Vietnamese Cooking Tour

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Vietnamese Cooking Tour

Experience the most delicious and education two weeks of your life as you Adventure through the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour!

Home to World Famous Recipes and a diverse, interesting culture, the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour will teach you to appreciate being outside your comfort zone while also teaching you authentic Vietnamese cooking techniques.

You’ll even get to visit some of its most famous tourist attractions!

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 Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour will wow you with all of its amazing opportunities for learning in the kitchen under an Expert Vietnamese Chef!

Beginning each morning, Monday-Friday, create delicious dishes with the help of English Recipes and an English speaking instructor. Do your best because you’ll be eating what you cook for your lunch!

Lunch dishes include savory delights such as

  • Grilled chicken with lemon leaf
  • Fresh noodles rolled with beef
  • Roasted chicken with coconuts
  • Fresh noodles rolled with grilled pork
  • Shrimp stir with spicy sauce
  • And more! A new Dish each day!!!

The Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour also teaches you the art of creating world famous Vietnamese dessert dishes after lunch! Dessert includes sweet potato cake with honey, taro sweetened dessert, and more!

Week 2 of the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour offers the chance at being a real Vietnamese chef! After the morning cooking classes, spend your afternoons in a local restaurant as a trainee!

And it’s more than just cooking!

Spend a weekend in the Mai Chau Homestay and enjoy a day of cycling around the villages!

Enjoy amazing nature scenes like the Thung Khe Mountain Pass and immerse yourself in the engaging beauty of the North West Forest!

Have lunch with the locals to appreciate authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and stay in a classic stilt house with a wide open floor plan that has no rooms, only curtains to separate for privacy, in accordance with Vietnamese tradition!

The following weekend, the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour is host to a Friday and Saturday adventure into Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight Oriental Sails Cruise!

Journey around the harbor and into the exclusive Thien Canh Son Cave after mornings of Tai Chi exercise on the deck!

Also, kayak around the villages’ canals before partaking in Happy Hour and a delicious dinner on the deck both days of the cruise before returning Saturday night.

Now, cooking in Vietnam may sound intimidating, but the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour meets you right where you are. You don’t have to be a cooking expert! Just bring a willing spirit, and open mind, and an attitude that’s ready to have some fun!

The Expert Vietnamese Chefs take you on an in-depth, all-inclusive course into the fine art of cooking authentic, amazing Vietnamese Cuisine!

Your dinner guests will be amazed at the flavors you bring to the table, and your kitchen back home will never be the same!  

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

Don’t wait until the spots are gone! Sign up today for the Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour!

  • 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 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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Vietnamese Cooking Mini-Tour (15 Days)

Inc. English Speaking Cooking Instructors!
US$ 1430
  • Boutique Hotel w/Daily Breakfast
  • Twin/Double Share w/Bathroom (Single Room Supplement: +US$320)
  • 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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