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DISCOVER THAILAND AND ITS FOOD

. . . indulge your passion for food and travel

Tell Tale Travel specialises in authentic holidays. If you're looking for a holiday with a difference, we guarantee you will gain plenty of memories and tales to tell when you get home. We offer the chance to get the real inside experience, whatever your interests are.

Our holidays are founded on the following beliefs:

  • The best way to get to know a country is through its people.
  • The responsible sourcing of accommodation and activities from local communities means that your visit provides our hosts with additional income without distracting them from their daily lives and main sources of revenue.
  • Wherever possible we avoid using tour groups and guides in order for our hosts and our guests to meet on an equal social footing and to improve the chance for them to form lasting relationships.
  • We actively seek out opportunities for you to get involved in aspects of everyday life, such as visiting markets and participating in festivals, which reinforce the importance of local culture thereby helping to conserve it.

Cooking Holidays in Thailand

What better way to discover a country than through its food? Discover Thailand and its food on a Tell Tale trip. You'll return with expert skills to brighten up your dinner table and spice up your life.

If you've been watching Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey and think you can stand the heat, have a look at our authentic cookery holidays in Thailand.

  COOKING HOLIDAY IN THAILAND : TAMARIND AND SPICE  

Tamarind and Spice Cooking Holiday

Indulge your passion for food and travel on this authentic Thailand cookery holiday. Chop and eat your way around four regions and cook up a storm in locations as diverse as an organic farm and a desert island beach. Local cookery experts will introduce you to an amazing variety of flavours and share their personal recipes and cookery techniques. This cookery adventure is a small group holiday, with an absolute maximum of 10 people. There are no single supplements, but you will get your own room.

Your trip begins with a direct overnight flight and welcome dinner in Bangkok before an introductory lesson at a world-famous cookery school. You'll learn all about the ingredients used in Thai cookery and pick up a few essential skills. You'll also do a bit of sightseeing with one of our expert guides.

Then you'll be taken to Thailand's fertile Central Plains, where life has remained unchanged for years. The village headman's wife herself will show you how to pick the best vegetables at the bustling local market and share her family's recipes for regional specialities. Whilst in the area, you will also explore the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya before an overnight journey north on a sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

Influenced by the northern Lanna kingdom and local hill tribe customs, Chiang Mai cuisine has a very distinctive, fiery flavour. You will pick and cook your own vegetables at an organic farm and learn a series of Lanna dishes including pad ka prow (stir-fried pork or chicken, chilli and holy basil), often considered to be the Thai version of bangers and mash. Another highlight of this part of your cookery adventure is learning ' jungle survival skills' (on a half-day excursion) and a vegetarian cookery demonstration by one of our very special friends.

For the last part of your holiday, you'll be in Krabi on the Andaman Coast, famous for its breathtaking scenery, spotless beaches and turquoise waters. Here, you'll learn to cook a range of sizzling southern dishes such as the slightly sweet and delicious massaman curry.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Direct flight from London Heathrow to Bangkok with Thai Airways.
     
Day 2: Pick up Bangkok airport and transfer in air-conditioned private minibus to centrally-located boutique inn. Time to relax then a stroll through the local area for a welcome dinner.
     
Day 3: Morning lie-in/brunch. Afternoon cookery lesson at the Blue Elephant Cookery School. Evening trip to Suan Lum night market and Sky Bar.
     
Day 4: Morning, boat trip along the Chao Phraya Rivera and visit the magnificent Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha with an expert guide. After lunch, 1 - 1.5 hour drive to a sleepy village in the Central Plains. Settle in and followed by sunset boat trip. Dinner, lesson on Thai desserts and overnight stay at the village headman's elegant but simple teak house.
Day 5: Early morning at the local market with the headman's wife followed by a cookery lesson and lunch. Optional bike ride around the paddy fields and along the canal in the afternoon, transfer to nearby Ayutthaya, relaxing evening.
     
Day 6: Bike ride with guide (with minibus support) around the spectacular remains of Ayutthaya, one-time capital of Thailand, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Time to shower and change before overnight sleeper train north to Chiang Mai.
Day 7: Early morning arrival in Chiang Mai and minibus transfer to luxury private home. Welcome breakfast, settle in, then enjoy the swimming pool. In the afternoon, a guided walk around the village is followed by more relaxation and Thai massage. Minibus will drive to Chiang Mai for dinner and browsing the night market.
     
Day 8: Pick your own at an organic farm to pick ingredients for a northern Thai cookery lesson.
     
Day 9: A day's sightseeing in Chiang Mai with a local guide. Time to relax before dinner at a local restaurant.
     
Day 10: Cookery lesson in the jungle for some essential cookery survival tips. Learn how to make a makeshift kitchen of bamboo and banana leaves and cook over an open fire.
     
Day 11: Vegetarian cookery demonstration and lunch. Then fly to Krabi (via a quick change in Bangkok). Short transfer to mini-resort. Evening tour and dinner at Krabi night market.
     
Day 12: Morning at leisure by the pool. Afternoon at cookery school to learn sizzling Southern-style dishes.
     
Day 13: Island hopping around the Hong archipelago; a series of uninhabited islands with pristine white beaches and hidden lagoons that are considered to be the most beautiful in the region. Snorkelling amid tropical fish on the coral reef and picnic lunch.

Evening back on shore, with a visit to a local village and dinner with the Deputy Headman's family. Then a lesson in making Thai desserts.
     
Day 14: Free day, but optional minibus tour stops at a local village with good handicrafts, spectacular waterfalls and Tubkaak beach. Farewell dinner.
     
Day 15: End of your cookery holiday! Transfer to Krabi airport for a short internal flight to Bangkok, connecting with international flight home. Arrive at London Heathrow approximately 7:00pm UK time (same day).

FOR AVAILABLE DATES PLEASE VISIT WWW.TELLTALETRAVEL.CO.UK

What’s included

  • Direct flights between London Heathrow and Bangkok and internal flights with Thai Airways
  • Accommodation
  • Cooking demonstrations and hands-on lessons
  • Additional activities / excursions
  • Most meals
  • Transport in private air-conditioned minibuses and sleeper train

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and national parks e.g. Hong archipelago
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, internet access and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
  • Some meals

FOR AVAILABLE DATES PLEASE VISIT WWW.TELLTALETRAVEL.CO.UK

  COOKING HOLIDAY IN THAILAND : THE LEMON GRASS TRAIL  

The Lemon Grass Trail Cooking Holiday

What better way of really getting to know a country than through its food? This two-week cooking holiday in Thailand will see you return with expert skills to brighten up your winter meals and spice up your parties! You'll visit four areas of Thailand, feasting on local delicacies and learning how to pick, catch and cook them from the real experts, the locals themselves.

You'll start in Bangkok where you'll kick off your culinary adventures with an introductory lesson in Thai cuisine at the world-famous Blue Elephant cooking school and get a taster of what's to come when a friendly grandma teaches you how to pound your own curry paste. Then, it's time to pack your apron and expand on your new-found skills and learn from the experts in Thai cooking!

First stop, the Central Plains, the agricultural heart of the Thailand, known as the 'rice bowl'. You'll arrive in a picturesque canal-side village where the pace of life is incredibly relaxed. The village headman's wife herself will show you how to pick from the vibrantly-coloured vegetables in her local market and how to make intricate Thai desserts as well as typical regional dishes using seasonal vegetables and fruit.

Next, you'll go to Isan in the north east, well away from the tourist trail. You'll learn to make the best sticky rice and Som Tam, the famous spicy papaya based salad from the region, as well as Larb, an influence from neighbouring Laos. You'll have to gather your own ingredients by picking them at the organic farm and foraging in the forest!

Finally, you are off to the Andaman Coast where you will make your way to a small island, just off the mainland where people still make their living from fishing and farming. Make sure you have the freshest catch of the day by getting up early to get it yourself. There will also be time to relax on one of Thailand's most beautiful beaches before you return home to test your new expert cooking skills.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Direct flight from the London Heathrow to Bangkok by Eva Air or Thai Airways (regional add-ons available).
     
Day 2: One of our drivers will pick you up and whisk you away from the airport to a residential area where you will have the afternoon to relax. Dinner with a local family.
     
Day 3: Morning free, your driver will pick you up at midday and take you into the city centre for an afternoon's introduction into Thai cuisine at the Blue Elephant cookery school. In the evening, explore the city at your leisure (your driver will take and wait for you), visit Chinatown, a night market or have a drink by the river.
     
Day 4: A day sightseeing with our guide who will take you to the main sights and in a riverboat and to a local flower market. In the evening, you'll be taught how to make curry pastes by one of our favourite grandmas in the whole of Thailand.
Day 5: Morning visit to Bangkok's vast agricultural market then transfer to the rural Central Plains. Relax in the afternoon before a boat ride down the canal that the houses are built alongside, followed by a lesson in making Thai desserts and a traditional farmer's dinner.
     
Day 6: Morning visit with the village headman's wife to her local market where she'll show you how to jostle for the best crops of the day, then teach you how to make typical regional dishes. Spend the afternoon relaxing with a book on your terrace by the canal, then enjoy a cycle ride along the rice fields.
Day 7: Transfer to the northern part of rural Isan via a short plane ride, then a 2 hour drive. Arrive at a village nestled in the foot of a forest, settle in and enjoy the pool before a walk around the village to meet the friendly locals.
     
Day 8: Spend the morning at the market and picking vegetatables at the organic farm, then cook up a storm! Evening out at a town along the Mekong River, have dinner at a riverside restaurant or visit the bustling night market, a great place to pick up the silk woven in the area.
     
Day 9: Day sightseeing, visiting a beautiful temple which would be worth visiting for the views alone and local villages to see local handicrafts being made. Evening cooking lesson.
     
Day 10: Forage in the forest with a monkey leading the way, afternoon to relax by the pool and evening cooking lesson, before feasting on your efforts.
     
Day 11: Transfer to Krabi in the south of the country, on the Andaman Sea, by plane with cars either end (you will spend most of the day travelling). Transfer to nearby island where people still make their living through fishing and farming rather than tourism.
     
Day 12: Visit Krabi market to look at the seafood on offer, from squid literally straight off the boat to crabs sprawling down in lines to the freshest vegetables and fruit from this area, once nearly all covered in rainforest. Spend the afternoon learning how to make spicy southern food which has influences from nearby Malaysia.
     
Day 13: Get up early to go fishing at dawn with the local fishermen - help them haul in the catch before picking the best to learn to make the most delicious seafood speciliaties of the island.
     
Day 14: Transfer via car to boutique beachside hotel, the beautiful Tubkaak Resort. Afternoon at leisure.
     
Day 15: Day at leisure at resort.
     
Day 16: Fly back to the UK (via a short connecting flight from Krabi to Bangkok). The default flights in this recommended itinerary return to London Heathrow at approximately 7:00pm on Sunday evening, it is possible to return earlier.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.TELLTALETRAVEL.CO.UK

What’s included

  • Direct flights between London Heathrow and Bangkok and internal flights with Thai Airways
  • Accommodation
  • Cooking demonstrations and hands-on lessons
  • Additional activities / excursions
  • Most meals
  • Transport in private air-conditioned minibuses and sleeper train

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and national parks e.g. Hong archipelago
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, internet access and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for guides and drivers (discretionary)
  • Some meals

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT WWW.TELLTALETRAVEL.CO.UK

  TELL TALE TRAVEL  

Tell Tale Travel specialises in authentic holidays. If you're looking for a holiday with a difference, we guarantee you will gain plenty of memories and tales to tell when you get home. We offer the chance to get the real inside experience, whatever your interests are.

We're a London-based company that loves to chat to our customers 7 days a week. We have a unique network of local people in the countries we operate in, not only does this let us create unforgettable experiences but there's always someone on hand throughout your time away.

Why book with us?

  • Hand-selected
    Every element of a Tell Tale journey has been hand-selected by our staff, not by other people. We painstakingly hunt out the best authentic experiences. If we don't think it's the finest Thailand has to offer or we wouldn't want to do it, we don't offer it. We can't promise you'll always be in luxurious surroundings, but we always portray everything as it is.
  • Local Insight
    You'll meet local people that we have chosen to show you the real Thailand. You will experience the overwhelming warmth of genuine local hospitality throughout your journey.
  • Just For You
    You don't have to share your experience with a tour group or a tour leader. And as it's just for you - do what you want, when you want.
  • Responsible Tourism
    You will be able to see first-hand how your money benefits local people and communities. A supplementary income enables a better quality of life in small villages and a chance to share their culture, history and lifestyle with the outside world.
  • Hassle Free Organisation
    We will organise everything we can. This means you can get the best Thailand has to offer, such as a particular scenic train journey without the inconvenience of organising it. Where we are not able to organise something in advance for you, we will give you guidance or a local contact to ensure minimum hassle.
  • Guidance
    Guidebooks by their nature, are out of date from the day they're published. We give you insider up-to-the-minute information from the most fashionable restaurant in Bangkok to the off-the-beaten-track noodle bar in the Central Plains. We also give you general advice that will help you throughout your journey such as cultural and clothing tips depending on what you are doing on a particular day.
  • Fair Prices
    We only sell our own holidays, this means we can make sure everyone involved, you and our network of local people, get a fair price. And unlike other operators, we don't have surcharges - whether you're booking with your credit card or if after you've booked there's a change in the exchange rates which makes our costs higher, you still pay the same.
  CONTACT DETAILS  
Tell Tale Travel
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25a Kensington Church Street
London
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United Kingdom
Phone:
0800 011 2571
Email:
contact@telltaletravel.co.uk
Web:
www.telltaletravel.co.uk
 
 
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