Cooking at Xunmai Garden Resort
At Pakse, some tourists go for the eco-tours, some for the heritage sites, but for those who want to experience and learn something new from their Laos trip, the top choice would be going for a cooking class at Xunmai Garden Resort.
Cooking at Xunmai Garden Resort may not sound as appealing as other attractions, but this activity has quickly become one of the things tourists should try while at Pakse. Conducted in a simple, laid-back, and remote guesthouse, the entire four and a half-hour activity — done by a sweet, friendly Lao woman named Ms. Ngoc — centres on helping tourists learn how to cook the Lao dish of their choice. After the cooking lessons, you won’t only be able to share your creation with other visitors, you will always have Lao lessons that will be with you for a lifetime!
Xunmai Garden Resort is located at Road 13, Pakse, Laos.
Opening Days and Hours
Cooking at Xunmai Garden Resort, also known as Cooking with Ngoc, is open from 8:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
A cooking class without a trip to the market is LAK 300,000 (USD 36) while a class with a market trip included is LAK 450,000 (USD 54). Ngoc offers a 10% discount to those staying overnight.
How to Get There
- If you are coming from Vientiane and Savannakhet, you can fly to Pakse via Lao Airlines.
- You can also take the bus from Vientiane.
- Hire a motorbike or a tuk-tuk to Xunmai Garden Resort.
- Backpackers/solo travelers
- Group of friends
Time to Spend
Cooking with Ngoc lasts for 3 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Cooking with Ngoc at Xunmai Garden Resort is a popular activity in Pakse. Best time to visit is before lunchtime.
Visitors will have the chance to eat the food they have personally cooked.
- Green Discovery
- Wat Luang
- Golden Buddha
You can stay at Xunmai Garden Resort which has rates ranging from USD 25 to USD 60. Other options include Champasak Grand Hotel, Arawan Riverside Hotel, Malaythong Hotel, and Mekong Riverside Hotel. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 90.