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“Cooking class with market visit and boat trip ”
Review of Thuan Tinh Island

Thuan Tinh Island
Ranked #12 of 135 things to do in Hoi An
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Hon was a charming and skilled tour guide/chef on this excellent half day tour. Struck the right balance between helping and letting us do it ourselves, for our group of family and friends across different age groups. It was a well tried and tested format and a good venue - A big shout out to Hon, who did a great job making us feel welcome and keeping everyone entertained. Recommended.

10  Thank davo3791
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

I've been staying in Hoi An with my wife and a friend from England. We befriended a waiter in the Can Restaurant on the riverfront who lives in Cam Than and accepted his invitation to eat lunch at his home. We bought food in the Central Market and hired a boat one-way to the mouth of the Thu Bon River for VND 300,000 [Cam Than is just north of the mouth of the estuary]. A taxi back [there are plenty of them] cost VND 120,000. An account of our agreeable lunch would be of little interest to other travellers. However, the inlets around Cam Than have a range of businesses offering cooking classes, and there are numerous restaurants along the creeks. Also, the riparian life of the people in Cam Than is well worth seeing. For us this was the best type of travel experience: going somewhere we never planned to see.

4  Thank DaveDColeman
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Great from start to finish. Picked up from our hotel and taken round the local market by Hien. She showed us different food and herbs from the market as we bought them to cook with later and answered any questions we had. Enjoyable boat trip to the island. Everything beautifully set out and everything ran so efficiently. The team were great and speedy. Made about 4 different courses, all of which were explained and demonstrated well and you were looked after throughout, so those who cannot cook at all don't need to worry. Great bottomless passion fruit juice too! All delicious! Then dropped straight back to your hotel with all the recipes to keep. Hien was fantastic! Would highly recommend to anyone who loves food!!

3  Thank fralex10
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Found this on recommendation of The Guardian newspaper. Picked up from Hotel taken to market. Shown around market picking up the fresh ingredients needed for the cooking and informed on the different herbs and spices available. Then on to river boat for cruise to the island where we were to cook.
We then transferred to coracles. My daughters thought this was the best thing being spun round very fast to Gangnam Style. As mentioned on other reviews probably not great if raining.
At the cooking school we were shown how to separate rice and make rice milk. We then went to the class room where the chief showed us how to make four dishes along with their accompaniments. Really well done. We were then dropped back at our hotel but were asked if we wanted to go back to Hoi An.
Overall a great experience for everyone. There were 12 in our group with both adults and children including two vegetarians (who were well catered for) all enjoying both the cooking and the food. Even my fussing oldest daughter loved the food but not so much the meat market!!!

4  Thank R3v13w3r
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

I'll just get the negative part out of the way first:
We went on a rainy day and were supplied with plastic raincoats to stay dry which was fine through the markets but we got wet and cold on the boat from the rain and the wind. Once we got off the boat we got back in a car only to drive a short distance and get on another rowed boat which we waited about 5 minutes for in the pouring rain so we were soaked and shaking from the cold by this point. This would have been a wonderful experience on a dry day but it should be whether dependant. I would rather miss out on the boat and arrive warm and dry.

Apart from this, we enjoyed our experience. The market tour was educational and it was nice to see that they picked out fresh ingredients. We cooked a large range of food with some great demonstrations which made our job easier. There is an endless supply of passionfruit juice which is a nice touch and they teach you how to make rice milk at the beginning of the experience. Overall we enjoyed ourselves and were impressed with the food.

1  Thank Sarah B
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