I designed this Eat with Locals experience to learn about, prepare, and procure natural ingredients. After obtaining our ingredients, we will learn to cook like the villagers and then share a meal together. You will get to experience the atmosphere of rural Thailand and our island community, especially the friendliness of our villagers who will take care of you warmly and share many stories with you. The day will begin when we pick you up from your accommodation in Ko Lanta and travel to the village of Thung Yee Peng. Upon reaching the home for the activities, you will get to know some of the villagers. The homeowner will explain the activities in detail and teach you techniques for finding ingredients to cook. We will then take a boat along the river to search for ingredients, using traditional fishing tools, and you will get the chance to learn and practice on your own after learning the way of the locals. This could be a challenging experience as we cannot know what ingredients we will be able to find. After two hours, you will come back home and prepare the ingredients in the kitchen. There will be some food prepared for you, as well. After cooking, we will all share a meal together, relax, and talk, before you return back.
My name is Naratorn. I like to cook for my loved ones. I also like to study and research traditional Thai food, however, I do not want to start my own restaurant business. Instead, I like to open my home to foreign visitors because I think they enjoy an eating experience with Thai locals. Over the past few years, I have welcomed more than 100 people to my home to cook and dine with locals. I like guests to experience the cuisine, eating culture, and the way of life of my community. I also like to share information about how to look for ingredients from nature, the agriculture that the villagers cultivate, and the local market. Cooking food with my community will create good travel memories, and it will also help villagers with an income to take care of their families.
Only 1 meal is provided: Lunch for the morning session, or dinner for the afternoon session.
Water and traditional Thai drinks will be provided. Soft drinks can be provided upon request. Tea and coffee will be provided…
Free pick-up and drop-off is available only for Koh Lanta area.
The main activity will be in the Thung Yee Peng village homes, which have good environmental management. They are clean and safe, and the homeowners are friendly. You will both cook and eat here. You will search for ingredients along the Thung Yee Peng River, the mangrove forests, and the Bay of Lanta, which are the sources of raw ingredients from the coastal sea.
Transport service only available for Koh Lanta area. Please arrange for your own transport if you are coming from Ao Nang, Krabi, or Phuket. Actual experience duration is not inclusive of transportation time. Pick up service will be between 8.00am to 9.00am, or 1.00pm to 2.00pm.
Eat with Thung Yee Peng village locals