Courses in Bangkok

Learning Thai Massage is very popular

Learning Thai Massage is very popular

If you’re going to be around for a while, why not embark on one of the many available courses in Bangkok? Taking a course can be a lot of fun, as well as providing you with knowledge that you can take back home with you. Plus, these courses provide you with a great way of getting in touch with Thai culture and traditions, and of course connecting with the Thai people.

Cooking Courses in Bangkok

A cooking course is often the first idea that springs to mind when thinking about taking a course in Bangkok. You’re sure to be eating plenty of delicious Thai food during your time in Bangkok and food will be at the forefront of most peoples’ holiday here. Therefore, it seems logical to try to take some of this home with you, and it’s a lot of fun impressing your friends by whipping up a Thai feast with surprising ease.

You can choose the length of your course, and most are conducted over either half a day or a full day, or sometimes considerably longer. A visit to the market is included, which often proves to be the highlight of the course, plus you will learn all about each of the ingredients you purchase. The course itself usually focuses on cooking a few dishes per session, and of course you get to eat everything you prepare. We could almost guarantee that you’ll be amazed at how tasty the food you’ve made is!

Some of the places that offer cooking courses include hotels, such as The Oriental (near Saphan Thaksin BTS, 48 Oriental Road, tel: 02 659 9000, email: mobkk-enquiry@mohg.com), the Dusit Thani (Sala Daeng BTS, Rama IV Road, tel: (02) 200 9000, email: booking@dusit.com) and the Landmark (138 Sukhumvit Road, tel: (02) 254 0404, email: reserve@landmarkbangkok.com). As well as hotels, places such as Jim Thompson’s House (6 Soi Kasemsan 2, Rama 1 Road, tel: (02) 216 7368) offers courses, and there are also private cooking schools, such as the Wandee Culinary School (294/16-17 Padiphat Road, Phayathai, tel: (02) 279 9844-5, email: wandeeschool@hotmail.com). For a really thorough and professional course, get in touch with the UFM Food Centre (593/29-39 Sukhumvit 33/1, North Klongton, tel: (02) 259 0620-30, email: salesinfo@ufmfc.com).

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) courses in Bangkok

Whereas Muay Thai courses in other parts of Thailand involve some light sparring and a bit of fitness training, Bangkok courses are a different matter altogether.

Here you need to be committed to the cause and the training is rigorous and very tough. Many training centres won’t accept foreigners unless you can prove that you are dedicated and can conform to the intense training and dietary requirements, and you’ll probably have to be able to speak Thai, too.

There are exceptions to this rule though, and Jitti’s Gym on Soi Krasab, Chakraphong, Banglamphu (not too far from Khao San Road at 12 Soi Chokchairuammit yak 29, Ratchadapisek Road, tel: (02) 691 4238, email: jittigym1960@hotmail.com, info@jittigym.com) specialises in taking on foreign students. The Muay Thai institute also takes on foreigners and is located in the Rangsit boxing stadium near Don Muang Airport, (317 Prahonyothin 119, Vipravadee Road, tel: (02) 992 0096-99, email: muaythai911@hotmail.com).

Thai Language courses in Bangkok

Although many Thais in Bangkok speak good English and it’s easy to get by without speaking the local lingo, Thai people really appreciate it when a foreigner makes an effort to speak their language and it can make a considerable difference to your stay here. Plus, there are always the occasional taxi drivers and shopkeepers who don’t speak English, so having a little Thai knowledge can often get you out of some sticky situations!

For Thai language courses, look to the Union Language School in the Christ Church Thailand Building, Surawong Road (The Church Of Christ In Thailand Bldg. 7th Floor, Payathai Road, tel: (02) 214 6033-4, email: union_lang@yahoo.com). It offers a very thorough course. BIS Christian International School (53 Pattanakarn Soi 44, Suanlaung, tel: (02) 322 1979, 322 4440, email: bcisinfo@bcis.ac.th) or PRO Language in the Times Square Building, (10th, Floor, Times Square Building, 246 Sukhumvit Road, tel: (02) 250 0072, email: prolanguage@prolanguage.co.th) are also good.

Some Bangkok universities also offer courses, such as Thamassat University, the English Language Centre (2 Phrachan Road, Phranakorn, tel: (02) 613 3333, or Chulalongkorn University (254 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, tel: (02) 215 0871-3, email: cuatc@chula.ac.thint.off@chula.ac.th).

Massage courses in Bangkok

Having a Thai massage should be high on the list of activities for any visitor to Thailand, but why not get really immersed in the art of Thai massage by taking a course? As well as getting massaged plenty of times during the course, you can also learn just how it is that Bangkok’s many masseuses and masseurs acquired their magic fingers.

The best place to take a massage course in Bangkok is at the Wat Po Massage School. Based outside the temple compound, the courses from this school are the benchmark to which all other massage courses are set (392/25-28 Soi Penpat 1, Maharat Road, Pranakorn, tel: (02) 622 3551, 221 3686, email: watpo.ttm@gmail.com).

Also worth a mention is the Phussapa Thai Massage School on Sukhumvit Road, (25/8 Soi 26, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtan, tel: (02) 204 2922-3, email: phussapa@thaimassage-bangkok.com).

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