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.
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!
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!
If you go:
Time for Lime www.timeforlime.net
Lanta Animal Welfare