floating market in Thailand


Explore vibrant Thailand with Oldways and Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer. We’ll be based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and will explore markets​ and cultural highlights, visit an elephant sanctuary, and learn all about Thai cuisine, ​including cooking lessons, all with a plant-based emphasis.

EXPLORE THAILAND

Spend a week with Oldways and Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer, cooking, eating, and touring in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

FEBRUARY 20-27, 2022

7-night stay in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Price per person from 

$4,350

FLIGHTS

Travelers book flights independently. Fly into Bangkok (BKK), out from Chiang Mai (CNX)

CPEU CREDIT

Registered Dietitians can earn continuing education credit

QUESTIONS    

(617) 896-4861
Travel@OldwaysPT.org

 

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How to Register for this Culinary Tour

Please download and complete the registration form below, which includes instructions for how to submit the form and deposit to Oldways.

If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

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What You’ll Love About Your Week in Bangkok and Chiang Mai

Tuk tuk ride in Bangkok

Spend 7 days immersed in the food, history, and culture of Thailand

Get a taste of plant-based Thai cuisine on our 7-day tour. Featuring cooking classes, visits to markets and farms, cultural city tours, and so much more. We’ll be based in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, with Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer and Oldways as your guides.

On our trips, you don’t just get to taste a fabulous meal—you get the recipes and knowledge to bring these ”old ways” home with you. And in between all the excitement, you’ll have time to shop or take a siesta, and then relax in luxurious hotels at the end of the day!

Day-by-Day in Thailand

AT A GLANCE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Arrival and check-in at the Shangri-la Bangkok. In the evening, meet Sharon Palmer, the Oldways staff, and your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner.

 

Shangri-la Bangkok hotel

Photo courtesy Shangri-La Bangkok

 

a boat in Thailand

Photo courtesy Sharon Palmer

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21

After a breakfast buffet by the Chao Phraya River, get acquainted with Bangkok with a cruise on the river and guided tour of Bangkok’s major sites. After a vegetarian lunch, take time to rest or tour on your own before a visit to the Night Market.  

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

After breakfast we’ll take tuk-tuks to Chinatown, and then visit a farmer’s market and the floating market. In the evening, we’ll have a plant-based Thai cooking class, which will turn into our dinner. 

 

Boat marketplace Thailand

Photo courtesy Sharon Palmer

 

Chiang Mai Thailand skyline

Photo courtesy Tim Durgan on Unsplash

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

This is our travel day, flying as a group from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We’ll check in at the Shangri-la Chiang Mai and have time for relaxing and exploring on own, before dinner at a plant-based restaurant in Chiang Mai.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24

We’ll spend the day cooking and learning together at the Thai Farm Cooking School, including a visit to a farmer’s market. In the evening, you’ll be free to explore Chiang Mai’s restaurants on your own. 

 

spices on tray in Thailand

Photo courtesy Sharon Palmer

 

elephants

Photo courtesy Gillian Rogers on Unsplash

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Elephants!  We’ll spend the day at the nearby Elephant Nature Park, where we’ll also have a vegetarian lunch. We’ll enjoy dinner together in Chiang Mai in the evening.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26

For our last day in Chiang Mai, we’ll go out into the country to visit farms. The afternoon is free for shopping and packing, and we’ll end our week with a glorious plant-based Gala Dinner. 

 

person wearing hat in Thailand

Photo courtesy Eduardo Prim on Unsplash 

 

buildings in Thailand

Photo courtesy Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

A day of departures—either for home or for additional travels.  

See Your Luxury Accommodations

Shangri-la Bangkok hotel
Photo courtesy the Shangri-la Bangkok

Shangri-la Bangkok

Shangri-la Bangkok Nestled along the large riverfront setting, the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is a lovely riverside retreat in the heart of a vibrant city. With direct access to the SkyTrain, public ferries terminal and buses, the hotel is a lovely gateway to explore and discover Bangkok.

Our rooms are Deluxe rooms, with city and partial views of the Chao Phraya River. If you choose to upgrade, you can choose between a Deluxe River View Room (additional $20/night) or a Deluxe Balcony Room (an additional $40/night), both with views of the Chao Phraya River.  

Shangri-la Chiang Mai

Shangri-la hotel chiang mai
Photo courtesy the Shangri-la Chiang Mai

Located in Chiang Mai’s Chang Khlan neighborhood, the 5-star Shangri-La Chiang Mai is in the city center, a 10-minute walk to the Night Market and a 20-minute walk to the Old City.  

Our rooms in Chiang Mai are also Deluxe Rooms.  We will post information about upgrades. 

Meet the Expert You’ll Be Traveling With

Sharon Palmer

Our plant-based tour is led by Oldways and Cookbook Author and Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer. Sharon Palmer, RD has created an award-winning career based on combining her two great loves: food and writing. As a registered dietitian with a broad foundation in health care, she has channeled her passion into journalism over the past 15 years, covering a variety of topics, such as health, wellness, nutrition, and cooking. Plant-based cooking and eating is her life and passion, and so who better to learn about plant-based Thai cuisine?