Whether you live in Bangkok or are just passing through, signing up for Thai cooking classes is a great way to have fun while meeting new people and learning some new skills at the same time. A large number of different Thai cooking classes are offered in Bangkok, and some last for just a few hours while longer and more professional cooking courses are also available. Here is a selection of some of the best.

Bai Pai Thai Cooking School

This cooking school is run by qualified Thai chefs, who are on hand to teach students the secrets of preparing and cooking Thai food. Classes are limited to ten people and are held in a fully-equipped Thai kitchen. Two classes are held each day, from 09:30 to 13:30 and 13:30 to 16:30 and cost around 1,800 Baht. For more information, visit www.baipai.com.

Bo.lan

This establishment has won awards for its excellent Thai dishes and this is the perfect place to learn how to make gourmet Thai dishes to impress friends and family with. Bo.lan offers private Thai cooking classes for students of all levels on Saturdays from 8:30 to 14:30. One of the great things about these lessons is that people who have a love for cooking will have the chance to pick up professional skills that they can use in a number of ways and the Turn Pro course is highly recommended. For more information, visit www.bolan.co.th.

Blue Elephant Cooking School

Blue Elephant is one of the best known and most celebrated cooking schools in Bangkok. Two courses are offered each day, and the morning session features a trip to a local market to gain an understanding of local ingredients, while the afternoon session includes a detailed introduction to unique Thai ingredients. Specially tailored classes are also available, which gives students the chance to learn how to create their favourite dishes under the supervision of celebrated chefs. At the end of the course, students will receive a special cooking set, which includes a recipe book and an attractive souvenir apron. The Blue Elephant Cooking School is located on Sathon Tai Road and classes are held from 8:45 to 13:00 and 13:15 to 16:30. For more information, visit www.blueelephant.com.

Oriental Hotel Thai Cooking School

Learn how to make decadent Thai dishes in an antique wooden home located across the river from the Oriental Hotel. Classes are held from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Saturday and include the chance to learn how to create four impressive Thai dishes. For more information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com.

May Kaidee

Vegetarian and vegan foodies who enjoy getting busy in the kitchen are sure to love these special cooking classes, which last for about four hours. The class starts with a trip to the local supermarket, where the teacher presents vegan versions of local ingredients and explains how they are used. The students then head to the kitchen at the back of the restaurant and cook a number of Thai dishes in pairs using a special instruction sheet prepared by May. Classes are offered daily from 09:00 to 13:00 at Samsen Road close to Khaosan Road and include ten specially selected dishes, which students can then eat. For more information, visit www.maykaidee.com.

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