Thuan Tinh is well-known as offering one of Vietnam's most distinctive cooking class experiences. Starting with a potter round a local fresh produce market based in downtown Hoi An, you are then whisked off on a boat to Thuan Tinh Island arriving swiftly at the organic vegetable village to gather more ingredients for your cooking day. The journey then continues via rowing boat through coconut groves to Ms. Hoa's house where you will create traditional Vietnamese delights.
Thuan Tinh is an eco-friendly island rich in tropical foliage making it a beautiful place to cook, relax and then enjoy the dishes you've created. The village cooking class frequently ranks amongst the top 10 tourist attractions in Hoi An as it is so much more than simply cooking as the unique journey to the island making it so much more special.
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Thuan Tinh Island Highlights
Thuan Tinh Island gives visitors a chance to glimpse rural village life in a remote spot where locals catch their own fish and farm their own meat and vegetables - living a very self-sufficient life. On the Thuan Thinh cooking course you will make your first stop at the market in ancient Hoi An to pick up some locally grown herbs for use in your dishes, before joining a river boat ride to Thuan Tinh for a relaxing meander through what has been officially recognised as an ecological zone.
You'll then catch a row boat to meet Ms. Hoa and her family where a fresh snack and cool drink await before you join a cooking class in an open-air environment offering spectacular views of coconut trees and the river. You will learn how to cook a varied menu featuring favourites such as beef rice noodle soup infused with cinnamon, ginger and star anise and crispy Vietnamese crepes filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts and spring onion.
There will be plenty of time for you to enjoy sampling the dishes in addition to meeting some of the local villagers and perhaps having a turn on one of Vietnam's famous magic spinning tables.
Good to Know
The river boat ride from Hoi An to Thuan Thinh Island takes about 30 minutes and is very laid back, the time spent at the market prior will be brief, so if you want to have a proper look round then its best to make a separate visit on another day.
You can expect to make four different dishes on the cooking tour and there will be plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy what you have created. Fresh fruit drinks will be in constant supply during your tour. The cooking tour costs around $30 and includes hotel transfer, drinks, ingredients and all cooking tour costs plus a side trip to the eco island.