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

  • Get a true taste of Laos with a hands-on cooking class on beautiful surroundings
  • Visit the Phousi Market and see how the locals shop
  • Cook a range of Laotian dishes from sticky rice to mok pa
  • 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 Lao food etiquette and also introduce the traditional techniques which you will be using to create the day’s dishes. 

Cooking Menu

  • Different types of jeow: Lao spicy dipping sauces
  • Mok Pa: Dish of herbed fish steamed in banana leaves
  • Sticky rice: learn how to master the much-loved Laos sticky rice!
  • Lemongrass stuffed with chicken and herbs (Tamarind’s speciality!)
  • Laap/koy: National favourite, 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*

What's Included

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


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.

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 72 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 72 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • 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 upon, as long as it is more than 72 hours before 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.

Why Book With Us?

Hi, I’m Nikki and I started South East Asia Backpacker in 2008 after my own first solo backpacking trip! My vision was to create a travel diary for everyone, a place for travellers to share their experiences from the road. After backpacking and writing about Southeast Asia for over 10 years, I saw the opportunity to provide backpackers with the kind of experiences that I’d treasured myself in the region! 

Today, there is so much choice, but there are a lot of poor-quality tours and companies that offer mediocre experiences with little care for the environment. I wanted to create a selection of the best tours and activities to help backpackers avoid scams and dodgy tour companies.

Today, I run this website with my partner, Dave, from Spain, where we live with our energetic two-year-old daughter, Evie. All of the bookable activities that you will find on this website have been vetted by a member of our team and we have a friendly relationship with the operator. There are real humans behind South East Asia Backpacker and we are passionate about sustainable travel and development in Southeast Asia.

We are committed to helping travellers at every stage of the journey and understand that plans can change which is why we offer a full discount on the deposit up to 48 hours before the start of your trip, no questions asked. We offer advice on flights, visas, itineraries, hostels, backpacks, packing and more!

If you have any questions about our business or any of the tours that we provide, feel free to contact me on Whatsapp.

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