Month: June 2016

TripAdvisor: Silom Cooking School, Bangkok

This cooking school is excellent. For a reasonable price, they take you on a tour of the markets to source and learn about fresh ingredients,  then teach you how to prepare for and make 5 thai dishes. You could make them according to taste, which was great for me because I really don’t like too much spice.

We made:
Tom Yum Ghung
Pad Thai
Penang Curry
Green Curry
Mango Sticky Rice

The set up is fantastic- all the utensils and ingredients are prepared for you to save wasting time (although you do get taught how) and it’s all ready to go. You get a cookbook with recipes to try when you leave as well. The food was delicious, and we made it all ourselves!

The only downside is that now I’m back home, I can’t replicate what I cooked there… but I was definitely feeling confident as a thai cook when I was at the cooking school !

***click the links for my photos! ***

TripAdvisor: Chatuchak Markets, Bangkok

Chatuchak has the biggest variety and the most eclectic range I’ve ever seen. If you’re not a fan of marketplaces, or bustling crowds then best avoid, because this place is about the size of a suburb. Beware of the food, it’s either incredibly expensive and a tourist trap, or insanely cheap and questionable. It’s only open on weekends and it’s quite easy to get to.

You’ll find everything in there. Woodcraft, traditional dress, handicrafts, pets like kittens and ferrets, glassworks, incense, art, tshirts. Everything. I did all of my shopping for family and friends back home whilst there. You can haggle down to a reasonably cheap price too, especially because there are probably several shops that have what you’re after. If you go with someone, make sure you have a mobile or a meeting place outside of the markets, like the entrance to the train station for example, because the markets themselves are an absolute maze, and you probably won’t pass the same stall twice. Also, ensure that any clothing bought from there is washed before use- it’s a marketplace, so no promising cleanliness. That said, you’ll find some real gems. We found a signed band t-shirt dirt cheap, so spend a full day there. Keep hydrated!