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Feb202008

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Vietnamese Cooking Class at Hanoi's Cooking Centre

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Great fun and interesting, however the tour guide did not speak good enough English to be understood. Actual cooking and learning from the chef was good; although he also did not speak English, and guide's translation was very poor. We would have liked to ask more questions about Vietnamese cooking. Also, we would have liked to be able to choose items to cook. They have three menus, but we just did what they said! As we were the only two in the class, surely they could have customized it. Also, we had to tip the drivers and the chef. This was supposed to be all inclusive, and as Aussies, tipping is not normal. Having to be

Note from Viator
Please note: In May 2009 the location of the cooking school was changed from the Old Hanoi Restaurant to the Hanoi Cooking Centre. This was done partly because of the criticism of the old location from travelers on Viator.com! So thanks for sharing your feedback, and we’re very pleased to let you know the location has been changed and is so far receiving much better reviews.

Feb202008

Tour/Activity

Halong Bay 3-Day Junk Boat Cruise

Hanoi, Vietnam

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review
Apparently we hit the worst weather in fifty years, so was overcast and cold. However, this tour was still worth doing. Again, our tour guide's English was very poor. He couldn't explain things of interest. We booked and requested the double bed room, but on arrival, they were reluctant to give it to us! They finally did. Food was initially good and in good quantities. However, this dwindled down, so that by the third day there was little seafood, and smaller quantities. Newer passengers only coming for the one day cruise would have been quite shocked. Food was freshly made, but always arrived cool to the table. It would have been better to have all the longer stay people on one boat, and just stay out into the Bay longer.

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