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Host: Nid

Chiang Mai, Thailand

USD
$102-$110 per person

Northern Thai immersion in Lamphun

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Nid

Nid grew up in Lamphun, a small region an hour outside of Chiang Mai. An adventurous soul, she left to travel and cook in restaurants worldwide. Of all the cooks she met, she says the best is her mother. Her passion is helping travelers to learn the Northern Thai dishes that she grew up eating. Learn about rural life, sitting on mats in an open-air kitchen and cooking true Northern Thai cuisine over traditional charcoal clay pot fires.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-10 guests) Your meal might include steamed fish in banana leaf, Nid’s special fried chicken, or laap pla duk (grilled minced fish salad) one of Nid's specialties. Experience a delicious side of Thai cuisine you’ve never seen - or tasted - before.

Cooking experience: (2-10 guests) In a hands-on cooking lesson you will learn to make several dishes alongside Nid and her mother. Be prepared to chop, mince and pound as you create a beautiful Northern Thai meal featuring family recipes perfected by Nid and her mother over the years. As with many traditional Thai families, Nid's mother does her cooking outside. You will be sitting outside Nid's family home on mats placed on top of the ground, and together with Nid and her mom enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson where you will have the chance to make some of the authentic Northern Thai dishes you won't find in other Thai cooking schools or restaurants.

Market visit: (2-10 guests) This is truly an off the eaten path experience. Nid will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Mai and drive you about an hour to her home village in Lamphun. You'll stop at Ton Payom, a local market, to learn about the regional produce and then continue to Nid's mother's home to begin cooking.

Notes: The experience cost includes transportation to and from Lamphun with pickup at your Chiang Mai hotel, a market tour, cooking lesson and lunch. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so Nid can arrange for your pick-up.

Languages spoken: English, Thai

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
I start this review by saying that we love to do cooking classes wherever we travel. It always gives us good insight into authentic ingredients and one on one time with people who are passionate about their culture and their food. Nid is one of the most passionate cooks I have ever met. From the moment we met her she skillfully moved us through the market, identifying all of the fresh ingredients, letting us smell and touch the produce. She explained all ingredients and even showed us where to get parnang paste packed to take home.I was humbled that Nid took us to her childhood home, and her family was so welcoming and sweet. We spend the day pounding ingredients in the mortar pestle, chopping with the machetes and stirring over the outdoor cooking apparatus. The end results were pure mouthwatering perfection. This day will always be remembered by both of us as one of our best ever experiences while travelling! I plan on coming back and spending more time with Nid, and who knows? Maybe she’ll come to Vancouver one day to help me open an authentic Thai restaurant!
- Donna F January 06, 2019
One of the best experiences of this trip- or any other. With warmth and generosity, Nid welcomes us into her mother’s countryside home after a morning of shopping for produce in the market. We spent an afternoon cooking, had an amazing meal, and left with new friends. Can not recommend highly enough if you are looking for an authentic and local experience near Chiang Mai.
- Joshy-LG December 28, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Nid and both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. In addition to the food being amazing, the experience provided one of those rare traveling opportunities in which you really get an authentic glimpse of life in the place where you are. Plus Nid was so warm and welcoming.
- Juliana C May 04, 2017
We feel so lucky that we were able to spend a day with Nid and her family. Of our three week trip throughout SE Asia, this was certainly the highlight. Nid picked us up from our hotel at The Four Seasons Chiang Mai and we left this lovely little bubble for an authentic thai culinary adventure. First Nid took us to an amazing market - there wasn't a tourist in site. On the drive there it didn't take long to understand how passionate Nid is about Thai food and cooking. And we could already tell she is a lot of fun and that we were in for a great afternoon. Nid showed us around the market introducing us to produce and products we'd never seen before and together we decided what dishes we'd make based on what looked good and fresh and what appealed most to us. We sampled some of the most delicious sausage I've ever had and bought some fresh curries and produce. Then we hopped back in the car and headed to Nid's parents house. We spent the afternoon cooking on mats on the ground and in clay stoves. We made thai green curry (my husband's favorite), banana flower salad with pork, catfish salad (I don't eat fish but tried this and it was actually my favorite thing), papaya salad, and bananas cooked in coconut milk for dessert. We used a lot of fresh herbs and veggies from Nid's mom's garden as well and we ate the rice that they grow themselves. Everything was incredibly fresh and beautiful. Nid's mom worked with us and we loved how no-nonsense she is - she watched my husband's knife skills like a hawk since she likes it to be done just right - there was no 'tourist pass' which we appreciated. The food was amazing. We felt sad to leave at the end of the day and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to meet Nid and her family and spend the day in their home. I can't recommend highly enough. Nid is so passionate about what she does and she is such a talented chef, teacher, and just a lovely person to be around.
- nicolepal May 02, 2017
We had an incredible day with Nid and her family - one of the highlights of our trip. can't recommend the experience highly enough.
- Nicole and Charles Paloux March 27, 2017
We had a wonderful time with Nid and both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. In addition to the food being amazing, the experience provided one of those rare traveling opportunities in which you really get an authentic glimpse of life in the place where you are. Plus Nid was so warm and welcoming.
- Juliana April 07, 2015
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Nid in Lamphun. Both she and her family were welcoming, and the food was delicious (not to mention different from most Thai food we had eaten before). It was a very special part of our trip to Thailand, and we would heartily recommend Nid and the family 'experience' to other travelers.
- Andrew January 25, 2014
we had an absolutely awesome time during our cooking experience with Nid and her family. The food we were able to prepare for so unique and delicious. We love being in her family's home and getting to know more about northern Thai culture. we were a little concerned about the price per person for the experience just based on our experience paying for other services in Thailand. while it was much more expensive than the other food we enjoyed in Thailand, all in all our group felt that it was well worth it. Nid is an excellent chef and teacher. she's also great fun to be around and a really entertaining host. We will be happy to attend another TravelingSpoon adventure in the future.
- Leslie January 10, 2014
The overall experience was great. Nid, and her colleague, were great hosts (since she was sharing a kitchen while her location is under a remodel). The food was great and fun to see how simple everything was. A small class is always great for fun in the kitchen and meal conversations.
- Ryan D December 03, 2013
We had a blast. Nid was super friendly and knowledgeable. The class atmosphere was a lot of fun; I felt challenged, but the cooking was manageable.
- October 09, 2013
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$102-$110 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $102
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $102
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm

Meet Nid

Nid grew up in Lamphun, a small region an hour outside of Chiang Mai. An adventurous soul, she left to travel and cook in restaurants worldwide. Of all the cooks she met, she says the best is her mother. Her passion is helping travelers to learn the Northern Thai dishes that she grew up eating. Learn about rural life, sitting on mats in an open-air kitchen and cooking true Northern Thai cuisine over traditional charcoal clay pot fires.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-10 guests) Your meal might include steamed fish in banana leaf, Nid’s special fried chicken, or laap pla duk (grilled minced fish salad) one of Nid's specialties. Experience a delicious side of Thai cuisine you’ve never seen - or tasted - before.

Cooking experience: (2-10 guests) In a hands-on cooking lesson you will learn to make several dishes alongside Nid and her mother. Be prepared to chop, mince and pound as you create a beautiful Northern Thai meal featuring family recipes perfected by Nid and her mother over the years. As with many traditional Thai families, Nid's mother does her cooking outside. You will be sitting outside Nid's family home on mats placed on top of the ground, and together with Nid and her mom enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson where you will have the chance to make some of the authentic Northern Thai dishes you won't find in other Thai cooking schools or restaurants.

Market visit: (2-10 guests) This is truly an off the eaten path experience. Nid will pick you up at your hotel in Chiang Mai and drive you about an hour to her home village in Lamphun. You'll stop at Ton Payom, a local market, to learn about the regional produce and then continue to Nid's mother's home to begin cooking.

Notes: The experience cost includes transportation to and from Lamphun with pickup at your Chiang Mai hotel, a market tour, cooking lesson and lunch. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so Nid can arrange for your pick-up.

Languages spoken: English, Thai

Traveler reviews

5.0 (10)
I start this review by saying that we love to do cooking classes wherever we travel. It always gives us good insight into authentic ingredients and one on one time with people who are passionate about their culture and their food. Nid is one of the most passionate cooks I have ever met. From the moment we met her she skillfully moved us through the market, identifying all of the fresh ingredients, letting us smell and touch the produce. She explained all ingredients and even showed us where to get parnang paste packed to take home.I was humbled that Nid took us to her childhood home, and her family was so welcoming and sweet. We spend the day pounding ingredients in the mortar pestle, chopping with the machetes and stirring over the outdoor cooking apparatus. The end results were pure mouthwatering perfection. This day will always be remembered by both of us as one of our best ever experiences while travelling! I plan on coming back and spending more time with Nid, and who knows? Maybe she’ll come to Vancouver one day to help me open an authentic Thai restaurant!
- Donna F January 06, 2019
One of the best experiences of this trip- or any other. With warmth and generosity, Nid welcomes us into her mother’s countryside home after a morning of shopping for produce in the market. We spent an afternoon cooking, had an amazing meal, and left with new friends. Can not recommend highly enough if you are looking for an authentic and local experience near Chiang Mai.
- Joshy-LG December 28, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Nid and both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. In addition to the food being amazing, the experience provided one of those rare traveling opportunities in which you really get an authentic glimpse of life in the place where you are. Plus Nid was so warm and welcoming.
- Juliana C May 04, 2017
We feel so lucky that we were able to spend a day with Nid and her family. Of our three week trip throughout SE Asia, this was certainly the highlight. Nid picked us up from our hotel at The Four Seasons Chiang Mai and we left this lovely little bubble for an authentic thai culinary adventure. First Nid took us to an amazing market - there wasn't a tourist in site. On the drive there it didn't take long to understand how passionate Nid is about Thai food and cooking. And we could already tell she is a lot of fun and that we were in for a great afternoon. Nid showed us around the market introducing us to produce and products we'd never seen before and together we decided what dishes we'd make based on what looked good and fresh and what appealed most to us. We sampled some of the most delicious sausage I've ever had and bought some fresh curries and produce. Then we hopped back in the car and headed to Nid's parents house. We spent the afternoon cooking on mats on the ground and in clay stoves. We made thai green curry (my husband's favorite), banana flower salad with pork, catfish salad (I don't eat fish but tried this and it was actually my favorite thing), papaya salad, and bananas cooked in coconut milk for dessert. We used a lot of fresh herbs and veggies from Nid's mom's garden as well and we ate the rice that they grow themselves. Everything was incredibly fresh and beautiful. Nid's mom worked with us and we loved how no-nonsense she is - she watched my husband's knife skills like a hawk since she likes it to be done just right - there was no 'tourist pass' which we appreciated. The food was amazing. We felt sad to leave at the end of the day and felt privileged to have had the opportunity to meet Nid and her family and spend the day in their home. I can't recommend highly enough. Nid is so passionate about what she does and she is such a talented chef, teacher, and just a lovely person to be around.
- nicolepal May 02, 2017
We had an incredible day with Nid and her family - one of the highlights of our trip. can't recommend the experience highly enough.
- Nicole and Charles Paloux March 27, 2017
We had a wonderful time with Nid and both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. In addition to the food being amazing, the experience provided one of those rare traveling opportunities in which you really get an authentic glimpse of life in the place where you are. Plus Nid was so warm and welcoming.
- Juliana April 07, 2015
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Nid in Lamphun. Both she and her family were welcoming, and the food was delicious (not to mention different from most Thai food we had eaten before). It was a very special part of our trip to Thailand, and we would heartily recommend Nid and the family 'experience' to other travelers.
- Andrew January 25, 2014
we had an absolutely awesome time during our cooking experience with Nid and her family. The food we were able to prepare for so unique and delicious. We love being in her family's home and getting to know more about northern Thai culture. we were a little concerned about the price per person for the experience just based on our experience paying for other services in Thailand. while it was much more expensive than the other food we enjoyed in Thailand, all in all our group felt that it was well worth it. Nid is an excellent chef and teacher. she's also great fun to be around and a really entertaining host. We will be happy to attend another TravelingSpoon adventure in the future.
- Leslie January 10, 2014
The overall experience was great. Nid, and her colleague, were great hosts (since she was sharing a kitchen while her location is under a remodel). The food was great and fun to see how simple everything was. A small class is always great for fun in the kitchen and meal conversations.
- Ryan D December 03, 2013
We had a blast. Nid was super friendly and knowledgeable. The class atmosphere was a lot of fun; I felt challenged, but the cooking was manageable.
- October 09, 2013
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $102
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $110 $102
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm
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