If you are looking for a Thai cooking class for your time in Thailand then look no further!
Lanta Thai Cookery School is by far the best cooking class I have ever attended, the teachers have been cooking Thai food both professionally and personally for years and have so much knowledge to share with you.
Combine this with the school’s beautiful setting and what more could you ask for?
Throughout this guide, I will help you with booking your Lanta Thai Cookery School class, what to expect from the evening and some more helpful information about Koh Lanta.
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Lanta Thai Cookery School – Evening Course
How to Book
To book the Lanta Thai Cookery School evening class then just head to Get Your Guide.
Booking with Get Your Guide allows you to choose the day you want, and provides you with complete clarity of what to expect on the day!
You can use the availability calendar below to help you choose the perfect date that works for you.
Or follow the link here to book “Koh Lanta: Evening Course at Lanta Thai Cookery School”.
What is Included in the Price
- Pick up/drop off from your hotel
- Drinking water, tea & coffee
- Cooking book to take home
- Option to bring back leftovers
- Cooking certificate
What to Expect at Lanta Thai Cookery School
The Evening Course at Lanta Thai Cookery School lasts for 4 hours, you can expect to be picked up between 3.30pm and 4pm depending on where your accommodation is located and then transported to the school.
First off let me set the scene for you, the school is located above a local restaurant down a little lane off the main road and you have incredible views over the surrounding fields and gardens.
Because of this open-air centre the heat from the gas hobs never gets too hot and you really feel like you are cooking whilst immersed in nature.
Once everyone has arrived your teachers will introduce themselves, we had Prim she was very professional and bubbly, bringing a lot of enthusiasm to the class. You will then go around the room and introduce yourself, where you’re from and if you cook back at home to break the ice!
After you must vote to decide which dishes you will be cooking, this is done by vote, there are 10 dishes to choose from and the group together will decide on 4.
Prim will call out each one and you have to raise your hand for what you would like to learn, amazingly we managed to get everyone we voted for on the day and cooked:
- Vegetable spring rolls, including sweet chilli sauce
- Mixed vegetables with oyster sauce
- Massaman curry, including the curry paste
- Mango and sticky rice
Once the dishes have been decided it’s time to start cooking!
Everyone has a station that includes a chopping board, cloth, knife, chopper, peeler and basket.
The way all the dishes are demonstrated here is very good, Prim gets everyone to gather around and explains bit by bit how to chop the vegetables the correct way and explains all the commonly used ingredients in a Thai kitchen.
Once everyone has watched we then get to complete each step ourselves before going back to watching the next step.
Every dish is explained thoroughly and Prim and her team are on hand to ensure everything you’re creating is in the correct way!
Vegetable Spring Rolls
These are a household favourite and almost every person in the class voted to learn how to make them.
First, we watched Prim as she showed us exactly what vegetables are traditionally used and how to prepare them.
We then learned how to create the spring roll paste, that goes into the vegetable noodle mix to give the spring rolls that extra bit of flavour.
Prim demonstrated how to make this paste with a pestle and mortar which is what Thai people have traditionally used in cooking to grind ingredients for generations.
A spring roll would not be enough without its trusty sweet chilli side dip so this was essential to learn how to make.
Prim showed us 2 different options one spicy and one not spicy, she then told us how we can make this at home and provided us with knowledge about storing it correctly to make it last up to 2 months.
It was then time to mix it all and cook our ingredients. First Prim demonstrated how to do this correctly, using high heat for a short amount of time we added the paste to get this hot in the oil before adding the remaining ingredients.
It was then time to learn how to roll up our spring rolls, again this was demonstrated and we were told how to create a ‘glue’ that we can use at home to make sure our spring rolls stay rolled up every time.
After we created each dish it was time to tuck into our first course of the evening! I have to say I was very impressed with my first dish and excited to learn how to make the rest.
Massaman and Curry Paste
Next, it was time to learn how to create your main dish, again Prim demonstrated how to cut the vegetables correctly before showing us as a group how to make the paste, this was then blended up for all of us and separated.
She then showed us how to correctly cook the paste before adding our choice of protein, potato, onion and peanuts.
🙋🏻♀️ I think this was a really lovely touch that we had the choice of either chicken, prawns or tofu for our Massman.
We then set our massaman aside to simmer whilst we cooked our side dish!
Mixed Vegetables with Oyster Sauce
This is a relatively straightforward dish but there are a few technicalities that if you are unaware of or unsure of measurements can throw your whole dish off balance!
We were first shown how to cut correctly and then given guidance on the correct measurements for each ingredient in the sauce.
Once this was all combined we had to leave our oil to get bubbly hot in our pans before throwing our veggies in, hoping not to get hit by the spit of any oil, mine made a huge flame which you can often see coming from a Thai kitchen and Prim was very pleased.
This dish cooked for about 3 minutes as everything is so hot you really blitz the ingredients quickly so all the veg still has its perfect crunch.
Once this was finished we dished up the massaman and ate them both together with some sticky rice that had been prepared for us.
Mango and Sticky Rice
Last but not least was this Thai classic, although by this point everyone was so stuffed we all would have been happy for Prim to make us dessert whilst we all watched!
We were shown how to prepare the mango and how to display it to create a pretty and interesting component on our plate.
After it was time to make the sauce, this can be altered and adjusted depending on how sweet you want it so Prim made hers and told us to try to see if we wanted to adjust the flavours.
Once the sauce was finished it was time to plate up and eat!
Again it was very delicious and everything we were taught throughout the evening was done in a very clear and easy-to-follow way, there is no doubt I will be making these dishes for my family when I get home and I didn’t even have to remember any of it because the recipe for all 10 choices are in the cookbook we get to keep.
Best Time to Visit
Koh Lanta’s typical high season is between November – December. It’s worth noting though that October tends to be the worst month to visit due to monsoon season, so some of this weather can be expected to overflow into November.
November/December – April is seen as the dry season. Although May to October is viewed as the monsoon season there are still plenty of sunny days and not many downpours that last for days until you get to around August time. Because of this, if you don’t mind an odd day of rain here and there you can get some great cheap accommodation from May – July and the island will feel almost empty!
Personally, I think the best time to visit Koh Lanta is between January and April if you are looking for calm waters and sunny conditions.
Where to stay
Luxury: Long Beach Chalet
If you are looking for a luxurious stay in Koh Lanta this is your place. Offering Thai-style bungalows and chalets on stilts, you can choose from rooms overlooking the ocean in the beach zone or overlooking the gardens in the garden zone. They all boast incredible views with some of the most exclusive bungalows hosting jacuzzi baths on the terrace overlooking Koh Lanta’s most popular beach. Long Beach Chalet has a large pool, private seating on the beach for its guests, an onsite restaurant and for an additional charge you can arrange all-day trips here, as well as massages, laundry and transport.
Mid-range: Chomview Resort
This is where we stayed for 10 nights while on Koh Lanta, it was everything we wanted and more. There is a wide variety of rooms but they are all very large, we stayed in the Superior Double Room with a balcony and I highly recommend it. The rooms come equipped with air-conditioning, a fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, a private bathroom, fresh drinking water, a large balcony or terrace as well as some having views of the mountains or pool. Chomview Resort also has a water park making it the perfect place for families. There are many giant figurines around the resort and it is mainly aimed at families. However, don’t let this put you off if you are a couple looking for something quieter. Because of the waterpark, the pool and accommodation are so peaceful during the day so you often feel like you have the place to yourself!
Budget: Hub of Joys Hostel
Located near Long Beach, Hub of Joy’s hostel is popular amongst backpackers, the hostel offers free bikes to get around the island, free parking, a shared lounge to meet others and a restaurant serving up an exceptional daily breakfast included in your room rate. There is free wifi throughout the hostel as well as air-conditioning in the rooms and a shared bathroom. Hub of Joys Hostel is happy to help you arrange any tours and excursions and there is free popcorn and other snacks available for all guests!
I really cannot recommend booking the evening Koh Lanta Thai Cookery School class enough, this class has been thoroughly thought out from start to finish and gives you an insight not only into how to create these wonderful dishes in your own home but also into the diversity of the Thai garden, why they use the ingredients they do and gives you a snapshot of the history cooking in Thailand.
If a Thai cooking class is on your bucket list, which it really should be, then do not hesitate to book this one in Koh Lanta.
It may just be the best Thai food you eat during your stay and you’ve cooked it all!
If you can’t make the evening class then check out their lunchtime course starting at 10am, if you book on a Thursday this also includes a local market tour to collect some ingredients for your chosen dishes!
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