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Host: Panphailin (Lin)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

USD
$54-$120 per person

Northern Thai (Lanna) cuisine in a countryside home

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Panphailin (Lin)

Lin lives in Hang Dong, a countryside town that is a scenic 20 minute drive away from the bustling Chiang Mai city centre. Lin learned her way around the kitchen by helping her mother prepare Lanna cuisine (Northern Thai food) and desserts that they sold in the local market. In fact, she still enjoys the old fashioned way of cooking on charcoal and using authentic Thai utensils. She started a cooking school of her own and is very proud of the family recipes she inherited from her mother. Lin is excited to share her culinary traditions with travelers from around the world.

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: (1-8 guests) You will be welcomed by the sweet smell of flowering fruit trees and herbs from Lin’s beautiful organic garden that also includes a lotus pond. You are immediately transported to paradise! The open-air cooking and dining area is built from wood and bamboo - peek through the gaps in the bamboo for a picturesque view of the lush garden. Your Lanna meal may include dishes such as keng hung lay (Chiang Mai curry), sai aao (Chiang Mai sausage), keng care (local vegetable and chicken curry), tom som kai bai makham (hot and sour chicken soup in tamarind) and taam kanoon (jackfruit salad). Your meal may end with a dessert of khao neaw lamyai (sweet longan and coconut cream), kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding) or krabong fak thong/bli (deep-fried pumpkin/banana blossom).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) First you will tour Lin’s large organic garden where she plants and harvests several of the vegetables she uses in her cooking. Lin will describe the produce in her farm and will also encourage you to smell, touch, pluck and taste the herbs and plants. This tour definitely incites all five senses! Later you will join Lin in the kitchen to learn how to make authentic Northern Thai cuisine that she grew up eating. Lin loves cooking in the authentic way so you will learn to cook on a traditional stove using earthen clay pots. You will learn to prepare 2-3 Lanna dishes in your hands-on cooking class that will last two hours.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Lin will pick you up from your Chiang Mai hotel and take you to a local market with numerous fruit, vegetable and meat stalls. At the market, you will be introduced to the ingredients used in Lanna cuisine that you will later use in your cooking class. Since Lin grows her own vegetables in her organic garden, her knowledge on local ingredients is exceptional. Feel free to ask her questions about the herbs and spices used in Lanna cuisine - you will learn something new. You may also pick up a few ingredients from the market before driving to Lin’s countryside home for a cooking class and meal.

Notes: The experience cost includes transportation to and from Hang Dong with pick-up and drop-off from a central Chiang Mai hotel. Your half-day experience lasts about five hours and includes a market tour, cooking lesson and lunch, as well as a tour of Lin’s organic farm. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so Lin can arrange for your pick-up.

Traveler reviews

I have been living in Chiang Mai for 6 months and this was by far one of my favorite, memorable, and educational experiences yet! Lin was absolutely amazing with every single detail. I look forward to going back to visit her and have already cooked one of the dishes she taught us at home!
- Melissa September 07, 2017

The experience with Panphailin in Chiang Mai was exceptional from A to Z. Not only is she a phenomenal cook and owns her own beautiful cooking school and organic garden outside of Chiang Mai center, but she is also a warmhearted, funny and a welcoming person. She picked me up on time at my hotel and took me to a local market where she answered and encouraged all of my questions and explained the different local ingredients. Then she showed me around in her huge organic garden where she plants and harvests most of the vegetables she uses for her cooking. She let me try different plants and explained everything to me in perfect English. She is very patient and polite and always made sure I felt at home. She let me help her prepare the food, always explaining the details and I learned a lot. The cooking school is beautiful, clean and she even owns special traditional stoves where she cooked the meals. She makes sure to take into account your taste (spicy or not), your allergies and preferences. The food she cooked was just delicious, healthy and tasted amazing. I would recommend her to everybody who visits Chiang Mai for an extraordinary culinary and cultural experience.
- Petra, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Great local experience. Get off the beaten path and learn about the local culture! Very educational and fun! Lin was amazing! She is kind hearted and just a good soul to be in company with! I am going to see her again and again. Couldn't recommend her enough. Lin was one of the sweetest women we have ever come into contact with along our travels. We have been traveling for more than 2 years now and love to experience how the locals live. This time with her made our hearts full of love and we learned so much about the Thai, Lana culture. We are going to see her again before we leave Chiang Mai. Everyone needs to go have a lovely day with Lin! She spent more time with us than expected. Picked us up at 9am and didn't drop us back home until almost 630 at night! A lovely market visit where we got to lean all about the different foods and how to use everything in cooking. Then off to her home/school where we got to relax and cook four meals with her as a private experience. She has her own garden and we got to walk around and pick things from it for our meals, just simple fantastic. THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)
- Tiffany & Stepehn

This was my first Travelling Spoon experience but certainly not the last one. Lin was a fantastic host. Even before I met her, she emailed me a few times to inquire about my food preferences and to arrange pick-up etc. Communication was prompt and thorough. On the day of my experience, she arrived on time and drove me to a large local market to shop. She took the time to explain and answer many questions I had on different food ingredients and Thai cooking in general. It was a short scenic drive to her countryside home. Her huge outdoor kitchen was well-equipped and organized. It was apparent that she and her helper had made a lot of preparation prior to my arrival. During the cooking session, she walked me through every step from cleaning, cutting, pounding to cooking. After making and eating Khao Soi, she showed me around her lovely organic garden and we picked some fresh vegetables for the next few dishes. The foods made (by myself!) were all delicious. A bonus was that her daughter was available to take pictures of the whole experiences for me. Lin is a wealth of knowledge about Thai cuisine. Her passion in hosting, teaching and cooking truly radiates. I left with new knowledge in Lanna cuisine, a satisfied stomach and a new friend! It couldn't be better, thanks Lin!
- Christine

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Panphailin (Lin)

$54-$120 USD

per person
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Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$120 $64 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$120 $64 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 3:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Panphailin (Lin)

Lin lives in Hang Dong, a countryside town that is a scenic 20 minute drive away from the bustling Chiang Mai city centre. Lin learned her way around the kitchen by helping her mother prepare Lanna cuisine (Northern Thai food) and desserts that they sold in the local market. In fact, she still enjoys the old fashioned way of cooking on charcoal and using authentic Thai utensils. She started a cooking school of her own and is very proud of the family recipes she inherited from her mother. Lin is excited to share her culinary traditions with travelers from around the world.

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: (1-8 guests) You will be welcomed by the sweet smell of flowering fruit trees and herbs from Lin’s beautiful organic garden that also includes a lotus pond. You are immediately transported to paradise! The open-air cooking and dining area is built from wood and bamboo - peek through the gaps in the bamboo for a picturesque view of the lush garden. Your Lanna meal may include dishes such as keng hung lay (Chiang Mai curry), sai aao (Chiang Mai sausage), keng care (local vegetable and chicken curry), tom som kai bai makham (hot and sour chicken soup in tamarind) and taam kanoon (jackfruit salad). Your meal may end with a dessert of khao neaw lamyai (sweet longan and coconut cream), kanom krok (Thai coconut pudding) or krabong fak thong/bli (deep-fried pumpkin/banana blossom).

Cooking experience: (1-8 guests) First you will tour Lin’s large organic garden where she plants and harvests several of the vegetables she uses in her cooking. Lin will describe the produce in her farm and will also encourage you to smell, touch, pluck and taste the herbs and plants. This tour definitely incites all five senses! Later you will join Lin in the kitchen to learn how to make authentic Northern Thai cuisine that she grew up eating. Lin loves cooking in the authentic way so you will learn to cook on a traditional stove using earthen clay pots. You will learn to prepare 2-3 Lanna dishes in your hands-on cooking class that will last two hours.

Market visit: (1-8 guests) Lin will pick you up from your Chiang Mai hotel and take you to a local market with numerous fruit, vegetable and meat stalls. At the market, you will be introduced to the ingredients used in Lanna cuisine that you will later use in your cooking class. Since Lin grows her own vegetables in her organic garden, her knowledge on local ingredients is exceptional. Feel free to ask her questions about the herbs and spices used in Lanna cuisine - you will learn something new. You may also pick up a few ingredients from the market before driving to Lin’s countryside home for a cooking class and meal.

Notes: The experience cost includes transportation to and from Hang Dong with pick-up and drop-off from a central Chiang Mai hotel. Your half-day experience lasts about five hours and includes a market tour, cooking lesson and lunch, as well as a tour of Lin’s organic farm. Please be sure to include your hotel name on the reservation form so Lin can arrange for your pick-up.

Traveler reviews

I have been living in Chiang Mai for 6 months and this was by far one of my favorite, memorable, and educational experiences yet! Lin was absolutely amazing with every single detail. I look forward to going back to visit her and have already cooked one of the dishes she taught us at home!
- Melissa September 07, 2017

The experience with Panphailin in Chiang Mai was exceptional from A to Z. Not only is she a phenomenal cook and owns her own beautiful cooking school and organic garden outside of Chiang Mai center, but she is also a warmhearted, funny and a welcoming person. She picked me up on time at my hotel and took me to a local market where she answered and encouraged all of my questions and explained the different local ingredients. Then she showed me around in her huge organic garden where she plants and harvests most of the vegetables she uses for her cooking. She let me try different plants and explained everything to me in perfect English. She is very patient and polite and always made sure I felt at home. She let me help her prepare the food, always explaining the details and I learned a lot. The cooking school is beautiful, clean and she even owns special traditional stoves where she cooked the meals. She makes sure to take into account your taste (spicy or not), your allergies and preferences. The food she cooked was just delicious, healthy and tasted amazing. I would recommend her to everybody who visits Chiang Mai for an extraordinary culinary and cultural experience.
- Petra, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Great local experience. Get off the beaten path and learn about the local culture! Very educational and fun! Lin was amazing! She is kind hearted and just a good soul to be in company with! I am going to see her again and again. Couldn't recommend her enough. Lin was one of the sweetest women we have ever come into contact with along our travels. We have been traveling for more than 2 years now and love to experience how the locals live. This time with her made our hearts full of love and we learned so much about the Thai, Lana culture. We are going to see her again before we leave Chiang Mai. Everyone needs to go have a lovely day with Lin! She spent more time with us than expected. Picked us up at 9am and didn't drop us back home until almost 630 at night! A lovely market visit where we got to lean all about the different foods and how to use everything in cooking. Then off to her home/school where we got to relax and cook four meals with her as a private experience. She has her own garden and we got to walk around and pick things from it for our meals, just simple fantastic. THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)
- Tiffany & Stepehn

This was my first Travelling Spoon experience but certainly not the last one. Lin was a fantastic host. Even before I met her, she emailed me a few times to inquire about my food preferences and to arrange pick-up etc. Communication was prompt and thorough. On the day of my experience, she arrived on time and drove me to a large local market to shop. She took the time to explain and answer many questions I had on different food ingredients and Thai cooking in general. It was a short scenic drive to her countryside home. Her huge outdoor kitchen was well-equipped and organized. It was apparent that she and her helper had made a lot of preparation prior to my arrival. During the cooking session, she walked me through every step from cleaning, cutting, pounding to cooking. After making and eating Khao Soi, she showed me around her lovely organic garden and we picked some fresh vegetables for the next few dishes. The foods made (by myself!) were all delicious. A bonus was that her daughter was available to take pictures of the whole experiences for me. Lin is a wealth of knowledge about Thai cuisine. Her passion in hosting, teaching and cooking truly radiates. I left with new knowledge in Lanna cuisine, a satisfied stomach and a new friend! It couldn't be better, thanks Lin!
- Christine

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$120 $64 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$120 $64 $54
Alcohol
$4 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-2:00pm 3:30pm-8:30pm
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