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Farm-to-Table Full-Day Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels

1. Farm-to-Table Full-Day Cooking Class & Cu Chi Tunnels

Enjoy a unique full-day excursion into Vietnamese culture, cuisine, and history. Take a Ho Chi Minh City cooking class and learn how to prepare tasty dishes combining foods and natural medicines. Experience one of the healthiest cuisines in the world! Visit beautiful Vietnamese medicine gardens that feature many varieties of herbs, spices, and vegetables. In the mushroom house you’ll learn how various types of mushrooms are grown, and from a pharmacist and chef you’ll learn more about the influence of herbs and spices in Vietnamese medicine and cuisine. Take on the challenge of becoming a real Vietnamese farmer. Wear a traditional Vietnamese hat as you try to remember, identify, and select the vegetables in the Vietnamese medicine garden you’ll need for your cooking class and show. With your freshly picked vegetables at hand, a friendly master chef will instruct you in using these ingredients to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. On your full-day experience you’ll also visit the Cu Chi tunnels, a series of tunnels that stretch for more than 250 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border. You’ll marvel at the underground network that includes uncountable trap doors, living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals, a main military base, and special kitchens for preparing meals. Today the remaining tunnels have become a popular destination for visitors to Vietnam that have an interest in the American-Vietnam War. You’ll visit a rubber tree plantation and a village that produces rice paper, and also a bonsai garden and animal farm. The Minh Tan Garden boasts over 300 years of tradition. Visitors will see thousands of types of bonsai, and flowers, kumquats, and many kinds of animals. Watch out for the huge fish that can eat humans!

Farm-To-Table Healthy Cooking Class: Half-Day Tour

2. Farm-To-Table Healthy Cooking Class: Half-Day Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook a traditional Vietnamese meal at a morning or afternoon cookery class in Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the food culture of Vietnam and discover a huge variety of local mushrooms, herbs and spices in the Vietnamese medicine garden. Considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world, the interactive class will introduce you to the herbs, spices and vegetables of the medicine garden. Discover how to grow many kinds of mushroom in the mushroom house, and learn about the uses of Vietnamese herbs in medicine and cooking from a pharmacist and chef. Then, become a Vietnamese farmer and try to identify and select vegetables in the medicine garden to use in your cooking class. Armed with your freshly picked vegetables, friendly chefs will instruct you how to prepare and cook traditional healthy Vietnamese dishes. At the end of your class, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor among your new foodie friends and colleagues with great a certificate, recipes and souvenirs from HCM cooking class.

Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food Tour with Cooking Class

3. Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food Tour with Cooking Class

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy a thrilling ride on the back of a scooter. Your first stop will be at a low-key eatery in district 3, where locals sit on small plastic chairs and eat cheap street food. Here you will try a Vietnamese pancake.  Next, your driver will take you to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Saigon's heaven for foodies. Street food sold here is varied, since people living in the area come from all over Vietnam and have different tastes. Walk around the area and hear about its history.  You'll then stop at the large flower market located in district 5, where flowers from every part of Vietnam are sold. Explore the colors and smells of the market, before stopping to try banana crispy crackers in a hidden alleyway.  The next stop for food is in district 10. Here you will learn how to make steamed rice rolls from scratch. Then hop back on the scooter to another area of the city to enjoy the most popular street food in Vietnam, Banh My.  Next, sit on plastic chairs among many locals at a local eatery and have BBQ meat or seafood. The last stop will be at a dessert place, where you will try flan cakes. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

From Ho Chi Minh: Overnight Ben Tre and Mekong Delta Trip

4. From Ho Chi Minh: Overnight Ben Tre and Mekong Delta Trip

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, enjoy a 1.5-hour drive through spectacular rice paddy fields to the pier. Here, board a boat for a cruise along the Ham Luong River. Stop at various local workshops, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom, and even have a go at weaving yourself. Stop at a quiet village for a quick stroll around to experience authentic Delta village life, before boarding your rickshaw. Travel through green rice fields and vegetable plantations, stopping to visit fruit orchards along the way to see the real Mekong and its culture. Break for lunch at a local restaurant before boarding a rowboat to head to your homestay for the night. Relax and disconnect in this serene paradise, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After some fun activities, sit down to dinner freshly prepared by your host.  Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, pay a visit to the local village, lie down on a hammock, read a book or listen to music. Day 2 Rise early today to head to "the land of dragon fruit", Go Cong. Enjoy a motorbike drive through a dragon fruit garden and experience an explosion of colors, aromas, and tastes before crossing the river to Tan Thanh Island. Ride along the island's narrow tracks, surrounded by a profusion of plants and rural life, and make your way to a coconut processing plant, a place where the locals make brooms and mats and where roofing material is made from water coconut leaves. Enjoy a warm greeting from the inhabitants and sample some delicious fresh coconut juice. Finish your magical time on the Mekong with a sampan ride along the river to a beautiful riverside home where you will enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch before heading back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

From Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Mekong Delta Highlights Excursion

5. From Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Mekong Delta Highlights Excursion

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, enjoy a scenic drive through the Tien Giang province where you will catch a boat and cruise along the Tien River. Along the way, stop at the famous Cai Be floating market. Enjoy fresh coconuts and tropical fruits on board and learn more about local life here from your local guide. Continue your cruise along the river, visiting popped rice, coconut candy, and rice wine producers. Stop at a bee farm where you will enjoy some traditional Vietnamese honey tea and take a sampan ride on a small canal, listening to traditional southern Vietnamese music as you go. Break for lunch at a local home where you will enjoy a traditional cooking class. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese pancakes or spring rolls then sit down to savor the rewards of your efforts over lunch. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely cycle or stroll through a nearby village before boarding your boat to Ben Tre where you will spend the night at a local homestay. Upon arrival, spend some time checking out the local village before dinner. Take a ride on one of the bicycles or walk around the premises' fruit garden, flower garden, and fish pond. Or, simply lie back and relax on one of the hammocks as you wait for your dinner.  Day 2 Rise early today to head to "the land of dragon fruit", Go Cong. Enjoy a motorbike drive through a dragon fruit garden and experience an explosion of colors, aromas, and tastes before crossing the river to Tan Thanh Island. Ride along the island's narrow tracks, surrounded by a profusion of plants and rural life, and make your way to a coconut processing plant, a place where the locals make brooms and mats and where roofing material is made from water coconut leaves. Enjoy a warm greeting from the inhabitants and sample some delicious fresh coconut juice. Finish your magical time on the Mekong with a sampan ride along the river to a riverside home where you will enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch in a tranquil garden with only the birds and fish for company before heading back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Full-Day Farming & Cooking class at Agricultural Village

6. Full-Day Farming & Cooking class at Agricultural Village

Head out to Cu Chi in the early morning on a full-day tour of this agricultural area that’s only 35 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City. Cu Chi is famous for its cattle. You’ll see herds of wandering cows in the fields, and learn how the local people still maintain the agricultural traditions of their ancestors. See the vegetable gardens, and the areas where mushrooms, fruits, and herbs are grown. Learn about mushroom cultivation methods and encounter some unusual fruits. Gain an understanding of the use of herbs for health and incorporating healthy produce into your meals. Put on your traditional Vietnamese hat, grab your bamboo basket and scissors, and head to the garden to pick vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, and herbs that you’ll use in your cooking class. After gathering your fresh produce, you’ll go to the restaurant where your class is held. Learn regional cooking techniques under the guidance of a professional chef. Prepare Vietnamese dishes as you learn some great tips for cooking healthy and delicious food. Enjoy what you have prepared at a lunch that also includes a nice surprise dessert. You’ll receive a certificate, recipes, and souvenirs of your day!

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Very well invested money !!

Our hotel was in District 4 and yet we were picked up - in an air-conditioned bus. After a 1.5 hour drive we arrived at the organic farm. We went harvesting with a rice hat, scissors and basket. A lot of information was given, you learned a lot and had a lot of fun. After picking it was time to cook - 4 courses. Everyone cooked themselves under the guidance of the cook and after each meal they finished, they all consumed their respective masterpiece. The 20-minute tour to Cu Chi started with a new bottle of water. The tunnels are absolutely worth seeing and accessible. A unique, stunning experience to hear how people mastered their lives at the time of the war. After about 1.5 hours we drove back by bus and were dropped off at the hotel. The tour guides were super nice, could be understood well in English and made a competent impression.

The Cu Chi Tunnels are interesting and definitely worth a visit, the real highlight of this tour is the cooking class though. You get a tour through their garden and learn various uses for different herbs and fruits. The cooking class itself is absolutely lovely and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn something about vietnamese cuisine.

We cooked with vegetables harvested from the beech field. Chef Daisy was a very informative lesson that taught me the effects of herbs. All the dishes were delicious and I was able to spend a satisfactory time.

Fun and educational

The farm tour was interesting and we had a lot of fun cooking 4 dishes. Wish that the tour description was more accurate. It was indicated as a full day event but ended at lunch time.

This experience was brilliant. The tour guide was lovely and very knowledgeable. This is an experience I would definitely recommend.