Floating Market, Cooking Class & Wild Elephants
3 Days / 2 Nights
Head to Don Wai Floating Market to source ingredients for your cooking class. Enjoy the river breeze and passing views of local homes and lush river vegetation during your 30 min boat ride to your host's, Aoy's tropical riverside home. You will then join Aoy in her professional kitchen studio for your cooking class. In this hands-on cooking lesson you will learn to prepare from scratch two of Aoy's favorite Thai dishes. After your cooking class, visit Phra Nakhon Chedi, the tallest Buddhist structure in Southeast Asia before heading to Pranburi, where the next day you will head to Kuiburi National Park, known to be the best wild elephant and gaur sighting place in Thailand. Other wild mammals such as gaurs, golden jackals, leopards, deers, bantengs, langurs are also commonly spotted in the national park.
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Day 1. Bangkok - Floating Market - Cooking Class - Pranburi (-/L/-)
This morning, meet your guide and driver in the lobby of your hotel at 08.30 and depart to Nakhon Pathom (60kms, about 1h drive) where you will be welcomed by Aoy, your local host for today.
Aoy is a passionate food lover who fully commits herself to every task at hand especially when it comes to preparing authentic and beautifully presented Thai dishes. Aoy lived abroad for 10 years and now works in the tourism industry. Since returning to Thailand, she has dedicated herself to teaching Thai cooking to foreigners and opening a restaurant in her home. Aoy lives on a lush, beautiful property on the banks of the Tha Chin River and uses fresh herbs and produce grown in the local community in her cooking.
You will first board a local boat and head to the authentic floating market of Don Wai where we will select the ingredients for today’s class. The market is known for its wide variety of vegetables and Thai snacks. As you shop together, Aoy will show you regional fruit and vegetables at her preferred vendors in the market. After learning about the local produce and farming community you will board a boat that Aoy steers herself. Enjoy the river breeze and passing views of local homes and lush river vegetation during your 30 min boat ride to Aoy's tropical riverside home.
After your boat ride, you will be greeted with a welcome drink in the calm of Aoy's garden oasis. You will then join Aoy in her professional kitchen studio for your cooking class. In this hands-on cooking lesson you will learn to prepare from scratch two of Aoy's favorite Thai dishes. Aoy will share her deep knowledge of Thai herbs and spices and passion for cooking as you cook together in her studio kitchen that is also used by her other cooks for the restaurant she runs from her home. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and chop vegetables, pound spices, and laugh as you cook together with this charming and fun-loving host!
After your cooking class a short drive will take you to Phra Nakhon Chedi, the tallest Buddhist structure in Southeast Asia. If time admits, take part in an informal monk blessing (not guaranteed and upon monk’s availability).
Time to head south to your final destination of the day: Pranburi (200kms, about 3h drive). Check-in on arrival with the evening at leisure.
Day 2. Pranburi - Kuiburi National Park (B/-/-)
This morning is free at leisure. Try a refreshing walk on the unspoiled stretch of beach in front of your hotel!
Around 11.30, meet your guide and driver and take the road to Kuiburi National Park (70kms, about 1h drive). Reach the national park by 14.00 and get introduced to your local ranger. All rangers come from the area and used to be farmers employed in the pineapple industry. Their English is very limited but your guide will have no trouble in translating their enthusiasm about the park and their numerous inhabitants. Known to be the best wild elephant and gaur sighting place in Thailand, it is almost 99% sure visitors will see elephants any day! Wild mammals such as gaurs, golden jackals, leopards, deers, bantengs, langurs are also commonly spotted in the national park.
Return to the camp base by 17.00 and receive a well deserved dinner box before your transfer back to your hotel. Evening at leisure to review all your great pictures!
Day 3. Pranburi - Bangkok (B/-/-)
After breakfast transfer back to Bangkok.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS FROM £ request a quote
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Transfers and tours with local English-speaking driver guide in private air-conditioned vehicle
All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
Meals as mentioned in the program without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Thailand. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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