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Cooking class at a local’s house in Bagan

Get ready for a fabulous Myanmar culinary adventure! This morning take a break from temple-touring for a memorable and tasty Bagan Cooking Class.

Grab a bite of Myanmar and learn how to cook

Travel to one of Bagan’s quiet neighborhoods, catching a glimpse of what life is like for the town’s residents. Even though it is a popular tourist destination, Bagan is still deeply traditional and you will see evidence of this as you drive along.

Arrive at a typical home where your hosts await! You will be welcomed with open arms and genuine Burmese hospitality. Take a short tour of the home before reaching the local-style kitchen. Although basic compared to modern kitchens, you will be amazed at the wonderful foods that can be prepared with the simple tools and appliances.

Authentic interactions with Myanmar people

Your host is not a professional chef, but the food will likely be the best meal you have had in Myanmar! The recipes and techniques used today have been used by the family for generations. As the morning progresses, you will not only learn about food but also about Myanmar’s culinary culture and traditions.

Fresh out of the market!

First, help prepare the ingredients. Like most of Myanmar’s residents, your host woke up early this morning to visit the market to buy her daily ingredients. This means you will have plenty of fresh items to cook with–many of them grown in Bagan and picked from the fields that same morning! She will explain each item and describe where it is grown and how it is used. Many of the ingredients may be familiar to you – such as tomatoes, onions, and garlic – but certainly there will be some you have never seen before such as a local bean paste or some exotic herbs unique to Myanmar.

An Insider’s access to Bagan’s cuisine

Now it’s time to get cooking! Over the next hour or two, your host will cook an incredible meal of local dishes. Watch as she uses traditional tools like a mortar and pestle to prepare the ingredients. Lend a hand to chop, slice, dice, and mix spices, vegetables, and meats. Cooking in Myanmar is often a social experience and your host will share stories about food, her family, and her life. Feel free to ask any questions and to share your personal culinary experiences. The more you interact, the more you will learn about Myanmar’s culture!

Bon appetit!

Once the food is ready, it is time to eat! Sit down in the garden for a delicious lunch of freshly prepared dishes. You will get the real taste of a home-cooked Burmese dish,.. a special experience that is sure to please your stomach. After this memorable Bagan culinary and cultural indulgence, it is time to bid farewell to your hosts and head off to your next adventure.

  • Culture immersion 80%
  • Local encounters 100%
  • Food 90%


  • Getting a true taste of Myanmar culture with a local Bagan cooking class
  • Stepping into a family’s home for a morning of culinary indulgence
  • Discovering the secrets to preparing authentic Myanmar cuisine and savoring the delicious results



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