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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
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bangkok


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

  • 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.

  • Tamarind Village Chiang Mai
    Tamarind Village Chiang Mai

    Tamarind Village Chiang Mai is a charming boutique property set in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai, close to many of the main sights, the night bazaar and many of the riverside restaurants. The resort is shaded by a 200-year-old tamarind tree and the rooms feature fabrics and patterns from the tribes of the region, reflecting the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. There is a restaurant offering traditional northern Thai cuisine and international favourites, with both an outdoor and indoor dining area. Features: 42 rooms & 3 suites, restaurant, spa, shop, outdoor pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning.

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Dates & prices


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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