Bangkok, Thailand

Day as a Royal Chef

Half Day | Cooking Class and Cultural Activities

Get hands-on experience cooking famous royal Thai cuisine that has hundred years of history, guided by a local chef. There are many Thai dishes that are at risk of disappearing from popular culture, especially the unique flavors of royal Thai cuisine. It is a Thai art form that deserves to be preserved!
The Kudeejeen neighborhood, only 30 minutes away from Bangkok city center, is best known for old Portuguese and Chinese influences from a hundred years ago. This is the birthplace of many famous royal Thai cuisines such as Kra Tong Tong, Chor Muang, and Lum, which has been influenced by many cultures.

Right for You?

Duration

Half Day

Travel Style

Cultural Immersion and Foodie Fun

Languages

English and Thai

Physical Activity

Light activity

Location

Backstreets and City/Urban

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Available

Local Alike

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$57/person

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Speaks: English and Thai

Highlights

  • Have fun with hands on experience of being a royal chef
  • Taste royal cuisines you cooked yourself!
  • Learn about the culinary history of this area, and how people can live in a harmony at Kudeejeen Community even though they have different cultures
  • Enjoy a local walking tour

Details

Schedule

Every Thursday, starts at 9am

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

1 to 10 travelers

9:00 a.m. Local Alike staff will be waiting at Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Look for our Trip Explorers in our signature "Local Alike" T-Shirts!

We will hop on the Chao Phraya river boat, cruising to Yodpiman pier, where we can take a boat crossing the Chao Phraya to Wat Kalayanamitr pier. After that, we will walk through the pathway along the temple, leading to a lost treasure of a community called "Kudeejeen Community," where our kind host, P'Tan, is awaiting. She will tell you the impressive story of the Kudeejeen royal cuisine. Best known for its foreign influence, Kudeejeen community exists as a perfect harmony between different cultures that traces back to the influx of Portugese immigrants during the time before Bangkok became the capital city of Thailand. One of these valuable cultures is the cuisine. Kudeejeen locals have infused foreign techniques with local Thai tastes. Menu items here are simple yet historical.

Then, we will get together to learn how to cook Kudeejeen appetizer, lef by P'Tan at her residence. After learning how to cook Kudeejeen Royal appetizer, it's time for you to challenge yourself in 'Kudeejeen's Kitchen, the competition to find the real Kudeejian chef. You will be divided into 2 teams, each of which will be designed to cook one among several menu items that P'Tan taught before. The winner of the challenge is determined by P'Tan' s opinions. We will then enjoy the delicious lunch you cooked together.

Once we find the winner of 'Kudeejeen's Kitchen, our local guide will take you on a short walk in Kudeejeen community. We will going to visit the local community museum. This museum is managed and own by local residence, Ms. Tong, who wants to preserve the community's history for the next generation. This museum contains all antique items from the owner ancestor. We will get a clearer picture about community's history and how foreigner influence to Thai society in the old day. There are much more stories of Kudeejeen than we can share with you here!

At the end of the walking tour, we will walk back to Kalayanamitr pier and hop on a river harbor crossing back to Yodpiman pier. Bangkok being as big of a metropolis as it is today, there is still has a huge population of residents who live by the water in very traditional ways.

We will conclude this memorable one-day trip by sending you off at Yodpiman market around
12:30 p.m.

Notes**

  1. Please arrive at the meeting point promptly on time at 9.00 am.
  2. The guideline itinerary can be subject to change due to weather, accessibilityility, local happenings, travelers' fitness levels and/or other unpredictable events. Local Alike will try our best to work with locals on planning suitable replacements if necessary replacements arise.
  3. Travel insurance is included in package and is mandatory for all Local Alike trips

What's Included

Activities

Cooking Class and Cultural Activities

Guide

Bilingual guide

Food

Lunch
Of course, you'll get to taste what you make!

Transport

Boat, Walk and Other local transport

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Local Alike

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

Local Alike connects travelers to community-based tourism experiences throughout Thailand. They want travelers to enjoy authentic Thai living and experience it like never before. From day trips to little-visited parts of Bangkok to overnight stays in rural villages, they work with local communities to create truly immersive traveling experiences for customers.

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Getting There

Transport options

Local transport and Taxi
You'll meet at exit #1 of the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Just look for the Local Alike representative in the salmon colored t shirt!