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Vietnam remains a safe tourist destination

Vietnam remains a safe tourist destination

Vietnamese tourism officials have stressed that the nation has the new coronavirus epidemic under control and it is a safe travel destination.In a letter sent to foreign partners in multiple languages on 12 Feb, Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration (VNAT), has affirmed that the country’s tourism sector has been actively responding to the Covid-19 epidemic."Since the outbreak of the disease last December in China and the Vietnamese government declared it an epidemic on February 1, Vietnam has controlled the epidemic well. The treatment and prevention measures have been effective, so there is no spread of Covid-19 in the community," the letter says.Of 16 people infected with the virus so far, all 16 have been discharged from the hospital.Ho Chi Minh City - VietnamThe letter says the administration has cooperated with localities and travel agencies to take urgent measures to prevent and minimize the risk of infection and ensure safety for tourists. Tourist attractions have been sanitized, and face masks and brochures on preventing any infection are being handed out to visitors.Vietnam’s tourism sector constantly prioritizes the safety of international tourists, it notes, adding that tourist attractions, historical sites and restaurants remain open to serve them.*from Vnexpress
Top hiking spots near Hanoi, Vietnam

Top hiking spots near Hanoi, Vietnam

Pick the best sights and create your daily travel itinerary, an overview of the most amazing tourist attractions near Hanoi, Vietnam.Ham Lon mountainThe Ham Lon (Pig Jaw) is a mount in the range of Doc Ton in Soc Son District, Hanoi. This is a quite familiar place to young people, particularly those who are intending to conquer the Fansipan – the highest mountain in Indochina.Located only 40km from Hanoi towards North Thang Long – Noi Bai expressway, so it is not too hard to go here, just taking approximately one hour. You can start immediately climbing Ham Lon Mount or visit the Nui Bau Lake first. Nui Bau Lake is a lake located at the foot of the mountain, amid the hills of green pine and acacia trees.There are two paths up to the mountain. The first path is a fairly flat trail, easy to go and does not have many bushes. To reach the peak, it will take you only two or two and a half hour. The second route is along streams, which suits those who like adventure and discovery. Near the top of the mountain is a fairly flat area. After conquering the height of 462m of Ham Lon, visitors can return to this flat area for camping and resting to prepare for leaving the mountain or waiting for sunset or sunrise.Ba Vi National ParkBa Vi National Park is one of Vietnam’s most famous areas of outstanding natural beauty, and is centered around a three-peaked mountain jutting steeply out of the landscape. The national park offers a great escape from the city with cool fresh mountain air in a mystical atmospheric backdrop of clouds, jungle and tropical rainforest.The three mountain summits are Dinh Vua which is the highest at 1,296m, Tan Vien which is 1,226m and Ngoc Hoa the smallest at 1,131m. Together they form a three humped crest which is often obscured by clouds at the highest point due to the varied climate at the park. There are also superb tropical forest views and vistas all the way to Hanoi to be enjoyed from this peak. The fast-flowing Da River is located on one side of the national park.Originally created as a hill station during the French Colonial era, Ba Vi National Park has always been an excellent source of medicinal plants for the Dao ethnic group. Walking and hiking opportunities are popular in this area of lush tropical foliage with plenty of forest trails and mountain slopes. It takes about 30 minutes of hard climb to make it to the temple but you are additionally well rewarded with panoramic views of the Red River Valley and beyond.Thien Son Mountain – Nga RiverLocated in the east of Ba Vi Mountain Range in Ha Tay District in Hanoi, Thien Son – Suoi Nga (Son Mountain – Nga River) is famous for splendid sceneries with silver-carpet-like waterfalls and misty, dense forests on the mountain slopes.One hour’s drive from Hanoi, the site is currently the weekend rendezvous for many Hanoians and tourists. It is said to be an ideal tourist destination for this summer. Thien Son – Suoi Nga, tucked in the protection belt of Ba Vi National Park, is divided into three areas, with each area about two kilometers apart from the others.Villas on the mountain slopes are said to be good accommodation to live among the wildlife. There are also some restaurants to provide wild specialties to trekkers. The next area, Trung Son, is considered to be the playground for people of all ages. Tramping along winding paths around lakes and on stone paths in the shades of seasoned green trees are nice experiences to escape the scorching heat of the summer in the city.The highlight of the area that tourists should not miss is the 100-meters-high Cong Troi Waterfall. Around the area scattered some guest houses nestled under dense groves that tourists can take a rest and enjoy the fresh air in the forest. The last area is Ngoan Son with a panoramic view of Ba Vi Mountain. Shaded winding paths and bridges reflect themselves in the lake surface, decorating the surrounding area. The lakes there also attract many fishing lovers.Tam Dao TownLocated 90km from Hanoi, Tam Dao tourist area in Tam Dao Town, Vinh Phuc Province, is an ideal getaway for tourists to. In summer, people rush to Tam Dao which is considered the Dalat of the North with its fresh cool air, mist and romantic scenery.At an altitude of over 1,000m, Tam Dao was once home to over 200 French villas, a collection of hotels and restaurants, a swimming pool and even a dance auditorium all coming together to form northern Vietnam’s first hill station and health spa. The area offers some easy hiking in and around its tree-covered summit, and while some of the trails tend to see more goats than backpack-wielding tourists, the hill station is popular with Vietnamese tourists.Tam Dao – a familiar name to Hanoi people and also the wonderful address for people who love for tourism. This is the suitable place for Hanoi people to find a near destination which can help them run away from the hot weather of the summer.Young people in groups have a different interest, they can take a long walk through the forest, discover nature with so much strange things as well as the fauna and flora in the forest. Go there with your friends and Tam Dao is really the ideal destination for you at the weekends.Cuc Phuong National ParkLocated about 100 km South of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong is the first and one of the most impressive national parks in Vietnam. The primary rainforest is coated with layers of fauna and flora, caves and hot springs. Trees that have lived for the millennium are not rare, and it is striking how they survived the numerous battles that Vietnam has gone through.At the rear entrance gate to the park, there is a center for preserving endangered species sponsored by a German development agency. Within the forest itself, bird-watching is a popular activity and as you walk or bike the trail, it is possible to catch sight of many reptiles or animals.At the entrance gate, there is an information center where you can obtain a map of the trails. There are also restaurants, souvenir shops, and a mini hotel at affordable rates ($10 per room). You might also consider renting a bike from the information center instead of taking the car option. As you approach the park, there is another accommodation facility with more authentic natural feel. Staying the stilt house is a memorable experience but not recommendable for those who do not tolerate mosquitoes and biting insects.Source: Internet
Retro Saigon: the most antique coffee shops

Retro Saigon: the most antique coffee shops

Among the hustle and bustle of city life, take a moment to stay away from the pressure of modern life, or simply recall your childhood? Then the retro style cafes listed right here will bring you back to the past, to the places that blend classic and modern styles.81 Café81 CaféComing to 81 Café, you can feel that everything seems friendly like the house you grew up in the past because it has many items associated with the “old days”. 81 Café tells you beautiful stories about childhood memories. Moreover, it is the perfect spot to enjoy the refreshing drinks like lemon juice, soda, coffee milk, and others at the average price fluctuating from VND 10,000 to VND 35,000.Don’t forget to head towards the deep well that are surrounded by trees and go up to the wooden mezzanine which was used for the living room of ancient house. If you are the one who loves to enjoy the idyllic space, old songs or some lovely cats, you should not ignore this place.Add: 216B Nguyen Van Nguyen street, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, HCMCMockingbird CaféMockingbird CaféCool, hip, and hidden Mocking Bird is what all independent cafes should be. Up four flights of dark, dank concrete stairs in a run-down apartment block that looks like it is slated for demolition in downtown Saigon’s financial district.With flowery, hippy dresses on coat-hangers, concrete walls decorated with chalk and paper murals, wooden tables and chairs on cold tiled floors, naked light-bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and a few brooding fashion snaps plastered here and there, it feels like entering the dorm of a creative student from 1960s Britain, or being backstage at a small-scale but exclusive fashion show. It has the cosy intimacy of a study, and the space is just about chaotic enough to feel ‘lived in’.Add: Floor 4, 14 Ton That Dam street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMCUt Lanh CoffeeUt Lanh CoffeeSaigon rarely has a quiet place like Ut Lanh Coffee. Unlike other retro coffee shops that have been modeled or reconstructed to look old-fashioned, Ut Lanh is an old house which has existed for over 100 years. A small antique house with a wooden bed, some tables and chairs, a mezzanine and an old desk may recall your childhood.The various menu includes simple beverages and lots of snacks at the average cost fluctuating from VND 30,000 to VND 50,000.Add: No37, Lane 283 Pham Ngu Lao street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HCMCSaigon 80s CaféSaigon 80s CaféThis café is a perfect introduction to Saigon fashion in the 1980s. Having wooden furniture, oil lamp, old type writer, and ancient “ao dai”, Saigon 80s may bring you into an ancient and close space.This café serves various types of Saigon cuisine like meatball sandwich, sunny side up, iced coffee blend with milk at the average cost is VND 49,000. The corners of windows that are surrounded by trees and stylish signposts will be ideal background for you to have the most beautiful photos.Add: 373, No5, Lane 65 Ly Thuong Kiet street, Ward 9, Tan Binh District, HCMCVung Oi, Mo Ra CaféVung Oi, Mo Ra CaféAnother of Saigon’s well-hidden cafes Vung Oi, Mo Ra is on the first floor of an old, decaying French villa on a street known for its many cafes near the city centre. Accessed off a dead-end alleyway, through a street-kitchen and up a narrow staircase, this is a very private, cosy café not far from District 1.There is plenty of seating on cushioned chairs and the coffee here is chocolatey, rich and smooth (35,000VNĐ/$1.50). During the daytime, when the cafe is quiet, you are free to pick up any of the instruments and have a go.Add: 17 Ngo Thoi Nhiem street, Ward 6, District 3, HCMCNgay Xua Ay CaféNgay Xua Ay CaféFar from the city centre, Ngay xua ay Café is worth the effort it takes to get here. Down a narrow alleyway off one of the burgeoning roads behind the airport in Go Vap District, this trinket-filled coffee shop is a tribute to yesteryear.Whether it be Asia or Europe, this café focuses firmly on the past. The pretty, gated entrance leads into a tight, leafy courtyard dotted with stone mandarins, potted plants, clumps of bamboo and twittering caged birds hanging from branches.Add: No5, Lane 525 Quang Trung street, Ward 10, Go Vap District, HCMCSource Hiasia
24 hours in Vung Tau city

24 hours in Vung Tau city

Located near Saigon, Vung Tau is seen as a paradise with blue sea and white sand to many people, especially, for holiday and picnic. A day trip to Vung Tau is probably the best and the quickest way if you want a few hours to escape from the noisy city.Thich Ca Phat Dai Pagoda (Platform of Shakyamuni Buddha)Thich Ca Phat Dai pagodaA large pagoda located on the slopes of Big mountain in Vung Tau city. The beauty of the pagoda is the artful combination between religious architecture and natural landscape. The remarkable points in this pagoda are the 19-meter-high Bat Giac tower and the meditating Shakyamuni Buddha statue on a lotus sculpture built halfway up the mountain which visitors can see from afar.Jesus Christ StatueJesus Christ StatueThis statue of Jesus which height is 32 meters may be considered as a small version of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mount Nho was closed for its construction in 1974 and the statue was completed in 1993. The statue itself is not a masterpiece. However, with good positioning, the architects did a good job making a charming point of interest. Inside the sculpture, there are 133 steps which lead you to the balconies on statue’s shoulders. From there, you can observe the whole Vung Tau city.Bach Dinh (White Palace)Bach DinhBach Dinh, or the White Palace of Vung Tau City, is located at 4 Tran Phu Street, on the slop of Big Mountain. Standing 50 meters above the sea level, White Palace has its French name, La Villa Blanche. Tracing back to the year of 1898, it was considered as a summer holiday villa of French Governor General Paul Doumer. This palace was named after his lovely daughter.Standing in front of the building, you would fall in love with its antique and glamorous structure since the outside walls were decorated with beading and the Hellenic statues. Porcelain enamel colors are the main raw materials, making you feel fresh and peaceful.Vung Tau LighthouseVung Tau LighthouseAfter follow the tunnel built in a 2-floor house where the lighthouse watchmen live, you will reach the top of the lighthouse. From that position, you can see the whole view of Vung Tau city, the crescent shaped beaches, green Minh Dam mountain. Or just look down, a “forest” of flowers is blooming, making the entire lighthouse more unique. Besides, Vung Tau is also famous for its local foods, which you should try after a long day.Banh Khot Vung Tau (Vietnamese Mini Pancake)Banh Khot Vung TauIt is not an exaggeration when saying that some people travel to Vung Tau with the sole intention of eating Banh Khot. This dish is absolutely legendary and no better version can be found outside of this city. If you ever tasted banh xeo in Saigon and fell in love with it, wait till you try the Banh Khot in Vung Tau.Banh Bong Lan Trung MuoiBanh Bong Lan Trung MuoiThe original version of Banh Bong Lan Trung Muoi just included the ingredients of sponge cake and salty egg yolk. Nowadays, to please the customers and give you more choices, cheese and rousong are added as topping. Every bite you take is a combination of sweetness, saltiness and greasiness. This cake is a perfect Vung Tau gift for yourself or your family and friends.Fresh SeafoodFresh SeafoodYou should not leave Vung Tau without trying any of the fresh seafood available in this city. You can easily find many kinds of seafood such as crab, snails, shrimp, blood clam, amberjack fish and so on. The fish and other kinds of seafood come directly from the sea every day in the afternoon so it is absolutely fresh.Source Hiasia
Visit Borneo's best islands in Malaysia

Visit Borneo's best islands in Malaysia

Malaysian Borneo, or Sabah, can be defined as a tropical wonderland with dense virgin rainforest, vast biodiversity and hundreds of nearby islands. Check out the following top five islands in Sabah for world-class diving, snorkelling and to see a mysterious mud volcano.Tunku Abdul Rahman National ParkEstablished in 1974, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park consists of five islands in Sabah off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Regular ferries and shuttles take visitors to each of the islands from Jesselton Point. Gaya, the largest, sits closest with steep forests, mangroves, hidden bays and a floating village. Hiking and bird watching are favourite activities. A short distance to the southwest is Sapi Island separated from Gaya by a shallow channel. Visitors can enjoy some of Sabah’s best beaches, snorkelling, diving and occasionally spot sea turtles. Manukan, the second largest and most popular, boasts a developed tourist infrastructure including chalets and the option to take part in water sports. Mamutik, the smallest and least visited, and Sulug, the furthest, will intrigue the adventurous.Pulau TigaPulau Tiga, the youngest island in Sabah, formed after a volcanic eruption in 1897. After featuring on TV reality show Survivor, Pulau Tiga, with its dense rainforest and mud volcano, gains in popularity as a tourist destination. Today, visitors can stay overnight at the Pulau Tiga Resort and enjoy the therapeutic mud volcano spa. Getting to the island can be challenging. First, tourists need to reach Kuala Penyu just over 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Kota Kinabalu before taking a boat to the island. Or, just join a guided tour.MantananiThe small archipelago of the Mantanani Islands to the northwest of Kota Belud, a small town approximately one hour from Kota Kinabalu, features some of Sabah’s best diving locations. More than 20 diving spots around the islands include virgin and unexplored areas as well as three shipwrecks. Several species of stingrays, seahorses, large schools of fish and the occasional dugong (sea cow) live off the coast. Other activities on these relatively unexplored islands in Sabah range from sea kayaking, relaxing on pristine beaches, sunset cruises and island-hopping between Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and Mantanani Lungisan.Layang LayangLayang Layang, or Swallow Reef, might not feature on a list of islands in Sabah for external beauty. The former military base in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands offers little in the way of aesthetics. But the real beauty lies in the water. Not only is Layang Layang 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Kota Kinabalu in unspoilt water but the area has a refreshing lack of fishing and commercialisation. A total of 12 dive sights and a 20-metre lagoon with beds of coral housing a variety of marine life. Lucky divers might see pigmy seahorses, manta rays, and barracuda along with whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins and hammerhead sharks.SipadanAn hour from Semporna by boat off the eastern coast of Sabah lies a small island called Sipadan. Sipadan, a limestone pinnacle, claims some of the best diving spots in the world. Protected since 2002, the island lacks accommodation and tourist facilities giving it an unspoilt appearance. Certified divers can join a day tour, which visits several unexplored areas. Expect to see vast swarms of barracuda and turtles among many other types of marine life. Because of its protected status, only 120 diving permits are issued each day. Non-divers can visit and snorkel through the coral reef.Source: Internet
The best festivals you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City

The best festivals you should not miss in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is an exhilarating, cheerful metropolis that boasts of being the biggest economic center in Vietnam. It is also very famous for its cuisine, especially its Pho.Located on the banks of river Saigon, this city is home to a variety of festivals and cultures, and comprises of people from various ethnicities. And while the city is known for its historical buildings as well as museums, it is the festivals in Ho Chi Minh City that really attract the tourists.Ba Thien Hau Pagoda: 23rd day of March (Lunar Calendar)Ba Thien Hau PagodaThis festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Thien Hau, a deity of the Chinese. Ba Thien Hau Pagoda is an ancient Chinese temple dedicated to Thien Hau, the goddess of the sea. Many Chinese make two effigies Ong Thien and Ong Ac, which means a good god and a bad god, respectively. These effigies are burnt down as offerings at the end of the festival.Tet Doan Ngo (Mid-Year Festival): 5th day of May (Lunar Calendar)Tet Doan Ngo (Mid-Year Festival)Also known as the worm-killing festival, this is when almost all the farmers begin killing worms on their fields. After the lunar New Year, everyone in Vietnam works really hard until the Tet Doan Ngo. This festival provides people with a much-needed break as they indulge in parties as well as offer various delicacies to their ancestors.Tet (Lunar New Year): First Three Days of January (Lunar Calendar)Tet (Lunar New Year)Tet is an important and one of the most popular festivals in Vietnam. The thought behind celebrating this festival is to begin the year on a good note, with all your loved ones by your side. People return back to their hometowns to be with their families. During Tet, you can see a floating flower market in the city. Also, make sure to stop by Dam Sen during Tet.Book Reading Festival: MarchBook Reading FestivalOne of the most interesting Ho Chi Minh festivals 2020 is the Book Reading Festival. A festival for those who love the smell of books, who lose themselves while reading and for all the bibliophiles, readers and book lovers, this festival is held in the city in March every year! For two weeks bookstores put out an exhibition of Vietnamese and English language books in a park setting.Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival): 15th day of August (Lunar Calendar)Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival)Coming to the world famous Lantern festival in Ho Chi Minh which is a sight to behold! Well, this beautiful festival features children all over buying, or even making lanterns for themselves. They can also be seen indulging in activities like lion dances or even setting up food booths selling fruits, sweets, etc. The idea behind this festival is to bring an animal or person down from the moon. Hence, the children lighting lanterns acts as an enlightened path for the animal or person coming down.Southern Fruit Festival: JulySouthern Fruit FestivalThe Southern Fruit Festival is one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals in Ho Chi Minh City. The festival takes place in Suoi Tien Park every year in July and can be best described as an exhibition of different species of fruits that are grown in various parts of Vietnam, most of which are unique to Southern Vietnam. The colors, shapes and tastes of these fruits are distinct and unmatched!Source Traveltriangle
Best destinations to visit in Central Vietnam

Best destinations to visit in Central Vietnam

From rocky inlets to a sandy lagoon, Vietnam's Central is an area of great cultural and historical significance, a home to amazing cities both well-traveled and hardly yet explored.Da NangDa Nang is the halfway between the north and the south of Vietnam. As an important port city of our country, Da Nang is the combination of the young, dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and the traditional, historical Hanoi. Da Nang is the destination for a perfect beach vacation. My Khe Beach in Da Nang is notable for stunning scenery, beautiful resorts, surfing and other water sports.HueHue used to be the capital city of Vietnam during the 19th century. Situated along the banks of Perfume River (Huong River), Hue is known as one of the most poetic and dreamy cities in Vietnam. Hue is home to the World Heritage site: Complex of Hue Monuments. Visiting this place, it is advisable that you spend your time in Imperial Citadel, Tombs of the Emperors and Thien Mu Pagoda, the ‘symbol’ of Hue.Hoi An, Quang NamHoi An is one of the nation’s most important tourist destinations. An area once home to Cham people, the small town grew in size and importance between the 15th and 19th centuries, attracting a large number of Chinese and Japanese traders and becoming known internationally as a top tier Asian trading port. As a result, the well-preserved stucco buildings are awash in both Chinese and Japanese influences.Quy Nhon, Binh DinhNestled along the coast halfway between Nha Trang and Hoi An, Qui Nhon is in the midst of a government-planned, tourist-targeted revival. The main beach is one of the cleanest city beaches in Vietnam, hardly developed and very well maintained. A boardwalk shrouded in greenery runs parallel to the ocean. Most tourists visiting the region also head 10km south of the city to Bai Xep beach, which has become famous throughout Vietnam for its natural beauty.Phong Nha - Ke Bang, Quang BinhQuang Binh province is well known for its UNESCO World Heritage Site – Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. This place preserves the most ancient karst mountains in Asia. Phong Nha - Ke Bang is the home to more than 300 cave and grotto systems. Some spectacular caves for your adventure are Phong Nha Cave, Tien Son Cave, Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave), Tu Lan Cave, Hang En and notably Son Doong Cave.Source: Internet
Handy tips to travel safely in Vietnam

Handy tips to travel safely in Vietnam

Are you wondering what you need to prepare for your trip to Vietnam? Accommodations, destinations or restaurants, etc. Or is it safe to travel in Vietnam?The answer for you is Yes. However, you should know some following small tips, which must be helpful for your trip without any troubles.Traffic is incredibly crazyTraffic is incredibly crazySaigon is the city with the largest concentration of motorbikes in the world. Traffic in Ha Noi is not any better too. Crossroad is very difficult to pedestrians, especially, foreigners. It will take some time before you feel comfortable, but keep calm!The best way to cross a road in Vietnam is to always keep a slow pace all the way. Make yourself predictable on your route and walking speed.Avoid the tap waterAvoid the tap waterBottled water is cheap and readily available from shops, hotels and restaurants across the country. Always check that the seal on the bottle cap is intact.To keep yourself hydrated, you should carry your own bottled water or use a water filtering system at all times.Dress appropriatelyDress appropriatelyVietnam is not by any means a conservative country in what it comes to clothing. You do not need to dress like an Afghan woman and the hot weather does even force some skin to be shown amongst locals. If you want to wear shorts, a shirt and flip-flops, which is absolutely fine. If you are unsure what to wear, do as locals do.Take care of your belongingsTake care of your belongingsVietnam is a diverse travel destination from the busy cities of Ha Noi and Saigon to the beautiful beaches in Da Nang and Hoi An. However, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times and hold onto your belongings. Although people seem friendly and warm, most are not and just want your money.One of the typical crimes in Vietnam is pickpocketing. If you are walking around the city center, especially in the backpacker's area, be aware of the women who start becoming a little too friendly. You may think they are just offering their "services", but they are distracting you by touching and holding your arm, and without realizing it, you have lost your wallet and phone. This is common in Vietnam, and people tend to see westerners as easy targets.Bag snatching is another common crime by opportunistic thieves. If you are carrying a bag, make sure you hold it close. Keep your passports and money in a money belt.So, here are some advices for you:• Don’t show off any expensive items carelessly.• Spread your most valuable items across different pockets or bags.• Avoid using your phone on busy streets.• Carry your camera with the strip around your body.Try to bargain when buying somethingTry to bargain when buying somethingBargaining for goods is part of the Vietnamese culture and it is acceptable in markets and even in some stores. The act of bargaining is seen as entertainment so always approach transactions with a smile and a friendly manner. The amount you can negotiate off varies but you will get better rates if you bargain in the local currency rather than USD, which is also widely accepted.Source Hiasia
Cooking classes to attend in Hoi An

Cooking classes to attend in Hoi An

Taking a cooking class is a popular activity in Hoi An. Once you are in Hoi An, try attending one of these cooking classes to have a deeper understanding in Hoi An's cuisine.Red Bridge Cooking SchoolRed Bridge Cooking School is one of the most established names in Hoi An when it comes to cooking classes, offering classes now for over 10 years. Daily, they offer a classic half-day tour and a deluxe full-day tour of Hoi An’s colorful central market and other areas. There’s also a night tour at their sister restaurant, Hai Cafe. Red Bridge is located a little out of town, in a romantic riverside setting — the perfect backdrop to enjoy a meal you just learned to cook. By the way, after a delicious family-style meal, you can jump in the pool.The tours include a walk through the picturesque Tra Que Herb Garden and a leisurely river cruise. The tours differ when it comes to overall time, meaning you get to spend more time enjoying the activities and the dishes you prepare in the full-day tour. The tours are priced at USD$33 for the half day and USD$55 for the full day. Children under seven years of age may join the tour free of charge.Hai Café, run by the same owners of Red Bridge, offer an introductory-level cooking class in the evenings, right in the heart of the Ancient Town, in a gorgeous heritage building with a lovely courtyard as a backdrop. The class is only USD$20 and makes for a perfect alternative to dinner at a restaurant.Tra Que Waterwheel Organic Farm Cooking ClassTra Que Vegetable Garden is an organic herb and vegetable village located two kilometers northeast of Hoi An that has existed for around 300 years. It is where all the delicious herbs and veggies used in everyday meals of Hoi An are grown. Tra Que Water Wheel restaurant is located right in the heart of the village — a traditional Vietnamese house from where you can watch farmers with their Vietnamese conical hats tend to their produce in absolute tranquility.In this tour, after exploring the central market, you get on two wheels and cycle through the garden. You can also get down and dirty — but first, get into some farmers clothes! Try your hand at fertilizing the plots, preparing the soil, planting the herbs, and watering and hoeing the vegetable beds. You’ll even get to pick some delicious greens! The tour also includes rice paper making, and, of course, the opportunity to cook a variety of healthy Vietnamese specialties. A water buffalo ride will complete the awesome day.Green Bamboo Cooking SchoolGreen Bamboo Cooking School is the ideal cooking class and was opened in 2010 by Ms. Van, the perfect hostess. She differentiates her class from some of the more established players by offering a more personalized cooking class experience. Ms. Van runs the show herself and openly shares her knowledge about Vietnam and its cuisine in a very friendly and relaxed setting.After visiting the market, she will invite you over to her own home and kitchen to cook together and then enjoy your meal family-style, with absolutely no rush and lots and lots of chatter. Her home is located right by Cua Dai beach, so you could enjoy a gorgeous sunset after your meal.My Grandma’s Home CookingMy Grandma’s Home Cooking is a good option if you’re looking to learn recipes that are more traditional and have not changed with the times. Your hostesses are Thom and Phuong, who welcome you to their own home, located on an island just outside Hoi An, where you will learn to prepare central Vietnamese cuisine as it has been traditionally prepared by their grandmother.The tour will begin by a boat ride to the village where Thom and Phuong were raised, and you will get to interact with the friendly locals and visit their aromatic gardens and learn about spices, herbs, and vegetables used daily in their dishes. Afterwards, you will cook with the ingredients you learned about and also learn how to adapt these Vietnamese recipes back home with ingredients that are readily available to you.Once you have enjoyed your delicious meal, you will leave with a gift: a collection of recipes of the dishes you learned to prepare. And a bonus, grandma will make an appearance at some point too. The tour can be combined with a cycling tour. Overall, a brilliant experience of Vietnamese culture and cuisine.Taste Vietnam – Ms Vy’s Cooking classesMs. Vy is the owner of a few restaurants — Cargo, Morning Glory, and Vy’s Market, all of which have raving reviews from even the most discerning of customers. She is also behind some of the town’s most successful cooking classes but no longer runs them herself.At Taste Vietnam, all sorts of classes are offered — some for those casual foodies looking to dabble in a bit of cooking, others for more serious amateurs and for more professional chefs. While Ms. Vy doesn’t run her classes, she has a great team on the job that is more than competent. Classes are run in a training facility upstairs at Vy’s Market restaurant, where you can expect nothing but professional facilities and training.Hoi An Eco Cooking ClassHoi An Eco Cooking Class is full of fun activities! Not only do you get to learn to cook the best Vietnamese dishes, but you really get to enjoy experiencing the local lifestyle: Bargaining at the local market, learning about ingredients, traveling by boat, riding a basket boat (check this video out!), joining race competitions, catching fish, and visiting a coconut tree forest — these will all be part of your day!The dishes cooked in this class are also diverse — goi cuon (fresh rice paper rolls), nom hua chuoi (banana flower salad), bun thit nuong (grilled pork vermicelli noodles), and banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) are some examples that are included in the menu. Chop, cook, stir, and learn to roll in this truly authentic experience.Source: Internet