Meet a driver at your hotel for 9am departure, then travel to a family home near the banks of the Red River. Start the day with a 30-minute class on the basics of speaking Vietnamese, learning some simple phrases that will help you shop, explore, and meet locals.
Next, head to the neighborhood market to practice your phrases—the market is a five-minute walk away from the house, with colorful displays of fresh food and spices. Discover the building blocks of Vietnamese cuisine, from aromatic herbs to vegetables, meats, fish, and tropical fruits, and find out how to select the best ingredients for the recipe you'll prepare.
When you return to the kitchen, it’s time to cook, and you’ll prepare lunch from start to finish. Marinate, spice, and blend sauces, and learn to decorate each dish Vietnamese-style with blossoms made from carrots, lemongrass, banana leaves, and hot peppers.
Sit down to the meal you’ve prepared, dining with views of the Red River and the Eiffel-designed Long Bien Bridge. After the meal, this tour concludes with return transfer to your hotel.