If you're in Thailand, attend a Thai cooking class. 1000 baht is totally worth it. They pay for your transportation, and once you arrive, you get a market tour. I got to make tom yum goong, pad thai, green curry, and rubies in coconut milk. We didn't get to make the chicken salad but our teacher made it for us.
When I was in Pattaya, I tried the chicken salad and didn't like it, but I've realized that if I tried it for the first time now, I would appreciate the taste so much more since I'm more used to Thai spices.
(Lumix LX3, last photo from my friend's Instagram)