9 Reasons To Book a Cooking Class on Your Thai Escape

27/07/2022Tom Spruce

Ever tried a Thai cooking class? Did you know you can develop your culinary skills while you sun it up?

Dishes cooked in a Thai cooking class
Why not try a Thai cooking class on your next escape?

Resorts across the world are diversifying their options when it comes to the activities they offer travellers. An exciting Thai cooking class is just one possible option. 

Okay, so it doesn’t have to be a Thai cooking class. But if you’re in Thailand, then it just makes sense, right?

In this blog, we’ll look at all the reasons why you should embrace the chance to try an in-resort cooking class during your holiday in Thailand. Plus, we’ll also let you know about some amazing resorts offering classes in their entertainment menus. 

What happens in a Thai cooking class?

For those who don’t know, cooking classes are a great way to learn more about particular cuisines, dishes or chefs. 

Usually, a top chef will take you through the process of preparing one of their signature or favourite dishes. However, as you learn more about the meal, you’ll also be educated on the ingredients, history, and methods of cooking that particular dish or cuisine.

For those who want to improve their culinary knowledge, a cooking class is a must. But, why don’t we go through all the reasons why we think you’ll love it.

People chopping salad
Get to grips awith a world of vibrant ingredients. Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel

Reasons to book a class while you’re away

  1. Improve your skills
  2. Learn about a new cuisine
  3. Improve your weekly menu back home
  4. Learn about presentation
  5. Become a dinner party boss
  6. When in Rome
  7. You get to stuff your face
  8. Try something new
  9. It’s fun

1. Improve your skills

If you come back from holiday bronzed, refreshed, and having learnt a new skill, that’s a massive win, right?

Being a novice in the kitchen can mean you end up making all manner of mistakes. From burning some ingredients to undercooking others. Taking a cooking class can help you sharpen those instincts.

Plus, the incredible chefs giving the classes will also teach you some tricks of the trade to make your life easier. 

Cooking vegetables in a wok
Learn how to create inspiring new dishes and techniques. Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

2. Learn about a new cuisine

Exploring exotic destinations like Thailand allows you the opportunity to open your mind to other cultures and ideas. That sentiment is focused on food during a Thai cooking class. 

There’s so much to learn when it comes to Thai cuisine. With thousands of dishes and flavour pairings to consider. That’s where courses at resorts like The Pavilions Phuket are brilliant. 

Classes at The Pavilions will introduce you to a world of new flavours. As part of the class, you get a tour of the resort gardens where many of the delicious ingredients are grown. This tour lets you learn more about the importance of seasonality in Thai cooking and shows some of the other ways resorts are becoming more eco-conscious

Two bowls of freshly made Thai food
It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture. Photo by Ella Olsson

3. Improve your weekly menu 

Do you ever find that your standard food routine is becoming a little bland? You’re eating the same things week after week. 

Trying a Thai cooking class is a great way to expand your skills and add that bit of Asian vibrancy to your weekly menu.

Plus, food is a memory-maker, when you recreate the dish you learned on that incredible trip, all the happy holiday memories will come flooding back. 

Colourful bowl of Thai curry
Add a splash of variation to your week. Photo by Natural Chef Carolyn Nicholas on Unsplash

4. Learn about presentation

Meanwhile, if you’re a keen Masterchef follower, you’ll know presentation is everything. Plus, if you’re a fan of the normal show format, you’ll also understand that most people are hopeless at it. 

In these cooking classes, you won’t just learn about new dishes, you’ll also hear about how the enjoyment of the dish stretches beyond just the way it tastes. You eat with your eyes, remember. 

Plus, at the very least, you can get some amazing snaps for the ‘gram about how incredible and diverse your holiday looks. 

Taking a picture of food
Make your dishes sparkle on the web – or just show everyone how much fun you’re having. Photo by Randy Tarampi on Unsplash

5. Become a dinner party boss

Now you know all about one or two new vibrant dishes and how to present them to achieve that wow! factor, you’ll be able to show them off in front of your friends. All that knowledge from one holiday!

Lots of different dishes
Upgrade your dinner party game. Photo by Stefan Vladimirov on Unsplash

6. When in Rome

One of the best arguments we can make here is: You’re there anyway, why not try it?

As we’ve said above, Thai cuisine is super-vibrant and incredibly diverse. While you’re there exploring the country, why not learn more about the stunning dishes gracing your plate every evening.

Thai cuisine
Try some Thai cuisine. You might find a new fave flavour. Photo by Jerome Jome on Unsplash

7. Stuff your face

We can all agree that the best part of food creation is eating it. In most classes across the resorts in Thailand you’ll be able to fill your boots with some of the most mouth-watering flavour combinations around. 

From the fare you whip up through to the chef’s specials, it’s like a veritable tasting menu and it’s all laid out in front of you. 

Just make sure you don’t have too much exercise planned straight afterwards. 

selection of Thai cuisine
It’s a great opportunity to dip your toe into a world of flavour. Photo by Ogulcan Ercal on Unsplash

8. Try something new

When everything is said and done, the main reason we can think of to take a Thai cooking class during your holiday is – for new experiences. 

You’re never going to get the opportunity to learn from these types of culinary masters again – unless the course is that good, you book the whole trip again. 

Plus, trying something new is what holidays are all about, right? We head out and explore different places, learn new cultures and experience new things. Activities like cooking classes are the type of memories that stay with you forever. So when you’re bossing that dinner party you also have an amazing for where the dish you’re serving came from. 

Person dipping a chicken leg into sauce
Treat your senses to a new experience. Photo by Streets of Food on Unsplash

9. It’s fun

While all the above details are great, the actual reason we do anything on holiday – or even go on holiday is, because it’s fun. So, why not let your hair down at give it a bash?

Person eating with chopsticks
Food is supposed to be fun! Photo by RODNAE Productions

Where can you try a Thai cooking class?

By now you’re probably thinking: “that sounds great, I’ll give it a go! But what hotels offer Thai cooking classes?”

Well, it’s a fair point and it’s not always obvious which resorts offer which services. However, we’ve done the legwork for you and added a list of awesome resorts across Thailand that offer these amazing experiences.

  • The Pavilions Phuket
  • Angsana Laguna Phuket
  • Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach
  • Grand Mercure Khao Lak Bangsak
  • X10 Khao Lak
  • Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach

The Pavilions Phuket 

We’ve already waxed lyrical about this place, but it’s definitely worth trying a class here if you get the chance. The resort’s chefs and restaurants are renowned, so what better place to learn some new culinary skills?

the view from Plantation Club restaurant in Phuket
Learn from the incredible chefs at Plantation Club

Angsana Laguna Phuket

Staying in Phuket for a moment, Angsana Laguna is a five-star retreat boasting it’s own lake and 6 different dining options. Those options include Seedlings Restaurant where local kids come to learn about the hospitality trade. They gather skills in the kitchen as well as front of house. But all those teachings are also available to you in the form of some immersive classes. 

Baan Talay Restaurant at Angsana Thailand resort
Baan Talay restautant

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach

Winner of a prestigious TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice award for the last 2 years, Pullman Phuket Arcadia is the perfect place to learn more about Thai cuisine. Discover more info about all the Asian dishes you know and love, as well as a couple of resort faves. 

Modern restaurants are the best places to learn at Pullman Phuket Arcadia

Grand Mercure Khao Lak Bangsak

Move 85km north up the Andaman Coast fom Phuket and you’ll come to the enchanting hub of Khao Lak. Here resorts like Grand Mercure Khao Lak have been showcasing the best of Thai cuisine to travellers for years.

Top chefs from the resort’s two restaurants will deliver engaging cooking classes where you can get to grips with some amazing recipes. 

Thai food at Grand Mercure Khao Lak
Have a go at creating authentic Thai food at Grand Mercure

X10 Khao Lak

Over at X10 Khao Lak you’ll probably find one of the most in-depth courses you could wish for. When you sign-up for a Thai cooking class here you’ll be taken out into the gardens to see how the chefs forage for ingredients.

Then you’ll head back into the kitchen and whip up your choice of dishes for the soup, starter and main courses. There are three options for each course and you’ll get to devour the lot at the end. 

Chefs leading a Thai cooking class at X10 Khao Lak
Get to grips with Thai techniques at X10

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach

We’re returning to Phuket and to another Pullman resort for our final stop on this culinary voyage of discovery. Pullman Phuket Panwa is another five-star stop-off where you can engage in even more foody fun. Learn about the amazing ingredients brought in by the resort and how they create their signature dishes. 

Chef cooking Thai cuisine
Watch and learn at Pullman Phuket Panwa

Let’s get cooking

Now you know why getting a Thai cooking class booked is the perfect addition to a holiday itinerary for any foodie and where to look.

It’s worth mentioning that you may have to pay a little extra for the experiences. But the knowledge gained and memories made are well worth it. 

Click the button below to learn even more about the dazzling resorts outlined above. Plus, more reasons why you should be thinking of them for your next escape. 

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