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Chiang Mai--where for massage? What cooking schools?

Aug 9th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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It seems as though, given many here seem so distrustful of Trip Advisor reviews, to have people post only the courses that they have disliked. Everyone seems to think that a course they've taken is the best if it was decent, even though they likely have no other with which to compare. So if someone has a list of places with courses that fit into their itinerary, I suggest you just post the list and ask which are bad.
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Aug 9th, 2013, 01:51 PM
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MmeP,
There are so many courses listed that I figured I'll go with the one that has the least negative comments that work into our schedule. I'm not committing to a full day and it seems to me that almost any class will do. I really want a "taste" and not over think it too much!

Thanks for your suggestion- for now, I'll try to simplify my planning (a rare moment of sanity!).

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Aug 9th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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"There are so many courses listed that I figured I'll go with the one that has the least negative comments that work into our schedule."

Progol, I like your approach, exactly my point. If one has any sense it's easy enough to get the drift on TA and not make it, as you say, so complicated. Of course there are fake reviews but I still find it useful when I've got nothing else substantive to go on. That blanket declaration that we cannot trust the reviews is true of anywhere, but it's possible to get a feel for a place relative to others and no less reliable than asking members here (IMO).
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Aug 9th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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Completely agree, MmeP. It's not hard to sort through the TA reviews and get not only a sense of a place or experience, but a good feel for which reviews are fake. I do like to go between Fodors and TA -- a little like shopping at a small specialty shop for certain items and then going to a a large dept store for others.

My other point is simply that sometimes, in focusing too much on making every detail perfect, I can end up driving myself (and dear hubby) crazy, and setting myself up for greater disappointment in the long run. I'm trying to just make a decision and move on, which is not always the easiest approach for me! It's a vacation, after all!
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Aug 9th, 2013, 04:43 PM
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I know a number of people who have taken cooking classes from A Lot of Thai and a number who have taken classes at the Thai Cookery School. All gave rave reviews. I don't think you can go wrong on either of these places. I agree, don't drive yourself crazy with this decision - choose one and enjoy!
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Aug 10th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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As we were spending a lot of time (5 days) at the school, I considered both A Lot Of Thai and Thai Cookery School for a long time before deciding on TCS. I didn't regret it for a second. The problem with relying on forums for suggestions/ opinions is that most of the time, individuals have only ever been to one place and therefore have nothing to compare there experience with so opinions are necessarily subjective. Over the years, I have been to cookery schools in Bangkok and Hua Hin and in my experience, TCS was a lot, lot better that the others i visited. That said, I am sure I would have had a great time at A Lot of Thai but I will never know... As Kathie's says, choose one and enjoy!
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Aug 10th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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I have decided to go with the Galangal Studio. We're getting a "taste" of an experience and will be spending just one evening there.

If I had more time, then I would definitely consider the either of the 2 mentioned, but neither work into our schedule. I'm sure we'll enjoy the experience and will have a great dinner as well!
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Aug 10th, 2013, 07:22 PM
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Do report back on your experience.
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Aug 10th, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Perhaps I should mention that the thing you will miss by taking an evening class is the pre-cooking trip to the market. For me, this has always been the highlight of the many cooking classes I've taken in SE Asia. I know a morning class doesn't fit with your schedule, but for the sake of future readers of this thread, I thought it was worth mentioning.
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Aug 11th, 2013, 04:12 AM
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Kathie,
A trip to the market is included in the class, which is also an important factor. In fact most of the classes offered this as part of the package.

The term "evening" isn't quite accurate - we are picked up at 3:30-4:00pm and class is over by 8:30pm.

Not to worry, I'll be reporting back after my trip!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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Progol: hmmm. I will look this up. Sounds perfect for us.
Thanks!
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Aug 11th, 2013, 08:00 AM
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Oops! We will be in BKK. Do they have a business locale there?
The TA reviews are about as good as can be.
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