Just over the bridge from Phuket, to the east of the main road, Nang Yam Thai Cooking School @ Benyaran Park & Museum is located at an area of land that lies between the sea and the road that joins Phuket to Phang Nga Town.
Nang Yam Thai Cooking School is the only cooking school in which the creator has be inspired from his mother and has its own museum and organic herbal garden, named Benyaran Organic Garden @ Benyaran Park. This business is run by a captivating local family which has a strong passion in the organic and sustainable farming. We offer you a great way to escape from the city for a day and let yourself relax while you discover and encounter a rural life in the Phuket – Phang Nga countryside. When you participate in a cooking class at the Nang Yam Thai Cooking School @ Benyaran Park & Museum, you will become part of our Benyaran family. Not only will you learn the basics of Thai home cooking but also you will absolutely find how a Thai family with many years of experience and imaginativeness runs an independent farm without using any chemicals.
This is ‘The Ultimate Farm-to-Cook-to-Table Cuisine’ which can add great value to your entire new gastronomical experience. Our local cooking instructor will interpret the original techniques into fun, energetic and approachable cooking lesson. We provide you a different kind of culinary adventure, where you will be involved in the whole process of creating and cooking Thai dishes from organic plants which grow in our organic garden. You can handpick the fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, eatable flowers or other ingredients that you will use while preparing your dishes. We have prepared everything from a spacious kitchen area and full range of cooking equipment. Finally, enjoy eating and tasting your meals at our pretty farm pavilion where you will have spectacular views over the whole farm along with the leafy tropical mountains and its natural surroundings.
Moreover, this is a great opportunity for you to visit Benyaran Park & Museum. It is a private history museum and full of ancient things owned and collected by Mr. Ronnachai Jindapon. Enjoy your childhood memories by the old-fashioned pharmacy displays, the radios and old TV sets in their antique wooden cabinets, the telex, the typewriters, the old movie theater, the old barber shop and even the aircraft of World War II. From floor to ceiling, your eyes and mind will be overwhelmed with the flow of vivid memories rushing back to you.
We finish this class by taking you to our private Viewpoint – Samed Nang Chee, one of the most breathtaking spots in Thailand. It provides stunning panoramic views over the limestone islets of Phang Nga Bay.
Your fascinating Thai culinary journey with us goes far beyond a cooking class setting. It’s a truly unique experience born of love and passion and offers so much more and out ranged – true inspiration, wisdom and skills to take back home with you.
Pickup at your hotel by our luxury van and ride north to the Nang Yam Thai Cooking School @ Benyaran Park & Museum (time varies).
Along the way, we cross the Sarasin Bridge connecting Phuket Island with the mainland Thailand. This fantastic route is a great way to explore many beautiful views of Phuket – Phang Nga countryside.
On the way to Nang Yam Thai Cooking School @ Benyaran Park & Museum your adventure begins with a morning visit to the local market (or ‘Talad’ in Thai).
We stop at Khok Kloi Local Market, Phang Nga – the hustle and bustle local market provides you with the full range of visual, auditory, and olfactory sensations. You can see a picturesque scene of a lively and colorful market with local vendors actively selling fruits, foods, vegetables, local souvenirs.
Straight heading to Benyaran Park & Museum
Upon arrival, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink – pure young coconut water from its fruit.
Afterwards, visit of the Benyaran History Museum that will take you on a journey into the past.
Ride on a 4WD car to Nang Yam Thai Cooking School at Benyaran Organic Farm
Organic farm tour
After a couple of minutes drive, we will arrive at the farm. Our class participants love the view of the green atmosphere surrounding the area. And so, after your coffee or herbal tea break with a traditional Thai sweets (or ‘Khanom’ in Thai), you will be given a tour around our organic farm and learn how a Thai family skillful uses the natural resources surrounding them to create a sustaining farm. At the same time we are collecting some of vegetables for use in the cooking class later.
Also, you will be introduced to a traditional Thai spirit house or San Phra Phum where we bless our land guardians and you can make a wishes for your further life.
Hands-on, interactive cooking class
It is will take place at an open-air cooking pavilion set in the middle of our organic farm. Let you indulge in the practices. Some introductions and explanations will be given before the lesson starts. Our cooking instructor will translate the original techniques into fun, energetic and approachable cooking lesson.
You will learn to cook 5 dishes of different categories of Thai food – appetizer, stir-fried dish, curry, soup and dessert. All dishes include vegan version. First thing first, it begins with making a Thai Curry Paste – a fun activity and a deeply stimulating experience. The aromas of all the spices and herbs are released as they are crushed in the stone mortar, and the olfactory nerves are rewarded with unexpected delight. In the kitchen, each person gets the own cooking station with its complete equipment.
Time for your meals
Spoil your senses while eating and tasting dishes amongst your group, feast on the wonderful flavors you have proudly created at a real Thai home-cooking class that you will never forget!
In the afternoon, you will have time to relax, enjoy and recharge yourself – sit down, take a walk, lie down on hammock, take a deep breath of fresh air and admire the beautiful landscape surrounded by trees far away from city pollution.
The stunning panoramic views of the Phang Nga Bay with twilight sky of late afternoon are such a beautiful ending of our one day Nang Yam Thai Cooking Class.
Let’s end this trip with a full of laughter, fun and wonderful memories. Transfer to your hotel by our luxury van with a last stop at a Pineapple Farm in the Thalang District.
We chose this class as it seemed to offer more than just cookery.. with a visit to a large local market on route, Benyaran museum and ending at the lovely Samet Nangshe viewpoint.
The lessons were straightforward, all the ingredients were ready weighed/sorted for you, all you had to do was follow the instructions to produce lovely Thai food.
I would recommend this trip for those who want to see more of the authentic Thailand rather than just go to a cooking class.
A special mention for our lovely guide Marsha and the way she made the day special for us with her professionalism, charm and the way she never stopped taking photos for us LOL… thank you 🙂
We thoroughly enjoyed the Nang Yam Thai Cooking School tour. It was a fantastic full day out with a variety of foodie experiences such as exploring a local market, sampling exotic fruits and traditional Thai delicacies, selecting fresh herbs from the school’s extensive garden, preparing and cooking a full menu of delicious Thai dishes and the best part sitting down to dine on our culinary creations. Throughout it all our guide, Marsha, was sharing her knowledge and expertise, guiding us carefully through each stage with confidence and patience so that we felt thoroughly equipped to handle each cooking challenge. But our tour was not just about food.
We also spent a very interesting time at the Benyaran museum where we were again educated by Marsha as we walked down memory lane viewing the treasures of a bygone era. The day had a fitting ending as we took in the breathtaking views of Phang Nga Bay and reflected on the richness of our day.
We chose this class as it seemed to offer more than just cookery.. with a visit to a large local market on route, a museum and ending at a lovely viewpoint. The lessons were straightforward, all the ingredients were ready weighed/sorted for you, all you had to do was follow the instructions to produce lovely Thai food. I would recommend this trip for those who want to see more of the authentic Thailand rather than just go to a cooking class.
Marsha our guide gave us a most wonderful day, taking us to a wet market in Phang Nga where we saw a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit.
We also had the opportunity to eat some local cakes made with sticky rice.
Then we visited Benyaran Museum. A surprising place with so many antiques and memorabilia from the past.
Our next stop was the Nang Yam Thai Cooking school which is on the Benyaran farm which was a very peaceful setting.
We were guided by our guide Marsha through the steps of cooking six delicious dishes. We started off with making spring rolls and papaya salad. We then sat down and ate our appetizers.
Next was making Tom Yam Spicy-sour Soup which was very tasty.
Then we proceeded to make green and red curry paste which was delicious with steam rice.
Our final cooking program was banana in coconut milk and rice balls in coconut milk which was a great way to finish off the program.
Our last stop for the day was visiting Sametnangshe boutique. We sat and took in the wonderful views.
Definitely recommend that visitors to Phuket take this program to see more of the island of Phuket then their hotel.
Marsha gave us an amazing experience we will never forget!