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Traditional Market Tour and Private Laotian Cooking Class with a Local

Traditional Market Tour and Private Laotian Cooking Class with a Local
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Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Learn about food, culture and everyday Laotian living as you share a food experience with this former monk and his family. Si will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Luang Prabang's largest fresh market, Phosy Market. Together with his wife Nee discover local fruits and vegetables that you might not have seen before. With a few market fresh ingredients in hand, drive to Si and Nee's home to learn to cook an everyday Laotian meal. Learn to cook traditional Laotian cuisine from Nee, Si's wife who learned to cook watching her grandmother cook traditional Laotian family favorites. You will chop, stir and cook on wood fire as you learn to cook three dishes from scratch. After cooking, enjoy the Laotian meal you helped prepare at the family's indoor or outdoor dining table (weather dependent). Your meal includes authentic homemade dishes such as charcoal-grilled whole fish, bamboo shoot soup and stir-fried pumpkin with pork eaten with sticky rice.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Enjoy a private and authentic market tour and cooking class in Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market and a local Luang Prabang home with your host Si. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Si will teach you 2-3 traditional Lao dishes from family recipes. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional Lao culture and cuisine.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Enjoy a private and authentic market tour and cooking class in Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market and a local Luang Prabang home with your host Si. This is a perfect experience for anyone looking to connect with local culture over food. Your cooking class will take place in a local home kitchen where Si will teach you 2-3 traditional Lao dishes from family recipes. After cooking, you will enjoy your meal together. This is a unique opportunity to visit the home of a local and explore traditional Lao culture and cuisine.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7626P402
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Si
  • Home-cooked meal
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Local host
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels outside of Luang Prabang
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Phosy Market, V4HF+493, Luang Prabang, Laos Please meet your host at Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market. Exact address and contact details can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Since our hosts prepare for your experience up to two days in advance, for a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of your experience
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Si
  • Home-cooked meal
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Local host
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels outside of Luang Prabang
Departure details
  • Phosy Market, V4HF+493, Luang Prabang, Laos Please meet your host at Phosy Market, Luang Prabang's largest fresh market. Exact address and contact details can be found in your ticket upon booking confirmation.
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Since our hosts prepare for your experience up to two days in advance, for a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of your experience
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

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Cappy
6 contributions
Feb 2020
We had such a lovely time with Si and his family, cooking 5 delicious dishes. It was fun to go with the family to the local market to pick out all of the ingredients, while they educated us on local produce and meats. Back at their lovely home, cooking in the outdoor patio kitchen over wood fires was a real authentic experience
Written 9 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Salim H
4 contributions
Feb 2020
This was a wonderful, authentic experience with Si and his family. We shopped in the local market, then went back to their home and cooked with them in a beautifully designed outdoor (but shaded) traditional kitchen. It was a wonderful experience that I would very highly recommend.
Written 1 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

aja0612
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan1 contribution
Aug 2019
I have had 2 cooking classes with market tour in Chengmai and Laos. They are so professional and supportive. I think their classes are more than you can ever expect. Also support from Tripadvisor were helpful.
Written 25 September 2019
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Robbie F
1 contribution
May 2019 • Couples
We had an absolutely great day with Si and his family. It was such a wonderful and authentic cooking experience. We cooked outdoors using traditional Laos cooking utensils but because of a veranda we were well sheltered from the sun. We cooked a soup, pork stew and fish along with sticky rice ofcourse and each dish was delicious. Si is also a wonderful host with perfect english and a great sense of humour and eating with him and his family afterwards was a real joy. I could not recommend this experience highly enough
Written 4 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

luciasimon117
1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Family
This was one of my family's favorite days in Asia. The guides and chefs were knowledgable, helpful, and so friendly. Our two teenagers loved it, a great family activity. It was an amazing local experience, our guides started us at their community market to gather ingredients for our cooking class, then we went back to their home. As we were learning how to cook traditional Lao dishes, the family of our guides was running around, engaging us in friendly conversation and making the experience even more immersive. Also, the food was outstanding! Overall, one fantastic day. Highly recommended!
Written 14 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jennifer F
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
We booked this experience after seeing a review on TripAdvisor. The idea of going with local residents to the market and then back to their home for the cooking expereince appealed to us.

We went in a tuk tuk to Phonsavan a village near the airport. We went over the road to the market to purchase the ingredients. First stop was a fish stall where fish were swimming in a large tank. These fish are bred in farm ponds and brought to the market for sale. Our selected fish was knocked on the head, scaled, filleted and chopped into pieces before you could blink. We moved through the market recognising some vegetables and having others explained to us.
We returned to the house and a separate kitchen out the back. There were two chairs but we didn't sit on them very much. Instead we were co-opted into the cooking process. I was given the job of pounding some rice into powder in a giant mortar and pestle. It was hard work. It was easier when the chillis were added. This solid mix was mixed with water and herbs and mixed in with the fish.
Banana leaves were cut into squares and put briefly over the gas flame to make them more pliable. We sat around the table outside the kitchen and had a working bee to put the fish mixture into packets made from the banana leaves. This required some skill which we didn’t have. This dish is called Mok Ba.
Then it was back to the mortar and pestle to smash up garlic and chillis and onions. To these was added finely chopped pork which had been fried off in a wok and tomatoes. This delicious sauce was served with steamed vegetables. Also made for our dinner was some delicious soup and a fern like vegetable which grows on riverbanks which had been stir fried. We sat down in the house kitchen to eat this with the daughter of the house who spoke excellent English. We had a very wide ranging conversation with her about life in Laos.
Written 28 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Traveling Spoon
vtyum
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Awesome.
Amazing host with great local knowledge and global experience. Would book this again in a heartbeat.
caroswright
caroswright
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A memorable experience with Si and Nee
Jérôme and I had a wonderful time with Si and his family. The whole experience really was a taste of Laos. After bu
DavidH0523
DavidH0523
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Some of the best food with wonderful people
We met Si and his wife Nee at the market and we walked around buying everything we'd be cooking that day. He told
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