Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Tour came from our founder’s, Uncle Thai, love for food, instilled in him by his mother during his childhood in Paris, France. As war refugees, the family of six struggled to survive, knowing little French and having no contacts. Uncle Thai spent his early childhood watching his mother cooking at the restaurant’s kitchen and seeing how much her homemade dishes warm the longing hearts of other immigrants like themselves.
With Thuan Tinh Island, Uncle Thai hoped to bring you what he felt decades ago in that little restaurant in Paris – a sense of longing for this country, a genuine love for its food, and most importantly, how a warm bowl of Pho and a crackling sound of Banh xeo can bring the peace and healing you didn’t know you were seeking.
First a trip to the market to purchase all fresh ingredients. Then, we board on our river boat for a relaxing 30-minute ride to Thuan Tinh Island, a gem hidden away from the downtown hustle.
This short class will show you how to make Vietnamese food in a romantic setting away from the crowd and the noise. After your long day of adventures and before you head out to the night street, th...
Lovely setting and great teacher in Sonni.
Lovely short class which gave us an insight to Vietnamese food, well run
Very well organized and amazing cooking class.
The whole experience was exactly what was advertised, prompt pick up from our hostel, cute boat ride through the streams and a well organised cooking class with free refreshments on arrival. Our teachers were extremely chatty and enthusiastic, happy to answer all our stupid questions. Extremely good value for money!!!
너무 더워서 정신이 없었지만 깔끔하고 간결한 진행이 좋았습니다. 시장투어는 여기저기 바쁘게 다닌다고 정신이 없었고, 보트투어는 덥기도 덥고 생각보다 별로여서 아쉬웠습니다. 하지만 쿠킹클래스는 신나고 재밌었어요 ㅎㅎ
Due to typhoon activity happened in Taiwan, our course was cancelled and rebook again, Thuan Tinh staff act so quick to arrange the course for us, we 4 adult and 2 kids were so enjoyed, our teacher Tin Tin was friendly, professional and super helpful, we had a wonderful time, thank you Thuan Tunh
Our instructor Sunny was amazing! Great knowledge of the ingredients and a great teacher when cooking the different recipes. (All of which were delicious) would highly recommend!
We had a lovely evening in the cookery school. The boat trip at the beginning was really fun and we loved cruising down the river. The cookery school is in a beautiful location and everything was really well organised. We worked in a group of six and it was nice preparing and cooking together. Overall it was a worthwhile and enjoyable experience!
The Cooking Class was great. Sunny was such a lovely, funny and nice guide. Her English was very good as well. We very much recommend this tour! First you go shopping at the market and Sunny explains all the herbs and other ingredients you need later. After that you take a boat trip to some small island where yiu cook 4 meals. Sunny explained everything very well and the food was just delicious!!!!
We learned a lot and the teacher was very very nice. We loved the market tour, the boat ride and to learn a lot about the local food, the ingredients, and special techniques. The dishes we cooked were really nice and fulfilled everything that I wanted to learn in the Vietnamese kitchen. The place were the cooking class took place was so beautiful and quiet. We got picked up at our hotel and they also brought us back to Hoi An city center which was really nice and a good service.
Friendly teacher. Nice food.
We really enjoyed the class, had a great time and learned to cook some lovely food
We had such a wonderful time with this cooking class. First of all, the trip to the market was so interesting and Sunny taught us many interesting facts, like when to buy the best shrimp or which pineapple is ripe. Then the boat ride thrilled my children and gave us another way to see Hoi An from a different perspective. Again, Sunny was very knowledgeable and answered our questions about the fishermen and their nets. Finally, the cooking instruction was superb (who knew I could flambe?!) and Sunny was so helpful to the adults and kids in our group alike. The food was DELICIOUS, all things we'll definitely try to make again at home. We whole heartedly recommend this program - make sure you come with an empty stomach. THANK YOU SUNNY for an amazing time.
The cooking class was run very well with one chef for 5 or 6 people. Great to experience the market in the morning but very busy with many other groups also picking up food. Unfortunately we did not get to do the coconut forest because the water was too low. The cooking class itself was fantastic and I really enjoyed the dishes we made.
My adult daughter and I really enjoyed the cooking class. The market tour was interesting and the food we cooked was delicious. Tin Tin was a lovely host. Her English is excellent so she is easy to understand. We loved our souvenir chopsticks.
Well run class in great location. The boat trip was an interesting way to see the river. Sunny ( don't know spelling) was friendly, ready to answer any questions and spoke good English. The food she showed us how to cook was delicious and so much of it - don't eat breakfast if doing the opening tour.
The cooking class included many things, which was nice! The food was great and we got to take the recipes home. Also, we worked in small groups, that was pleasant. It would have been nice for us if they would explain a bit more about the Vietnamese culture (from how to cook with chopsticks and flambé meat to why certain herbs are used). Never the less, the chef taught us well how to make the food.
Der ganze Kurs war super organisiert. Der Besuch auf dem Markt ein tolles Erlebnis. Ich hatte das Gefühl, das richtige Vietnam kennenzulernen. Danach das kochen mit Sunny war super. Und das Essen extrem lecker. Ich war danach richtig voll.
The market tour helped us to understand local foods and cultures in Vietnam. The dishes cooked during the class were tasty and Sunni (our tour guide and head chef!) cooked and explained each process with a infectious smile! We also received a recipe book so we can repeat the dishes at home.
The amazing cooking tour started with shopping around the central market to get fresh veggies, herbs, meat and shrimp, then headed off with 2 boat rides to Thuan Tinh Island. Trang was our guide and cooking teacher, her instruction was informative yet enjoyable so that we could have so much fun with cooking. Thank you Trang, you are awesome!
This cooking class was really a great moment, I would definitely recommand it if you want to know more about vietnamese culture and recipes ! Nhi was really funny and enthusiastic and very considerate of different dietary preferences (vegetarian, no pork, etc). The food was delicious and the
Great time, Nhi was an excellent guide, fun family style cooking experience Highly recommend
It was an unforgettable experience. The instructor was kind, and the food was all ecstatic. If I visit Hoi An again, I will apply again.
Great class, nice to go around the market and on the boats, the guide Nhi we great and very funny, all the dishes we made were delicious and its great to get the recipes to be able to cook again at home!
Great value for money. Tin Tin was great. Boat rides were lovely
This cooking class was amazing! My group was in Hoi An for the weekend and this class is a great way to experience the culture, explore wider Hoi An and eat/make some delicious authentic food! Tin Tin (our teacher) was so enthusiastic and very considerate of different dietary preferences. Would highly recommend even if you only have a short time in Hoi An - it was a definite highlight of the weekend!
This class way a great experience to the Vietnamese cuisine. Tin Tin was a great chef and taught very delicious and easy to make meals. Would highly reccomend.
Everything's great. It was good to buy ingredient at the Hoi an market. It was exciting that I cook Vietnamese food. It was delicious. Thank you Sunny teacher! You gave a good memory. I highly recommend the cooking class.
We got picked up on time from our hostel and taken to the cooking course. We immediately got taken around the herb garden to see the fresh herbs. Then we got down to cooking. All of us were able to get involved and it was the perfect amount of time cooking. Then we ate! Which is delicious. Then we sat as the sun went down and then delivered straight back to our hostel. Could recommend to anyone!
what a wonderful way to experience local cuisine and meet people. Nhi, our guide and chef has such a lovely and cheery personality and is so knowledgeable about all food. We had Vegan as well as meaty menu and all of it was delicious and cooked with love. Morning market experience is definitely worth waking up a bit earlier that usual!
Class was a lots of fun and instructions were clear and dishes were tasty! We started off doing a market tour where our guide explained what we were buying and for what dishes. We then took a boat and bus to the cooking facility. It was extremely clean and we'll organized. There were about 13 people on our tour split into two groups...so attention was very individualized. They gave us a recipe book and long chop sticks for cooking. Look forward to trying out these dishes at home.
Fun and enjoyable way to spend a morning in Hoi An. Great staff. Great equipment and location. Fluent English speaking instructors.
We had an amazing morning on the cooking class. Hon, our chef, was super friendly and incredibly knowledgable, talking us around the market explaining in detail about the foods, herbs etc. and answering any questions we had. The whole experience was really great from the market visit in the morning, the gorgeous boat ride through the coconut forest and the class itself. Hon talked us through the dishes expertly and his instructions were really easy to follow, as well as picking up tips on technique along the way. Would really recommend this class to everyone, great value and feels like a really genuine experience of Vietnamese cuisine!
The boatride was very Nice and a wonderfull Way to arrive at the Island. We tolk the class with our three children (age 7-10) and it was so much fun. But the making of the food was a bit too difficult for them and a bit stressfull as there wasnt time to be slow and fall behind the class. Still, we succeeded in making the Four dishes without too much crying.
This was most enjoyable. Tin Tin was fab. Arranged a well organised tour. The short boat trip was fun and they provide traditional hats. We were split into 2 groups and all took part in making the meal. It’s a lovely setting and best of all you get to cook your evening meal. Thank you Tim Tin we had a great time.
Tintin was a lovely host/cooking teacher! We really enjoyed our time learning to cook Vietnamese food with her.
We had fun learning to cook. Tin Tin was super friendly, fun and knowledgeable. My wife and I also loved making friends with others in the class.
Booking was seamless and easy, and pick up went smoothly and on time. We liked the 4-7pm timing of this course so that it was timed for sunset, cooler time of day, and we didn't want a repeat of a five-hour course with a market tour that we had already done on another visit. Our cookery teacher, Trang, made the preparation of our four-dish feast lots of fun. The short but serene boat trip through coconut water was a fun way to reach the cooking school, which is a well equipped, natural and lantern-festooned oasis, breezy in the late afternoon, and a scenic backdrop to photos and while you work. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the experience was fun, social and unique.
Tom and I booked this trip the day before and we opted for the evening class. This allowed us to enjoy bike riding in the day while it was warm and sunny and then enjoy a cooler cooking class early evening- which I would definitely recommend! Trang was our cooking teacher, she was absolutely fantastic! What a credit to your company. Trang picked us up in a mini van from our hotel to take us to the cooking location and to our surprise we were the only people on the course! We couldn’t believe our luck that we had such a private and intimate class for a good price. When we got to the cooking class, the whole experience was wonderful. It was so quiet and peaceful overlooking the river and coconut trees. Firstly Trang showed us the garden where they grow all of the herbs and vegetables- very interesting! We then started with cooking our food. We were provided aprons and I was delighted how clean and well prepared everything was. With the help of Trang, we cooked 4 amazing dishes- 1x tofu dumplings, 1x veggie spring rolls, fish cooked in clay pot and morning glory. (I opted for veggie option) and it was the BEST food we had eaten so far in Vietnam! We then enjoyed our food overlooking the river with the sunset and lanterns. What a feast! I highly recommend this trip- and ask for Trang! She is so wonderful and helpful.
Lovely arriving by boat. The staff was super friendly and attentive especially when the children were attempting the more challenging parts of cooking. They were keen to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. Delicious food made that would be easy enough to replicate at home. After the dishes were completed, it was lovely to sit down all together and enjoy a relaxed meal. I thoroughly recommend this class, 10/10.
Nhi was an excellent teacher and had a great sense of humor. Had a lot of fun.
We had a lot of fun during this class. Everything was well prepared and Nhy and her colleagues made everything go smoothly. We ate too much but what we made was delicious!
First time experience for my husband and I and we both loved it, had the best time! beautiful serene boat ride, calm waters, birds singing, saw the river ducks! Intimate class, only 4 of us so it was very personal attention! We learned a lot about the spices and herbs and preparation methods, even for simple plain rice! All the dishes were deelish! Way to much food for 4 people! Our chef Hing and her helpers made us feel welcome and comfy and we received an unexpected gift at the end of class!
We cannot say enough good things about this experience!! We ended up getting a private cooking class, and our guide, Trang, was wonderful! She showed us local foods they grew on the property, was very fun and personable, explained each ingredient individually, and her English was phenomenal. The food was some of the best we have had in Vietnam, and we are so thankful we had this experience so we can attempt to replicate some of the meals at home. Trang even wrote down our email so she could send us the recipes! I highly recommend this class to anyone visiting Hoi An!
We had a great time at the market with Tintin. She kindly explained the different herbs and noodles and how to get the best quality of meat. The boat ride through the coconut trees was nice. My boyfriend has a severe peanut allergy and they altered the menu to make sure we could make everything recepies without any danger. We met a very nice English couple and we had lots of fun with Tintin. The food was really good; I cant wait to make it at home :)
Excellent market tour, food and funny teacher.
From the moment Tin Tin picked us up, we were enjoying ourselves. The trip through the market was informative and interesting and so good to have her explain to us what everything was and how it was used. The boat ride was enjoyable and then the canoe was fun. The set up of the cooking school was wonderful amongst the coconut palms and the ducks. The recipes were authentic and easy to follow and the demonstrations clear. When it was our turn, the guidance was excellent. Tin tin was a fabulous guide. The food was delicious, some of the best we have had. Loved getting the recipes and chopsticks. Overall, a wonderful experience. Thank you all.
Dishes we cooked were well explained and turned out well for all of our group from 9 year old to 79 year old. Market visit to buy ingredients and boat ride there was good introduction - Ying our guide & cooking teacher good fun and share her cooking tips
The recipes were authentic and extremely tasty. Our chef, Nhi, was very friendly and a great teacher. We can’t wait to cook these meals at home.
We decided last minute, due to the weather, to book ourselves on an afternoons cooking class and how glad we are that we did! From being picked up to being dropped back at the hotel we didn’t stop laughing or learning....we were very fortunate to be the only two willing pupils that afternoon and we thouroughly enjoyed ourselves with Nee as our instructor. Would highly recommend to anyone as the setting is idyllic and the skills will not be wasted.
Had a really good time would certainly recommend this class to anyone and everyone. the teacher(chef) had a good balance of fun and information keeping the class inline and teaching us her recipes
We had such a great morning in Hoi An on our cooking experience, the trip around the market was both fun and educational with our chef telling us lots about the local ingredients. The boat rides to the class were relaxing and beautiful and then we arrived at the class. The venue was gorgeous and everything was seamless within the class. Our chef demod each dish and then we at our individual stations made and got to enjoy each dish. A great experience to have in Hoi An, will recreate at home!!
It was so nice. Learned many things and tintin was so nice. I would totally recommend this cooking class!
It was very nicely done, lovely people and delicious food! It’s very hands-on and isn’t rushed at all.
Loved our cooking instructor, Tiên!
It was really enjoyable! The dishes were very lovely, Tintin explained everything very detailed and was just a great host, guide, chef! I really enjoyed going to the market. The cooking location itsself ist absolutely amazing - quiet, nice boat trip to get there.
Great atmosphere and fun to cook! Good ingredients, very tasty recipes, clean and relaxed cooking environment. The trip to the market was both great fun and insightful, our instructor Nhi was very helpful and explained all steps really well, she is also friendly with the group! Really glad we did it! Thank you so much!
Han was awesome, a great experience!! Informative, interesting, great fun and very enjoyable!!
We did the 4-7pm which was perfect as what you cook becomes your evening meal, the venue was very clean and the food cooking experience all hands-on with people taking things in turns to prepare the whole meal. Would highly recommend. Pickup from the hotel and a short boat ride into the venue is included. All the food was very fresh and lots of it so arrive there hungry!!
De variatie in de toer, eerst naar de markt, daarna op de boot om vervolgens in een prachtige setting te koken is prima. De tijdsduur van het koken zelf is ook juist en alles wordt eerst duidelijk stapsgewijs uitgelegd en voorgedaan waarna je het vervolgens zelf gaat maken. En daarna mag je het opeten. Heerlijk?
I love to cook and especially to get to know foreign cultures through cooking. This course let me do that.
It was New Year’s Day and the market was closed so we had to miss out market tour. The venue was pretty and nicely arranged. You have your own cooking tools and get to have full hands on all the dishes you’re making.
Because we were here during Lunar New Year our original class was cancelled, however we were moved to this class which we really enjoyed!! Although the market and the second boat trip were not available to do the cooking experience more than made up for it thanks to Tin Tin. She was very knowledgeable and had a winning personality to match!! Would definitely recommend this to a friend!
The Bahn Xeo we made was so delicious. I went everywhere around Hoi An trying to find one just as good and none of them came even close. The location is nice, small group size, and everyone gets their own table to cook. Loved it! The market tour was very nasty though.
The guide was very enthusiastic and made us all feel good and well prepared for future Vietnamese cooking. We have already recommended others to participate. It was a nice experience with great ingredients and clear instructions which ended with a nice meal.
We enjoyed the cooking class very much! Nice tour at the market, learned a lot from our guide Tranh, who was very cheerful, helpful and kind. Great short boat trip to a peaceful place, great cooking class. Perfect experience!
Trang was a terrific guide and teacher. I would highly recommend the morning market tour and boat ride if you are eager to learn about how Vietnamese people buy and cook their food.
The cooking class with Trang was amazing! First, the market experience in the morning was great: we bought all the ingredients for the cooking class and we even tried some local specialties. Then after our boat ride, we cooked 4 delicious courses. Trang was very nice and explained in details from A to Z her recipes and was checking if we were doing it right. I definitely recommend this class!
Great experience from the markets to the cooking class, Trang was very informative and funny too, highly recommend booking this class!
It gave a great insight into the Vietnamese culture and the dishes are easy to follow and re-create at home.
I enjoyed this class very much. It began with an enjoyable boat ride. The venue is in a beautiful and peaceful area. Chef Hon was a friendly and informative teacher, and all 4 of the dishes we cooked were delicious. In all, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and couldn't fault it in any way. Highly recommended.
Our evening with Tin Yin was excellent. It was all about the cooking with no lengthy market tour. Everything was timed to perfection with a lovely meal of our own cooked food at the end. Make sure you come hungry. We have already been emailed the recipes for us to practice. This tour is not to be missed.
It was a really great experience in a lovely place. Our Guide and Cook Hin explained everything really clear and taught us things during the cooking. I learned a lot and the choice of the meals was perfect! The cooking class took place in an open school, I found it much better than if it was in a restaurant. It was one of the best things I did during my 4 weeks in Vietnam!
Had an amazing time. Tin Tin was great and I loved shopping at the market before hand. All the dishes were delicious and easy to make. I’ll definitely make these dishes when I get back home.
Great day, Nhi was a great guide and instructor.
The tour is great!
I really enjoyed this. Nhi was great, very welcoming and knowledgeable. We made 4 dishes, each one of which was perfect. Well worth the money and time. I liked the long cooking chopsticks we were given at the end with a small recipe book of what we had made, a lovely surprise. Thanks again Nhi for looking after us!!
We had a great time with great people and very good chefs. We made delicious Vietnamese food and now we know how to make them at home.
Such lovely, friendly people and made delicious Vietnamese food. Definitely worth it.
My guide and teacher Nhi was funny, entertaining, lovely, caring, great skills and so organised. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a hilarious class full of technique and wonderful entertainment. She is amazing and I would love to have her again as my guide and would recommend her to anyone wanting the best cooking class in Vietnam!
One of the best decision I made while in Hoian. Great chance to understand different & unique herbs of Vietnam and see outside of hustle and bustle of the touristy area. Tiang our guide and cooking instructor was fabulous. I finished with a big smile on my face and happy belly.
After a miscommunication with the meeting point for the tour group, cookly were able to fit me into a later class which was a relief. In retrospect next time I will pay the extra for transportation to save me the stress of finding the meeting point. The cooking tour was a highlight of my holiday so far. Ting ting our guide was knowledgeable and passionate. She was great with my 5 year old son and he was included in everything. He had a great time and was a great learning experience for him also. My only suggestion is to provide child sized aprons. Thanks for the recipes - the food was amazing yet so simple. I can’t wait to try out the recipes when I get back home!
Absolutely recommended! Our group had young funny lady, she taught us four meals and was very kind.
Great group and helpful cooking staff. We enjoyed the entire event.
Had a great day cooking some delicious food. We learned so much! The location is amazing and all the staff is so friendly and helpful. Great for any age and cooking ability. Juice is free and gets topped up throughout the day. I recommend only having a light breakfast before you go because there’s lots of food to eat!! You get a little cookbook and some chopsticks to take home too. There’s also the cutest puppy that lives there!! Thank you for a lovely day.
We had an awesome time with Nhi and the rest of the group. It was well organized and we really enjoyed the delicious food. Thank you for a great day in Hoi An.
Tin was charming and very entertaining in her presentation. Food was excellent and staff very helpful. Help was always on hand and souvenirs at the end were a nice touch.
I loved the food, the way Tintin taught us, the small class size, the boat ride... just Everything. So far my best Experience in Vietnam.
My girlfriend and I had a great class in Hoi An with our guide/cook Nhi ! Beautiful day for the class and delicious food.
It was a great experience, better than expected. Our Chef Hon was very explanatory and friendly. We enjoyed the class, the food we created and warmly recommend!
Our lovely guide and instructor Hinh was fantastic. We went on a relaxing boat ride to the cooking class area and got step by step instructions on how to make some amazing tasting dishes, AND it doubles as a delicious meal for the day! At the end they even gave us the recipe book for the meals and some cooking chopsticks as a souvenir! We had an amazing time and would highly recommend!
Lovely trip and great way to spend a few hours. Informative trip to the market with lovely guide and clear demonstration of varied recipes. Individual ‘stations’ to cook and eat 😋the delicious food and a beautiful setting away from the busy town.
Nhi was a great teacher and the food tasted really good!
My wife and I very much enjoyed our cooking adventure hosted by our terrific guide, Hien...all the way from the early open-market shopping trip to the last bite of pineapple dessert. Throughout the day, her culinary skills and knowledge were matched by her enthusiastic charm, and the dishes she helped us prepare were excellent. The shrimp pancake was an unexpected favorite, and one we would likely never have tried without her encouragement. Considering the moderate price, this was an outstanding way to spend half a day in beautiful Hoi An!
Everything went off without a hitch, right on schedule. I chose the class because of the menu , mostly. Instructor (Hon) was excellent: clear, polite, and checked to be sure we were all understanding his directions. I was stuffed by the time I left!
I will recommend this to my friends. Our chef Trang was so nice, she explained all the ingredients at the market and took care of us. She have a good way of teaching.
Talking cooking class in Vietnam was one of the highlights what i was expected. Our guide/cook Tin Tin was professional and timing and schedule was also perfect. My husband was afraid that he's not going to make it, but his dishes were perfect as mine! He was really excited!!
The Vietnam cuisine will be a point of reference and benchmark also for western cuisine. Fresh, not too oily and in the same time very deeply connected with the country’s culture. Farmers and Kings can enjoy of the same simple and perfumed dishes. A great experience that have to be renewed as soon as possible. The cook, Nei was able to explain many secrets from vegetable, cooking techniques and right sequence of different procedures. 5 star !
We really loved the cooking class with our chef Trang. She explained everything in detail and made the day an unforgettable experience for us.
The chef/guide was exceptional. The class was well structured and enjoyable. Informative and definitely value for money.