Learning to cook at one of the best Thai cooking schools in Chiang Mai is an exceedingly popular activity. This all-weather activity seems to be a rite of passage for everyone visiting this northern town and the amount of schools is impressive. Depending on your level of skill, amount of time available and whether you would like to include a market or farm visit, there is surely a cooking class in Chiang Mai to suit your particular needs. There are even a host of vegetarian and vegan cooking classes now available.
We have selected our favourites for this list of The Best Chiang Mai Cooking Schools; each places we would readily suggest to friends and family. The warm and welcoming hosts speak excellent English and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to ingredients and alternatives you might struggle to find back home. Most of all, each of these schools are renowned for being fun places to learn.
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May Kaidee's Cooking SchoolChiang Mai Old City
May Kaidee's Cooking School is run by a famous Thai chef and specialises in vegetarian and vegan dishes. The original cooking school started in Bangkok in 1988 and runs simultaneous courses in Chiang Mai and Bangkok daily. May Kaidee's runs two classes a day which includes an introduction and small talk about how to make chilli paste and the use of Thai herbs and spices. Then participants learn how to cook 8 different recipes and taste their dishes. After cooking and eating participants will then get to see a traditional Thai dancing show and are served complimentary mango and sticky rice dessert. The morning and afternoon classes vary slightly with an introduction to raw food desserts in the morning and a focus on cold recipes such as salads in the afternoon. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Chang Moi Kao Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 232 696
- Price Range: starts from 1,000 baht
Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking SchoolChiang Mai Old City
Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking School takes place on Sammy's organic farm about 20 minutes away from Chiang Mai. The school is set in a beautiful location and is a great way to get out of the city and see more of Thailand's countryside. Sammy starts by taking participants to a local Thai market to buy ingredients and has in depth knowledge about different herbs, types of rice and coconut milk. This is a good chance to ask about Thai spices and ingredients. Once at Sammy's Organic Thai Cooking School you can choose five different dishes to make (including spring rolls, mango and sticky rice and a choice of curries) and then Sammy will demonstrate and help you cook your own dishes. There is fresh fruit available if you start to feel hungry and at the end of the class you get to feast on what you cooked. Read More...
- Location: 65 Moonmuang Road, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 815 709 279
- Price Range: 1,000 baht
Asia Scenic Thai Cooking SchoolChiang Mai Old City
Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School is a popular and friendly cooking course that teaches participants to cook a range of self-chosen Thai dishes. With two locations (one in the heart of the city and the other located at a farm a little outside of Chiang Mai) this cooking school has a course suitable for everyone. No cooking skill is needed and the friendly instructors ensure that everyone makes a delicious and presentable dish. Participants can choose to cook up to 7 dishes on the full day course and Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School also arranges a trip to a local Thai vegetable market to buy the ingredients. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9:00 -21:00
- Location: Rachadamneon Road, Soi 5
- Tel: +66 (0) 84 640 0988
- Price Range: Starts from 1,000 baht
Thai Farm Cooking SchoolChiang Mai Old City
Thai Farm Cooking School is run by a passionate chef and farmer, Sawat, who is excited to share his knowledge with participants. Opened in 2000 Sawat has been working on his farm to create a food paradise. During the course he often picks fresh fruits in season for participants to try such as mango, jackfruit or star fruit, and he grows most of the herbs for cooking himself. Participants can choose 6 different dishes from the menu including curry, a dessert and a Thai soup. This is a great introduction to Thai cooking. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Office is located on Moonmuang Road, soi 9
- Tel: + 66 (0) 81 288 59 89
- Price Range: Starts from 1,300 baht
Chiang Mai Thai Cookery SchoolChiang Mai Old City
The Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School was the first cooking school in Northern Thailand and has one of the best reputations. Run by one of Thailand’s most famous chefs, Sompon Nabnian, the school hosts a variety of beginners and advanced cooking classes, and also offers a homestay for those who wish to study over a longer period of time. Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School has been operating over 13 years and is the place to go for chefs and people serious about cooking. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily
- Location: Office located at 47/2 Moon Muang Road, Old City
- Tel: +66 (0)532 06388
- Price Range: start from 1,450 baht for introductory courses and 3,000 baht for advanced courses