An adventure in flavour, experience the fresh aromas and heavenly spices that make Thai food a worldwide phenomenon. Explore bustling markets spread out over land and water, and taste exotic fruits and aromatic dishes whipped up in front of your eyes. Learn the trick behind making palm sugar, experience the thrill of a passing train in the Mae Glong railway market, slurp noodles alongside the locals in Bangkok, whip up a jungle curry in Kanchanaburi, enjoy home cooking with a family in Chiang Mai, sit down to a Khantohk feast and tour all the must-see sights of Thailand in one incredible culinary journey through one of South-East Asia’s most seductive food cultures.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Countries
Thailand
Themes
Food
Code
TTZF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
177kg pp per trip

Take a culinary journey through Bangkok and Chiang Mai


Highlights

  • Restaurant hop on the streets of Bangkok
  • Drift among the stalls at the Tha Kha Floating Markets
  • Whip up a jungle curry in Kanchanaburi cooking class
  • Slurp up a bowl of Ayutthaya's famed boat noodles
  • Cook up a Khantohk feast during a remarkable Chiang Mai homestay
  • Perhaps climb up Doi Suthep to enjoy the views over Chiang Mai

Itinerary

Arrive in bustling Bangkok. Meet your new eating buddies at a group meeting before enjoying dinner in Chinatown.
Head to the Mae Glong Railway Market for a breakfast of khnom krok (rice pudding) and prepare for stalls quickly being pulled to one side when the train quite literally passes through the centre of the market. Then swap tracks for water at the Tha Kha Floating Markets. Wind through canals filled with sellers hawking their colourful fruits and wares before visiting a palm sugar factory. Travel on to Kanchanaburi, where you can choose to visit the Bridge On the River Kwai and the World War II Museum on a rickshaw tour. Tonight we dine at the night market, which is sure to get tastebuds singing.
After arriving in Ayutthaya, witness roti sai mai being made – it’s like a candy floss filled crepe but even more delicious. Then visit Ayutthaya’s famed boat noodles restaurant for a sublime Thai noodle experience. Discover the city’s historic temples in the afternoon and stock up on snacks at the night markets for tonight’s overnight train to Chiang Mai.
After freshening up at the hotel, explore Warorot Markets for tasty goodies, including sai ua (north Thai sausages) spicy noodles or, for the adventurous, bamboo worms. Head to a local khao soi restaurant for lunch and tuck into a hearty bowl of this soupy, noodley goodness. Perhaps visit Doi Suthep, a gold-gilded Buddhist temple that has incredible views, before winding back down to the city streets and getting ready for another evening of feasting Thailand style.
Wake early to offer alms to local monks before a breakfast of traditional congee. Meet Aoi, our gracious homestay host, and tour the food markets, buying ingredients for this afternoon’s cooking class. See noodles being made, and tuck into a bowl yourself for lunch, then travel to a mushroom farm to go mushroom picking. Journey on to Aoi’s home and get ready to cook up a feast – quite literally! Eleven dishes are featured on this traditional Khantohk menu, so roll up the sleeves and spend a fun afternoon learning the ins and outs of this northern Thailand cuisine. Cut, chop and sizzle the day away, then tuck into dishes like northern style laab (spicy pork salad) and gai tod (fried chicken) while listening to local musicians sing through dinner.
Wake up and enjoy a sumptuous northern Thai breakfast of fried rice, sweet sticky rice and egg custard. Farewell your hosts then head back to Chiang Mai for some final shopping, eating and perhaps another massage. Enjoy your last dinner with new friends overlooking the picturesque Mae Ping River.
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Inclusions

Meals
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
Overnight sleeper train, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Ayutthaya - Roti Sai Mai Demonstration
  • Ayutthaya - Temple Ruins Guided Tour
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Food Crawl
  • Bangkok - Palm Sugar Demonstration
  • Bangkok - Tha Kha floating Market Visit & Paddle Boat Ride
  • Kanchanaburi - Market Tour and Central Thai Cooking Class

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