Thailand Food Adventure

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Trip code: 
ALH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
New Cultural Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover and taste the culinary delights of northern Thailand

A colourful food adventure through the north of Thailand to discover the local markets, savour the delights of fresh street-food and learn about the spice and aromas that make Thailand a permanent fixture on the world 'food-lovers' map. From taking a class at a renowned cooking school in Kanchanaburi, visiting famous night markets,  cookery demonstrations, enjoying a traditional BBQ dinner and Hilltribe performance, dining like the locals on street food in Chiang Mai and Bangkok's vibrant China Town, experiencing a traditional Khan Toke dinner at a family homestay, and trying your hands at mastering a variety of regional dishes in various cooking classes, this trip guarantees you will get to taste the best of northern Thailand through many delicious food experiences, as well as delving into the cultural heart of this beautiful country.

 

Highlights

  • Cookery classes and demonstrations
  • Prepare a traditional khantoke meal in a family homestay
  • Local produce markets visits & selecting ingredients for classes
  • Street food tastings including Bangkok's China Town
  • Visit the famous Kanchanaburi night market
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Ayutthaya
  • Discover the culinary and cultural sights of Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Key information

  • 8 nights comfortable hotels, all rooms en suite
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus/coach & 2 internal flights
  • Strong culinary focus with a variety of food experiences

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Bangkok
to
Bangkok
  • Day 1

    Start Bangkok

    There will be a welcome meeting this evening with your tour leader followed by dinner at a famous, authentic Thai resturant that is also a favorite of the Thai Royal family!

    Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Paddle boat ride along floating market; palm sugar demonstration; onto Kanchanaburi; visit the famous night market

    This morning we rise early to explore the Tha Kha Floating markets. Walking past canals filled with sellers hawking their local food and products, we then board a paddle boat to discover the waterways further. Along the way we stop to see a coconut palm sugar demonstration before continuing onto the Mae Glong Railway market, where stall venders quickly pull to one side when the train quite literally passes through the centre of the market. After touring the markets, we then transfer (approximately 2 hours) by private minibus to Kanchanaburi. This evening we will visit the local night market where you can explore and dine like the locals!

    Away Dehva Mantra Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a renowned cooking school in Kanchanaburi

    Today we get ready for a hands-on masterclass in central Thai cuisine at a renowned cooking school. Our cooking class starts with a visit to the local markets to collect ingredients for the day's menu before roll up our sleeves and start preparing a feast!

    The rest of the day is then free for you to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Kanchanaburi at leisure.

    Away Dehva Mantra Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    See World Heritage Ayutthaya; authentic sweet making demonstration; fly to Chiang Mai followed by street food experience

    This morning we travel to Ayutthaya (approximately 4 hours), the second capital of Siam after Sukhothai and famous for its temples. We will stop at a street food stall along the way for a roti sai mai demonstration. Roti sai mai consists of a thin pancake wrapped around delicious, fine strands of thin-spun cotton candy. We then continue for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage temples in Ayutthaya before checking in for our flight north to Chiang Mai.

    Chiang Mai is known as the most vibrant city in northern Thailand, is home to many famous temples and has an historic, old city area. Tonight we check out the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, full of local handicrafts and fabulous northern street food dishes which we can enjoy for dinner.

     Dusit Princess Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Visit an elephant nature park & elephant care project followed by a local BBQ dinner and Hmong tribal performance

    This morning we rise early for a full day at the Elephant Nature Park. This unique project provides a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. Here you will be greeted by an expert guide, tour the park and learn about the problems these creatures face in South East Asia and their story.

    Afterwards, we hop into a minbus for the drive north to the H'mong Hilltribe Lodge (approximately 1.5 hours) where we enjoy a BBQ dinner accompanied  with a cultural performance by the Hmong people. The rooms at the lodge are simple and rustic, fitting perfectly with the natural environment. Be sure to pack a warm jumper as the weather will be mild and cool year-round due to the lofty mountain locale. During our stay we gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the tribe.

    Hmong Hilltribe Lodge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Market visit, cooking class and dinner experience with local family in their home

    Today we drive (approximately 2 hours) to Mae On to meet with Aoi, our host for our visit to this small Thai village. We then journey to the homestay via some producers, including a mushroom farm, where you'll pick up ingredients for our cooking class that will focus on northern Thai dishes. Upon arrival at Aoi’s home, we will get ready to cook and prepare our khantoke dinner.

    Over the years, a khantoke dinner has become a traditional way to welcome guests into a home. Khantoke technically refers to a raised tray used for serving food in northern Thailand. This evening you will have the chance to try a khantoke dinner at Aoi's homestay while listening to local musicians sing and dance traditional fare through dinner.

    We then transfer back to Chiang Mai. 

    Dusit Princess Chiang Mai Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Doi Suthep temple & Khao Soi noodle lunch; fly to Bangkok; street food dinner in China Town

    After breakfast we drive (approximately 1 hour) on a very scenic, winding mountainous road to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. Upon arrival, a 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads us to the temples for further exploration!

    At lunch we enjoy delicious traditional northern Thai food – the signature dish is Khao Soi, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.

    After lunch, we transfer to Chang Mai airport for our flight back to Bangkok. This evening we head out to Bangkok's China Town for a street food walking tour and dinner.

    Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Morning cooking class; afternoon city tour and visit to Wat Pho and Grand Palace

    This morning after breakfast, we transfer to the Amita Thai Cooking class and upon arrival will be welcomed by our cooking instructors.

    The cooking istructors at the Amita Thai Cooking school will educate us further about Thai cuisine and will carefully explain the four delicious dishes we will be cooking, before leading us through the school's herb garden to pick fresh ingredients that will be used in our cooking class.

    During the class, we will be guided through the recipes step-by-step as we cook the dishes on our own. At the end of the class, a delicious four-course meal prepared by the group, will be set up for lunch on a Thai style veranda overlooking the canal. The place is well shaded by many mango, star fruit and rose apple trees, a perfect way to enjoy a special lunch together.

    After our cookery class, we board a private boat, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Chao Phraya River, such as the Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. The boat will turn into Bangkok Yai canal, where you will see many homes still traditionally located by the water. This afternoon we visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, before our final evening together in Bangkok.

    Royal Princess Larn Luang Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    End Bangkok

    For land only clients, our Thai food adventure ends this morning after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Thailand

A visa for Thailand is not required for British nationals for stays of 30 days or less. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Thai embassy.

Vaccinations

Thailand

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included.

This is a food focused tour and you will also be led by a food-obsessed leader who will make sure that you sample as many culinary delights as possible throughout your trip and will teach you all about the intricacies of Thai cuisine as you travel the northern region of Thailand. There will also be visits to local markets where you will be able to touch and taste the fresh ingredients that make up the basis of this fantastic cuisine.

During the tour, some of following culinary experiences are included:

  • Dinner at an authentic, famous Thai restaurant in Bangkok
  • Street food dinners in Chaiang Mai and Bangkok's China Town
  • Palm sugar and roti sai mai demonstrations
  • Visit local produce markets (and select ingredients) in many of the locations visited
  • Cooking classes and meals in Kanchanburi, Bangkok and in a local village home (all uniquely different dishes and activities to ensure a variery is experienced)
  • Local BBQ dinner at the H'mong tribal village
  • Taste the northern Thai signature dish- Kaho Soi, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth

In most towns you will find a wide variety of restaurants, both Thai and Western. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Thailand the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.

Weather

Bangkok and the surrounding region are hot year round. The rainy season is between May and October when rainfall is abundant but not excessive. This time of year is characterised by more cloudy days and slightly higher humidity. Downpours are usually short and sharp and can be dramatic to watch! November to April is the dry season with rainfall only on a few days per month. April and May tend to be the hottest months before the monsoon. Northern Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. The rainy season in the north is also between May and October. November to April sees cooler temperatures.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated Activity Level 1- Leisurely

This is a leisurely trip, with the focus on spending time in each area in comfort with limited travelling times as much as is possible. 

We travel by private minibus and take two internal flights to allow you to experience as much as possible of this beautiful area of Northern Thailand in a short space of time. 

Food and culinary experiences are the main focus of this trip, with the chance to also visit and discover some of the main cultural highlights along the way. This tour will be led by a local leader who is passionate about Thai cuisune and will help you explore local markets, savour the delights of fresh street-food and learn about the spice and aromas that make Thailand a permanent fixture on the world gourmand map. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotels/lodges

You will spend 8 nights in comfortable hotels/lodges. All rooms have en suite facilities and all have either fans or air conditioning. Please note that double beds are not always widely available in South East Asia.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Single supplements are available (on request). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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