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“One of our favorite experiences in Thailand!”

Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts
Ranked #4 of 7 Food & Drink in Chaweng
Certificate of Excellence
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Columbus, Ohio
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161 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“One of our favorite experiences in Thailand!”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Whether you like Thai food, enjoying learning new cooking techniques or just find yourself in Koh Samui, you have to visit this cooking school! It was one of our must amazing experiences we had during our entire visit to Thailand and very well worth it! You learn the basics of Thail cooking as well as several of the techniques they use to make these tasty dishes. The cooking school offers a variety of classes, so choosing one may be difficult, but the instructors are engaging and work hard to keep you interested. We wish we would've taken more of the classes.

We made three different dishes as well as making Thai red chili paste from scratch. It was so rewarding to take all of the ingredients and pound them together into this fantastic paste. All of the ingredients are fresh and partially prepared for you. You make one dish at a time and then taste them after each dish is done. At the end of the class you are taken upstairs where you can sit together and enjoy your creations! BEWARE - you will make a LOT of food! Unfortunately, our resort didn't provide a place we could reheat our dishes, so the only regret we have from this school is that we couldn't share the making of the dishes. (Each dish is approximately 2-3 servings and each person makes three different dishes! We could've eaten for a week!)

Allow at least three hours for the cooking school and go hungry! The school offers a small store with seasonings, cooking utensils and more. Each participate gets a small cookbook with the recipes and a DVD with an overview of the cooking instructions, which is a great momento to take home and remember your experience. The school is clean and well organized too, so don't worry that you'll be anywhere questionable. Definitely give this place a try! You'll be very happy that you did!

Visited July 2013
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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“Definitely earns it #1 rating!”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

My boyfriend got me this course for my birthday during our holiday in ?Thailand and it was one of the best things we did! The facility is so well organised and clean. We were in a group of 6 which was a nice size. One chef was teaching us while the rest (about 5 of them!) brought us our ingredients and cleared away making everything easy and efficient.
The food was very easy to make and tasty. Once we had finished cooking our dishes we all sat together and ate then there was chance to shop for all the ingredients we would need to make our own dishes! We got given the recipes for the days dishes we had chosen but also bought the book with every single recipe in.
This was initially a gift for me but my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed it and was really glad he had done it as well :)

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“You must give this a go!”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Most unexpectedly, we had the most fun here in Samui! My partner and I are no Gordon Ramsays but we managed to follow the straightforward instructions from our helpful instructor. We could hardly believe our end product would taste so good (I would dare say even better than some of the Thai food we have got back home!) Plenty of food to go around and SITCA encourages customers to invite people over to share the love which we think is a brilliant idea! Definitely value for money!

Visited April 2014
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“true professionals”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

It was an honor to learn several dishes in the company of true professionals. While we were there, a camera crew was filming the executive chef and his staff. There is a reason this is at the top of the activities list.

Visited February 2014
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Great way to spend an afternoon in Samui”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We booked and pre-paid for a cooking class for my wife and I, with SITCA, during our trip to Koh Samui. Emails were promptly answered during the enquiry, booking and payment stages. We used PayPal to pay. The lesson was given by a very entertaining lady called Pamlik, with two very attentive assistants. Everything went smoothly. We learned lots of very interesting facts and techniques regarding Thai ingredients and cooking. At the end of the lesson, we had 3 delicious meals to eat. Please note that you can bring friends along afterwards to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Something that we did not know until after we arrived at Sitca. If you like cooking, then this is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Visited February 2014
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