A few comments from our new friends…
Jamie Oliver’s Chef director Sam Elliott comments on his day cooking with Lat !! ( Many more current reviews below – scroll down to see more )
The Thai cooking experience on Samui ” Visited in 2016
What an absolute pleasure it was spending the day with Lat and Cam at island Organics. There are many cookery classes to choose from on Samui but the experience at Island Organics goes so much further than just amazing cookery lessons.
Upon arrival to Island Organics we were given a tour of the gardens, being a passionate gardener and Chef myself I was in my element. Harvesting our ingredients straight from the land prior to our cookery lesson was incredible. Ingredients included turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, chillies, herbs, shallots, papaya, peanuts and oyster mushrooms from the humid mushroom hut!
We were then given a tour of the garden which included Aquaponics vegetables grown super sustainably, a vertical herb bottle garden and a fresh brewing of worm tea to fertilise the once exhausted land from the abundance of coconut trees. Both
Lat and Cam have a clear passion for working with the land in demanding conditions as the garden is now thriving with fruit trees, lush herbs, spices and vegetables
The cookery lessons were superb, we were given a choice of dishes we would like to cook with Lat, these include all of the classic Thai dishes plus the opportunity to learn any of our favourites that were not listed. We cooked Thai yellow curry, papaya salad “Som Tam”, hot and sour prawn soup, & Thai spring rolls.
First job was to make our curry pastes, pounding a variety of herbs, spices and aromatics in the mortar until smooth, such amazing smells! Then we made the coconut cream and milk by grating fresh coconuts then rinsing and squeezing with a little water to release the cream, the flavour was so delicious!
Lat very clearly demonstrated each dish before announcing “your turn” to which we all returned to our cookery stations to replicate the dishes ourselves.
After successfully cooking each dish we would then gather around the table to eat our wonderful creations.
If you are looking for the Ultimate Thai experience in Koh Samui to learn to cook traditional Thai food with great company in a beautiful surrounding at very competitive pricing then Island Oranganic is the one for you !
Cam and Lat have an amazing place and we haven’t been able to stop talking about it since. Their lovely welcoming attitude and fascinating journey was a great hit. The passion they have for their home and work is clear in everything they do. Lat’s food (and patience 😉 ) was unbelievable and we particularly enjoyed learning about making curry pastes from scratch. Still dreaming about those flavours.
In the open air kitchen its nice and cool though with fans going so very pleasant.
All of the meals we cooked were delicious, I only wished I’d been able to eat more of them or take some with us (unfortunately we weren’t going straight back to hotel so couldn’t get takeaway as others did).The class itself was easy to follow and I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes out at home (although not sure i’ll be quite as ambitious to make my own coconut milk or curry pastes as we did in the class!). Lat was super friendly and helpful, keeping an eye on us to make sure we were all following along. The class was full (I think) with 12(?) students total. Perfect for large or small groups, or as a couples activity too.Having a look through Cam’s gallery was very interesting as well, some stunning photography of thailand and cambodia.All in all a fantastic way to spend a day in Thailand, we were gone about 6 hrs total including transfers. Couldn’t recommend more highly!
I recently had the good fortune of spending a day with Lat and Cam at their amazing organic farm/home/cooking class. If you want to get a taste of Koh Samui outside of the busy tourist strip and learn something about Thai food and cooking, I’d highly recommend this experience! I also learned quite a bit about organic farming and ways to grow clean food by non-traditional means.
Cam and Lat are kind, welcoming and impressively knowledgable. As a solo traveler, I am constantly looking for experiences where I can connect with other travelers outside of a bar scene and learn something about the culture I am visiting. I usually take cooking classes wherever I go, and I can say that this was one of the best! It’s totally worth a day away from the beach!
So much more than a cooking class. It’s more of a total food experience. You get to meet Cam and Lat, the beautiful owners of this one acre property close to Chaweng beach. You’ll love hearing the story of how they lovingly, by hand, transformed a baron and infertile land into a leaving, breathing, thriving farm overflowing with organic delights. You may even get to hand pick some of your ingredients that you’ll spend the day turning into yummy Thai dishes. Lat is your Chef, and you’ll be humorously and expertly guided through several tasty Thai classics. She’s a pro at her craft, and the whole day is organized to perfection.
Cam and Lat (and Ging!) were wonderful hosts! Its a one of a kind cooking class experience. You get an educational tour around their beautiful organic garden (which I can’t say I was looking forward to, but I ended up being absolutely enthralled!), a thorough and delicious cooking lesson, and wonderful company. We even got to make our own coconut cream and milk! We will definitely be back and will send anyone we know who visits Samui! Thanks guys!
“THERE ARE A LOT OF COOKING LESSONS OFFERED ON KOH SAMUI, BUT ISLAND ORGANICS TAKES COOKING LESSONS TO ANOTHER LEVEL”
Before cooking the meal, we toured Lat and Cam’s organic farm to gather ingredients, but at the same time were fascinated to be shown a bit about how the farm works. They have developed space saving vertical gardens, make their own compost, are experimenting with aquaponics, raise their own worms, and breed Tilapia fish. We saw the Mushroom Hut where mushrooms grow from tiny little buttons to beautiful big bunches of oyster mushrooms in 24 hours!
Whilst gathering the ingredients from the garden, Lat offered tastings of mustard leaves, peanut flowers, gooseberries (with a slight taste of tomato as they are grown next to each other), and Cam’s passion fruit with a unique lime tinge – much sweeter and juicier than the traditional granadilla.
The covered outdoor kitchen set up with its individual work stations is very professional.
We cooked Vegetarian Spring Rolls (Por Piet Tot), Yellow Curry with Chicken (Gang Garee Gai), Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup (Khao Soi Gai), and Papaya Salad (Som Tum Thai), and in the process learnt how to grate coconut with a traditional tool, then make coconut cream and coconut milk, to use in making the soup.
Lat and Cam’s delightful daughter, Ging and friends, silently bustled around us tidying up and ensuring that everything required for each next step was immediately at hand.
Sitting together with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson we could not believe how delicious the dishes were, nor that they were dishes we had cooked ourselves, with Lat’s cheerful, patient, and expert cullinary guidance. What a feast!
They are a star studded team, and this was a most memorable experience, kindly endorsed by Cam, (also a multi award winning, world renowned, professional photographer!) who graciously followed up with an array of action pics of our class.
When in Koh Samui do not miss this unique and richly rewarding Island Organics experience, who are rapidly ascending in notoriety, with television stations from around the world promoting their unique excellence.
Well what a brilliant day out on Ko Samui at Cameron and Lats place. From Camerons intro of how they set up their organic garden and Lats tour of it, with very unusual and delicious tasting of Cams hybrid passionfruit vine and tastes of herbs, to the collection of ingredients and the actual cooking of 4 great dishes which as a non cook, i was so proud to have created under Lats watchful eye, to the eating of those dishes at the end, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day out. I didnt want to leave!
Many thanks to Cam and Lat and daughter Ging.
Lat and Cam were great hosts. They absolutely live in a paradise that they build !!!Their organic garden and sustainable life should be an example for the world !!!Lat is an amazing and enthusiastic cook. I really enjoyed learning a lot about Thai food cooking with her. Thank you so very much !!!
We were so lucky to have been informed of this class by other travelers. Beautiful garden, delicious food, great family
“A great surprise.”
Reviewed August 31, 2015
What to say and where to start … The welcome is fantastic. This small family is very hospitable and above all a simplicity that is heartwarming. Everything is done to feel good. We made new friends. The hotel pickup is included if it is close, otherwise, a proposal is made. The garden is organic and Ecological. Everything is explained. They gather fruits and vegetables as well as condiments to prepare the way. The kitchen is very clean and very large. The explanations are simple, clear, appropriate and adaptable without forgetting everything is very visual to increase understanding and success of the dish, dishes! Finally … the tasting! Good products, good guides, good atmosphere = EXCELLENT. Undoubtedly the finest culinary activity of the island, but my greatest culinary adventure!
We are a family of 5, with children aged 7,12 and 13 and this was our first experience of a ‘family cookery course’. Absolutely brilliant and hit the spot for all the age groups. Lat and Cam are very welcoming and will ensure you have an educational, fun and ‘delicious ‘ day. Definitely a highlight for us on Koh Samui and we wish you continued success. The Johnsons
This cooking class is a MUST DO if you are ever in Samui. They allowed us a private booking for a special birthday, 7 ladies and a 3yo, we all had a fantastic day! The organic farm was beautiful and quite educational to walk through, the kitchen area is amazing and the cooking class was informative and most importantly DELICIOUS! Cam and Lat are fantastic hosts, great communications emailing before, during and after our visit. They definitely go the extra mile with hospitality – balloons, birthday cake, taking photos, giving us aloe vera for our sun burn, packaging our leftovers to take back for our husbands and buying certain cooking utensils we wanted then delivering to us later in the week. Thanks Cam and Lat for a wonderful experience!
We had a wonderful day learning to cook the most delicious Thai food , using ingredients picked fresh from Lat and Cams incredibly productive and inspirational organic garden , food miles , about 30 steps ! I would recommend doing this cooking class with Lat . I am travelling with my daughter who is allergic to fish /oyster sauce and is vegetarian . I was so thankful that Lat worked around this so beautifully and my daughter learned to cook Thai dishes ( with slight variations ) which were amazing . Thanks also for the aloe Vera for the sunburn , very gratefully revived . This course was great value for money , a great way to spend a day and we feasted ! We left feeling satiated and inspired . Well done Lat and Cam I wish you great success with your cooking school. and thank you for your generosity of spirit.
Reviewed August 16, 2015
We loved everything about our day with Lat and Cam. The tour around the farm, where we learned many things from composting to making “worm water” to where luffa comes from to growing hydroponic lettuce and maximizing growing space by creatively growing above ground was fascinating. We even learned how to know when the chicken lays an egg. The cooking class was fun and very well organized. Everyone in our picky family was able to adjust the ingredients to exactly what they wanted and the results were delicious. Highly recommend, especially as a family activity. Each of our daughters from age 27 – 9 had a great time, as did we grown ups. Oh, and Cam is a professional photographer, we just couldn’t leave without a few of his beautiful photos of Thailand.
We had a group of girls doing the Organic Cooking Class to celebrate one of our birthdays’. Right from the start (emailing before we came) and throughout the day, Lak and Cam were more than accommodating to our requests! We were able to take our own drinks to have on the day, they made a bed up for my 3 year old when she needed a sleep and they even organised some coconut scrapers for us afterwards. Fantastic people, beautiful gardens, a wealth of information regarding the organic systems they use and divine food, made this one of the very best days we had on Koh Samui. They even gave us wee chocolate cakes for the birthday girl. Can’t recommend it enough!! Thanks for everything guys!
Lat and Cam are a great couple; they run a beautiful cooking school based on organic principles. It is always so inspiring to meet people who are passionate about their work:the love what they do; they do what they love. We had a wonderful day; and keeping teenagers engaged for more than 2 hours is quite a challenge: not for Lat. She has humour and the kids cooked tasty Pad Thai, Green Curry and Som Tam. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch. If you go: skip breakfast 🙂Thanks again for a wonderful day in your wonderful place!
2 very kind hostsCooked Pad Thai, Saté, Som Tam (papaya salad), green curry chicken – and loved every bite.I would love to come back again to see what new great projects they are doing. Cam – I’ll take you up on the new relaxing bathtubsWe have absolutely nothing negative to say, thank you for the best day of our vacation.
Spent the day cooking and learning about organic and sustainable small scale farming at Lat and Cams lovely farm.
Lat and Cameron are delighful people and the cooking class is an absolute must and is highly recommended. It all starts with time spent in the garden, a treat! Not only is everything there but Lat will teach a lot about the plants, the growing and how they run it “organically”. You will pick what you need for the cooking and off you go. All the ingredients are well prepared, the setting, outdoors, of the cooking class is really nice, with Cameron’s pictures, light music, colorful ingredients…..and Lat make it a pleasure for us all to cook. There is no rush, this felt like a true vacations day, and we ended up enjoying lunch with what we prepared with Lat and Camerom, who if a photographer and has plenty of interesting stories to tell. They are both passionate about what they do, and sooooooooooo friendly. Do not miss it. This was one of the highlight of our week in Samui.
This is the first review I have written, but felt it was a must for this place.This place is run by a very loverly and welcoming husband and wife, to which the lessons and held in a open air kitchen in the grounds of their amazing house. The whole day is very relaxed and in a very personal way whilst still being professionally done.The lessons start off with a garden tour to see and pick the days fresh ingredients. Following that you get to cook up some of the best food the island has to offer (even if your not the best chef!).The class teaches you the Thai ways of cooking and how to make these tasty but simple dishes, and you will be trying them again when you get back home!After the lessons you are free to view the husbands photos which are truly amazing and you can buy some if you want (no pressure at all to though!)Thank you for such a memorable experience, I’m going to be bringing authentic thai cooking back to England! Steve and Helen
There are plenty of other cooking classes on Sumai but this is the only one with its own garden, all ingredients are organic, we picked the ingredients for each dish as Lat talked us through how her sustainable garden works. We made 4 fab dishes that I’m looking forward to making at home. The kitchen is really cool outdoors next to the garden, there was a really good vibe and I definitely didn’t need dinner that evening! They even packed take away food for us!
I highly recommend booking a class with Lat.
I cannot rate this class highly enough. I think a review won’t do it justice, I suggest you just book it!
My husband and I had a wonderful half day with Lat and her family. When booking I requested a tweak to the menu based on my preference and there was no problem. We were picked up from our hotel. Lat’s organic garden is beautiful and puts my efforts at home to shame! She was so interesting, explaining how the garden works and giving us an insight into her culture and childhood. When it came to preparing the dishes it was so relaxed, plenty of time for eating and soaking up the atmosphere (eat a light breakfast), I’m excited to try the recipes at home.
Lat’s husband Cameron is a photographer and had beautiful photos on display, he welcomed us into his onside studio, we bought one of his prints but there was no pressure at all to even look at them.
Lat and Cameron gave us such a beautiful experience, my blood pressure definately lowered during that day!
I chose Lat’s cooking class as a birthday celebration and it was a unique and lovely exeprience for the whole family including my husband and our 2 daughters aged 12 and 9.
Lat, Cameron and their lovely daugthers welcomed us with a big smile and we began with a tour at the organic farm, which included an explanation which was just right for the kids, picking fresh herbs and cooking delicious Thai food. Lat’s oldest daugther helped the girls with everything they needes, while her younger sister became my youngest daugther’s friend.
Lat was charming and had a lot of patience as well as flexibility with the menu and the flow.
We cooked, laughed, ate and enjoyed it all tremendously.
We even bought magnificent souveniers for our relatives – some beautiful pictures taken by Cameron who was preparing his gallery for the opening.
It was a splendid day and we highly recommend it!
I absolutely loved island organics! Lat and Cameron were so friendly and amazing. The food was fresh from their home garden and Lat does an amazing job of showing you how to prepare and make each dish from scratch. This was by far one of the best experiences I have had on the islands. The food is absolutely delicious and it is very fulfilling knowing that you prepared and made it yourself (well… With Lat’s help of course ;P)
What we really loved about Lat’s cookery lesson was that it took place on her organic farm in the Hills of Koh Samui away from the tourist bustle in a spectacular setting which just made our day magical. The class itself was really relaxed and great fun and we produced some fantastic food. Highly recommended for those seeking an authentic experience with lovely people (we met the whole family).
The class is done outside but undercover and a beautiful spot, surrounded by the wonderful gardens they have there, with a variety of herbs and vegetables that you use in your cooking growing, talk about fresh!
Lat is very welcoming and never stops smiling! She goes through each recipe step by step, but you get to do it all yourself and it tastes incredible. On arrival we made Pad Thai, so make sure you don’t have breakfast before hand. We then had a look around the gardens to see everything growing and sample some of the herbs.
We then made three dishes, a green chicken curry, a red pork curry and papaya salad. We made our own coconut milk and cream for use in the dishes and then sat down to enjoy the food together.
This is a fantastic day out and one of the best cooking classes I have ever done, it is in a wonderful setting and you will make some of the best tasting food you have ever eaten. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Samui!!
“Best cooking class i ever had”
Me and my wife went here for a cooking class. The pickup was prompt and after a short drive we arrived at the “classroom”. After we received the recipes we went into the garden to find the fresh herbs we needed for the cooking. The cook, Lat was very enthusiastic and explained everything about the way the herbs are grown. Plus she let us taste the herbs and they were delicious. Then we started cooking. She explained everything very well and so we made our own lunch. Because everything is fresh and because you make it yourself it tastes very, very well. Lat and her husband are very nice people and they make the class personal. The herb garden gives it a nice touch. If we come back next year, we will surely visit Lat again. If you want to take a cooking class, don’t hesitate, go with Island Organics!
5 Star January 21, 2015
What an amazing experience, really a dream come true and I could not have chosen a better place to do my first ever cooking class. Thank you Lat for sharing your wonderful cooking skills and being such a great teacher. I am amazed that everything came out so tastey and I ate everything I cooked. Forsure I will come back again before I leave the island.