Private 6-Hour Thai Cooking Class With Boat Ride, Market Tour, and Lunch

Duration: 6 hours
Destination: Thailand, Thailand, Bangkok

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  • 6 hours
  • Bangkok
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Enjoy a scenic boat ride, market tour, cooking class and lunch with a fun-loving local chef at her beautiful, riverside home. Your host will pick you up from the BTS station and drive you to the bustling Don Wai market where you will discover regional produce and even try a few Thai snacks. Hop in a boat from the nearby pier and enjoy a breezy and beautiful boat ride along the serene Tha Chin river to your guide's riverside home. Enjoy a refreshing drink before you roll up your sleeves to slice, dice and learn to cook an authentic Thai meal in the well-equipped studio kitchen. After your cooking class, share some of the dishes that you helped create. Be prepared to share many laughs over drinks with your charming and fun-loving host who loves sharing her culture and cuisine with travelers.


  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Free drinks included
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Vegetarian meal option available

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Traveling Spoon, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Your host will pick you up in her car at the Bang Wa BTS Station at 8am and drive you to the bustling Don Wai Market, known for its wide variety of vegetables and Thai snacks, located next to a Buddhist temple. As you shop together and pick-up a few ingredients for your meal, she will show you regional fruit and vegetables at her preferred vendors in the market. After learning about the local produce and farming community you will board a boat that your guide steers herself. Enjoy the river breeze and passing views of local homes and lush river vegetation during your 30-minute boat ride to your guide's tropical riverside home. 

Here, in the calm of her garden oasis, you will be greeted with a refreshing drink before joining her in the professional kitchen studio for your cooking class. In this hands-on cooking class, you will learn to prepare from scratch two favorite Thai dishes. Your host will share her deep knowledge of Thai herbs and spices and passion for cooking as you cook together in her studio kitchen that is also used by her other cooks for the restaurant she runs from her home. Be prepared to chop vegetables, pound spices, and laugh as you cook together with this charming and fun-loving host!  

Dine on your host's creative Thai dishes based on her family recipes in a modern, air-conditioned, glass dining room overlooking the river. Your meal will include dishes such as Muu phad grachhay (fried pork marinated in herbs and topped with fried finger root), Gang phed ped yang (red curry with roasted duck, pineapple, pumpkin and sweet basil), Pad Thai with shrimp, Somtam lood (one of your guide's signature dishes with shredded green papaya, shrimp, tomato, long green bean, and roasted peanut all beautifully wrapped in a noodle sheet and served with a sweet and sour dressing) or Tom yum gluuay (banana in spicy soup with fragrant Thai herbs) followed by dessert. You will enjoy your meal over a glass of local beer. Your guide will then drop you off at the Bang Wa station so you can take the BTS train home.

Your host is not only passionate about cooking but also presenting dishes artfully with flowers and herbs from her garden. She lives on a lush, beautiful property on the banks of the Tha Chin River which is in the Nakhon Sathom Province - it is a wonderful stop en route back from the Damnoen Saduak floating market into the city.

Please note that your host runs a restaurant out of her home so there may be a few patrons of the restaurant in the dining room during the lunch hour.

Duration: 6 hours

  • Lunch
  • Beer
  • Bottled water
  • Local host
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Aoy

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • On days that Aoy is not available one of her equally wonderful chefs on her team will be your host
Departure Point

Meet your host at the Bang Wa BTS Station where she will pick you up in a car. Take Exit 1 and walk downstairs to the public bus station. When you walk down the stairs, head straight and you will see cars parked on your right. Your host will be in a bronze CRV car.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


6 hours

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Image - 15 Oct 2019 -

Mark C

This was, hands down, the highlight of our recent visit to Bangkok. Aoy exemplifies Thai hospitality and warmth. We visited two markets, one a wholesale market where Aoy did some of her own shopping, and a second, more locals-like market that was chock full of everything you could possibly want. Unfortunately, the second market was so packed that we ended up cutting our visit there short, but luckily we caught a break from the rain so we could take the boat ride up the river. What an awesome time!

The cooking itself was so much fun, with Aoy clearly showing that she believes that food is love, and that she cooks from the heart. We were introduced to so many ingredients, it made my head spin. Along the way, we learned that making curry paste from scratch is no laughing matter (my arm still is sore a week later), and that Pad Thai can indeed be made without tamarind paste or any other helpers. Also - little tips and tricks about how to prepare citrus for juicing, along with the difference a single tablespoon of soy sauce can make to the balance of flavor in curry.

When I booked this tour, it was still described as a 4.5 hour tour, but when I checked closer in, it had gone up to 6 hours. And we still ended up staying longer, just chatting and enjoying coffee on the patio, watching the river, and talking about all things food, business, and Thai culture.

All in all, an amazing experience, well worth the premium, with amazing food, fantastic guides, and not a chance you'll go hungry!

Oh, and pro-tip - either skip breakfast, or be prepared for second breakfast at the market!

Image - 22 Nov 2018 -


Delivered everything offered and much more. Amongst the best La Vacanza Travel offer cooking classes I’ve taken.

Image - 19 Feb 2018 -

Shannon B

If you do one thing while you're in Bangkok, you must do Aoy's cooking class. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Thailand and we got engaged in Phuket!!! So much more than a cooking class, and so much more than a tour. Our private session ended up extending well beyond 4.5 hours and I am glad to say we made a friend in the lovely Aoy. Would recommend this to anyone looking to gain insight into Thai cooking and just general Thai customs. And of course, the food was incredible! Thank you, Aoy! You are a gem!!!

Image - 16 Jan 2018 -

roger g

An amazing day lots of extras not mentioned in the Brochure . Took us on a site seeing trip on the way to the market . Lovely woman , Lovely staff and stunning location would recommend to anyone . Roger Godden

Image - 17 Jul 2017 -

Jerri F

This was our favorite thing that we did as a family while in Bangkok. We love food and love to cook! Our hostess, Aoy, was incredible. She was interesting and gave us so much more than just a cooking class. She gave us lots of history, culture, and sights of Thailand. In addition to the market and the cooking, she took us to Phutthamonthon, which was incredible. She said it was because we were on time for our tour! Hint, be on time! On the drive back, she took us to a local shop that sells hand painted china. Very reasonable prices and it is where she buys her dishes for the restaurant. She also drove us through the rice paddies and shared how she was able to row a boat there when she was a child. Amazing experience with an amazing hostess!!

User's Picture Gallery




Beautiful plating



Every ingredient is freshly prepared this morning - from Aoy's garden or from the morning wet market



Aoy's kitchen - You can tell she and her staff take cooking seriously!!



Aoy's herb garden - walk with Aoy along her journey of food, herb and passion



Sitting with our beautiful host Aoy at her river side restaurant



Searching for the freshest ingredient to bring back to the kitchen



Waiting for Aoy's private boat to arrive



Beautiful plating


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