* How can I make a reservation?
To make a reservation you can fill out the booking form on our website. We check our emails regularly, but if you haven’t heard back from us within 24 hours, you can better resend your reservation.
We require advance payment, you can either come to our office to pay and register or you can pay by credit card through PayPal. We prefer registration at the office as it is easier to go through the details again, you can fill out the menu list already and ask us for any further questions.
* Why do we need to pay in advance?
For many years we have allowed our guests to pay on the day of the cooking course. Unfortunately, lately many people book a class and simply do not show up (even when they have confirmed by email the evening before). As we need to organize for every person who books a class, we need to be 100% sure of your attendance. In high season our class is often fully booked and we need to reject reservations from people who really would like to do a course. When the next day a few guests do not show up, we feel sorry for the ones who have tried to book the day before, but couldn’t because the class was full. No-shows also delay our pick up times in the morning.
*Do you have any half day classes?
We only have full day classes. Our classes start at 0830 am and usually you will get back to your hotel between 0430 pm to 0500 pm.
* I need to take a train/bus in the evening, can I make it on time?
If you have booked a train/bus for 0600 pm or later we can take you to the train/bus station directly after the course. In case you need to take your luggage with you, let us know in advance since we have very limited space for luggage in our van. If there is no space, you will have to keep your luggage on your lap. If you have not informed us you need to catch a train/bus in the evening, we can not guarantee you to get there on time.
* I will arrive in the morning by train, can I book for a cooking course on this day and be picked up at the train station?
Trains are often delayed in Thailand. We do not recommend to schedule a cooking course on the same day as your arrival because there is no guarantee you will get to Chiang Mai on time.
*Can I be picked up/dropped off at the airport?
We do not pick up/ drop off at the airport as the airport is out of the city center.
* What is the price for a one day cooking class?
It is 1500THB per person. The price includes everything, there is nothing you need to pay extra for. Our price includes transportation, recipe book, ingredients.
* Can I book for more than one day?
You can book for one or two days courses. The itinerary per day is the same ( market-farm-cooking ) but you will choose different dishes of the menu. If you want, you can book for one day first, and let us know on this day if you would like to come for a second day.
* Do I need to book in advance?
Yes, it is better to book in advance to make sure we have availability. Actually you can book the same morning, but you might get disappointed when the class is fully booked already.
* How many persons per class?
Although the maximum is 10-11 persons, we try to keep the classes around 10 persons. In low season the classes might be 6-8 persons, in high season 8-11 persons. We do not feel this is too much, our guests are happy to meet others during their cooking experience and many go home as friends.
*Can you pick me up at my hotel?
If you are staying in or close to the old city area, we will pick you up at the hotel between 0830 am to 0900 am. We ask our guests to be ready at 0830 am at the lobby of the hotel, we will get there before 0900 am.
If you are staying further outside of the old city area, we will need to check if it is possible to pick you up at the hotel. If it is not possible, you can either meet us at our office at 0815 am or at Ruamchook market ( in front of 7 Eleven ) at 0900 am.
When making a reservation, we will let you know if pick up is possible or not.
*Where is the farm?
Our farm is in Sansai - Mae Jo, about 17 kms from Chiang Mai city center. It takes about 30-40 minutes driving, but on the way we will stop at the market. You can look on Google Earth, there is a very recent satellite picture at 18°53'58.33" N 99°04'33.67" E
*Which market do we visit in the morning?
Unlike many of the other cooking schools, we do not visit the crowded Somphet city market. We are going to Ruamchook market. Ruamchook market is at the Meechook intersection on Highway 1001 on the way to Mae Jo- Phrao. It is a very large, clean market. At the market we will give you explanations about the different varieties of rice, coconut milk ( they make fresh coconut milk at the market ) and seasoning products. Further explanations about herbs, vegetables and fruit we will give at the farm.
Here are the coordinates for Ruamchook market:
18°49'28.70" N 99°00'44.10" E
* What should I wear?
Just comfortable clothes and shoes.
* What should I bring?
You can take mosquito repellent with you. We will have a farm hat and apron to use during the class. Do not forget to take your camera with you.
* Who will be my cooking instructor?
We have an enthusiastic team of Thai cooking instructors. They all speak English fluently and are passionate about Thai cooking and eager to pass their knowledge on. If you have any further questions during the course, do not hesitate to ask your cooking instructor. After class you can send us an email with any additional questions that you might come up with while cooking at home.
* Can I buy any of the organic produce from you farm?
We do not sell any ingredients. We use the fresh produce only during our classes.
* What will I be cooking?
You can find the complete menu on our website. Each person chooses one dish from each category for the curry paste, curry and soup. The stir fry, noodle dish and dessert will be different according to the day. You will make a total of six dishes: one curry paste and five dishes.
* Do I have my own cooking station or do I need to share?
Each person will be at their own cooking station. Also to make the curry paste, you do not need to share the mortar and pestle. You get your own mortar and this way you can choose yourself how spicy you would like to make your curry.
* Can my children participate in the cooking class?
Our join-in cooking classes are suitable for adults and children of 12 years and older with cooking experience.
* I do not like spicy food, but my friend does, is that a problem?
Not a problem at all. Since you make your own meal, you can choose yourself how many chilies you would like to add.
* I am vegetarian/vegan.
All the dishes on the menu can be prepared vegetarian or vegan. We have vegetarians/vegans coming everyday who are very happy about the food they learn to cook. We use tofu and replace oyster sauce by mushroom sauce and fish sauce by soy sauce.
* I am gluten allergic. I am allergic to nuts, .. ,..
No problem. Please let us know while making a booking and tell your cooking instructor again in the morning.
* Help, I can not cook but really would like to go!!
Do not worry. We welcome cooks of all levels. You will be amazed what you are capable of after a day with us. We explain everything step by step, it is easy to follow and making Thai food is easier than you think.
* I am a very experienced cook and I am afraid it will be too basic for me.
We have had many professional chefs attending our classes before and even they are happy to learn something more. If you are convinced it will be too basic for you, you can book for a more advanced private course, but the price will be higher than of a group class. Just send us an email to check.
* Are you open on Sundays?
Yes we are open everyday! We only close 4 days a year: January 1st and on April 13-14-15th ( Thai New Year ). We close for three days during the Thai New Year because of traffic problems all around the city. At the same time our staff can have a rest to celebrate Thai New Year with their family.
* I am changing hotels after the class, can I take my luggage with me and can you drop me off at my new hotel after the class ?
If you are planning to take luggage with you, you should let us know in advance. Our minivans have limited space to store luggage. If there is not enough space, you will have to keep your luggage on your lap which will be uncomfortable for you and also for our other guests in the van. If your next hotel is in a completely different direction than where we have picked you up in the morning, we will not be able to drop you off there. We would recommend to store your luggage at the hotel for the day, we will drop you off there after the class and you can just take a taxi from there to your next hotel.
* Do we need to sit on the floor all day?
No! We have tables and chairs to sit on. Although it might be Thai tradition to eat and prepare food sitting on the floor, we know some people are not used to this.
* There are so many cooking schools in Chiang Mai, why should I choose for you?
Well, just take a look around and decide what would be the best choice for you. We offer cooking courses since more than ten years already and still love what we are doing everyday. We give you something extra by having our own organic farm. People love to see the ingredients at the farm and see how they actually grow. On top of that, it is great to be out of the city for a day, at the country side and spend your days in a spacious kitchen and dining area instead of in a small room in the city.
* I just had a great day at your cooking school! How should I recommend you to others?
First of all we like to see your photos! You can post them on our Facebook-page. You can also send a review to www.tripadvisor.com and write about your experiences at our school. And finally let everyone know about your day at our school: your friends, your family, your fellow travelers or any new friends you might meet on the way.
* What is your most frequently asked question?
Ok, that is an easy one! “ Which one is more spicy: red, green or yellow curry? “ And the correct answer is : depends on how many chilies you will put in your paste. Every curry you can make as spicy or mild as YOU want!