As well as the places listed below, nearly all the luxury hotels in Bangkok offer cookery classes.

Baipai8/91 Soi 54, Thanon Ngam Wongwan t02 561 1404, Thorough, four-hour classes in a quiet, suburban house in northern Bangkok. B2200, including transfers from central hotels. Closed Sun.

Blue Elephant 233 Thanon Sathorn Tai (BTS Surasak) t02 673 9353–4, In a grand, century-old building, courses that range from B3300 for a half-day to a five-day private course for professional chefs for B90,000.

Helping Hands Klong Toey Set up with the help of a Christian charity, a chance to experience the slums of Klong Toey and spend a morning learning to cook. B1200, including a market tour and free transfers from next to Phrom Pong BTS station. Closed Sun.

May Kaidee 33 Thanon Samsen t089 137 3173, Banglamphu’s famous vegetarian cook shares her culinary expertise at the Samsen branch of her restaurant chain for B1200 per half-day, including making raw food dishes and a market visit. Also available are shorter “cooking parties” for B600 and special classes such as fruit carving for B1500.

Thai House 22km from central Bangkok in Bangmuang t02 903 9611 or t02 997 5161, Set in a rural part of Nonthaburi province, one- (B3800) to three-day (B16,650) cooking courses, all including transfers from downtown, the latter including vegetable and fruit-carving, all meals and homestay accommodation in traditional wooden houses.

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