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Hoian - Classic Half Day Cooking Tour

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Tour code: ASW-ST-CK02

Duration: 1 days

Destination: Hoi An

US$ 33 per person

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Fun and interesting half-day learning about Vietnamese food and the Hoi An way of life. Visit Hoi An’s colorful central market, boat trip on the Hoi An River, herb garden walk, 2-hour hand-on cooking class, and finish with lunch.

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trip highlight

  • Take a walk to a local market to purchase ingredients for the class
  • 25 minutes cruising on the Red Bridge boat on Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School
  • Explore the cooking school’s herb -vegetable garden
  • Learn to cook Vietnamese dishes in a 2-hour class with hand-on experience and chef's instruction

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Day 1: Morning time : from 8:15 to 13:00

Be welcomed at Hai Scout Café at 98 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street by The Chef.

First lesson of buying typical Vietnamese ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson at local market. After the market visit, is 25 minutes cruising with the Red Bridge boat on Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Chance to view local river life.

On arrival, exploring the cooking school’s herb - vegetable garden before learning about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s well-known dishes, which is the mix of Vietnam and Chinese cuisine. The cooking lesson runs for about 2 hours – each dish is firstly demonstrated by the Red Bridge chef’s before you prepare the same dish yourself. We will later enjoy exactly what we have cooked. Tour then ends by a Hoi An river cruise back Hoi An town.


1. Making fresh Rice paper

2. Fresh Rice Paper Rolls of Shrimp

3. Crispy Hoi An Pancakes with Shrimp, Herbs & a Peanut Sauce

4. Seafood Salad with mixed Vietnamese Herbs served in Half a Pineapple

5. Vietnamese Eggplant in Clay Pot

6. Food Decoration – Tomato Rose & Vietnamese Cucumber Hand Fan

Lunch includes the above meals as well as: Steamed Ocean Fish on a bed of Freshly Chopped Vegetables


  • The tour departs in the morning only and in the afternoon upon advance request only.
  • PRIVATE OPTION PRICING: Please contact us for pricing

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What's included: 

  • Welcome drink (non-alcoholic) at Hai Scout Café
  • Local English speaking guide/chef
  • Boat trip (weather permitting)
  • Welcome drink at Red Bridge and 1 bottle of water
  • Cooking demonstration & lunch 
  • All recipes and notes
  • Transfer from Red Bridge Cooking School to central Hoi An
What's Excluded:
  • Transfer from your hotel to Hai Scout Café
  • Tipping & personal fee outside the program 
  • Travel insurance 

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.


  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!


Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.


We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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