Hi! My name is Mon. I was born in the South of Thailand, close to the border of Malaysia. When I was little, my mom and dad often had to go to work the rice fields and I had to take care of my little sister and make sure my parents could have dinner after a long day of work.
That is how I discovered my passion for cooking. Although it was my task, something I had to do, I didn't mind it at all. I started cooking just by watching my mom from a very young age, and when I was old enough, about 8 years old, I started doing the same.
Besides cooking, I also loved to travel, meet new people and learn English. When I was about 22, I managed to get a job with an international company. For more than 10 years I traveled around the world, met many people and learned lots of English.
I came to Koh Lanta the first time just like most tourists and fell in love with the island. While still working and traveling lots for the international company, I gradually started longing for a more simple life style again in my home country and with my family. I was dreaming of my own cooking school.
In 2015 I had the amazing opportunity to open a cooking school and teach Thai cooking on the beautiful island called Koh Lanta in the South of Thailand.
In a short time, my cooking school became the number 1 cooking school on our island with hundreds of 5 star reviews and a fully booked class every day during high season.
During the pandemic we survived by taking our cooking classes online and later we also started a YouTube channel Sweet Life Lanta that is rapidly growing with viewers from around the world. On our channel, we vlog about our life on the island, culture differences, food, language and more.
Watch the video below to see how I grew up cooking and also, what my mom thinks about my Western wife Maayan.
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