Cooking Class | Half & Full Day | From LUANG PRABANG, LAOS


  • Get a taste of Laos with a hands-on cooking class!
  • Visit the Phousi market and see how the locals shop.
  • Cook a range of Laotian dishes.
  • Use traditional methods to recreate some of the national favourites.
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Experience a taste of Laos with Tamarind Cooking School!

Your cooking class will start with a trip to the market (*full tour only). Here you will see where the locals come to shop and learn about the traditional food used in Laotian cooking. Fresh ingredients are vital in Lao cuisine and you will pick up the things you need for your cooking session here. 

After returning from the market, you will be taken to the beautiful setting of Tamarind Gardens, where the cooking class will be taking place. Your English speaking teacher will explain about Lao food etiquette and also introduce the traditional techniques which you will be using to create the day’s dishes. 

On the menu for the class is the following:

  • Different types of jeow: Lao spicy dipping sauces
  • Mok Pa: Dish of herbed fish steamed in banana leaves
  • Sticky rice
  • Lemongrass stuffed with chicken and herbs
  • Laap/koy: Minced meat salad with fragrant herbs
  • Dessert: Wait and see what you get!

Techniques that you will get the opportunity to try include using a pestle and mortar, cooking over an open fire and using bamboo baskets to steam food. 

*The half-day class does not include the market visit and there will be one less dish to cook*

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


I am a vegetarian. Can you accommodate for me?

We can! We offer a range of vegetarian alternatives, not just tofu!

What time are the classes?

The full day class takes place from 9am-3pm, whereas the evening class takes place at 4.30pm-8.30pm.

Why is the evening class shorter?

The evening class does not include the visit to the market and there is also one less dish.

I have allergies, can I still attend the class?

This should be possible. Please let us know of any allergies when booking.

What's Included

  • Vegetarian alternatives (if requested)
  • Recipes from the day
  • Return transport to the cooking school
  • An unforgettable experience!


Tamarind Cooking School – Hands-on Cooking Classes in Luang Prabang!

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Why we chose Tamarind Cooking School

Joy and Caroline
Joy and Caroline, the couple behind Tamarind Cooking School.

Founded by a Lao/Australian couple Joy and Caroline, Tamarind Cooking School was founded to show traveller’s the special flavours and tastes that characterise Lao cuisine.

It is a family run business and the majority of the cooking school staff are made up of Joy’s relatives. They have come from local villages to further their English language skills and studies in the town of Luang Prabang.

As well as creating delicious dishes during their cooking class, this is a business that aims to give back to the local community by supporting their producers and suppliers. They use only fresh ingredients and have a real passion for what they do!



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