North Thailand group vacation, a food adventure

“Enjoy a week of cooking and getting to know fellow travelers as you discover the land, the people and the food of Thailand from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Kanchanaburi | masterclass in Central Thai cuisine | Kwai Noi River | Ayutthaya | Chiang Mai | Homestay | Warorot Market | learn how to cook traditional Khantohk dishes |

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Food Adventures

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what makes a Food Adventure different?
Our focus on these trips is exploring our destination through regional specialities, eating where the locals eat, learning to cook traditional dishes and refreshing your palate with the local tipple! Our usual grass roots style of travel is still very much in evidence and you'll still get to explore a region's highlights as well as more out of the way places under the guidance of your group leader, but there will be a lot of focus on the unique flavours of the region you are visiting.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your inquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.

During the trip, we travel by a variety of means of local transport Ė including tuk-tuks, songthaews (pick-up trucks converted into shared taxis) and overnight sleeper train.

We also recommended that travelers do not ride elephants or watch them perform, as we believe this practice fuels the demand for elephants to be captured in the wild or captive bred.

As a tour company, our responsibilities donít stop when our tours end. In 2002, we established a charitable foundation so that our passengers and staff could support grassroots community projects around the world. In Thailand, we support Friends of the Asian Elephant, which aims to protect and conserve the welfare of both domesticated and wild elephants, for example with free medical care and transportation, and an orphanage and community relief center for children and destitute women, called Baan Unrak (House of Happiness).

To date, our foundation has donated over £2million to over 75 projects around the world which are involved with health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development, and environmental and wildlife protection. We match every donation made by passengers and pay the administration costs, so every penny that is donated goes to a good cause.
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The Impacts of this Trip

We travel in small groups and wherever possible we use local transport, stay in locally-owned accommodation or homestays, eat at authentic local restaurants, support traditional artisans and small-scale businesses, and provide opportunities for travelers to interact with local people.

On this food-focused short break in Thailand, we travel with a maximum group of 12 passengers, which means that we can visit small-scale restaurants, street stalls and markets without overwhelming them. In Bangkok we take a food crawl where we eat each course in a different restaurant, which means we spread income around a number of businesses. We visit one of the more authentic floating markets, which stocks seasonal produce grown in local orchards and we eat in many other markets while in Chiang Mai.

There is a homestay experience in a traditional rural community, which includes cooking our own traditional Khantohk meal from ingredients we purchase from local markets, farms and producers. During dinner, we are entertained with traditional music and dancing and the whole experience gives a unique cultural insight and enables us to support small, rural businesses. The accommodation there is basic, but the welcome is warm!


As well as a Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which we adhere to as a company, we expect our staff and travelers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel and provide a number of responsible travel tips to facilitate this, for example advice on what clothing is appropriate and respectful. In Asia, where dress standards are conservative we recommend modest clothing which covers the shoulders and knees, particularly when we are at the homestay which is in a traditional, rural community.

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Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The incredible guide we had - Soon
The fabulous and flavoursome food.
Trying new delicious food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready to eat a great diversity of food, much of which is totally delicious

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, absolutely. The home stay and cooking classes were all in local villages.
Soon (our guide) was constantly educating our group as well as restaurants about the need to reduce the use of plastic.
Our visit to a rural organic farm was wonderful.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The food experiences, especially the cooking class at Apple Resort with Noi.
Every market visit was also an eye opener.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just go... only complaint too much food!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think all our interactions were respectful and responsible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous. As soon as I got home, I was ready to book my next vacation.

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