We had a free morning on the 9th so took to trip advisor to find something to do. Tripadvisor and booking.com have been our life savers so far on this trip. The reviews are always honest.
We headed to a 3D art museum which had great reviews and seemed a good way to pass the time. It was basically a selection of wall and floor paintings that you could get involved in.
We pretended to be surfers, fire breathers, divers etc. It was a little overpriced (£8 which has become quite a bit to us backpackers) but something that got us out of the hotel.
We headed back to the hotel and freshened up. We were then picked up at 4pm and taken to a Thai cooking class that we had found online. The best way to learn about a culture is to eat what they eat.
We arrived at a Thai market and got to choose what we wanted to cook before Mam, our teacher, bought the ingredients. They had everything at this market, cooked food which smelt delicious, raw meat, fresh fish, fruit and veg.
Then a short ride to where we will be cooking, Mam's house. It was an awesome evening learning how to cook real Thai food. Even I did well, although chef Mark did better. This experience was one of my highlights throughout the whole trip and I don't really like cooking.
First I made spring rolls and pad Thai (a popular noodle dish with chicken and tofu). They were delicious, if I say so myself. And if we weren't full enough, we had to make 3 more dishes!!
Next up I made a chicken soup with coconut milk, it looked yummy. Mark made a hot and sour soup which was too sour for my taste. Mark didn't realise that the hot and sour soup had prawns in and since he doesn't like them, we swapped over. I got a little sample of my soup and it was delicious. Thai food is quickly becoming my favourite.
Next was Thai green curry with chicken!! One of my favourites. We made the curry paste by hand using fresh ingredients and a pestle and mortar. It took a while, I think I'll stick to the jar in future. When we were cooking the dish, we could put in as much curry paste as we wanted so mine only had a little and wasn't too spicy. 2 people from South Korea were in our class and they put the whole lot in and it still wasn't spicy enough!!
After eating the soup and green curry we got started on dessert - mango with sticky rice. Very popular in Thailand, a lot of street stalls sell it but until now we'd always been too full to try it. Even though we are now full after 4 courses!
It was delicious!! The mangoes here are 10x better than the ones we get at home. So sweet! And the rice was sweet too, cooked with coconut milk. I hate coconut, even the smell makes me feel sick but thankfully you couldn't taste it.
Safe to say after 5 courses, we were full! It was a lovely day and we got a recipe book included so we can continue making yummy food the correct way.