Cooking School

At Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Class, we offer you something completely unique. Meeting in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Hôi An, we embark on our Culinary Adventure.

First, a trip to the market to purchase all fresh ingredients.

Then, we board our river boat for a relaxing 40 minute ride to arrive at our open-air cooking school, overlooking the Bay Mau forest and the river.

Our chefs will show you how to make Vietnamese food while you enjoy the cool breeze and peaceful setting.


Our experienced, local chefs have prepared a 4-course meal of the most iconic dishes of Hoi An and Vietnam.

We also cater to:

Vegetarians, vegan, pescatarians, gluten-free, and other dietary restrictions.


Relaxing river boat cruise during high water season 

Courtesy taxi pickup for local hotels

Central Market Tour for tips on picking the best ingredients

Children under 12 can participate at 50% off

Toddlers can sit in and audit the class for free

Reservations can be made online, by phone, or local booking offices in Hoi An


Thuan Tinh Island Cooking Tour came from Uncle Thai’s 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 cracking sound of Banh xeo can bring the peace and healing you didn’t know you were seeking.

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Tour price (2019): 39USD/pax

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By See Y On September 21, 2018

Wouldn’t trade this FUN experience for anything else when in Hoi An

During our trip to Hoi An we did a cooking tour to Thuanh Tinh Island on 7/23, which we enjoyed very much. We were picked up at our hotel on time and after collecting some other tourists were brought to market. Everyone got a bag and then we met with our guide, who led us through market, purchasing ingredients and explaining their role in Vietnamese cuisine and in the dishes we would be cooking that day …Read more

By Trishandsiebren Koyuga, Úc On August 17, 2018

Best tour I’ve done in Vietnam!

I have just returned from a morning tour at Thian Tinh Island Cooking Tour. Our guide/chef was Hien and she was fabulous! Picked up from the hotel and first off to the market to buy all the fresh ingredients needed for today’s 4 dishes. Hien had very good English and explained many things that we saw, besides our own ingredients…Read more

By Davey W On August 16, 2018

Delicious, friendly and very accomodating for vegetarians

We were looking to do a traditional Vietnamese cooking class, but preferably a vegetarian class. Thuan Tinh Island cooking tour was perfect – our guide/chef Huyen was extremely friendly and helpful and we had a very relaxing and enjoyable day….Read more

By Aviel G On August 8, 2018

SUPERB cooking class

This cooking class was absolutely phenomenal! Very professional, great explanations, all ingredients are fresh and bought with you at the local market (morning class)! Every participant had their own professional cooking station- fully equipped with everything you need…. Read more