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Market & Cooking

Leaving Chiang Mai Goodlife Villa in the morning;

 Thai Farm Cooking School. Located several kilometres outside of Chiang Mai. It has friendly, well trained and talented chefs who enjoy nothing better than to laugh and share a joke with you and show you, hands on, how to easily cook a great meal. It doesn't matter if you are male or female and don't know a fry pan from a saucepan, they will soon have you cooking up a feast.

Thai Farm Cooking School course includes , shopping in a local market on the way for some ingredients, tour of farm, learning about and collecting fresh ingredients, hands on learning how to cook 6 different Thai meals and then sampling your efforts.

You make three meals in the morning and eat them for lunch. You make a different three meals in the afternoon and can eat them there or take them back to your hotel for dinner. They give you a recipe book to take home, that includes photos and a commentary on all fruits and vegetables used in Thai Cooking and recipes of all the meals they teach. The course even includes email support to answer any questions you may have when you get home. One, Two and Three day courses available.(8.30am till 4.30pm = 1100THB per day). Cheap as chips, and the food tastes great. Info:

Hand crafts and Umbreallas at Bo Sang Tour

If you go for a drive out along San Kamphaeng Road to look at all the silk, silverware & gem factories and showrooms be sure to go and visit the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre (8km south east from Chiang Mai). The local artisans make the world famous  Sa Paper umbrellas and parasols that would be a treasured gift for either yourself or someone special back at home.

You can watch the whole process as the workers hand make the paper lamps, fans, umbrellas and parasols from start to end. From making the bamboo struts, covering them with paper, putting them out to dry and then hand painting them.

The artists in the Handicraft Centre who meticulously hand paint all the decorations on to the umbrellas are always willing to paint a variety of beautiful designs on items that you bring to them (for example a Purse, handbag, hat, jacket, t-shirt, even the leg of your jeans). Even very complicated scenic designs can be painted on your object right in front of you in minutes. Prices are extremely reasonable and are negotiated with the particular artist, don't be stingy with your money as you will be very proud to show off the beautiful finished product.

There is a large shop attached to the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre which sells a huge variety of exquisitely painted umbrellas and parasols along with other locally made handicraft products. If you don't have room in your luggage to fit all your purchases, the center can easily arrange to post the goods to your country.