Curry (Gang Phed)
  • Dessert: Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Niao Mamuang)
  • Special Menu: Thai Milk Tea (Cha Yen) OR Thai Lemon Tea (Cha Ma Nao)

The full day cooking course includes five dishes from the lists above plus one special menu item. Everyone will make Papaya Salad (Som Tam).

The best part about cooking is eating what you’ve made! Throughout the class, there will be several opportunities to taste test your culinary creations. Once you’ve eaten your fill and relaxed under the Lanna pavilions, you’ll receive a recipe book at the end of the course. Afterward, enjoy your cooking class memories on the ride back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

This Class Includes

  • English-speaking instructor
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or guesthouse
  • Transportation via air-conditioned minivan and driver
  • Organic farm tour
  • Local market tour (excluding half day afternoon class)
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Cookbook with recipes from Grandma’s Cooking School

What To Bring

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

Additional Information

  • Children must be at least 12 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 friend or family member but do not want to cook, the fee is ฿600 per person.
  • If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please inform us at the time of booking. We can accommodate gluten-free and vegetarian diets upon request.
  • Maximum 8 people per join-in tour
  • This tour is operated by our Tour Operator Partner.

Join-in Tour Price

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Full Day - 1 Person ฿1,790.00

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