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“Great from start to finish”
Review of Thuan Tinh Island

Thuan Tinh Island
Ranked #12 of 135 things to do in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

After hotel pick up, Hon demonstrated how to efficiently shop in the market buying fresh meat, seafood, veggies, and naming many unknown wares. We then transitioned from the very busy market to a relaxing boat ride and "canoe" ride through a coconut grove before arriving at the Island. Everything was organized so we were able to have a demonstration by Hon, and then work independently (with guidance as needed) to make each of the four delicious and attractively prepared dishes. I was impressed with Hon's technical skills and learned a lot. Delightful!

6  Thank John P
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Me and my wife had a really enjoyable morning in this place.Shef Hon and the staff are professionals and teach us how to create tasty masterpieces in a simple way.Positive feeling,nice people.

6  Thank speedfreak81
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We booked this course on the back of a recommendation from friends who had done it before and enjoyed it.

We were picked up by a taxi at the hotel and brought to a meeting point near the market. Trang was looking after our group which had about 10 people in it. She took us round the market and bought the ingredients for the dishes we were making. Interesting to see the market and hear some tips from Trang. The market is very busy as people prepare for Tet ( Lunar New Year).

It was raining and we were given rain ponchos

Once we finished buying vegetables, meat and shrimps we boarded a covered boat for a trip on the river for 30 mins or so. After that we transferred into a much smaller boat ( in small groups). You have the option to travel by van if the little boats don’t appeal!

We arrived at the cookery school and were shown how to make rice milk using an old machine. We then cooked 4 dishes with Trang showing us first and then us having to do the same ourselves. We ate the dishes as we went along. All very tasty. We got a copy of the recipes at the end as well as a souvenir.

I hope to make some of the dishes at home once we are back.

While it would have been a bit nicer if the sun was shining the rain did not dampen our spirits - just because bring a couple of layers if cold/wet as the cooking is done under a roof but outdoor.

8  Thank RPDubIre
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

Thank you to Hien our guide for the day - she was excellent. From sourcing the ingredients at the local market to the boat trip and making 4 local dishes the experience was a lot of fun.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend this to anyone looking for a hands on and educational experience.
There is plenty to eat which you all prepare yourselves. Excellent value!

9  Thank David M
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

We had a great time at this cooking lesson and would say the food we cooked was in the top 2 best meals we had in Vietnam. This of course would not have been possible without Hon showing us first, telling us the perfect quantities and keeping an eye on us making sure we Follow the correct steps. A big shout out the the people out the back too who do all the major prep for us and bring things out as you need them making it flow like clockwork. Was a great experience and would recommend to all!

7  Thank Morgsjh
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