Vietnam has some of the best food dishes in the world and what better souvenir to bring home can you think off, then being able to make some of that good food? Doing a cooking class in Vietnam is more than just learning how to cook. It is learning a small part of a very big food culture.
Ask a Vietnamese what is the most important thing about their culture, and most will reply with “food!”. Every region and even every city has their own dishes. A noodle dish in north Vietnam can taste completely different in south Vietnam. And some dishes you can find in Nha Trang, can not be found in Dalat, just 130 km away from each other.
A cooking class in Vietnam is a great introduction to this local food culture. There are a lot of options to choose from. There are basic cooking courses for beginners that want to learn how to make some easy dishes and learn a bit about the ingredients that are used. But there are also advanced courses were you will do a lot of cooking yourself and go very deep into the world of Vietnamese cooking. Other options are of course the variety in dishes you can learn to cook, including vegetarian cooking classes.
In a cooking class in Vietnam you often not only go cooking. Depending on the cooking course you book, it often includes a visit to a local market, were you learn more about the ingredients, try bargaining and experience a real market visit. Other activities that can be included are visiting vegetable farms, biking through the countryside and boat trips.
The most famous destination to do a cooking class in Vietnam is Hoi An. There are plenty of options here in combination with popular eco tours, that you learn how locals work on the farms and fields and biking through the countryside. But food is so big in Vietnam, that you can find practically in every city or town a cooking course; Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Mai Chau, Mekong Delta, Ninh Binh and many more. Some cruises in Halong Bay also include a short introduction to cooking Vietnamese food.