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Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

1. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

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Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

2. Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

Explore Chiang Mai’s more popular temples with a Tuk Tuk and take a stroll through the eclectic and colorful Warorot Street Market in this half-day tour. The first stop will be Wat Chedi Luang. Known as the “Temple of the Big Stupa”, this 700+-year-old temple, famous for its Lanna-inspired designs, was once the home of the much-revered Emerald Buddha statue. Take a visit there today and you'll see a replica version which was a donation from the Thai king.  Pass by the 3 Kings Monument, a shrine named after the three founders of Chiang Mai, before moving on to Wat Phra Singh temple. One of the more venerated temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century and is famous for its northern Thai designs and impeccable gardens. Next, visit the Tha Phae Gate. A famous landmark for locals and visitors alike, it was once part of a high-bricked defensive wall that surrounded the city. Discover the host of bars, restaurants, and hotels within walking distance. After wandering around the gate, visit Wat Srisuphan, or the Silver Temple which was named after its ornate silver-colored designs. Before the day ends, stop at Warorot Market or Muang Mai Street Market and shop for local street food or produce.

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Chiang Mai: Thai Cooking Class in an old Teak House

3. Chiang Mai: Thai Cooking Class in an old Teak House

Take a culinary journey through the food culture of Thailand and learn how to prepare an authentic meal in a teak house in Chiang Mai. Visit the local fresh produce market to shop for the perfect ingredients following pickup from your accommodation. Then, get a welcome drink at the cooking class, and watch your chef demonstrate how to cook each dish before working from a spacious wooden cooking station. Prepare typical dishes from different regions, depending on the day of the week, and then savor the fruits of your labor in a beautiful garden at an organic farm. Monday: Northern Dishes • Abb Pla (grilled fish with herbs cooked in banana leaves) • Nam Prig Ong (Northern-style chili dip with minced pork and cherry tomatoes) • Lab Muang Kai (spicy chicken salad with herbs) • Khao Soi Gai (Chiang Mai curry noodle with chicken) Tuesday: E-Sarn Dishes from North East Thailand • Gai Yang (grilled chicken) • Tom Sabb (spicy clear soup with pork) • Nam Toke Moo (grilled pork spicy salad) • Som Tum (papaya salad) Wednesday: Healthy Dishes • Tom Yam Koong (spicy lemongrass soup with prawn and mushroom) • Pla Nuang Buey (steamed ruby fish in pickle plum sauce) • Kaw Pad Moo (fried rice with pork) • Por Pia Sod (fresh rolls) Thursday: Home-Style Dishes • Kang Keaw Wan Gai (green curry with chicken) • Pad Krapao Moo (stir-fried pork with garlic and holy basil leaves) • Kaw Pad Sapparod (pineapple fried rice with cashew nuts) • Hor Mok (steamed curry fish in banana leaf cup) Friday: Royal Thai Cuisine • Panang Moo (Panang curry with pork) • Tung Tong (deep-fried spiced wonton “golden bag") • Kung Pad Hed Hom (stir-fried prawn with shitake mushroom in oyster sauce) • Pla Rad Prig (fried ruby fish with sweet and sour chill sauce) Saturday: All Time Favorites • Kaeng Massaman Moo (Massaman curry with pork) • Por Pia Tod (spring rolls) • Kai Pad Ma Maung Himmapan (stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts) • Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodle with egg and tamarind sauce) Sunday: Chef's Choices • Tom Ka Gai (coconut milk soup with chicken) • Pad Prig Kang Moo (stir-fried red curry paste with pork, kaffir lime leaves, and basil) • Plamuk Pad Pong Karee (stir-fried calamari with yellow curry) • Yam Moo Yang (spicy grilled pork salad)

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Chiang Mai: Alms Offering, Temples, and Waroros Market Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Alms Offering, Temples, and Waroros Market Tour

Departing from your hotel at 6:00AM, you'll head to your first stop at the foot of the Chiang Mai Hill. At this site, witness the daily ritual of Buddhist monks leaving the temples and walking among the local people to accept alms offerings. You'll also experience how to make an alms offering to the monks yourself.  Following that, drive uphill to visit the Doi Suthep Temple, the most famous landmark in Chiang Mai. It is said that you have not truly been to Chiang Mai if you have not visited this temple. From the top of the temple you can view the pagoda, which is believed to enshrine the holy relics of the Lord Buddha, and shines with actual gold. A viewing platform there also offers panoramic views of Chiang Mai City. After the temple, have breakfast at a local restaurant which offers a nice selection of original, famous, and delicious Chaing Mai noodles. You'll then progress onward to see the hidden temple of Wat Palard, where meditation monks reside and practice their daily routines. This ancient temple is very peaceful and quiet, and is also surrounded by stunningly beautiful nature. The traditional Lanna architecture there reflects the beauty of northern Thai culture.  Finally, peddle onward to the Waroros Market for a food discovery by foot. Wander through the bustling food stalls, and end your journey with a tasty sample of fresh fruit before heading back to your hotel.

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Chiang Mai: Market and Trishaw Ride Tour with Local Lunch

5. Chiang Mai: Market and Trishaw Ride Tour with Local Lunch

Immerse yourself in local sights, sounds, and flavors on this guided trip around an important commercial area of Chiang Mai’s old days, located along the Ping River. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and learn about Thai life as you visit a temple, market, and more, admission fees included. First, stop to explore Wat Ket Karam, a temple built in 1482 with zodiac signs for those born in the year of the dog. Visit the museum to see many different artifacts and historical records, such as antique items and old photos. Taking just a few steps from the temple, you’ll see a charming combination of building architecture featuring Lanna, Chinese, and Western influences. Stop at a famous local dessert shop to try authentic sweets that have been around for more than 30 years. Walk across the Ping River to the hustle and bustle of Warorot Market, where you can find authentic Thai products. Get a real idea of how it feels to shop like a local. Later, hop on a traditional trishaw, a symbol of Chiang Mai's way of life. Ride along Thapae road, one of the most famous commercial areas of Chiang Mai’s past. With the open views of the trishaw, enjoy the colorful, quaint, and bustling streets. Hop off at the Three King Monument, located in the old city center where many festivals and events have taken place. Before heading back to your accommodation for drop-off, fill your stomach during lunch at a local restaurant.

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Chiang Mai Trek: Doi Suthep Area w/ Market and Temple Visit

6. Chiang Mai Trek: Doi Suthep Area w/ Market and Temple Visit

After a 7:30 AM pick-up from your hotel, drive to Doi Suthep – Pui National Park. Start by visiting local Ton Payom market to taste produce and buy food for your packed lunch. Then it's off to visit Doi Suthep Temple and its compound. Now it's time to head to the trekking part of the trip. Start at the Forestry Camp and trek downhill of the Doi Suthep area. Pass small waterfalls, walk through lush green forest and enjoy a view point of Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep – Pui is a part of Thanon Thong Chai Range. The forest is a mixture between evergreen forest (1,000 meter above the sea level) and mixed deciduous-evergreen forest. A variety of the animals and birds species can be found such as oaks, dipterrocarps, magnolia, crocodile salamander, wild boar, minivets and eagles. Take time out to enjoy your lunch at  Monthatarn Waterfall before arriving back in Chiang Mai at mid-afternoon.

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Chiang Mai: History & Mouth Watering Food Tour

7. Chiang Mai: History & Mouth Watering Food Tour

At 9.00 AM, you will meet your licensed guide at the Three Kings monument. Begin the trip by walking to various restaurants, then continue on to stop by a local market to experience Chiang Mai's tasty local food. Then, visit the temples, wet market, and key attractions in the city. Go slowly by foot and take local transportation to observe the local people's way of life in Chiang Mai. Your licensed tour guide will show you around and introduce you to the local culture. At 12:00 PM you end your tour in Chiang Mai's old city. Feel free to continue exploring the old city on your own before saying goodbye to your guide.

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Chiang Mai: Ancient Temples Guided Spanish Tour

8. Chiang Mai: Ancient Temples Guided Spanish Tour

Discover some of Chiang Mai’s most stunning temples and discover delicious treats at a popular food market on a half-day tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. Choose from a shared group tour or a private tour. Meet your Spanish guide in front of the gates of the Wat Phra Sing temple, one of the most important and well-known temples in Chiang Mai. Explore the picturesque grounds and lush garden and get a deeper understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist monks.    Continue to uncover another jewel of Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang, an ancient temple that was used as a fortress to protect property and monarchy from Burmese invasions. Inside the enclosure, you will see the huge chedi, a traditional hemispherical structure, where the Emerald Buddha was once one display. Next, visit the oldest temple in Chiang Mai made of teak wood, Wat Phan Tao. Wander around and see the garden and the different enclosures. The temple’s chedi has many elephant figures around it, making it a photogenic point where you can see rituals on many days. Lastly, go to a local fruit and vegetable market with beautiful wall interiors. Listen as your guide informs you about how the produce is used in Thai cuisine. The tour will be at around 1:00 PM and your guide will give you recommendations for places to enjoy a delicious lunch.

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Chiang Mai: Buddhist Almsgiving and Market Tour with Meal

9. Chiang Mai: Buddhist Almsgiving and Market Tour with Meal

Experience local life and the Buddhist ritual of almsgiving on this guided trip around Chiang Mai. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant and learn about Thai life and traditions as you visit Suan Dok Temple, a market, and more, admission fees included. Start your spiritual day in Chiang Mai early in the morning with pickup up at your hotel or accommodation. Then, depart to the foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain to make merit during the almsgiving as monks descend from the temple. After almsgiving, get the chance to pay respects to Kruba Srivichai who oversaw the building of the road up to Doi Suthep Temple. Take some time to wander around the Ton Phayom local market next, where you can explore authentic Thai products and try a famous local breakfast. Get a real idea of how it feels to shop like a local. Before heading back to your hotel or accommodation, visit Wat Suan Dok (Flower Garden Temple) and marvel at the temple’s golden principle pagoda that enshrines Buddha's relics. 

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Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

10. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep National Park Hike & Bike Tour

Embark on a one-hour drive to the top of Doi Suthep National Park. Our first stop at Monthatan waterfalls gives us a glimpse into the diversity of flora in this National Park. Hike through the beautiful Northern Thai highlands to a forgotten Hill Tribe village. Take in the viewpoints to the east and to the north of the Mae Ping valley, where lunch will be had. After a good rest, start the ride down Suthep National Park on a smooth road. After a stop at the Queen Summer Palace and amazing views, continue to the famous Wat Suthep. The magnificent temple grounds reach 3600 feet in altitude. Continue cruising downhill on comfortable mountain bikes to the ancient Wat Pha Lat.

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What a wonderful experience! Our guide took us to a local market and explained some local ingredients then we drove to the cooking school where we toured the beautiful grounds which include a large garden and chickens. The guide explained what they grew there and how each ingredient is used. We made and ate 4 dishes including dessert and all were delicious! Highly recommend Grandma’s Cooking School!

Great tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed the tour and got great pictures. I learned so much about Thai history, the art work on various temples, the different types of Buddha forms and so much more. I highly recommend this tour and tour guide.

Me and my fiancé went on Tuk Tuk tour. It was amazing and we got to know all about the temples that we visited. And our guide Mr. Number One is so amazing and he explained everything in details. I highly recommend

The food, our guide/chef, the atmosphere and the location are simply amazing. I highly recommend joining this class.

Wow amazing cooking class. We loved it. I learned so much. Thank you.