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Join Chef Heidi Fink in a Culinary and Culture Tour of Amazing Thailand! This field school has been specially designed for Camosun College Culinary Arts students to experience the national cuisine of Thailand. One of the most distinctive cuisines in the global gastronomy map, Thai cooking demonstrates intricacy and attention to texture, colour, and balance in its presentation, and embraces the use of ingredients which have medicinal value as well as good flavour. Traditional Thai cuisine has been heavily influenced by the neighbouring countries with whom it shares an ethnic history as well as the lingering imprint of Western missions, resulting in strong regional variations. Starting in Bangkok, students will explore the influences of Chinese and Portuguese cuisines on popular dishes. In the vast diversity of its restaurants and street, stalls can also be found characteristic flavours from the South (Indian, Indonesian and Malaysian). In Chiang Mai, you will experience the influences of Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam on northern Thai dishes. During classes and market tours, you will learn to distinguish these flavours as you enjoy the tasty variety of this rich and spicy cuisine.
You will see where the ingredients are grown, how they are prepared and sold and have the opportunity to create your own Thai masterpieces in its kitchens. Chiang Mai is home to over 300 different and distinctive Buddhist temples or Wats, including the iconic Doi Suthep which reigns above the city on a mountaintop. While food is the heart of Thai culture, you will also enjoy visits to many of these temples, as well as traditional villages and other memorable experiences that will provide insight into the deep and fascinating history of this beautiful country. Few people visit Thailand without a desire to return often to the Land of Smiles.
• Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
• Tours mentioned in the program, including gratuities
• Multilingual tour guides
• Group arrival and departure transfers
• Domestic flights
• International roundtrip flights from YYJ
Price per person $3,999 CAD based on two sharing. Not included: travel insurance, personal expenses, and meals not mentioned in the itinerary. Single supplement $500. Hold your space with a $500 non-refundable deposit.
Sunday 1 November Victoria-Vancouver-Taipei-Bangkok via Eva Airlines
Monday 2 November Bangkok
Day of Leisure. Explore the capital and most populous city in Thailand, renowned for its ornate shrines and vibrant street life. Take one of the longboat ferries on the Chao Praya River to the opulent Grand Palace and the sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Don’t miss the Reclining Buddha at nearby Wat Pho, or the Khmer style Wat Arun on the opposite shore. Wherever you go, sample unforgettable street food! Overnight in Bangkok.
Tuesday 3 November Bangkok (B, L, D)
Your first cooking class will be at Amita Thai Cooking, located on the Chao Praya River, whose arteries run through the old town. Chef Tam Piyawadi Jantrupon is the owner and instructor who will guide you through the preparation of many traditional dishes in her ancestral home, where she learned to cook from her Grandmother and Aunts (the original teachers of the cooking school). Many of the herbs, vegetables and fruit you will use are grown in her own garden.
After a rest at your hotel, you will embark on a 3-hour walking food tour exploring Bangkok’s famous street stalls in Bangkok’s Chinatown (called Yaowarat locally), a district full of traditional, culturally diverse food.
Wednesday 4 November Bangkok (B)
Your day will start with a half-day tour to the rural yet world-famous floating market of Damnoen Sadoak, situated around 100 kilometres west of Bangkok. Consisting of a maze of narrow canals (or khlongs) filled with food stalls and souvenir shops, both on land and mounted in sampans. Don’t forget your camera!
Your afternoon is free for more solo exploration of Bangkok.
Explore a new neighbourhood by BTS (Skytrain). Discover more exciting street food.
Thursday 5 November Bangkok (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will have another Thai Cooking Class with a focus on traditionally prepared dishes using organic ingredients. You will have a tour of Patom Organic Farm to see how these ingredients are grown by combining traditional wisdom and modern methods. Enjoy your last evening in Bangkok with more free time to explore as you wish.
Friday 6 November Bangkok-Chiang Mai (B, D)
After your morning flight to Chiang Mai, you will check into your hotel.
The evening will feature a Foodie Tour at Chiang Mai’s famous Chang Puak Market. There you will find delicious traditional Thai market dishes including soups, noodles, pork, seafood and Thai desserts.
Afterwards, you will continue to the Night Bazaar where your tour guide will navigate through the labyrinth of stalls peddling everything from fine antiques to souvenirs. Admire handcrafted wares, touch satiny smooth Thai silk, have your portrait painted, get fitted for a custom suit, or try on an exquisite selection of Asian silver jewellery.
Saturday 7 November Chiang Mai (B, L)
Today you will experience a full day of cooking at Lanna style school located in a countryside village just 15 minutes from the city of Chiang Mai. Your lessons will focus on Lanna style (Northern) dishes, Thai sweets, fruit-carving and presentation. This school places a focus on using traditional ingredients that enhance your health and physical well-being. You will prepare 6 dishes: 4 mains, 1 dessert and 1 snack.
Sunday 8 November Chiang Mai (B, L, D)
You will enjoy a morning of temple visits! First, the iconic mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep, situated on a hill 1050m above the city and offering an incredible view of both the city and surrounding countryside.
Then, Wat Chedi Luang, which contains an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high that was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545, and Wat Phrasingh, which contains the beautiful Lai Kham Chapel with exquisite wood carving and northern style murals. Finally, a trishaw (cycle rickshaw) will take you to the Muang Mai Market. Much of the food here has come straight from the farm and is sold directly by local farmers.
In the evening, you will head south out of Chiang Mai to Bandoo. The home you will be visiting belongs to the Raunkaew-Yanon family, who arrived in the area possibly by elephant-back almost 150 years ago. The family is a Lanna family, continuing the traditions of many generations in building their homes of teak wood and maintaining the natural surroundings in a manner now rarely seen in Chiang Mai. You will visit the family orchard, filled with many types of fruit such as banana, mango, and coconut, as well as the organic garden filled with herbs for cooking. You will have the opportunity to join in the cooking of your meal with the family.
Monday 9 November Chiang Mai (B, L)
Enjoy a day exploring Chiang Mai at your leisure. Discover more of its over 300 Buddhist temples. Nearly 90% of Thais are Buddhists and nearly all young men enter monastic life for short periods before marriage throughout Thailand, so temples are spaces most Thai people visit regularly. While each is unique in its style, particularly notable are Wat Umong, the 700-year-old “Forest Temple” situated at the base of Doi Suthep, and Wat Sri Suphan, or “Silver Temple” which is covered in intricate silver metalwork. One of the most exciting fusion Thai eateries in Chiang Mai, called Rosy Cheeks, is an easy walk from Wat Umong. The chef and owner, Kittitach Krajangkaew (who goes by Fuji) is Thai born and trained but spent time working in Japanese and American kitchens and brings an exciting twist to his menu.
On your last evening in Thailand, you will experience a Kanthoke Dinner where diners sit on the floor and share a succession of tasty traditional Northern Thai dishes. While enjoying your meal, you will be entertained by local dancers dressed in traditional clothing and a special hill-tribe show.
Tuesday 10 November Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Taipei-Vancouver-Victoria (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will board flights home.
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