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Phuket Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour Option
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Phuket Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour Option

By Phuket Thai Cooking Class by Chef VJ
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Learn how to prepare authentic Thai curry in a relaxed environment during a small-group cooking class. If you select the morning tour, visit a local traditional market, brimming with color and foreign smells, to pickup fresh ingredients. As you use mortar and pestle, your local instructor shares culinary secrets passed down from generation to generation. Upon request, the menu can be altered to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
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Ages 9-80, max of 20 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a small class size for a more personal experience
  • Relax in complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Visit a traditional Thai market (morning only)
  • Choose a morning or afternoon start time
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • Welcome Herbal Drink
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • Fruits tasting (during market tours)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Recipes and secret tips
  • Clean private cooking stations
  • Light refreshments and fruits during class
  • Bottled water (unlimited)
  • Vegan / Vegetarian / Gluten Free and Halal classes available. Let us know.
  • Lunch
  • Tea and ground coffee available
  • All recipes mailed to you after the class
  • Free round-trip transfer from Kata, Kata Noi, Karon.
  • Free round-trip transfer Patong, Rawai, Naiharn only for classes with market tour(minimum 2 people)
  • Kamala beach and Surin Beach we will confirm free pick up point in Patong (minimum 2 people).
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Phuket Thai Cooking Class by Chef VJ, 31 Patak Rd, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand
    Classes with market tour Free round-trip transfer from Kata, Kata Noi, Karon. Free round-trip transfer Patong, Rawai, Naiharn (minimum 2 people). *Kamala beach and Surin Beach can confirm pick up point in Patong. Classes with NO market tour Free pick up from Kata, Kata Noi, Karon.
Pickup details
  • PLEASE check your inbox after booking, we will send you pick up time.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57786P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Free welcome herbal drinks.
      • Free unlimited bottled water throughout the course.
      • Market tour and fruit tasting.
      • Cooking instructions and introductions to all thai ingredients.
      • Chopping and Cooking everything by yourself.
      • Recipes will be emailed to you.
      • Making of Curry Paste the traditional way, using of mortar and pestle.
      • Enjoy your meal fresh and take home the rest.
      • Free round-trip transfer from Kata, Kata Noi, Karon.
      • Free round-trip transfer Patong, Rawai, Naiharn (minimum 2 people).
      • Kamala beach and Surin Beach we will confirm free pick up point in Patong (minimum 2 people).
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 57786P1

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      • Phuket Thai Cooking Class by Chef VJ
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        Kata Beach, Thailand
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      • G4210LKellak
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must do In phuket
        Amazing class so educational and so fun. Did everything yourself and was so great to learn about the culture in terms of food.
        Written 19 May 2024
      • 713margeauxf
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feasted!
        Great cooking class, learnt a lot, ate a lot, pick up and drop off from hotel. In a good area. Highly recommend everybody to come here
        Written 19 May 2024
      • Dreamer00689517701
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Thai cooking class with thorough instructions
        Great class with Gigi, I lucked out and was the only one in the class! So I got a 1 on 1 class with Gigi which was great she was very thorough with the instructions and my food came our great!
        Written 9 May 2024
      • kylemT3495HJ
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best cooking class in Phuket!
        Everything was absolutely amazing. Pick up was on time. Gigi has such a great sense of humour. The food was so yummy. By far the best Pad Thai I’ve had so far. Would highly recommend doing this if you’re looking for a fun wholesome thing to do. We did the market tour as well, could taste fresh Thai fruit and buy all the spices for really good price.
        Written 8 May 2024
      • 307lesleys
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended
        Absolutely superb - great fun and hosts were perfect. We cooked different dishes and reallt enjoyed the experience Highly recommended
        Written 6 May 2024
      • F7108FNrosys
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great food!
        Fantastic cooking class. Everything well explained and super organised. Excellent food 😋 I will definitely recommend it Thanks team for teaching us how to cook real thai food !!
        Written 2 May 2024
      • andr_runger2022
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Baby friendly, fun and fast paced cooking class. Awesome food and great English skills!
        This was such a nice experience. VJ has had the cooking class for over 14 years (2024) and is clearly an experienced chef and teacher. The class was decently fast paced as all prep work was mostly done by the team prior to us cooking. So we only had to cut things to pieces, grind the curry paste with our pestle and mortar and cook the dishes at the stove. We made 3 different courses ourselves and collaborated on the dessert: Mango sticky rice. We brought our 9 month old in a stroller which they accommodated very well. Everyone from the staff was excited to sy hi to the little fella and he had a great experience as we also had. This is a perfect class to do if you want to get into Thai oriental cooking at home. As a bonus VJ taught us about common replacements for some of the harder to get ingredients in western supermarkets
        Written 30 April 2024
      • Fidgetnz
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must do activity
        This experience is exactly how it is described. First a visit around the market to see where the ingredients were from then learning to cook 4 dishes at their nearby kitchen. So well organized. Lots of help if needed by staff but recipes were simple but very tasty. So much food to eat. Was such a fun and delicious experience - would highly recommend.
        Written 29 April 2024
      • staceyc150
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Super fun experience!
        Absolutely so much fun and lots of good info! Tasty and easy recipes! Great for friends and family as well! I loved the market shop at the beginning as well!
        Written 28 April 2024
      • mogac2019
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Something different and FUN!
        Excellent experience! We had a lot of fun as a couple. Definitely do this if you’re into cooking…or not. The staff was so kind!
        Written 25 April 2024
      • dianafZ9701PA
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Cooking class in Phuket
        Such a great experience with Gigi and the team! We made 4 dishes which were very simple and delicious! Also learnt a lot about Thai ingredients! Definitely would recommend.
        Written 25 April 2024
      • Road49147788896
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        One of my favorite meals in Phuket
        Every dish was absolutely amazing!! They made things very easy and accessible, and I think I will be able to replicate the recipes at home in the US! The class is in an air conditioned facility and we were lucky to have a class with just 1 other couple. Our courses were Tom Yum soup, Pad Thai, curry over rice, and sticky rice!
        Written 25 April 2024
      • 144aimeee
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        Great day so much amazing food. So many laughs. Love Thai food, the hosts were excellent and so much fun. Hot hot hot MUST DO!
        Written 23 April 2024
      • 593estere
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Attending the cooking lesson was an absolute joy!
        The chef's expertise and patience made it easy to follow along. It was a hands-on and fun experience, topped off by the best part—indulging in the delicious dishes we prepared. Highly recommended for anyone who loves food!
        Written 20 April 2024
      • raagaav
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Cooking class
        Lovely cooking experience with Gigi and the team. We highly recommend! We learnt how to make some of our favourite dishes. This is a must-do when in Phuket!
        Written 19 April 2024
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      Muttley
      Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022
      If you are at all interested in Thai food and cooking I would strongly recommend this class. We did a market visit first in which we were able to taste a variety of perfectly ripe Thai fruits and then browse various stalls with chef VJ providing an explanation of what many vegetables and dried goods were and their uses. As VJ said, the key (and most difficult if you live abroad) thing about Thai food is getting the right ingredients and the market visit gave an opportunity to buy particularly dried goods and sauces that we may not be able to get at home.

      We then returned to the cooking school to prepare three dishes, tom yam goong, green papaya salad and red/green curry, all from scratch and observed the preparation of sticky rice with mango. Everyone has their own prep area and cooking station and after preparing every course, you all sit down together to eat. What is truly outstanding about his course is that you are given a simple selection of ingredients and then are given very precise instructions how to prepare and then cook them, with amazing results. Be warned, though, your standards and expectation of what Thai food should taste like will go up significantly after taking this course.
      Written 20 May 2022
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      Josh K
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      Our Thai Cooking experience couldn’t have been any better!! Getting to pick out each ingredient with VJ was such an incredible time. She explained each ingredient to us and how it was going to be used in the dishes we cooked, as we walked through a local market.

      All four of the dishes we made (Tom Yam, Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice & Green/Red Curry) were delicious! VJ made it so easy to make flavorful dishes the traditional way, and guided us through each step with a breeze.

      I would definitely recommend this class to anyone interesting in Thai cooking and the process behind creating amazing food.
      Written 23 February 2020
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      Magdalena D
      10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      It was an amazing experience! What we cooked was absolutely delicious even what came out from my wok and I’m normally useless in kitchen xD

      We each learnt and cooked 3 dishes, tam yum soup, pad thai and curry made up from the scratch including the curry paste and we all shared a custody over a dessert 😁

      Staff was extremely professional and organised. Everything was prepared top notch :) It could not have been better! I would recommend it to anyone as a “must do” whether you are a cook or just an eater like myself xD you can personalised your dish whether you like it spicy or not.

      When booking you will get an immediate text with confirmation and you can contact them on WhatsApp about any questions. We were picked up and dropped off at the hotel, right on time in a comfortable van.

      I cannot recommend it enough 🥳 ah… and although it says apprx 3hrs experiencd, you get to eat everything you cook so we needed another 2hrs afterwards just to lie down and digest 😁 hence the review is soo long… had plenty of time while on the sunbed 😁

      Thank you VJ for today!
      Written 28 January 2023
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      Adam T
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2021
      This class is brilliant! We visited in December 2021 and we wanted to support local business people as the industry recovered. I recommend this experience for those wishing to do something fun and a bit different when visiting Phuket, as well as take away a new skill and memories. The super homely class atmosphere at VJ's place made this place different from the rest. VJ is happy to share recipes and answer any questions. Thank you!
      Written 17 April 2022
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      Ellie D
      5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2021 • Couples
      My partner and I attended VJ’s cooking class for our anniversary and it was by far the best activity we have done while in Phuket, I cannot recommend enough! VJ was super organised, enthusiastic and knowledgeable and really made us feel welcome and at ease. We cooked 4 dishes which all tasted amazing and learn’t a lot about Thai culture along the way. VJ even provided all the recipes via email after the session along with some others that we have enjoyed during our time in Phuket. The session was amazing value for money, I hope to come back when we next visit Phuket. Great activity for all skill levels and would be perfect for couples, families or groups. Thank you for a great experience!
      Written 21 October 2021
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      Thankyou so much for a wonderful review. It was great having you both at the class. Enjoy Chiang Mai and hope to see you again on your next trip to Phuket. CHEERS!
      Written 22 October 2021
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      James S
      Colchester, UK10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had the most wonderful experience at the cooking school! Genuinely surpassed all expectations and cannot recommend this activity enough. The host VJ was absolutely amazing and not only did we learn about the traditions of Thai cooking, but the food we cooked was truly incredible also. Would 100% recommend this experience to anyone in Phuket, I guarantee you will not regret it!
      Written 8 February 2022
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      Carissa G
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      Loved this class. This was my first cooking class, I didn't expect that we would go to the market, but was quite pleased we did. VJ took the time to show us a variety of classic Thai food ingredients, she explained how to pick out food, what the differences meant in size of, peppers for instance, and maturity of different vegetables, also how to pick out fresh fish and seafood. All new information for me, gave me a much better understanding of thai ingredients and what different foods give different flavors. Then we went back to the food prep area of her business where she showed us how to make food authentically with a mortar and pestle. We made 4 dishes, and turns out, they cooked much quicker then I was expecting and they were quite good. Would definitely recommend taking her class.
      Written 17 February 2020
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      Dreamer214131
      Wroclaw, Poland1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had an amazing time in VJ’s cooking class and can highly recommend it. Our highlight was the market and to learn about all the different fruits. We visited the market the next day again. You will get there local prices and you can buy all the ingredients to cook what you learned in your cooking class the day before. VJ shared the recipes and also helped us even the next day via phone to pick the right ingredients at the market. My boyfriend is still dreaming about the Phad Thai. It was for him the best Phad Thai he had in Thailand so far. Even better that he cooked it by himself and knows how to do it again!
      Thank you VJ!
      Written 2 May 2022
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      Mr.Kay
      Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      My friends and I have been living in Thailand for quite a few years and after months in lockdown we decided to find something new to try. As everything was pretty much closed and we contacted VJ directly to set up a small class. We were a bit apprehensive about covid but were assured everyone part of the team were all fully vaccinated, it was masks up and hands washed throughout, and restrictions were followed to the letter. All that aside, the class was enjoyable, easy and informative. Having lived in Thailand for years on end I cannot believe we didn't try this out sooner or that such a rich culture could be so fun and simple to be part of. I highly recommend you take this class, whether to learn a different cuisine or as an afternoon activity.
      Written 29 August 2021
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      Stephen B
      11 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Couples
      We started the new year off with a cooking class offered by VJ. My wife & I were collected from our hotel in Kata (at no charge) and transferred to the market, then venue. We would highly recommend this as a must do activity when visiting Thailand. Deffinatly go hungry, because you eat all the food you cook (and it's more than enough). Suggest you take a few baht with to buy some spices, etc at the locals market.They do offer free water at the venue and it's all you really need, should you wish to buy a cooldrink they are available at very reasonable prices. Thanks VJ and your team for a lovely experience.
      Written 1 January 2020
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