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Host: Penny

Bangkok, Thailand

USD
$38-$58 per person

Dine in luxury in the heart of downtown Bangkok

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Penny

Every meal is a family affair in Penny's home, where Penny hosts together with her sister Tam. Talent runs in this family, as both sisters are excellent cooks with lovely personalities. In addition to Penny and Tam, Penny's husband, Jonathan, and their two children will also participate, when they are home, and help cook Penny's signature Thai dishes. Penny first learned to cook as a young girl helping her grandmother in the kitchen and then later in her girls prep school. After traveling to the U.S., she found she missed the Thai flavors of home; it was during her time in the US that she learned to adapt her Thai dishes and cooked for all of her friends for special occasions, including potlucks for football games. Leave your experience with Tam and Penny with a boatload of knowledge on Thai food and, of course, full stomachs.

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: (2-5 guests) Penny's condominium sits atop the 27th floor of one of the most luxurious buildings in the area. It is located a short walk from the BTS Skytrain station Asok. Guests are greeted with floor to ceiling glass windows, allowing for some of the most stunning views of the city's immense skyline. As Penny prepares her mouthwatering menu of colorful dishes, guests are able to sit at the peninsula bar or at their large kitchen table before coming together to devour her dishes. Some of the dishes guests can expect to enjoy include kaeng khiaao waan (green curry), khaao phat (fried rice), and gai pad med ma muang (stir-fry chicken with cashew nuts). For dessert enjoy one of Penny's signature dishes, bua loy (rice balls in sweetened coconut milk).

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) Penny and Tam are quite a team. The duo does a great job of providing guests with a hands-on cooking experience all while keeping control of the kitchen and making sure things run smoothly. You will learn to make traditional Thai dishes which could include pad Thai (fried rice noodles), pad kra pao gai (basil chicken), or pad see ew (stir-fry noodles). You should expect to make about three dishes. Penny and Tam have mastered more than a handful of dishes, so if you have a particular dish in mind you would like to make you can note this during the booking process.

Languages spoken: English, Thai

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Penny is an amazing host! Her apartment is in one of the most luxurious buildings and areas in Bangkok, with huge windows providing guests with great views of the city. Penny is sweet and kind, and it was great to cook with her as she interacted with her family. Penny's and John's two-year-old son, AJ, played and ran around the apartment during our class and even helped (sort of) make one of the dishes! It was a lot of fun, and they really make you feel like you are at home.

Kelly , Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Penny & Tam were a great duo! We visited Bangkok for the first time and eager to do a cooking class. Penny lives in a nice apartment in the heart of Bangkok and taught us how to cook simple but very tasty Thai dishes! She and her warm family welcomed us into their home. My husband does not eat meat so Penny adjusted the menu accordingly. Thanks, Traveling Spoon and thanks, Penny & Tam!
- Ariana August 20, 2017

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Penny

$38-$58 USD

per person
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  • 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
Not offered $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $58 $52
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $58 $52
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Penny

Every meal is a family affair in Penny's home, where Penny hosts together with her sister Tam. Talent runs in this family, as both sisters are excellent cooks with lovely personalities. In addition to Penny and Tam, Penny's husband, Jonathan, and their two children will also participate, when they are home, and help cook Penny's signature Thai dishes. Penny first learned to cook as a young girl helping her grandmother in the kitchen and then later in her girls prep school. After traveling to the U.S., she found she missed the Thai flavors of home; it was during her time in the US that she learned to adapt her Thai dishes and cooked for all of her friends for special occasions, including potlucks for football games. Leave your experience with Tam and Penny with a boatload of knowledge on Thai food and, of course, full stomachs.

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: (2-5 guests) Penny's condominium sits atop the 27th floor of one of the most luxurious buildings in the area. It is located a short walk from the BTS Skytrain station Asok. Guests are greeted with floor to ceiling glass windows, allowing for some of the most stunning views of the city's immense skyline. As Penny prepares her mouthwatering menu of colorful dishes, guests are able to sit at the peninsula bar or at their large kitchen table before coming together to devour her dishes. Some of the dishes guests can expect to enjoy include kaeng khiaao waan (green curry), khaao phat (fried rice), and gai pad med ma muang (stir-fry chicken with cashew nuts). For dessert enjoy one of Penny's signature dishes, bua loy (rice balls in sweetened coconut milk).

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) Penny and Tam are quite a team. The duo does a great job of providing guests with a hands-on cooking experience all while keeping control of the kitchen and making sure things run smoothly. You will learn to make traditional Thai dishes which could include pad Thai (fried rice noodles), pad kra pao gai (basil chicken), or pad see ew (stir-fry noodles). You should expect to make about three dishes. Penny and Tam have mastered more than a handful of dishes, so if you have a particular dish in mind you would like to make you can note this during the booking process.

Languages spoken: English, Thai

PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Penny is an amazing host! Her apartment is in one of the most luxurious buildings and areas in Bangkok, with huge windows providing guests with great views of the city. Penny is sweet and kind, and it was great to cook with her as she interacted with her family. Penny's and John's two-year-old son, AJ, played and ran around the apartment during our class and even helped (sort of) make one of the dishes! It was a lot of fun, and they really make you feel like you are at home.

Kelly , Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Penny & Tam were a great duo! We visited Bangkok for the first time and eager to do a cooking class. Penny lives in a nice apartment in the heart of Bangkok and taught us how to cook simple but very tasty Thai dishes! She and her warm family welcomed us into their home. My husband does not eat meat so Penny adjusted the menu accordingly. Thanks, Traveling Spoon and thanks, Penny & Tam!
- Ariana August 20, 2017

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $58 $52
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $58 $52
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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