Koh Lanta is an island in the turquoise Andaman Sea, part of Krabi Province in Thailand. The islands are known for glorious beaches and wild, full-moon parties. We wanted something quieter, less touristy, where we could relax and unwind. Koh Lanta fit the bill. After flying into Phuket, we hopped a ferry to Lanta and spent five 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
Time for Lime is a cooking school, bar and restaurant located on beautiful Klong Dao Beach. Founder Junie Kovacs opened Time for Lime in 2003, 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 linked with profits from Time for Lime supporting Lanta Animal Welfare. Since its inception, about 15,000 animals have been treated and sterilized!
Cooking & Cocktails
We arrived a bit early for our class so we sat at the bar and had a refreshing cocktail while looking out over the sea. After meeting our instructor we retreated to the upstairs loft. Noi gave us an in-depth explanation on the different flavors of Thai food – sweet, salty, bitter, sour, spicy – as we sampled them, one by one. 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. When everything was finished we ate the extraordinary meal we 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.
If you go:
Time for Lime www.timeforlime.net
Lanta Animal Welfare