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A Culinary Tour of Thailand

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3495 Current prices from: £3495
Thai cuisine is well-known and widely available; however, this culinary tour of Thailand offers a more in-depth experience, with the chance to sample a wide range of authentic flavours, ingredients and cooking styles. Try street food snacks in Bangkok, regional cooking from Isan province, traditional cuisine from the Akha hill tribe, and modern Thai meals at charming restaurants. The tour also features cooking classes, market visits and tours with local experts to help you discover more about Thailand and its wonderful people, culture and cuisine

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sample a range of dishes at markets, street food stalls & restaurants
  • Visit the Khao Yai National Park & sample local wines at a nearby vineyard
  • Try your hand at Thai cooking in a class with an expert chef

Ayutthaya

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3493 3697 3697 3595 3493 3391 3290 3290 3290 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1966 2272 2475 2577 2577 2577 2475 2577 2475 2475 2272 2068
Sunshine hours 8 9 8 8 7 6 6 5 5 7 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 221 351 853 1576 1847 1807 1857 28211 1697 432 50
Rainy Days 1 2 3 7 15 16 18 21 19 14 4 1
Humidity VH E E E E E VH E E E VH VH
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Bangkok

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3493 3595 3493 3391 3391 3290 3290 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2373 2577 2679 2679 2679 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2170
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 8 7 6 6 5 5 6 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 80 211 311 683 1827 1596 1677 2078 29211 1998 492 110
Rainy Days 1 3 3 6 15 15 17 19 20 16 6 1
Humidity H VH VH E E VH VH VH VH VH H H
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Chiang Mai

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2882 3290 3493 3595 3391 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 2984 2882
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1763 2170 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272 2170 1864 1457
Sunshine hours 9 10 9 9 8 6 5 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 60 151 572 1656 1375 1656 2269 2249 1255 412 120
Rainy Days 1 1 2 6 16 18 20 21 18 12 6 2
Humidity M H H VH VH VH H H H H H M
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Chiang Rai

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2781 3188 3391 3493 3391 3188 3188 3086 3086 2984 2882 2679
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1355 1661 2068 2272 2373 2373 2272 2272 2068 1763 1254
Sunshine hours 8 9 8 8 7 5 4 5 6 6 7 7
Daylight hours 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 141 80 211 813 2028 2169 29512 38615 25810 1355 552 231
Rainy Days 2 1 3 10 17 19 22 24 18 12 6 2
Humidity L M H VH VH VH H H H H M L
UV 8/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 7/H
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hua Hin

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3290 3391 3391 3391 3290 3290 3290 3188 3086 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2272 2475 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2475 2373 2170
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 5 5 5 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 141 241 301 422 1245 914 1084 1134 1395 2219 1767 181
Rainy Days 2 3 2 4 14 16 17 18 17 17 9 2
Humidity M H VH VH VH VH VH VH VH H H M
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Khao Sok National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3290 3391 3391 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 1966 2170 2272 2272 2272 2272 2272 2272 2170 2170 2068
Sunshine hours 8 9 9 8 6 5 6 6 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 422 211 402 1124 33413 36414 35814 37715 40916 32813 24710 883
Rainy Days 6 4 5 11 21 21 21 22 23 22 18 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E VH
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Khao Yai National Park

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 3188 3290 3391 3188 3086 2984 2984 2984 2882 2781 2781
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1763 1966 2068 2170 2170 2068 2068 2068 2068 1763 1559
Sunshine hours 9 9 8 8 7 5 5 5 5 6 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 261 522 1054 1928 1717 1887 2239 29412 1757 392 60
Rainy Days 2 3 5 9 17 17 18 21 21 15 5 2
Humidity VH E E E E E E E E E VH VH
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Koh Kood

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3188 3290 3290 3290 3086 3086 3086 3086 3188 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2068 2272 2373 2373 2475 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2170 2068
Sunshine hours 8 8 8 8 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 301 512 924 1436 38015 67026 67026 78231 60824 30512 1074 221
Rainy Days 5 2 4 8 17 19 19 22 21 18 10 5
Humidity VH E E E E E E E E E VH VH
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Koh Lanta

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 3086 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2272 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2373 2272 2272
Sunshine hours 8 9 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 442 311 653 1466 24410 25810 25710 25710 33413 30412 2169 883
Rainy Days 5 3 4 11 20 18 19 19 22 21 17 10
Humidity E E E E E E E E E E E E
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Koh Phi Phi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3086 3086 3086 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 482 251 522 1295 30912 26110 27311 25910 37315 33013 2309 914
Rainy Days 6 4 6 11 17 17 17 19 20 20 16 12
Humidity H VH VH VH VH VH VH VH VH VH H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Koh Samui

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2984 2984 3086 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 2984 2984
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2373 2475 2577 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373 2272
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1235 392 542 853 1727 1185 1466 1375 1416 27511 46318 1887
Rainy Days 10 5 5 8 17 16 17 17 17 20 19 13
Humidity H H VH VH VH VH VH VH VH H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Krabi

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3493 3493 3290 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 8 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 532 241 492 1245 29211 24510 26010 24610 35514 32513 25210 1084
Rainy Days 5 3 4 11 20 19 19 19 22 22 17 10
Humidity H VH VH VH VH VH VH VH VH VH H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Phuket

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3391 3391 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3086 3188 3188 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2373
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 6 5 6 6 5 6 7 8
Daylight hours 12 12 12 12 12 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Rainfall (mm)(in) 402 271 592 1406 33413 27511 28411 26510 39816 33913 1877 663
Rainy Days 5 3 5 11 21 19 20 19 23 22 16 8
Humidity H VH VH VH VH VH VH H H H H H
UV 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 2882 2882 2984 3086 3086 3086 2984 2984 2984 2984 2984 2882

Sukhothai

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3290 3595 3799 38100 3697 3391 3391 3391 3391 3290 3290 3188
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 2068 2373 2577 2577 2577 2577 2577 2475 2373 2170 1864
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 9 7 6 5 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 70 80 231 522 1928 1385 1365 1837 24310 1677 381 50
Rainy Days 1 2 3 5 14 16 17 19 18 14 4 1
Humidity VH E E E E E E E E E VH VH
UV 9/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 8/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Ubon Ratchathani

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 3188 3391 3595 3697 3493 3391 3290 3188 3188 3188 3188 3086
Min temp (C)(F) 1763 1966 2373 2475 2577 2475 2475 2475 2475 2373 2068 1864
Sunshine hours 9 9 9 8 7 6 6 5 6 7 8 9
Daylight hours 11 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Rainfall (mm)(in) 10 110 291 853 2118 27611 27511 33813 29512 1024 231 20
Rainy Days 1 1 3 8 16 19 20 22 19 11 4 1
Humidity VH E E E E E E E E E VH VH
UV 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 9/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bangkok

(N)

Day 2: Bangkok

Arrive and transfer to the Shanghai Mansion in Bangkok’s Chinatown district for a 2-night stay. Optional afternoon tour of the city’s cultural highlights including the Royal Grand Palace and Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple and home to the magnificent reclining Buddha. For dinner tonight, try the classic pad Thai dish cooked the old-fashioned way on a charcoal grill, then visit the Pak Klong Talad market, selling exotic flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs. (D)

Day 3: Bangkok

Start the day early with a visit to the famous Mae Klong market, where stalls have spilt over on to the railway tracks and vendors deftly remove them at the approach of a train. Afterwards, take a short boat ride on the canals out to a small coastal village, where you will learn how to make traditional coconut desserts. Evening visit to Bangkok’s historic Bangrak neighbourhood where, with an expert local guide, you will sample a range of Bangkok’s delicious street food. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Ayutthaya

Drive north out of Bangkok to Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital. Board a tuk tuk to tour the local attractions including the Bang Pa-In royal palace, the Wat Niwet Thammaprawat riverside temple, and a stop in the Muslim Quarter to sample an unusual local delicacy – candyfloss roti. Dinner tonight is a seafood meal at the Baan Khun Pra riverside restaurant, followed by a visit to the local night market. Stay overnight at iuDia on the River. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Khao Yai National Park

Head east to the Khao Yai National Park, and take a guided nature walk to spot monkeys and birds. After lunch, visit the GranMonte Vineyard and Winery, where you can meet an internationally renowned wine master for a vineyard tour and wine tasting. Overnight at the Phuwanalee Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Khon Kaen

Leave the Khao Yai region and drive to Nakorn Ratchasima, stopping en route to enjoy the local specialty noodle dish, pad mii Korat. Continue to Khon Kaen, where you will take part in a cooking class to learn the techniques and preparation of local Isan-style cuisine. Watch the sun set at the One Pillar Pagoda, then have dinner at The Concept Restaurant. Stay overnight at the Wishing Tree hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Phitsanulok

Enjoy a picnic breakfast out in the rice paddies, then drive to Phitsanulok. Visit a local food market, where the local specialty is deep-fried insects, then visit some the city’s cultural attractions including the Wat Mahatat temple and the Cha Thawee Folk Museum. Overnight at the Pattara Resort & Spa. (B, L)

Day 8: Sukhothai

Drive to Sukhothai and tour the Sukhothai Historical Park, which protects remains of the 13th-14th century Sukhothai kingdom. Overnight at the Tharaburi Resort. (B, L)

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Leave Sukhothai and visit Ban Na Thon Chan, a community-based tourism project where you can sample Kuaitiao Sukhothai, a local rice noodle dish. Continue north to Chiang Mai and wander the numerous food stalls of the night market, as your guide introduces the local dishes such as kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding), deep-fried taro, kanom jin rice noodles and sweet mangoes with sticky rice. Stay 2 nights at the Tamarind Village. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Chiang Mai

Early morning visit to a food market accompanied by a local chef, who will offer tips and advice on selecting ingredients for Thai dishes then help you prepare some dishes of your own. After the cooking class, visit Wat Umong, a 700-year-old Buddhist temple with a network of underground tunnels. Dinner will be served at the 137 Pillars House hotel, a beautiful teak wood building that was once the Borneo Trading Company headquarters during the 1880s. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Chiang Rai

Journey to the small settlement of Hloyo, home to members of the Akha minority ethnic group. Here you will learn more about the community’s lifestyle and traditions, then enjoy a home-cooked Akha-style lunch. Continue into a remote area of north-east Thailand known as the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Burma (Myanmar) and Laos meet, and stay at the Le Méridien Chiang Rai Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Fly home via Bangkok

Transfer to Chiang Mai airport for a flight to Bangkok, and then back to the UK. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Standard tour:

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category, unless indicated otherwise.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Wishing Tree Resort
    Wishing Tree Resort

    The stylish Wishing Tree is located on the banks of Chi river, amid peaceful woodland, lush greenery and traditional rice paddies on the outskirts of Khon Kaen in the north-east of Thailand. The resort features 48 rooms and villas elegantly furnished and designed in a traditional Isaan style. All rooms overlook the river, swimming pool or landscaped gardens, while the restaurant features both indoor and alfresco dining.

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  • Tharaburi Resort
    Tharaburi Resort

    The Tharaburi Resort is located close to the Sukhothai Historical Park, with a contemporary Thai-style exterior and tropical gardens. The 20 spacious rooms and suites are set in two separate one-storey buildings and one two-storey Thai teak wood house, each room with its own theme and colour. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, wireless internet access, Thai cooking classes and a restaurant.

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  • iuDia On the River
    iuDia On the River

    iuDia on the River Hotel is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya river in the heart of Ayutthaya's old city with temple ruins, palaces and riverside restaurants within walking distance. The property has eight comfortable rooms, each offering air conditioning, wireless internet access and modern Thai decor. The hotel offers mountain bike hire and has an outdoor swimming pool.

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Dates & prices

CFT2021

Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £3595 per person

 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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