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Gourmet Holiday in Thailand
Taste of Thailand

Discover the real food of Thailand on this gourmet adventure holiday which also has some classic sightseeing, meeting local people and relaxing too! A perfect week's holiday in Thailand if you like food as it includes a Thai cooking class in each of the three areas you visit.

Your holiday starts on a Saturday night (though we can be flexible to some degree) with a direct overnight flight and you'll arrive back at 7pm on the Sunday of the weekend afterwards. It is also to book this tour without flights. Vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated.

You'll have a couple of days staying in a boutique hotel in Bangkok where as well as guided sightseeing, you will have an introductory lesson at a professional cookery school. Then you'll move onto onto a village in the Central Plains where you can experience traditional Thai living in a beautiful wooden house by a canal. Then you'll take the sleeper train through the countryside to northern Thailand. Here you will stay at a luxury private home, but more importantly with a gracious hostess. Whilst staying here, you will visit an organic farm and learn about northern cooking which is influenced by the hilltribes. You will also do some sightseeing and relaxing by the pool, so this is a great introduction to Thailand.

Day 1: (typically Saturday) Direct overnight flight from Heathrow to Bangkok with Eva Air or Thai Airways.

Day 2: You will be met on arrival at Bangkok airport and taken in a chauffeur-driven car to a boutique inn centrally-located in Bangkok (a lovingly-converted old mansion). Settle in and have a dip in the pool. Evening at leisure to walk to a nearby restaurant, or take the 'Sky Train' though we can arrange a driver if you wish.

Day 3 B L: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you will have a cookery lesson at the Blue Elephant Cookery School and eat your efforts.

Day 4 B D: You will be picked up by one of our expert guides and you'll go on a boat trip along Bangkok's Chao Phraya River. You will also visit the famous Grand Palace set in grand ceremonial gardens and Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

Then it's time to leave Bangkok, your driver will take you to the Central Plains where you will arrive at a canal-side village. You'll explore the local area by boat then have dinner and stay overnight at the village headman's traditional Thai house, built of teak. This is traditional living.

Day 5 B L: Up early! The village headman's wife will take you the local market to pick up the freshest vegetables of the day before she shows you how to make some of her secret family recipes which you will have for lunch. Later on in the afternoon, you'll be taken to the train station in the nearby town of Ayutthaya to take an overnight sleeper train north to Chiang Mai.

Day 6 L D: You will be met at Chiang Mai train station this morning and be whisked away to a luxury private home in the countryside outside the city. Settle in at leisure and then relax by the pool. We've even arranged a Thai massage in the garden. In the late afternoon, your hostess will take you for a walk around the local area and village nearby.

Day 7 B L: Discover how to make northern Thai food using the freshest of ingredients, today you'll visit an organic farm and pick your own before having a northern-style Thai cookery lesson. You'll have time to relax by the pool in the late afternoon. In the evening, a driver will take you into the centre of Chiang Mai so you can have a look around the bustling night bazaar.

Day 8 B L D: Day at leisure.

Day 9 B: (Sunday) After breakfast, your driver will take you to Chiang Mai airport where you will take a short connecting flight to Bangkok and connect to the international flight to the UK. You'll arrive at London Heathrow approximately 7pm UK time (same day).

This private tour costs £1,500* per person based on two people sharing a private tour. It includes direct flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways or Eva Air, accommodation, cooking lessons, other activities and excursions, most meals and ground transport including chauffeur-driven cars and an overnight train.

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*This price applies on most of our bookings (early booking is advised, you can book with a deposit). It will also be more expensive to travel during peak periods, namely tours starting mid July to mid August and most of December. Alternatively, you can book the tour without flights and the price is the same all year around:
Excluding all flights, tour ends in Chiang Mai £800
Excluding international flights/including one internal flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok £850

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