Thai food is everyone’s favorite, and it’s not surprising since the philosophy behind Thai cooking is that the food serves as everyday medicine for health and longevity. Thai dishes are designed to balance all of the body elements and feed them on all levels with satisfying tastes and aromas and visually appealing, colorful textures. Medicinal herbs and spices rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants are the main ingredients, so every menu is therapeutic. If this all sounds like a shameless excuse to indulge in a class teaching you the secrets of traditional Thai cuisine, it is! From the pier, you’ll head to Phuket Town to the fresh food market where raw products, herbs, vegetables, are sold in the morning. Enjoy the atmosphere, for it plays an important cultural role as well. News is conveyed from stall to stall, business is conducted here, and gossip is passed along from vendor to customer. A stroll through the market allows you to take in the sights and sounds. Next stop is cashew nut factory. Cashews are a staple ingredient in local Phuket cuisine. See how they’re processed from start to finish. You’ll arrive at Sala Bua Restaurant or similar, to enjoy a herbal welcome drink, then your cooking class begins. Your four-dish cooking lesson is interactive, hands-on, and informative. Learn the best ingredients and spices to delight your senses and produce extraordinary Thai cuisine. After preparing your therapeutic and reparative meal, you can enjoy the food you’ve cooked. Take advantage of some free time to stroll at Patong Beach or shop on your own before returning to the pier.