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Host: Si

Luang Prabang, Laos

USD
$22-$48 per person

Traditional Laotian food and culture in a rural farmhouse

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

Meet Si

Si received his education and learned English as a monk. His parents, who were unable to read and write, wanted their son to be educated and sent Si to a temple far from their countryside home to study. Si was determined to use that opportunity and learned to read and write, taking extra English classes as a monk, and then starting work directly after high school. He now works in operations for a travel company in Luang Prabang. He is a friendly young man who warmly welcomes you into the house that he built for his family. Si is a member of the Tai Lue tribe, a people of the lowlands and one of three tribes in Luang Prabang. He lives in a modest, rural home along with his mother, Tailu, who was orphaned during the war, and his wife, Nee, who is from the Sang Hai village, along with their young children.

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: (1-4 guests) Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a meal with this welcoming and relaxed family in their home. At the entrance to the home is Si's mother's loom, upon which she weaves traditional cloth that she sells in the local market. After a tour of their home, sit down together to enjoy a traditional home-cooked Laotian meal prepared by Nee.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. Nee learned to cook as a way to integrate into her in-laws' family. You will learn to cook a simple everyday meal that includes dishes such as peeng pa (charcoal-grilled fish) or jao nam poo (green chili sauce with crab), bamboo shoot soup (a rainy season favorite cooked with pumpkin and green leafy vegetables) or ort lam (pork soup with vegetables), and khua mak fak (stir-fried pumpkin with pork) eaten with sticky rice. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Some dishes may also be prepared using electric heat. Your cooking class portion of the experience will last 2.5 hours. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Please note that this cooking experience takes place outdoors in the family's traditional outdoor kitchen, and it may be hot and sunny; we encourage you to dress appropriately in warm-weather clothing.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nee at the Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, and discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. If you have selected a meal or cooking lesson with your experience, pick up a few ingredients for your lunch before returning to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal in their home.

Notes: Please note that this is a modest, rural experience which gives you a wonderful glimpse of rural Laotian everyday life. The bathroom in Si's home does not have a western style toilet but an eastern one. Also, please note that this experience is only available on the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

4.91 (11)
Cooking and eating together with the family! We had such a lovely time with Si and his family, cooking 5 delicious dishes. It was fun to go with the family to the local market to pick out all of the ingredients, while they educated us on local produce and meats. Back at their lovely home, cooking in the outdoor patio kitchen over wood fires was a real authentic experience
- cappy66 March 09, 2020
This was a wonderful, authentic experience with Si and his family. We shopped in the local market, then went back to their home and cooked with them in a beautifully designed outdoor (but shaded) traditional kitchen. It was a wonderful experience that I would very highly recommend.
- 507salimh February 29, 2020
Awesome. Amazing host with great local knowledge and global experience. Would book this again in a heartbeat.
- vtyum December 09, 2019
Meine Freundin schenkte mir diesen Kochkurs und er war überragend. Gestartet wurde mit einer Markttour nachdem Si (Sein Name) uns abgeholt hat. Danach wurden viele kleine Gerichte mit ihm, seiner Frau, seiner Mutter und Cousin gezaubert. Es war viel Herzlichkeit und auch Spaß dabei. Wir durften alles nach einer Kurzen Einleitung machen. Abgerundet wurde dies mit einem eigenen Whiskey(wer ihn wollte würde richtig belohnt). Alles in allem immer wieder gerne. Der beste Kochkurs den ich je hatte.
- Stephan H October 13, 2019
Um kurz vor 9 Uhr wurden wir von Si, seiner Frau und seinem Cousin abgeholt. Sie zeigten uns den Morgenmarkt, erklärten uns die vielen verschiedenen angebotenen Lebensmittel und liesen uns beim Einkauf der Lebensmittel für unseren Kochkurs teilhaben. Ein perfekter Start in den Tag. Nach unserem erfolgreichen Einkauf brachte Si uns zu sich nach Hause und stellte uns seine restliche Familie vor. Gekocht wurde draussen mit einem Dach als Schutz vor der Sonne und einer sehr schönen Aussicht. Man zeigte uns vor jedem Schritt was wir machen sollten und durften dann selber Hand anlegen. Die vielen super interessanten Gerichte wurden mit viel Liebe zubereitet. Danke an Si, seine Frau, seinen Cousin und vor allem seiner Mutter für die schöne Zeit. Zu unserer Überraschung durften wir seinen eigenen Whiskey probieren welcher sehr gut ist. Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder. Und empfehlen dies allen weiter. Es gibt keinen besseren und persönlicheren Kochkurs als diesen. Bitte ändert nichts an eurer Freundlichkeit und Gastfreundschaft. Wenn es das geben würde hätten wir gerne 6 Sterne gegeben.
- Madeline S October 12, 2019
I have had 2 cooking classes with market tour in Chengmai and Laos. They are so professional and supportive. I think their classes are more than you can ever expect. Also support from Tripadvisor were helpful.
- aja0612 September 25, 2019
We had an absolutely great day with Si and his family. It was such a wonderful and authentic cooking experience. We cooked outdoors using traditional Laos cooking utensils but because of a veranda we were well sheltered from the sun. We cooked a soup, pork stew and fish along with sticky rice ofcourse and each dish was delicious. Si is also a wonderful host with perfect english and a great sense of humour and eating with him and his family afterwards was a real joy. I could not recommend this experience highly enough
- Robbie F June 04, 2019
This was one of my family's favorite days in Asia. The guides and chefs were knowledgable, helpful, and so friendly. Our two teenagers loved it, a great family activity. It was an amazing local experience, our guides started us at their community market to gather ingredients for our cooking class, then we went back to their home. As we were learning how to cook traditional Lao dishes, the family of our guides was running around, engaging us in friendly conversation and making the experience even more immersive. Also, the food was outstanding! Overall, one fantastic day. Highly recommended!
- luciasimon117 April 14, 2019
Jérôme and I had a wonderful time with Si and his family. The whole experience really was a taste of Laos. After buying our ingredients at the local market, we cooked up lots of delicious things and were able to take part in all the stages of the cooking whilst chatting a lot with Si who speaks very good English. We were very happy to share the meal with Si and Nee and thank them very much for hosting us. We didn't leave hungry !
- caroswright March 04, 2019
We booked this experience after seeing a review on TripAdvisor. The idea of going with local residents to the market and then back to their home for the cooking expereince appealed to us.We went in a tuk tuk to Phonsavan a village near the airport. We went over the road to the market to purchase the ingredients. First stop was a fish stall where fish were swimming in a large tank. These fish are bred in farm ponds and brought to the market for sale. Our selected fish was knocked on the head, scaled, filleted and chopped into pieces before you could blink. We moved through the market recognising some vegetables and having others explained to us.We returned to the house and a separate kitchen out the back. There were two chairs but we didn't sit on them very much. Instead we were co-opted into the cooking process. I was given the job of pounding some rice into powder in a giant mortar and pestle. It was hard work. It was easier when the chillis were added. This solid mix was mixed with water and herbs and mixed in with the fish.Banana leaves were cut into squares and put briefly over the gas flame to make them more pliable. We sat around the table outside the kitchen and had a working bee to put the fish mixture into packets made from the banana leaves. This required some skill which we didn’t have. This dish is called Mok Ba.Then it was back to the mortar and pestle to smash up garlic and chillis and onions. To these was added finely chopped pork which had been fried off in a wok and tomatoes. This delicious sauce was served with steamed vegetables. Also made for our dinner was some delicious soup and a fern like vegetable which grows on riverbanks which had been stir fried. We sat down in the house kitchen to eat this with the daughter of the house who spoke excellent English. We had a very wide ranging conversation with her about life in Laos.
- Jennifer F February 27, 2019
We met Si and his wife Nee at the market and we walked around buying everything we'd be cooking that day. He told us about the different types of food and spending every day going to the market to shop. It was much more informative and authentic than we could have done on our own. Then we headed back to his house to cook with his wife, mother and niece. The entire family was incredibly nice and they showed us every step of how to cook different dishes. It was so much fun, and the family is so nice and sweet - even when they're telling you you're doing it wrong. We then sat down to one of the best meals that we had the entire trip and wonderful conversation about life in Luang Prabang, his experiences as a monk, the family's transition from small village live to moving to the big city and many more topics. All in all an incredible experience.Oh...and if my word isn't good enough for it, Anthony Bourdain also visited Si's house.
- DavidH0523 October 31, 2018
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Si

$22-$48 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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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
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $40
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $40
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
4:00pm-5:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm

Meet Si

Si received his education and learned English as a monk. His parents, who were unable to read and write, wanted their son to be educated and sent Si to a temple far from their countryside home to study. Si was determined to use that opportunity and learned to read and write, taking extra English classes as a monk, and then starting work directly after high school. He now works in operations for a travel company in Luang Prabang. He is a friendly young man who warmly welcomes you into the house that he built for his family. Si is a member of the Tai Lue tribe, a people of the lowlands and one of three tribes in Luang Prabang. He lives in a modest, rural home along with his mother, Tailu, who was orphaned during the war, and his wife, Nee, who is from the Sang Hai village, along with their young children.

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: (1-4 guests) Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a meal with this welcoming and relaxed family in their home. At the entrance to the home is Si's mother's loom, upon which she weaves traditional cloth that she sells in the local market. After a tour of their home, sit down together to enjoy a traditional home-cooked Laotian meal prepared by Nee.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. Nee learned to cook as a way to integrate into her in-laws' family. You will learn to cook a simple everyday meal that includes dishes such as peeng pa (charcoal-grilled fish) or jao nam poo (green chili sauce with crab), bamboo shoot soup (a rainy season favorite cooked with pumpkin and green leafy vegetables) or ort lam (pork soup with vegetables), and khua mak fak (stir-fried pumpkin with pork) eaten with sticky rice. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Some dishes may also be prepared using electric heat. Your cooking class portion of the experience will last 2.5 hours. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Please note that this cooking experience takes place outdoors in the family's traditional outdoor kitchen, and it may be hot and sunny; we encourage you to dress appropriately in warm-weather clothing.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet Nee at the Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, and discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. If you have selected a meal or cooking lesson with your experience, pick up a few ingredients for your lunch before returning to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal in their home.

Notes: Please note that this is a modest, rural experience which gives you a wonderful glimpse of rural Laotian everyday life. The bathroom in Si's home does not have a western style toilet but an eastern one. Also, please note that this experience is only available on the weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

Languages spoken: English

Traveler reviews

4.91 (11)
Cooking and eating together with the family! We had such a lovely time with Si and his family, cooking 5 delicious dishes. It was fun to go with the family to the local market to pick out all of the ingredients, while they educated us on local produce and meats. Back at their lovely home, cooking in the outdoor patio kitchen over wood fires was a real authentic experience
- cappy66 March 09, 2020
This was a wonderful, authentic experience with Si and his family. We shopped in the local market, then went back to their home and cooked with them in a beautifully designed outdoor (but shaded) traditional kitchen. It was a wonderful experience that I would very highly recommend.
- 507salimh February 29, 2020
Awesome. Amazing host with great local knowledge and global experience. Would book this again in a heartbeat.
- vtyum December 09, 2019
Meine Freundin schenkte mir diesen Kochkurs und er war überragend. Gestartet wurde mit einer Markttour nachdem Si (Sein Name) uns abgeholt hat. Danach wurden viele kleine Gerichte mit ihm, seiner Frau, seiner Mutter und Cousin gezaubert. Es war viel Herzlichkeit und auch Spaß dabei. Wir durften alles nach einer Kurzen Einleitung machen. Abgerundet wurde dies mit einem eigenen Whiskey(wer ihn wollte würde richtig belohnt). Alles in allem immer wieder gerne. Der beste Kochkurs den ich je hatte.
- Stephan H October 13, 2019
Um kurz vor 9 Uhr wurden wir von Si, seiner Frau und seinem Cousin abgeholt. Sie zeigten uns den Morgenmarkt, erklärten uns die vielen verschiedenen angebotenen Lebensmittel und liesen uns beim Einkauf der Lebensmittel für unseren Kochkurs teilhaben. Ein perfekter Start in den Tag. Nach unserem erfolgreichen Einkauf brachte Si uns zu sich nach Hause und stellte uns seine restliche Familie vor. Gekocht wurde draussen mit einem Dach als Schutz vor der Sonne und einer sehr schönen Aussicht. Man zeigte uns vor jedem Schritt was wir machen sollten und durften dann selber Hand anlegen. Die vielen super interessanten Gerichte wurden mit viel Liebe zubereitet. Danke an Si, seine Frau, seinen Cousin und vor allem seiner Mutter für die schöne Zeit. Zu unserer Überraschung durften wir seinen eigenen Whiskey probieren welcher sehr gut ist. Wir kommen sehr gerne wieder. Und empfehlen dies allen weiter. Es gibt keinen besseren und persönlicheren Kochkurs als diesen. Bitte ändert nichts an eurer Freundlichkeit und Gastfreundschaft. Wenn es das geben würde hätten wir gerne 6 Sterne gegeben.
- Madeline S October 12, 2019
I have had 2 cooking classes with market tour in Chengmai and Laos. They are so professional and supportive. I think their classes are more than you can ever expect. Also support from Tripadvisor were helpful.
- aja0612 September 25, 2019
We had an absolutely great day with Si and his family. It was such a wonderful and authentic cooking experience. We cooked outdoors using traditional Laos cooking utensils but because of a veranda we were well sheltered from the sun. We cooked a soup, pork stew and fish along with sticky rice ofcourse and each dish was delicious. Si is also a wonderful host with perfect english and a great sense of humour and eating with him and his family afterwards was a real joy. I could not recommend this experience highly enough
- Robbie F June 04, 2019
This was one of my family's favorite days in Asia. The guides and chefs were knowledgable, helpful, and so friendly. Our two teenagers loved it, a great family activity. It was an amazing local experience, our guides started us at their community market to gather ingredients for our cooking class, then we went back to their home. As we were learning how to cook traditional Lao dishes, the family of our guides was running around, engaging us in friendly conversation and making the experience even more immersive. Also, the food was outstanding! Overall, one fantastic day. Highly recommended!
- luciasimon117 April 14, 2019
Jérôme and I had a wonderful time with Si and his family. The whole experience really was a taste of Laos. After buying our ingredients at the local market, we cooked up lots of delicious things and were able to take part in all the stages of the cooking whilst chatting a lot with Si who speaks very good English. We were very happy to share the meal with Si and Nee and thank them very much for hosting us. We didn't leave hungry !
- caroswright March 04, 2019
We booked this experience after seeing a review on TripAdvisor. The idea of going with local residents to the market and then back to their home for the cooking expereince appealed to us.We went in a tuk tuk to Phonsavan a village near the airport. We went over the road to the market to purchase the ingredients. First stop was a fish stall where fish were swimming in a large tank. These fish are bred in farm ponds and brought to the market for sale. Our selected fish was knocked on the head, scaled, filleted and chopped into pieces before you could blink. We moved through the market recognising some vegetables and having others explained to us.We returned to the house and a separate kitchen out the back. There were two chairs but we didn't sit on them very much. Instead we were co-opted into the cooking process. I was given the job of pounding some rice into powder in a giant mortar and pestle. It was hard work. It was easier when the chillis were added. This solid mix was mixed with water and herbs and mixed in with the fish.Banana leaves were cut into squares and put briefly over the gas flame to make them more pliable. We sat around the table outside the kitchen and had a working bee to put the fish mixture into packets made from the banana leaves. This required some skill which we didn’t have. This dish is called Mok Ba.Then it was back to the mortar and pestle to smash up garlic and chillis and onions. To these was added finely chopped pork which had been fried off in a wok and tomatoes. This delicious sauce was served with steamed vegetables. Also made for our dinner was some delicious soup and a fern like vegetable which grows on riverbanks which had been stir fried. We sat down in the house kitchen to eat this with the daughter of the house who spoke excellent English. We had a very wide ranging conversation with her about life in Laos.
- Jennifer F February 27, 2019
We met Si and his wife Nee at the market and we walked around buying everything we'd be cooking that day. He told us about the different types of food and spending every day going to the market to shop. It was much more informative and authentic than we could have done on our own. Then we headed back to his house to cook with his wife, mother and niece. The entire family was incredibly nice and they showed us every step of how to cook different dishes. It was so much fun, and the family is so nice and sweet - even when they're telling you you're doing it wrong. We then sat down to one of the best meals that we had the entire trip and wonderful conversation about life in Luang Prabang, his experiences as a monk, the family's transition from small village live to moving to the big city and many more topics. All in all an incredible experience.Oh...and if my word isn't good enough for it, Anthony Bourdain also visited Si's house.
- DavidH0523 October 31, 2018
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $40
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$28 $22 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$46 $40 Not offered
Market Tour
$34 $26 $22
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 $40
Alcohol
$3 per person
Transportation
$24 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
Market Tour
4:00pm-5:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm
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