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Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

1. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

Tiffany's Show Pattaya: Cabaret Show Entry Ticket

2. Tiffany's Show Pattaya: Cabaret Show Entry Ticket

Treat yourself to something special and witness Tiffany's Show Pattaya in all its glory. Watch dazzling performances and listen to exciting musical numbers. Bring the whole family along for the highly regarded performance. Tiffany’s Show Pattaya is the world's first transgender cabaret show. With five decades of experience, the family-oriented show was voted among the top 10 world's best shows and has received the Prime Minister's Creative Award. See the show awarded the People's Choice Award and Thailand Tourism Awards: Award of Excellence, as well as Thailand's most coveted tourism award, the Hall Of Fame. Tiffany’s Show Pattaya has organized the well-known Miss Tiffany’s Universe since 1998 and Miss International Queen since 2004 with the aim to raise human rights and equality for all. Witness spectacular performances, impressive costumes, and out-of-this-world set design. Choose from a variety of seating, whether it's the mezzanine or VIP seating closer to the stage.

Pattaya: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

3. Pattaya: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

On the morning of your visit, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Pattaya and will be driven for approximately 30 minutes through scenic agricultural areas before arriving at the Sanctuary. There, you will meet your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. After being handed bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, walk with your guide through the sanctuary, discovering free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable and ethical environment, and hearing their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their lifestyle and behaviors. After you have met all the elephants, accompany them to a nearby mud spa. Get muddy with the elephants as you 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 bathe and brush the elephants while they wade through and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Finally, enjoy eating some snacks and seasonal fresh fruits. End your journey with a hotel drop-off at your place in Pattaya. 

Bangkok: Dream World Entrance Ticket

4. Bangkok: Dream World Entrance Ticket

Experience the Dream World amusement park for an action-packed day you'll never forget. Discover 40 rides and attractions spread across the park in its four different zones: Adventure Land, Fantasy Land, Dream Garden, and Dream World Plaza. Discover the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain in Adventure Land, marvel at the Grand Canyon replica, and experience exhilarating rides, such as the Tornado, Thunderbirds, or the Flying Carpet. Visit Fantasy Land and explore fairytales from around the world, such as Sleeping Beauty, and discover the Giant House, and 4D adventures. Ride the cable car or train to see the sights and explore the Seven Wonders of the World in Dream Gardens. Explore Snow Town in -8°C temperatures with its frosty arctic winter setting. Go go-kart racing and meet your favorite cartoon characters in the Colors of the World Parade. Bumper cars, roller coasters, and water rides all await you.

From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

5. From Kanchanaburi: Elephants World Sanctuary Visit

Elephant World is a self-supporting environmental conservation organization that cares for domestic elephants, situated just outside the town of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Elephant World cares for the daily needs of over 30 elephants and staff by offering eco-travelers the experience of an up-close and personal encounter with these wonderful creatures. Choose from either a 1-day program or an overnight stay which includes accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage by the river and the mountains.  1-Day Experience The 1-day experience starts with pick up from your hotel or guesthouse in Kanchanaburi at 9 AM. Arrive at Elephant World, where you'll meet and feed the friendly elephants up close. Then observe the elephants bathing on a huge river. Have the opportunity to clean fruits and vegetables and prepare and cook sticky rice balls for your new friends. After lunch, gather plants and vegetables for elephants at the sanctuary's farm then plant banana trees and sugarcane. Feed sticky rice balls to the old elephants and take the elephants to the river for a bath where you can scrub them clean before feeding them with the fruits you prepared. The day program ends at 4 PM when you will head back to your hotel. Overnight Experience The overnight experience is the same but includes overnight accommodation in a traditional Thai-style cottage, equipped with a bathroom and hot shower, mosquito nets, and a comfortable terrace for relaxing. In the wet season, the elephants sleep and eat in the forest. Staying overnight will allow you to walk the elephants out into the forest at the end of the day with the mahouts. The next day, wake early up to the sounds of the wildlife. Bring the elephants back in from the forest before the day's activities begin. In the dry season, take a walk with the elephants in the morning. Choose to hike to the top of a mountain (for an extra fee of 100 THB) and enjoy the view or observe the beautiful birds next to the river. After that, return for a tasty Thai lunch and check out. Finally, enjoy a fun afternoon with the elephants and help them take a bath. Then, enjoy rafting down the River Kwai with life jackets provided. Relax and admire at the peaceful atmosphere of the surroundings as you float back to Elephant World. Finish the program at around 3 PM and return to your hotel in Kanchanaburi.

Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

6. Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

Spend the day exploring the only outdoor water park in northern Chiang Mai with an area of over 35 acres. The park offers various outdoor activities including giant sliders over 10 meters in length. Experience canoeing and kayaking and marvel at the panoramic view of Grand Canyon Water Park. Enjoy the zip line that has 2 lines, over 400 meters in length, which cross over the Grand Canyon water. Experience the only wakeboarding in Chiang Mai and the Northern part of Thailand. The park ensures safety and convenience with life jackets for all swimmers, as well as certified and well-trained lifeguards on site. 

From Pattaya/Bangkok: Island Day Trip with Beach Activities

7. From Pattaya/Bangkok: Island Day Trip with Beach Activities

Take a break from Bangkok or Pattaya with a beach day trip to Coral Island or Koh Larn. Go parasailing, kayaking, banana boating, and more all against the stunning backdrop of Thai islands. See coral and fish as you snorkel in crystal-clear waters. Choose to include a jet ski ride in your tour. After hotel pickup, travel to the pier for the first activity of the day: parasailing. Enjoy the panoramic view of Pattaya Bay as you fly through the sky. Then, take a walk along the seaside and admire the coral reef before traveling to Coral Island, marvel at the beautiful views of the island. Fuel up on energy for your afternoon of activities with lunch. Then, enjoy an adrenaline-filled ride on a banana boat and calmly paddle across the sea in a kayak, admiring marine life through the transparent kayak. If you have chosen to include jet skiing in your day, zoom across the sea. Relax on the beach for a while before heading Sak, Island where there are magnificent coral reefs and fishes to discover. Put on the provided snorkeling gear and dive into the water to see what you can find. At around 3:30 PM, head back to the van to be returned to your hotel.

Pattaya: Underwater World Pattaya Aquarium Admission Ticket

8. Pattaya: Underwater World Pattaya Aquarium Admission Ticket

Enjoy a family-friendly day learning about life under the sea with this ticket to the Underwater World Pattaya aquarium in Pattaya. Step into a colorful underwater world as you walk through a 105-meter-long clear acrylic tunnel full of sea life. Present your voucher at the counter and uncover the secrets of Thailand's facinating marine ecosystem. The aquarium hosts a multitude of marine life as well as colorful corals that you can view through the sea tunnel which gives you a 180-degree view. Take a stroll under marine life as you see the tunnel's Coral Reef Zone, Shark and Stingray Zone, and Siam Giant Zone. Head over to the majestic Jellyfish Zone to safely view these vibrant creatures. Get up close and interact with sea life in a safe way at the Touch Pool Zone. Learn about these creatures as you make your way to each exhibit.

Chiang Mai: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show & Optional Transfer

9. Chiang Mai: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show & Optional Transfer

Spend an entertaining night out in Chiang Mai city by grabbing your entrance ticket to Siam Dragon Cabaret Show. Witness the colorful yet captivating performance in the 400-seater theatre. Select between Standard and VIP seating and an optional hotel transfer from your Chiang Mai city center hotel. Siam Dragon Cabaret Show is a fun and entertaining performance that incorporates cabaret in a refined and creative way plus a variety of modern dance styles, and various inspiring Thai cultural dances and songs. During the 70-minute show, watch the professional and skilled performers as they share with you the story of Thailand.

Pattaya: Go-Karting Experience

10. Pattaya: Go-Karting Experience

Experience an adrenaline rush like no other as you challenge your buddies to a go-karting race in Pattaya. Satisfy your need for speed and race around the challenging outdoor go-kart tracks surrounded by breathtaking views of tropical greenery. Try and test different kart models with 100cc to 270cc engines with maximum speeds of 70 kilometers per hour (43.5 miles per hour). Before you start your exciting go-karting race, receive full safety training to ensure you have a safe experience. Choose to ride the Kid Kart, Regular Kart, Double Seater Kart, or the Fast Kart depending on your track, engine, speed preferences, and age and height.  Unleash your competitive side and race against other participants or have a friendly battle with your friends and family. The modern digital timing system will keep track of every lap time and a timing sheet will be printed for you. The panoramic terrace offers an amazing view of both tracks.

  • Bangkok
  • Pattaya
  • Chiang Mai
  • Kanchanaburi
  • Hua Hin
  • Ko Kut
  • Samut Prakan
  • Ayutthaya
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What people are saying about Central Thailand

One of our favourite experiences in Chiang Mai! We learned how to cook some traditional Thai dishes and they all tasted fantastic. We loved the organic farm tour where we not only picked fresh flowers and herbs, we also picked up fresh eggs from their chicken pen. It's so unique compared to other cooking school experiences we've tried.

Unbelievable experience, beyond expectations. The location is beautiful with food sourced from the garden on site. The food was incredible and we ate as we made each dish (make sure you come hungry as there is lots of food to eat!) also the staff are so lovely and informative. We had an amazing afternoon.

Donny and the driver were so patient and welcoming. I enjoyed every second of my tour and got many great great pictures taken from Donny. He’s a magician with his camera. Definitely will have tours with him again and highly recommend!

Great farm setting. Gob, our cooking instructor, showed us the garden, identifying the herbs and vegetables we were going to use. He also explained all the seasoning ingredients thoroughly.

Such a great day! Anne our chef was fab and we had such fun. Highly recommend but bring bug spray, it’s tropical!!