Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

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Thai and Akha Cooking Class in Chiang Mai
from USD $28.16
Learn how to cook Thai and Akha dishes during your holiday in Chiang Mai with our master chef, a native Akha people. You will learn some unique cooking style and dishes, plus the history and culture of this ethnicity. Light refreshments, tour to local market (for morning class) and hotel transfer is included.
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In Brief

Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Thailand
6 hours
Important InfoInfo
Join our cooking class run by Akha people who were born and raised in Thailand. We love Thai food just as much as you, so we would like to invite you to experience Akha food and Akha culture. Our chef will share some unique cooking style during the lesson as well as introducing fresh raw ingredients used by Akha people.

During the cooking class, you will have the opportunity to learn and cook 11 dishes: 2 appetizer dishes, 2 desserts, stir fried dish, soup, curry paste and curry. Special Akha’s dishes are Sapi Thong (tomato dipping sauce), Akha Salad and Akha Soup.

On the morning tour your chef will take you to a local market to see the real lifestyle of people in Thailand or for the evening tour, enjoy your dinner from all the food you made in a nice evening atmosphere. Our driver will transfer you back to your hotel after the class with a complimentary cooking recipe book.


  • Local market tour (only for morning class)
  • Individual cooking station
  • Akha Hill Tribe coffee
  • Full color cook book
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (only within 3 km from city area)


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

14/10 Rat Chiang Saen 2 Ko. Alley, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Traveler pickup is offered

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Visitor are welcome
  • Come with empty stomach
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Booking Information

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

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Best tour ever! This is something you must do: you learn, you have fun and you enjoy Thai/Akha cultur. Plus this guys are very organised and you do not waste a minute of your experience...
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
They accommodated to us as we are vegetarians. Very informative and the instructor was amazing. Thanks
• Submitted 08 Jan 2020
We had so much fun at this cooking class. Even our 13 year old son said this was his favorite thing we did in Chiang Mai.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2019
This was one of the better tours we have had on our trip so far. We all learned so much and the instructors were very kind and informative. Be sure to come hungry!
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
We had a great time cooking familiar Thai dishes e.g. Pad Thai, Tom Yum / Kha, Papaya Salad and yummy Sticky Rice with Coconut. Our cooking teacher made cooking seem so easy for us, Doh was fun, friendly and easy to understand, a wonderful way to spend in Chiang Mai.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
We worked in an outdoor covered kitchen in teams of two. We were taught to prepare ELEVEN different dishes, and were able to adapt them to our personal tastes as far as spicey heat was concerned. Our teacher was so patient and even managed to take pictures for us along the way!! The evening culminated in a dinner together enjoying all our personal dishes. Prior to leaving we were gifted a cookbook containing all we'd cooked and a green or red curry packet. Highly recommended
• Submitted 07 May 2019
I talked my husband and two children (ages 14 and 17) into doing this and we were not disappointed! We did the afternoon class and were picked up on time and taken to the kitchen. Niti was wonderful! She was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful to everyone there. She answered questions and gave us a lot of fun cultural information. Both of my children (girl and boy) enjoyed the experience and my husband could not stop talking about how pleasantly surprised he was. We were absolutely stuffed by the end so don't eat at all before you go! We were given spices and a recipe book at the end and will put them to good use when we get back to the States. We would highly recommend this class to everyone! The price is amazing for all of the things you get and we will cherish the memories! Thank you so much for making our stay in Chiang Mai even more fun!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
It was such an exciting experience to cook and taste the recipes taught by the nice and fun lady. Even after more than years, I still remember the night when I took this class. Fun, fun, Fun!
• Submitted 04 Jul 2018
We had a great time cooking! The food was tasty and the team was friendly and helpful.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
We had A group of 7 and we had a blast!!! The food was amazing and I leaned new cooking techniques! JJ was very patient and knowledgeable about the dishes and the Akha culture. Definitely a must do in Chiang Mai! You prepare 11 dishes so come hungry and wear comfortable shoes!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
This is a brilliant thing to do in Chag Mai. This is the best place to go as JJ is brilliant at what he does and makes it so easy to learn, even for children. The visit to the market in the morning to get your ingredients is very informative.
• Submitted 20 Mar 2018
We had a great time in this class. We made 11 dishes although not all from scratch with some pre chopping already done but we really enjoyed the social aspect of this cooking course. The food was also really tasty. This was one of the best evenings we had during our 3 week trip around Asia.
• Submitted 07 Mar 2018
This is a must when visiting Chiang Mai! My boyfriend and I had such a great day visiting the local market first then onto the kitchen to cook so many different dishes! Make sure you have an empty tummy when arrive! :)
• Submitted 11 Feb 2018
Had a great day cooking and laughing. We got an inside look at Thai food by going to the market where locals shop. The instructors imparted so much information to us about Thai culture, food, and family. I was impressed with how organized they were as we were a group of 11 and could choose different dishes to prepare total of 11 dishes. There was no waiting just chopping, pounding, and cooking and then so much food to eat. Fantastic day!
• Submitted 06 Feb 2018
This was one of my favorite things I did in Chang Mai! The class was so well organized and Niti and her staff were awesome. We had a great time and made some wonderful food. Niti made it feel easy and shared her Ahka culture and stories with us. I learned so much and made friends with the other chefs from many different countries. Sharing our meal together at the end was wonderful and a great way to wrap up the evening, We all got a cookbook and packaged spices to take home. Loved this experience so much!
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Chiang Mai. I did the morning session, which included a market tour (well worth it) The class was very organized, Niti (the instructor) was incredible and explained everything perfectly. We covered 11 dishes in the class. Great value for the cost.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
We had a wonderful experience at the Thai/Akha Cooking class, Our instructor made the evening entertaining, as well as educational for our group of 10. The ride to the cooking school added to the fun, as we got to know our fellow chefs. There was so much food, and our guide made sure to include everyone in the preparation, I would highly recommend this cooking class to anyone visiting Chiang Mai. M. Shiff
• Submitted 27 Jan 2018
This was a great day learning the skills to be able to produce a perfect Thai meal to wow your friends. We started by travelling to the fruit and veg market where JJ introduced us to the new and exciting fruit and vegetables used in Thai cooking. We then returned to the cook school for a coffee and apron in preperation for starting the cooking. The kitchen is in a u shape which allows everyone a view of the teacher JJ as he took us through the different recipes. Everyone has choices in what they cook, and JJ manages to keep on top of everyones efforts to make sure you dont go wrong. A really fun experience in professional surroundings with a teacher who really knows his stuff and great back-up staff. Thoroughly recommend this for a fun day.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2018
Loved it
• Submitted 20 Jan 2018
This class was so wonderful and genuine, it made my heart smile! Between the market tour, the patience for teaching, and the time at the end to sit down to a nice meal with new friends, it was just what the doctor ordered. The best part is that you learn some healthy, delicious, and easy new meals that are full of flavor - and you get to keep a cook book! I would recommend this a thousand times to anyone and everyone.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
Off the beaten path. Group of 6. Well prepared.
• Submitted 06 Dec 2017
What a great night! Met so many new friends, the cooking was fun, the food - delicious, and Sherry the instructor was excellent. Highly recommend!!!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
Definitely one of our favorite things on our trip. The class was great for different skill levels, and we would suggest taking the earlier class if possible for the market tour.
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017

In Brief

Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Thailand
6 hours