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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.

Fishing Boats Thailand

Klong Dao Beach Fishing Boats

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!

Lemongrass Margarita Time for Lime

Lemongrass Margarita

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.

Thai ingredients Time for Lime

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.

 

Mortar and pestle Time for Lime

Making Red Curry Paste

 

If you go:

Time for Lime  www.timeforlime.net

Lanta Animal Welfare

http://www.lantaanimalwelfare.com/

 

group of people with cocktails at Time for Lime

Making cocktails

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