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Indulge your taste buds on this 4-hour culinary tour of Hoi An, including a cooking class at the Red Bridge Cooking School. Discover the unique flavors and spices of Vietnamese cuisine as you browse the local markets, cruise along the Hoi An River and pick fresh herbs. Under the guidance of expert instructors, learn to craft local specialties like spring rolls, crispy pancakes or seafood salad. Pick up tips and techniques to recreate your favorite dishes back home, learn the art of food decoration, then enjoy your delicious homemade lunch. 


  • Take a culinary tour and cooking class in Hoi An
  • Enjoy a scenic boat journey on the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School
  • Shop at the Hoi An market with an experienced guide and learn about the fresh ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine
  • Learn to cook several dishes and then enjoy the delicious meal that you prepare
  • Walk through the Red Bridge Cooking School’s herb garden and see the plants that give Vietnamese dishes their distinctive flavors
  • Bring home recipes and inspiration to share with your family and friends!

What You Can Expect

Hoi An Culinary Tour and Cooking Class with River Cruise

Hoi An Old Town by the River

First your guide will meet you at your hotel's lobby. Then head to Hoi An’s bustling market and experience the amazing and colorful sights as you stroll through the market with your guide, who’ll introduce you to the ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine.

Next, board the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely 30-minute cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Along the way, enjoy photo ops of local life on this scenic river.

Upon arriving at the Red Bridge Cooking School, walk through its abundant herb garden and learn about the herbs that give Vietnam’s cuisine its distinctive flavors. Then head to the school’s open-air riverside building, a beautiful and breezy location for your cooking class. The chefs demonstrate the preparation of each dish (see menu below) and help as you learn to prepare the dishes yourself. To finish the day’s lesson, which takes about two hours, observe an introduction to Vietnamese plate decoration or food carving, which is truly an art in itself.

After the class, sit down and enjoy eating the delicious meal that you have made! At the end of your culinary tour, your guide will take you back on the boat to your starting point in Hoi An where your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.

Rice paper (making)
Fresh spring rolls with shrimp
Crispy Hoi An pancakes with shrimp, herbs, bean sprouts and peanut sauce
Seafood salad with mixed Vietnamese herbs served in a half pineapple
Vietnamese eggplant in clay pot
Food decoration (pineapple boat, tri-colored flowers and Vietnamese hand fan)

Customer Reviews

Katie W

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

All guides were really good and made the experience fun

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