Taste of Thailand

Thailand, the fabled land of Siam, is rife with attractions from bustling modern cities to golden tropical beaches and a world-famous cuisine.  It is a famously friendly country, known as ‘The Land of Smiles’ for the hospitality of the Thai people. From the northern mountains to the Gulf of Thailand in the south, this tropical land is a verdant paradise for the culinary traveler. Thai cuisine is some of the most popular, healthiest (and most delicious) in the world, combining, like much Southeast Asian cuisine, the five fundamental tastes of sweet, sour, spicy, bitter, and salty.

The capital city Bangkok is a bustling place, with roads packed with cars and noisy tuk tuks, pavements crammed with ramshackle food stalls, and shrines laden with fragrant flowers. In the north Chiang Mai is surrounded by hills and exhibits its distinctive Lanna inheritance through its architecture, handicrafts, and cuisine. Considered Thailand’s cultural hub, Chiang Mai is home to silk weavers, artists, and wood carvers.

You’ll discover both cities and make a wealth of memories on our Taste of Thailand itinerary!


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We already had a trip planned to Asia when we read about the Taste of Thailand. We have traveled with the International Kitchen four times before, and all our experiences have been outstanding, so we decided to add Bangkok to our itinerary. One of the more memorable days included a trip to the flower market, where a giant bunch of orchids sold for about .26 cents USD. While shopping, we also enjoyed an interesting treat--coconut ice cream with sweet corn, green noodles, and sticky rice. Even when something didn't sound particularly appealing, in Bangkok, the food was always delicious! This trip did not include any cooking classes, but I wish it had. I would have liked to take this part of the experience home with me to share with my friends and family. Bangkok will not disappoint. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] The staff is always great! Cynthia Z., MO

Trip Details

Your cooking class will be at a Lanna-style school located in a countryside village near Chiang Mai.


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Itinerary

Day OneStreet food in Thailand on a culinary tour of Southeast Asia

Order of activities subject to change.

  • Arrival at Bangkok airport and transfer to your hotel.
  • Free time to rest or explore, with dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Bangkok.

Day TwoGolden Buddha on a cooking vacation in Thailand

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Today, depart around 8:30 am to see the highlights of Bangkok. (Please note that proper attire is required: no bare shoulders or knees, no strap-heeled shoes. You will be required to remove shoes before entering all temples.) You will visit two of the most important sights of Bangkok, the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po—a giant supine Buddha covered in gold leaf—and the Grand Palace, a “must see” for every visitor to Thailand. Located near the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Grand Palace is the perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. Within the compound you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Pra Kaew).
  • Lunch in a Thai restaurant.
  • This afternoon, travel on the Chao Phraya River (The River of Kings) and on through the canals (Klongs) of Thonburi. You will be able to observe and photograph serene family homes and temples along the waterways, which gave the city the name “The Venice of the East.” You will also stop at one of the most photographed sites in Bangkok, the Wat Arun. The majestic shrine has a pagoda 76 meters high, decorated with glazed ceramics that reflect the rising sun and give the temple its name. (Note that the temple may still be undergoing renovation, but the temple compound remains open.)
  • Back to your hotel to refresh.
  • Pickup from your hotel in the afternoon and transfer to Chinatown for a walk along the narrow streets filled with thousands of vendors and food stalls. Taste various dishes — from Hong Kong noodies and Dim-Sum, to grilled jumbo prawn and fried battered mussels — and learn about the food, history, culture, and religion of Chinatown before returning to your hotel.
  • Overnight.

Day ThreeThai noodle dish on a culinary tour of Thailand

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the Bangkok airport for a flight to the lovely northern city of Chiang Mai.
  • Arrival at Chiang Mai airport, meet and greet with your guide, and transfer to the hotel.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • This afternoon, meet your guide for a tour of Chiang Mai. You will visit the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a sacred temple with a challenging flight of stairs flanked by Naga serpents, as well as Wat Chedi Luang, the site of a formerly massive pagoda that was destroyed in the great earthquake of 1545. Next, return to the city center to visit additional impressive temples, such as Wat Suan Dok, which once was home to the Thai monarchy in the 14th century; today it’s home to the ashes of several white Chedis as well as a famous Monk school. Lastly, visit Wat Jedyod, also known as the Temple of Seven Spires.
  • Transfer back to your hotel, and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day FourFloating market on a culinary tour of Thailand

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • This morning, visit a jungle area to experience the Elephant Care Centre. After a brief about safety, you’ll spend the morning at the camp participating in a variety of activities; in addition to interacting with the elderly elephants, you can learn how to make grinded grass, feed the elephants bananas, make herb balls, and even bathe with the elephants. You may also visit the elephant cemetery.
  • This afternoon, transfer to the outskirts of Chiang Mai for a great Thai cooking experience. The Lanna-style school is located in a countryside village. Learn about Thai ingredients, and use them during your cooking lesson. Dinner to follow, transfer back to the hotel.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast at your hotel, and transfer to the airport. (If you would like, we can arrange a return flight to Bangkok for an additional US$125 per person.)

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation (2 nights in superior room in Bangkok and 2 nights in deluxe room in Chiang Mai)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 tasting tour dinner
  • Meal (lunch or dinner) after cooking class

Classes & Instructors

Your cooking class will be at a Lanna-style school located in a countryside village near Chiang Mai.

Excursions

  • Guided tour of Bangkok
  • Cruise on the Chao Phraya River
  • Excursion to Chinatown
  • Guided tour of Chiang Mai
  • Visit to the Elephant Care Center

Transfer Details

  • Arrival transfer from Bangkok airport
  • Departure transfer to Chiang Mai airport

Miscellaneous

  • English-speaking guide for all excursions
  • Internal flight, Bangkok-Chiang Mai _(Current fuel surcharges are included; however, these are subject to change prior to tour start date.)_
  • Entrance fees
  • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle

Not Included

  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Return flight from Chiang-Mai to Bangkok (can be arranged for an additional US$125 per person)
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Gratuities
  • Trip insurance (Please note that our international partners require travelers to have travel insurance for this itinerary. You may order travel insurance through us or another company, but proof of coverage may be requested.)

Accommodation Information

The 4* Novotel Bangkok Sukumvit 204 is a modern hotel in the city center, with warmly decorated rooms, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, tea/coffee makers and elegant en suite bathrooms. The hotel also offers a restaurant, several bars (including a rooftop bar), a pool, and workout facilites.

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The sophisticated 4* Dusit Princess Hotel in Chiang Mai is located in the city center and offers relaxed, elegant rooms, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea/coffeemakers. There are 2 restaurants, an outdoor pool and a gym.
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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

4-night Program
US$1450 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$300 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)
  • Subtract US$150 per person when booking 4 or more people
  • Add US$170 per person to upgrade to 5* hotel

Peak/festive season supplement, if applicable (i.e. during major holidays): please inquire

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


Tour Dates

Available any dates for a minimum of 2 people.

2019
Sample dates, please inquire.
July 28-August 1
August 4-8
August 11-15
August 18-22
August 25-29
September 1-5
September 8-12
September 15-19
September 22-26
September 29-October 3
October 6-10
October 13-17
October 20-24
October 27-31
November 3-7
November 10-14
November 17-21
November 24-28
December 1-5
December 8-12
December 15-19
December 22-26

2020
Sample dates, please inquire.
January 5-9
January 12-16
January 19-23
January 26-30
February 2-6
February 9-13
February 16-20
February 23-27
March 1-5
March 8-12
March 15-19
March 22-26
March 29-April 2
April 5-9
April 12-16
April 19-23
April 26-30
May 3-7
May 10-14
May 17-21
May 24-28
May 31-June 4
June 7-11
June 14-18
June 21-25
June 28-July 2
July 5-9
July 12-16
July 19-23
July 26-30
August 2-6
August 9-13
August 16-20
August 23-27
August 30-September 3
September 6-10
September 13-17
September 20-24
September 27-October 1
October 4-8
October 11-15
October 18-22
October 25-29
November 1-5
November 8-12
November 15-19
November 22-26
November 29-December 3
December 6-10
December 13-17
December 20-24

Pricing & Dates

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Reviews

No rating given with this review
We already had a trip planned to Asia when we read about the Taste of Thailand. We have traveled with the International Kitchen four times before, and all our experiences have been outstanding, so we decided to add Bangkok to our itinerary. One of the more memorable days included a trip to the flower market, where a giant bunch of orchids sold for about .26 cents USD. While shopping, we also enjoyed an interesting treat--coconut ice cream with sweet corn, green noodles, and sticky rice. Even when something didn't sound particularly appealing, in Bangkok, the food was always delicious! This trip did not include any cooking classes, but I wish it had. I would have liked to take this part of the experience home with me to share with my friends and family. Bangkok will not disappoint. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] The staff is always great! Cynthia Z., MO