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Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

1. Phuket: Half Day Easy Thai Cooking Class & Local Market Tour

Take part in a half–day cooking class in a local kitchen, after you explore the local market to select your ingredients. Choose from 2 half–day classes: a the morning class starting at 9:30 AM or an afternoon class starting at 2:30 PM. For a more flexible menu, choose the Special Sunday class. See below for a sample of your menu: Monday: in the morning class, enjoy tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. In the afternoon class, prepare chicken satay, tom kha kai, phad see-ew, and mango sticky rice. Tuesday: the morning class will prepare fish cake, papaya salad, panang curry, and deep fried banana. In the afternoon, prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Wednesday: in the morning, cook tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, cook fried chicken cashew nut, tom kha kai, fried basil leaves,  and banana in coconut milk. Thursday: the morning menu includes spring rolls, paneang curry, tom kha kai, and mango sticky rice. The afternoon class will prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice. Friday: join the morning class to prepare tom yam kung, phad thai, green curry, and deep fried banana. Choose an afternoon class for fried chicken in oyster sauce, spring roll, tom kha kai, and deep fried banana. Saturday: In the morning class, cook massaman curry, spring rolls, tom yam kung, and banana in coconut milk. In the afternoon, prepare red curry, larb, tom kah kai, and banana in coconut milk. Special Sundays: Choose 3 Thai main course dishes and a Thai dessert. 

Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

2. Phuket: Old Town Food Tasting Tour with 14 Dishes

Explore why Phuket is considered one of Thailand's top foodie hotspots on a walking and tasting tour in the Old Town. Treat yourself to more than 14 different dishes as you make your way through the Central Market. Enjoy spiced rice cooked in banana leaves and traditional rotis. Meet your guide in outside the famous Central Market and begin your walking tour. Weave through the streets and admire a Chinese temple from the outside. Start off with trying a Phuketian classic snack of spiced rice cooked in banana leaves. Back at the market, your guide will take you to a hidden little teashop which serves the local Burmese working community. Here, you'll try Burmese curries, crispy samosas, and other delights accompanied by naans freshly cooked in their wood-fired oven and washed down with sweet tea. Go down the road to find an outdoor fresh fruit and vegetable market where your guide will explain the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine. Sample exotic fruits, juices, and other tasty morsels like deep-fried coconut balls and prawns cooked in banana leaves. Continue your culinary adventure with a bowl of rich Hokkien noodles from a little restaurant. Discover an indoor market famed for its fresh spring rolls filled with cured pork and topped with sweet sauce. Try their coconut pork skewers served with rich peanut satay and zingy ajat cucumber relish. Take a sweet twist as you help yourself to a particularly special Phuket-style crepe cooked over fiery coals. Cool down with a refreshing iced dessert and a sweet milky tea as you indulge on flaky rotis. Return back to the Central Market with a full stomach. Your guide will help direct you back to your accommdations.

Phuket: Authentic Thai Cooking Class

3. Phuket: Authentic Thai Cooking Class

Discover how to cook world-renowned Thai dishes during an authentic cooking class giving you actual hands-on experience and providing you with knowledge on Thai foods and the country's ingredients. Choose between a morning or afternoon half day class or a morning full day class, adapting completely to your schedule and convenience.  Each class begins with a hotel pick up to depart for the market, where your Chef will give you a tour, to learn about Thai ingredients, names, flavors and substitutes for the upcoming class, helping to better understand Thai cooking. After the market tour, head to the cooking school near the Kathu Waterfalls, where you are greeted with a cold beverage and given the opportunity to rest in the air-conditioned home.  The class starts with your Thai chef demonstrating and instructing on how to cook the delicious Thai foods at professional and hygienic cooking stations, before the real fun begins and you get the chance to prepare and cook for yourself, under the watchful eyes of the qualified and friendly staff. Once each dish has been prepared, enjoy the fruits of your labor and savor the delicious meals you just prepared, take some time to relax and finally be transferred back to your hotel. With our beginner or vegetarian thai cooking classes YOU choose the 5 dishes you want to learn. We offer you a large selection of dishes to choose from.

Phuket: Old Town Street Food Delights Walking Tour

4. Phuket: Old Town Street Food Delights Walking Tour

Discover some of Phuket’s most delicious local eateries on a walking tour around the Old Town with a foodie guide. See how Chinese, Indian, and Malay cultures have left their culinary mark on Phuket. Stop at shops frequented by locals including A Pong Mae Sunee, Pun Te, Aroon Po Chana, and more. Meet your guide at Mue-Yium Cafe and Bistro before heading to the first spot, the famed A Pong Mae Sunee, a family-run shop that has been selling crepes for over 50 years. Try their coconut or crispy crepes which have been mentioned in the Michelin Guide. Next, head to Pun Te, a fairly new food court tucked away in a dead end near Yaowarat Road. See little halls with vendors who specialize in Baba Nyonya cuisine – a mixture of Chinese wok cooking style with Malay ingredients. Order some Hokkien noodles or dim sum sets. After devouring some savory dishes, make your way to Torry’s Ice Cream, a local haunt known for its traditional Phuket desserts as well as its Sino-European interior and exterior. Cool down with a sweet treat at this cafe-style ice cream parlor before heading to the next stop. Follow your guide to Aroon Po Chana to savor home-cooked meals such as roti, chicken curry, and seafood dishes. Besides their mouth-watering food, they also have an extensive drinks menu with iced tea, Thai tea, or coffee. Before ending the tour, take a stroll along Thalang Road and catch glimpses of local life against the colorful backdrop of beautifully preserved shops. If you take the tour on a weekend, you can also pass by Phuket Walking Street in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Important Note: Kindly note that most restaurants mentioned tend to close by early afternoon. If you choose the 2:30 pm slot, your experienced guide will take you to alternative (but just as delicious) street food stalls to ensure you still get a taste of authentic Phuket street cuisine. If you would like to stick to this itinerary, it is highly recommended to book the morning slots.

From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

5. From Phuket: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Tour in Phang Nga

Observe free-roaming elephants in a safe environment on a tour from Phuket that includes hotel transfers, an on-site photographer, and a Thai lunch. Enjoy the rural landscape of the Mueang Phang-nga district, meet an elephant and kwan-chang (elephant handler), and bathe and feed the gentle giants. Upon arrival at the wildlife sanctuary, meet your guide and learn a little about the elephants as you take a walk through the forest. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with these majestic animals while learning about their behavior. Receive bananas and sugarcane to give them a sweet treat. Then, accompany the elephants to a nearby mud spa. Go knees-deep into the mud to apply a healthy cosmetic mud treatment to their skin. Next, walk with the elephants to a nearby river and join them in the water for a refreshing bath. Take a swim and help brush the elephants as they play in the river. After bathing the elephants and taking some final photos with them, it is time to part ways with your friends. Take a shower, change into dry clothes and savor a freshly-cooked, traditional Thai lunch with seasonal fresh fruits, tea, and coffee. You can also join a Thai cooking demonstration and see how pad Thai, a signature stir-fry dish, and som tam (papaya salad) are prepared. Later, end the tour with hotel drop-off.

Phuket: Blue Tree Water Park and Beach Club

6. Phuket: Blue Tree Water Park and Beach Club

Make your way to the Blue Tree Phuket Beach Club and Water Park. Once there, admire the vast, crystal clear waters which comprise the first man-made, eco-friendly, freshwater lagoon in the area. It was tailor-made for every type of enjoyable water activity, and a whole lot more. Hurtle down the many slides, some of which will launch you into the air and into the lagoon. There is a zipline on a steel cable across the water, which you can cross with a safety harness and helmet on. Later, jump off one of the two cliff-diving points from where you can drop 5 or 10 meters (16.4 or 32.8 feet) into the lagoon. Relax in or by the crystal freshwater Blue Tree Lagoon, before experiencing the gratification of relaxed shopping. From The Terraces’ eclectic cuisine to the gourmet delights of the innovative multi-story Tree House, Blue Tree is a unique Phuket kaleidoscope of fun, amusement, relaxation, delight, glee, levity, gaiety, entertainment, and challenges for visitors of all ages.

Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

7. Phuket: Nui Beach, Rum Distillery, and Old Town Day Trip

Take in Phuket's top attractions on a private or group guided tour. Swim in the sea at Nui Beach, pay your respects to the Big Buddha, sample a local drink at Chalong Bay Distillery, explore the sights and sounds of Phuket Old Town, and take in incredible views from Khao Rang Viewpoint. After hotel pickup, head straight to your first stop, Nui Beach. Explore this glorious hidden gem with its 120 m strip of white sand, turquoise waters, and coral reefs surrounded by cliffs and palm trees. Swim or simply lay back on the shore before tucking into a hearty lunch (at your own expense). Next, head to one of the most famous landmarks in Phuket, the Big Buddha. Discover the alabaster seated Buddha up close and take in fantastic views of the island. Then, take a 30-minute guided tour of Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. See how they make their signature specialty and give it a try. Then, head to Phuket Old Town and wander along some of the popular shopping streets to take in the Sino-Portuguese townhouses and browse for some souvenirs. Cap off the day with a beautiful view of Phuket from Khao Rang Viewpoint. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery before heading back to your hotel.

Baba Tastes Evening Phuket Food Tour for 8 Guests

8. Baba Tastes Evening Phuket Food Tour for 8 Guests

Our Phuket food tours have been voted the best culinary adventures on this food-obsessed island. You’d be one wonton short of a noodle bowl not to drag yourself off the sun-kissed beaches and hit up the drool-worthy eating spots around old Phuket Town, a place bestowed with UNESCO status for its culinary history. In an intimate group of up to 8 guests explore this fascinating trading outpost that's been influencers from across Asia and beyond. We don't want to spoil the surprise, but some drool-worthy highlights including the handmade fresh spring rolls slathered in sticky tamarind sauce, peppery wok-fried mee hoon, Hokkien noodles with delicate prawn wontons and char sui barbecue pork, Southern-style gaeng som curry and over ten more lip-smackingly food tastings in places you'd struggle to find alone. The tour concludes back at the start point, the Phuket Town Central Market, located along Ranong Road in the heart of the city. Enjoy local hospitality and meet new friends along the way. End the tour armed with the knowledge you'll need to continue eating street food across Thailand. Our tour reflects the local cuisine and the limitations of street food vendors means we unfortunately cannot cater for every dietary restriction. Here's an honest appraisal for the tour so no-one is disappointed: ✘ Unsuitable for vegetarians, pescatarians and no-pork diets ✘ Unsuitable for shellfish, peanut and severe allergies. ✘ Unsuitable for severe gluten intolerances, there are traces of gluten in soy sauce. ✔ Suitable for lactose intolerances. ✔ Suitable for no beef diets.

Phuket: Peranakan Heritage Guided Walking Tour

9. Phuket: Peranakan Heritage Guided Walking Tour

The Peranakans are an ethnic group with roots in Southern China. Peranakan culture is characterized by its unique blend of ancient Chinese culture with sprinklings of Malay, Indonesian, and Thai culture. Phuket is home to several significant museums that pay homage to the beautiful Peranakan heritage. Peranakan Nitat Museum: The first stop of the day is this museum which incorporates local knowledge with fun and interactive technology. See local art showcases, learn about the culture and history of the Peranakans, and see traditional costumes, jewelry, and more. Thalang Road: Next, pass through Thalang Road in Old Phuket Town and see the colorful renovated shophouses built in the Sino-Portuguese style. Take in the beautifully preserved buildings and learn more about the structures’ influence and cultural impact. Soi Rommanee: After seeing the colorful shophouses, wander around Soi Rommanee and see the riveting street art by local Patcharapol Tangreun (also known as Alex Face). Take photos of the child-like cartoon characters and discover how these artworks tie in to the locals’ beliefs. Phuket Thai Hua Museum: The last stop of the day is this museum. It was given an award in 2008 for its outstanding role in conserving architectural arts. Walk through the numerous rooms and discover exhibitions that all point to the history of the Chinese in Phuket.

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4.7 / 5

based on 93 reviews

My partner and I had a great time on this trip. The host is very friendly, accommodating and made everyone feel welcome. Very good English speaking and tries to make sure everyone understands all the way through. We first went to the market to pick up ingredients which was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many fresh ingredients. The cooking experience was relaxed, well paced and with it being a small group, felt personable. We prepped and cooked some great dishes. Would highly recommend.

Kat is amazing & passionate about the people she takes you to meet. We would have missed these awesome places as a tourist. Great examples of all the different cuisines in the area as well. Food was tailored for spice tolerances of everyone. Don’t eat breakfast before you go.

This was the BEST! Our tour guide was amazing and so knowledgeable about the local area. All the food was incredible and you get to try a huge variety of different things. Would absolutely recommend!

Nam was an excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Phuket & the food vendors we visited. Every tasting was amazing! A must do when in Phuket!

Newle was a great guide, also the recipes are also very tasty and seem to be very authentic! Great experience overall.