During our stay at Paresa Resort, our Vegetarian Street Food Festival Package included a Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class, Heritage Discovery Walk and roundtrip airport transfers. These are just a few of the special activities and amenities that can be tailored to your individual needs at Paresa Resort.
Vegetarian Street Food Cooking Class
Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Since we opted to take our cooking class on the day we arrived, our late arrival to the resort precluded us from having a market visit in conjunction with the class. We’ve visited local wet markets in Thailand before and it’s a wonderful experience that stimulates all your senses. If you’ve never been, then we would highly recommend including this in your cooking class.
Cooking classes are held in the purpose built, state of the art teaching kitchen at Recipe, located below the restaurants Talung Thai and Diavolo. It’s an easy location to find on the grounds of Paresa and shares the same stunning 270-degree view of the Andaman Sea as the restaurants above.
When we arrived for our cooking class, all the ingredients were prepped and the cooking stations were set up and ready to go. Our instructor was Chef Noon, and after some introductions we got right into it. Chef Noon was a wonderfully happy and friendly host as well as a patient and helpful instructor. We never felt rushed and always felt like we could ask Chef Noon questions. We definitely took our time and had some lovely conversations with Chef Noon throughout the session. We mostly talked about food but our conversations occasionally strayed onto other topics as well. Being able to make a personal connection with Chef Noon made this a memorable and engaging experience for us. What we took away from this was a fun experience, a hearty meal, fond memories and some newfound skills for preparing Thai food back home.
Cooking classes at Recipe are private, so personal requests can be made to customize your course to suit your own dietary needs or preferences. Our course was, naturally, entirely vegan and absolutely delicious.
‘Market visits and picking herbs from our garden make this a truly unique and interactive experience.’ – Paresa Resort
Phuket Heritage Discovery Walk
Following an early breakfast, we were greeted by our guide Glee and escorted to a cushy van to make our way to Phuket Town. The drive usually takes just over half an hour and since we were visiting during the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, we actually ended up in the middle of a religious procession heading from one temple to another. It might have slowed us down a bit, but it also gave us an opportunity to watch some of the customary rituals on the way. Once in Phuket Town we were off on foot to a visit shops, markets, restaurants, religious landmarks and cultural and historical points of significance.
Glee was a tremendous guide with a vast knowledge of the rich and diverse history and culture of Phuket. Along the way we grabbed some snacks, received a few gifts from Glee, purchased some souvenirs and took plenty of photos. The tour was taken at a comfortable pace with a clear direction. By the end we were amazed at how much we learned about the island of Phuket and the history of Phuket Town.
It is an early start, it does take up an entire morning and it can be borderline exhausting but if you want to leave feeling like you’ve learned a bit about the culture and history of Phuket, I can’t think of a better way to do it. This was a wonderful experience that allows you to see deeper into the island and have a greater understanding and appreciation for the unique culture of Phuket.
Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Our package included roundtrip airport transfers and it really was a relief to be able to sit back and relax given the stresses of travel. Upon arrival we were greeted by a man holding a sign for Paresa and quickly ferried away to the resort. We especially enjoyed traveling through the flatlands of Phuket and seeing the scenery prior to arriving at the resort.
Rates are surprisingly competitive with private companies operating airport transfers in Phuket. We highly recommend booking an airport transfer directly with Paresa if your package does not already include it.
PARESA RESORT PHUKET
49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala, Phuket 83150