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This Ho Chi Minh Food Experience with Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour showcases the best of this classic cuisine. Travelers will visit Ben Than Market where they’ll wander the stalls with their local chef and learn about the fresh ingredients essential to creating the most popular Vietnamese dishes. Then, under the guidance of an expert chef, travelers will prepare a 4-course meal alongside new friends. With a cap at 20 people, the class and dining experience is sure to be fun, personalized and memorable! 


  • Half-day market tour and cooking class in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Select vegetables and spices at Ben Thanh Market
  • Create delicious Siagonese dishes, including appetizer, salad or soup, main course and dessert with an expert local chef!
  • Learn about Vietnamese culture and its culinary heritage
  • Dine on a scrumptious meal with like-minded cuisine lovers
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide

What You Can Expect

Ho Chi Minh Food Experience: Vietnamese Cooking Class and Market Tour

Experience Saigon: Vietnamese Cooking Class with Market Tour in Ho Chi Minh

Your Ho Chi Minh food experience kicks off with pickup from your city hotel. Follow an expert guide through the famous Ben Thanh Market, where you’ll wander past eclectic stalls filled with clothing and souvenirs like a local. Learn about the fresh ingredients and 
aromatic herbs essential in this popular cuisine as you talk with local produce sellers. Your guide will share stories about this historic destination, which is the oldest surviving market of its kind in Vietnam’s most populated city. 

Leave the market and head to the Vietnam Cookery Center for a real-life lesson in Vietnamese cuisine. You’ll have access to traditional equipment, expert chefs and fresh ingredients that are essential to producing the nation’s most popular dishes. The small-group cooking class offers up plenty of time and space for interacting with new friends and the professional chef will show you how to prepare papaya salad, chicken curry and coconut-centric dishes.

Once you’ve stepped away from the stove, sit alongside your fellow classmates and enjoy the final product. With a new 4-course meal prepared every day of the week, no two classes are ever alike. Once your belly is full head back to your hotel with a new understanding of Vietnamese culture, cooking and this flavorful cuisine. 



Customer Reviews

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a great experience learning to cook Vietnamese meals. The Chefs were amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I can't wait to make the dishes at home.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great cooking class and food market tour, was very enjoyable and some new skills were learnt. Plenty of food you will not go hungry.

Sarah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our chef was delightful with very easy to understand English. She was great at ensuring that everyone participated in the demonstrations before going on to make each dish ourselves.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was great, we had a wonderful morning. Don't have breakfast as there is lots of food as you are cooking. The lady that did the cooking class was beautiful and at here was only us 3 in the class. We did the market tour first. Be prepared for a little test at the end and you get a takeaway if you can't eat it all. With 3 different people all with different likes, we all loved this class


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We really enjoyed this tour. We enjoyed the trip to the market prior to the lesson at the Culinary Arts Centre. The hands-on lesson was good, the Chef was great and the menu was delicious.

Savannah` E

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Very interesting and fun.


4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

I enjoed the cooking class from start to finish


4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

handy intro into vietnam cooking

Steven P

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

The tour went ok but it was listed as 5 hours but was finished in more like 3. Learnt a few valuable things though.

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