A Hands-on Introduction to Laotian Cuisine

Laos • Luang Prabang

About the Experience

The Lao cuisine shows similarities with its neighbours in terms of the use of ingredients and preparation. One of the best chefs in Luang Prabang will show you some of the secrets that define true Laotian gastronomy.

Why you will love

  • Be guided by an expert in the art of Laotian cuisine
  • Learn about the history of the country’s dishes
  • Visit a local market for sourcing local ingredients
  • Try out your own dish at the end of the course


Program itinerary:

Luang Prabang

A tuk-tuk will pick you up from your hotel, right after breakfast, and transfer to one of the leading cooking schools in Luang Prabang for a taste of Lao cooking. After an introduction from the chef, you will visit the local fresh food market, to learn about the local ingredients and fresh produce grown in the area. Your chef of the morning will explain carefully where to look for when picking the elements for a good Lao dish. Return to the restaurant to begin your cooking adventure, which will become your lunch in the end. Not only the use of spices and herbs are explained, but also how to cut and prepare the different ingredients spices and vegetables are part of this course. Each participant will be assigned to its cooking station, complete with all the tools one need to get chopping, cutting and cooking.

Duration: 1 hour

Bamboo Tree Restaurant and Cooking School

During these morning hours, the culinary team will also teach you the history of Lao cooking and its influence from the neighbouring countries. Then feast on a delicious lunch of the exotic dishes which you have prepared together; the latter is always a special moment with your classmates. The cooking school we’ve chosen for this excursion has been based on excellent reviews from customers as well being founded on the meticulous cooking skills of one of Luang Prabang’s finest chefs around. An informal meeting of passionate Laotian food-minds and those keen for a deep-dive in its very palatable selection of local deliciousness comes to an end with showcasing, and tasting, your final result. After your own cooked lunch, a tuk-tuk will bring you back to your hotel, where you will arrive at around 3 pm.

Duration: 5 hours


  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Joint tuk-tuk transfers with a professional driver
  • Use of a cooking station, complete with all utensils, ingredients, and recipes
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at the cooking school is included (food only)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees


Meeting Point: All details will be informed in the booking confirmation email.


Additional Information

  • This tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 12 years old

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