In Chiang Mai, Thailand there is a great cooking school where you can learn how to make up to 6 specialty Thai dishes. Instead of eating at a local restaurant, make the food yourself!
Baan Thai Cookery School is known to be one of the best in the area where you can choose a full day making 6 meals or half day making 4 meals. Total for a full day is around $30 but includes all ingredients and a recipe book once the afternoon of cooking (and eating!) is over.
I particularly liked this picture as we were making spicy fish cakes for an appetizer. Taken outside one of the kitchens, you can see the local Baan Thai teacher with her foreign students, neatly framed by the window's diamond grid.
This is an incredible way to taste real Thai food, made by none other but you! Truly a lot of fun, and absolutely delicious.