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Discover Thai food through this Exclusive Market Tour!

This Local Fresh Market Tour is not part of our Morning Cooking Class.
It’s an exclusive tour that will lead you to discover and try the most authentic Thai food as a local.

Local Fresh Market Tour:

  • Price: 1100 Baht person
  • 4hrs duration
  • Hotel PickUp included
  • Choose your own dishes
  • Class run in English
  • Free CookBook + Extra Gift
  • Free cancellation – 48hrs notice
Thailand is divided into two sections: Tourist Areas and Local Areas.

They are totally different from each other, and most foreigners only get to know the tourist ones.
Have you visited a real Local Fresh Market in Thailand? Maybe “Yes” and maybe “No”.
If the answer is “Yes”, you might have ended up with many questions, for example:

  1. Why is everything in the open air? Is it safe to do that? The pork, fish, chicken… They have no ice!
  2. Why do they put everything in plastic bags?
  3. Do local people really eat insects or is it just a tourist thing?
  4. Dessert! Do Thai people eat dessert?
  5. Uhmm… I want to try that but I’m not sure. What is inside of it?
  6. And many more…
  • You’ll get to try Thai traditional breakfast! Please come with an empty stomach.
  • We promise you that this will be a day in which you will try many new things in your life! So, come with an open mind; willing to try new things.
  • Explore a local market and get the answers you have been asking yourself all along.
  • Try foods, drinks and fruits that seem interesting to you. See, meet and get a feel of the locals — spend time with Thai people out of the tourist perspective. This is the best way to experience Thai culture: through food. Because food is life, and life is culture.
  • Hang out at the park and share lunch all together like Thai people do.
Schedule and Pricing:
  • Departure point: Chiang Mai Gate Market, also known as Bumrung Buri Market.
  • Departure time: 8:00am

Our Tour will lead you to all the answers.

The best way of getting to know all of this is going into the area — seeing, touching and trying.

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Local Fresh Market Tour:

What You Can Expect:

We will start early at 8:00 am to meet at the Local Fresh Market. Normally Thai people get up very early, around 4 to 5 in the morning to go to the fresh market to buy or sell vegetables and food for restaurants that will open up later for tourists.

How does the tour work?
  • 8:00am > 8:40am
    Meeting up, introducing each other and having Thai breakfast together.
  • 8:50am > 10:30 am
    Going into the market! First, we’ll go through the vegetables and condiment sections to learn about the basic Thai ingredients by touching, feeling and smelling them. I’m sure a lot of you have eaten them before but have never seen the real ones!
    Then, it’s time to explore and try some authentic, new Thai dishes, drinks and sweets.
  • 10:30am  > 11:30am
    Let’s take a walk with the food that we bought at the market and take it to the park, while we grab some street stand dishes along the way.
  • 11:30am > 12:00pm
    We’ll hang out like locals do at the park with food. This is a very classic way of Thai “hanging out”. You will see local faces from outside the tourist perspective — always eating something.
  • 12:00pm
    We’ll say goodbye.

How does the tour work:

Pick-Up Services Included

The day starts with our pick-up between 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Our drivers will make efficient planning to make the pick-up go as smooth as possible.

Therefore we kindly ask you to be ready to leave at 8:30 am.
On arrival the driver will be holding a Thai Akha Kitchen pick-up sign, so you can easily recognize him or her.


Our Cooking School has moved to a new Kitchen Garden location since January 2020.
Our new location is just 5 minutes walk from Chiang Mai South Gate, so 15 minutes walk from the center of the old City.

More info about our location, Walk-In, and PickUp services HERE

Market Visit Tour

Market Tour starts at 9:00 am to 10:00 am

We will take you to the local market, so you can experience the real lifestyle of the local people.

Here you can see and taste all the different local products, that you would’ve probably not even notice without our guide!

You can also see the same products being sold at all different prices, this is what we call “same same, but different”.

Thai markets are very different from western markets, so get ready for some interesting experiences.

All of the ingredients that we will be using during our course will come fresh from the local market. It’s always nice to learn about the whole process of preparing food!

At this Local Market, you will be treated as a local person!

The market that we will visit:

Learn more about what you will find:


Breakfast dishes as known by Westerners in Thailand are limited. Very often, a Thai breakfast consists of the same dishes with rice that are also eaten for lunch or dinner.

The following items are viewed as being specific breakfast dishes but can also be found at any other time of the day:

  • “Joke”: Rice porridge, similar to the congee.
  • “Khao Tom”: Thai style rice soup, usually with pork, chicken, fish or prawns.
  • “Pa Thong Goo”: Thai version of the Chinese deep-fried bread.
  • “Naam Tao Hoo”: Soy milk.


Foods that you might consider appetizers are viewed more as snacks in Thai culture. This would be something that we eat during break times, when we’re in a rush or on the weekend while hanging out with friends at the waterfall or in the park. We call this type of food “Khong Gin Len”, which literally means food to eat for fun.

The following is a list of foods that can be considered Thai Appetizers (you might get to try some depending on the day): click on the link to see the list.


Thai food is the most well known food worldwide, but you have probably only tasted the one served in Thai restaurants before. This tour focuses on the dishes that are not easy to find in these restaurants. You will get the authentic local Thai food that Thai people eat every day.

The following is a list of foods or dishes that we might find in the market (each person can pick up to three dishes): click on the link to see the list.


Thailand has many varieties of fruit. Some you might have tried before, but even then the taste of them is very different here. Fresher, sweeter, better. In Thailand we grow many different types of fruit that are not imported.
The following is a list of Thai Fruits that you will see in the market (you will get to try some depending on the season):- click on the link to see the list.

Local Drinks:

Thailand has many refreshing drinks, such as Thai tea, Thai iced coffee or herbal drinks. We will take you to the traditional market’s drink vendors to try some and order the one you like the most.
The following is a list of Thai local drinks (each person can pick one drink): click on the link to see the list.


When you eat out in a local Thai restaurant, you’re likely to get a strange look if you ask to see a dessert menu after you’ve finished your meal. That’s because authentic Thai restaurants don’t serve what Westerners consider dessert — that sort of food is reserved for sweet shops and certain street vendors, and it isn’t often eaten after a meal. However, we should note that touristy restaurants serve dessert. We call this “Khong Waan” (which literally means “sweet thing”), and it’s mostly reserved for leisure time.
The following is a list of Thai desserts or Thai sweets (you will get to try some of these depending on what is available in the day of the tour): click on the link to see the list.

Fresh Vegetables:

While visiting this section, we will learn about the most important ingredients when creating a dish. We will witness first-hand the wide variety of taste, color, size, texture of Thai vegetables and get to know them better by touching, feeling and smelling them. You might have eaten some of them, but, have you ever seen them raw? click on the link to see the list.


when you are in Thailand, Had you ever try to count and see, how many pieces of meats in your order? If you’re  lucky, you’ll find 4-5 pieces of  meats  in your chicken Fried Rice. It’s not cheating or ripped off. It’s just the way it is, Actually it better  for your body, according to Food diet, if you eat too much Protein that build muscles, (“That another way describe why we have small body type) The

After the Local Fresh Market Tour, you will know what to eat and what is inside your meals.
It will make your holidays easier, cheaper and more comfortable.
By eating in local places, you will find the most affordable and authentic Thai food.
All recipes can be adapted to be cooked:
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They can also be cooked spicy or not depending on your own taste.

Alternative solutions for any food allergies!

Thai Akha Kitchen - Market Tour - Cooking Class - Chiang Mai
Prices include:
  • 1h Market Tour
  • PickUp from/to your place of stay
    Click here for more Info about our PickUp services
  • Fluent English – Thai speaking guide.
  • Fees and handling charges for food and drinks.
  • “Handbook” with the name of all the dishes, fruits, vegetables, etc. that we’ll discover in this tour. The handbook will be in English, Thai and it will include the pronunciation in Thai. You can take this book with you after the tour.
  • A cross bag (custom-made Akha bag) with a bottle of drinking water, hand sanitary tissue, pen and an umbrella (to be returned after the tour is finished).
  • A Thai traditional lunch box with a spoon, fork and chopsticks (to be returned after the tour finished).
  • No big bags or luggage, but make sure you have your camera. You might want to capture the moment you will eat a silk worm, ant egg or pink egg!
  • If you have any food allergies, please make sure to let us know beforehand.
Thai Akha Kitchen - Market Tour - Cooking Class - Chiang Mai

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  • Payment can be made using most credit or debit cards. Your payment will be processed by PayPal on a secured website.

Cash payment:

  • Is possible to pay directly with cash on the day of the lesson.
    We accept Thai Baht, US Dollars or Euro

For more details check our Terms and Conditions page.

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