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Koh Lanta is an island in the turquoise Andaman Sea, part of Krabi Province in Thailand. Thailand is known for its glorious beaches and wild, full-moon parties. We were looking for something quieter, a little less touristy, where we could relax and unwind after a cold northeast winter and over thirty hours of travel. Koh Lanta fit the bill. After flying into Phuket, we hopped a ferry to Lanta where we spent 5 glorious days at the Twin Bay Resort. One of the highlights of our stay on Lanta was a Thai cooking class at Time for Lime.

Klong Dao Beach Fishing Boats

Time for Lime is a cooking school, bar and restaurant located on beautiful Klong Dao Beach. Founder Junie Kovacs started Time for Lime in 2003 and it was the first Thai cooking school on the island. In 2005, Junie founded Lanta Animal Welfare to treat and sterilize the island’s large homeless animal population. The two operations became linked when profits from Time for Lime helped support Lanta Animal Welfare. Since its inception, about 15,000 animals have been treated and sterilized!

Lemongrass Margarita

 

We arrived a bit early for our class so we sat at the bar and had a refreshing cocktail, looking out at the sea, the sun low in the sky and a beautiful warm breeze blowing through the open windows. After meeting our instructor, Noi, we retreated to the upstairs loft and were given an in-depth explanation on the different flavors of Thai food and sampled them one by one – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy. Then, it was time to cook! If you’re visiting with a friend or as a couple, you can take advantage of the Cooking & Cocktail Experience which is what we did. While half the group worked with Noi downstairs in the kitchen, the other half learned how to make delicious lemongrass margaritas upstairs. Halfway through, we switched places with our partners and when everything was finished we ate the extraordinary meal we had prepared – deep-fried papaya salad, pumpkin soup, Thai herb salad with carmelized sweet potatoes, panang curry with tofu. It was, quite simply, the best meal we ate while on the island and I’d say it was definitely in the top 3 of our entire visit in Thailand!

Thailand in one bite

 

Classes are given in English and the instructors are well-trained. Noi has a fantastic sense of humor so there were a lot of laughs during the serious business of preparing top-notch Thai food. At the end of the evening, Noi arranged tuk-tuks to get everyone back to their hotel, recipes in hand and bellies full. If you travel to Koh Lanta, don’t miss Time for Lime whether for dinner, a drink or a really fun, hands-on cooking experience and help benefit animals at the same time! If you are vegetarian or vegan, there are substitutions to ingredients like shrimp, fish sauce and chicken. Time for Lime also rents bungalows, located in the back of the restaurant.

 

Making Red Curry Paste

If you go:

Time for Lime  www.timeforlime.net

Lanta Animal Welfare

http://www.lantaanimalwelfare.com/

 

Making cocktails