Travel to Hang Dong district where you will learn about the rich history of the Lanna Kingdom and its importance in relation to modern day Chiang Mai. Visit Wat Ton Kwen, one of the few remaining wooden temples of its kind. Meet with a local family for an informal cooking class and enjoy the fruits of your labor together with new friends.
En route we make a stop at the local Wat Ton Kwen (or Wat Inthrawat as it is also known for) temple. This testimony to the Lanna culture has a special place in the historical books and as of today, the open pavilion and viharn remain under supervision of the Thai Fine Arts Department to closely monitor carried-out renovation work. The aim is to keep the original structures in tact as much as possible as one of the few wooden temples remaining in the province.
We end our day in the Hang Dong district, where you will be warmly welcomed by the Ruankaew-Yanon family. They have been residents of this district for many generations and gladly welcome guests into their home. During your time – which includes a short lesson in cooking traditional northern cuisine – guests will immerse themselves into the lives of the family and for a short time, become a part of it. Cooking with northern Thai ingredients and flavors is different from the more well-known Thai dishes but the family is there to support your efforts in putting a home-cooked lunch on the table.