Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour

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Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour

Enjoy a month in Vivacious Vietnam and learn the delicious techniques of Vietnamese Chefs!

Vietnam is the host of some of the world’s most famous recipes and one of the most unique cultures that Asia has to offer. Whether an Asian Food Connoisseur or simply enjoy interesting dishes, the Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour will leave you with unforgettable memories and cooking techniques of Professional Asian Chefs!

Begin the Tour in beautiful Hanoi with an afternoon and evening of free time to settle into your accommodations and enjoy the city!

Cooking Classes:

The Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour is stocked with entertaining and educational cooking classes every Monday-Friday of the month!

Cooking Classes begin in the morning. You’ll work on delicious dishes (all with English recipes and an English Speaking instructor) that you’ll get to enjoy as lunch.

Lunch dishes include savory delights such as

  • Fresh spring rolls with shrimp and meat
  • Grilled chicken with pineapple
  • Spicy shrimp stir fry
  • Seafood spring rolls
  • Hanoi-style grilled fish
  • Beef BBQ served with fried dumplings
  • And more! A new Dish each day!!!

On the first week of the Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour, after lunch, you’ll learn the art of creating fine Vietnamese Dessert! These irresistible dishes include

  • Sesame Cake
  • Longan Fruit sweetened dessert
  • Taro Sweetened Dessert
  • Sweet Potato Cake with honey,
  • And more!

Beginning the second week, your afternoon after cooking classes will be spent at a local restaurant as a trainee where you’ll get to learn and cook in a real restaurant setting!

And that’s just the week days!!!

The weekends of the Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour include amazing adventure to some of the most interesting, exclusive, and breathtaking tourist attractions in the country!

Spend a weekend in the Mai Chau Homestay and enjoy a day of cycling around the villages, beautiful nature scenes, and Vietnamese cultural immersion! Have lunch with the locals to appreciate authentic Vietnamese cuisine!

The following weekend, Friday begins a journey to the Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight Oriental Sails Cruise! Travel around the harbor and explore the Thien Canh Son Cave after mornings of Tai Chi exercise on the deck! You’ll also kayak around the villages’ canals and enjoy Happy Hour and a delicious dinner on the deck both days of the cruise before returning Saturday night.

Weekend 3 of the Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour includes a Friday trek along the Muong Hoa Valley to many different Vietnamese villages like Linh Ho, Black Hmong, and Lao Chai! Saturday hosts a four-hour morning trek during which you’ll witness more villages and the Silver Waterfall and Rattan Bridge!

In your finals days of the Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour, you’ll enjoy A Graduation Celebration on Friday before a Saturday of Shopping in Hanoi and free time to enjoy your last full day!

The great part about this trip is that it meets you where you are. You don’t have to be a cooking expert! Just come willing to learn and wanting to explore and enjoy!

Our Expert Vietnamese Chefs will teach you all you need to know about the fine art of cooking authentic, amazing Vietnamese Cuisine so that you can wow your dinner guests and take home more from this trip than just pictures!

You’ll be driven around by safe, experienced drivers, and our Tour Guides will make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.

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  • Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

    Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.  You will be welcomed by our driver who will transport you to your hotel, La Dolce Vita Hotel in the city center.

    Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi.

  • DAY 2: Monday - Introduction to Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    You will meet your English-speaking instructors & be given an introduction to the Hoa Sua School.

    You will also be able to chat with their students about the different cooking courses they take, such as:
    – Vietnamese cooking course
    – Western food training course
    – Bartender training course
    – Bakery training course & more.

    Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 3: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Meet up with your instructor, then visit a nearby market, where your instructor will introduce you to different kinds of ingredients, including herbs, used in Vietnamese food.  Head back to school to start cooking!
    Cooking Classes:
    – Fresh noodles rolled with beef.
    – Grilled chicken with lemon leaf.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked, then transfer back to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 4: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Fresh noodles rolled with grilled pork.
    – Roasted chicken with coconuts.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked, then transfer back to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 5: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Fresh spring rolled with shrimp & meat.
    – Grilled chicken with pineapple.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.
    Cooking Class: Dessert Dishes
     – Sesame cake.
    – Longan fruit sweetened dessert.

    Transfer back to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 6: Friday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Fried spring with crab meat.
    – Shrimp stir with spicy sauce.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.
    Cooking Class: Dessert Dishes
    – Taro sweetened dessert.
    – Sweet potato cake with honey.

    Transfer back to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 7: Saturday - Hanoi - Mai Chau - Homestay

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then depart for Mai Hich Village, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh (approx. 3 & 1/2 hours).
    On the way there, you will see many interesting countryside street markets, before stopping for a short break at Thung Khe Mountain Pass to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the North West Forest.

    Lunch: At Mai Hich Village you will have a memorable lunch cooked with local foods at the homestay.

    Afternoon: You can walk or cycle around the villages to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes & observe the rural activities in action, including:
    – house-on-stilts
    – fish ponds
    – low terrace paddy fields & so much more.
    You can also take part in some of the daily farming routines of local farmers & you can check out a traditional weaving cooperative & have a chance to buy some hand-made souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

    Evening: Overnight at the homestay – a stilt house of a White Thai minority host (a cozy & convenient guest house with free WIFI. In spite of preserving the original architecture of the stilt house that has no rooms – an open space, you still feel satisfied with closed private spaces as the host temporarily separates the house’s space with many curtains at night).

  • DAY 8: Sunday - Mai Chau - Hanoi

    Breakfast: At your homestay, then you will ride a bicycle, from Mai Hich to Buoc Village, through the rice fields to visit the hilltribe villages of Thai people such as Ban Denh, Ngoa, Sun, Muoi, etc.  Then cycle back to your homestay for lunch.

    Lunch: At your homestay, then you will travel back to Hanoi, stopping on the way to visit more villages of Thai people such as Ban Lac & Pom Coong Village etc.
    Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 9: Monday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Rolled fish sour with mayonnaise sauce.
    – Fried shrimp with coconut.

    Lunch:
    Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 10: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Chicken salad.
    – Sauteed shrimp with onion & mushroom.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening:
    Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 11: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Fried spring roll with seafood.
    – Hanoi-style grilled fish.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening:
    Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 12: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Fried spring roll with meat.
    – Fried fish with passion fruits.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked then transfer back to your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

    Afternoon & Evening:
    Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 13: Friday - Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Overnight on Boat

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel.
    8am: You will be picked up from your hotel to start the 3 & 1/2 hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, where you will check in at the Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge.
    12.15 – 12.45pm: Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat.  Listen to cruise briefing & receive your room key.
    1 – 1.30pm: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng Fishing Village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay – to see the life of local fishermen.

    – Option 1:
    Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village.
    – Option 2: Go kayaking by yourself with help & instruction of tour guide around the village.

    5.30 – 6pm:
    Return to Oriental Sails for a bath, then relax as the sun starts to set.  Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar on the sun deck while watching a cooking demonstration.
    7pm: Dinner is served, then its time to socialize with other guests, go squid fishing or just laze around.  Singing & dancing activities are available until 10pm.
    Overnight on board Oriental Sails.

  • DAY 14: Saturday - Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

    6.30 – 7am: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
    7 – 9am: Catch the morning view while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, then have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave.
    Thien Canh Son Cave – is a medium sized cave & the least visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay.
    9.30am: Check-out of your room.  Luggage can be left in the reception area.
    9.30 – 11am: Head back to the harbor.  Have an early lunch on board.  Disembark Oriental Sails around 12pm.
    12 – 4pm: Transfer back to hotel at Hanoi & arrive around 4.30pm.

    Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 15: Sunday - Hanoi

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then relax & enjoy a day of whatever takes your fancy in Hanoi.

  • DAY 16: Monday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Banana flower with chicken salad.
    – Sauteed beef with black pepper sauce.

    Lunch:
    Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 17: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Five-color seafood salad.
    – Grilled beef with lemongrass.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 18: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Tuna salad.
    – Beef BBQ served with fried dumpling.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 19: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Dalat vegetable salad.
    – Fried beef with five-color vegetables

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore Hanoi & try some local food.

  • DAY 20: Friday - Hanoi - Sapa - Hiking - Homestay

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then you will be picked up by a limousine shuttle bus.  You will travel to Sapa by road along the highway of Hanoi – Lao Cai.  This highway goes through 5 provinces in Vietnam, then connects to another highway, which goes to China.  (This route will take approximately 5 & 1/2 – 6 hours & includes a stop on the way for restroom and relaxing).

    Drop off at Y Linh Ho Village where you will start your trekking route.  Y Linh Ho village (at 1,018m) is another village of the Black Hmong with lot traces of slash & burn agriculture along the way.  Trek down through Muong Hoa Valley to Lao Chai Village & Ta Van Village of Dzay minority people.  (Trekking distance: 6-7km, approx. 3hours – Mix of single track, dirt trail & tarmac road).
    Check into your homestay for dinner which will be cooked by your host.
    Overnight at homestay in a stilt house.

    The itinerary is subject to change due to weather condition.

  • DAY 21: Saturday - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Su Pan Village - Hanoi

    Wake up with the locals & the sounds of cocks, pigs & the family dogs.  After breakfast with the family, say good bye to your hosts & take another light trek though bamboo forests to Giang Ta Chai Village – home of Red Dzao & H’mong people.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the Silver Waterfall & Rattan Bridge.  Cross the river & continue hiking.  Stop off to meet the Red Dzao & the Black H’mong people in Su Pan village.  (Trekking distance: 6-7km, approx. 4 hours – Mix of single track, dirt trail & tarmac road).

    Our driver will pick you up from Su Pan Village to transfer you to Sapa.  Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

    3 – 3.30pm: Pick up by limousine shuttle bus & travel back to Hanoi.
    8.30 – 9pm: Check into your hotel in Hanoi.

    The itinerary is subject to change due to weather condition.

  • DAY 22: Sunday - Hanoi - Free Time

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then relax & enjoy a day of shopping or whatever takes your fancy in Hanoi.

  • DAY 23: Monday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Mixed stir fried rice.
    – Grilled snaked fish on charcoal.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 24: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Seafood fried rice.
    – Almond fried seafood.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 25: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Sauteed noodles with seafood.
    – Fried fish with fruits sauce.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 26: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Taro cake with grilled pork.
    – Squid with spicy sauce.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Time to use the skills you have learnt so far at a local restaurant, as a trainee!

  • DAY 27: Friday - Cooking Classes & Graduation

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.
    Cooking Class:
    – Sauteed rice noodles with chicken.
    – Snow butter fried squid.

    Lunch: Try some of the dishes you have cooked.

    Afternoon & Evening: Meet up with your instructor & classmates for Graduation Celebration!  Yay!

  • DAY 28: Saturday - Shopping in Hanoi

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then relax & enjoy a free day of shopping or whatever takes your fancy in Hanoi.

  • DAY 29: Sunday - Hanoi - Departure Day

    Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi for departure flight.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

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*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 

Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Ultimate Vietnamese Cooking Tour (29 Days)

Inc. English Speaking Cooking Instructors!
US$ 2160
  • Boutique Hotels w/Daily Breakfast
  • Twin/Double Share w/Bathroom (Single Room Supplement: +US$575)
  • Cruise the Limestone Islands of Bai Tu Long Bay on the Oriental Sails!
  • Learn to Cook Vietnamese Cuisine at Hoa Sua School!
  • Transfers to Cooking Classes in a Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle!
  • Be a Trainee at a Local Restaurant!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • including:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Bilingual Guide, Daily Transportation and Excursions
  • Certificate of Completion

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