Vietnamese Cooking EduTour

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Learn how to cook authentic Vietnamese cooking techniques.
Enjoy cooking and eating delightful roasted chicken with coconuts or fresh noodles rolled with grilled pork.
Have plenty of opportunities to learn in the kitchen under an expert Vietnamese chef.
Be driven around on the tour by experienced drivers.
Spend 2-4 weeks living and learning in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Indulge your senses and sharpen you culinary skills on this immersive Vietnamese cooking tour experience! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
Wheel Chairs

Experience the most delicious international dishes and quality education for two weeks of your life as you go on an adventure through the Vietnamese Cooking EduTour.

Every morning, from Monday to Friday, you will learn how to create delicious dishes with the help of English recipes and an English-speaking instructor.

Dishes include savory delights such as grilled chicken with lemon leaf, fresh noodles rolled with beef, and shrimp stir fry with spicy sauce.

On some afternoons, you will help create world famous Vietnamese dessert dishes after lunch. In the second week, after morning cooking classes, you will spend your afternoons at a local restaurant as a trainee.

Spend a weekend at the Mai Chau Homestay and enjoy a day of cycling around the villages, the Thung Khe Mountain Pass, and the engaging beauty of the North West Forest.

The next Friday and Saturday, you will go on an adventure into the Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight Oriental Sails Cruise, including all of the amenities of a vacation cruise, kayaking around the harbor, and a tour of the exclusive Thien Canh Son Cave.

Typical day

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

Arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.  

You will be welcomed by our driver who will transport you to your hotel, La Dolce Vita Hotel in the city center.

DAY 2: Monday - Introduction to Hoa Sua School

Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the Hoa Sua School in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver. You will meet your English-speaking instructors & be given an introduction to the Hoa Sua School.

You will also be able to chat with their students about the different cooking courses they take, such as: – Vietnamese cooking course – Western food training course – Bartender training course – Bakery training course & more.

DAY 3: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 4: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 5: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 6: Friday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 7: Saturday - Hanoi - Mai Chau - Homestay

Morning: Breakfast at your hotel, then depart for Mai Hich Village, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh (approx. 3 & 1/2 hours). On the way there, you will see many interesting countryside street markets, before stopping for a short break at Thung Khe Mountain Pass to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the North West Forest.

Afternoon: You can walk or cycle around the villages to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes & observe the rural activities in action, including: – house-on-stilts – fish ponds – low terrace paddy fields & so much more. You can also take part in some of the daily farming routines of local farmers & you can check out a traditional weaving cooperative & have a chance to buy some hand-made souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

Evening: Overnight at the homestay – a stilt house of a White Thai minority host (a cozy & convenient guest house with free WIFI. In spite of preserving the original architecture of the stilt house that has no rooms – an open space, you still feel satisfied with closed private spaces as the host temporarily separates the house’s space with many curtains at night).

DAY 8: Sunday - Mai Chau - Hanoi

Breakfast: At your homestay, then you will ride a bicycle, from Mai Hich to Buoc Village, through the rice fields to visit the hilltribe villages of Thai people such as Ban Denh, Ngoa, Sun, Muoi, etc.  Then cycle back to your homestay for lunch.

Lunch: At your homestay, then you will travel back to Hanoi, stopping on the way to visit more villages of Thai people such as Ban Lac & Pom Coong Village etc. Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi in a private air-conditioned vehicle, with an experienced safe driver.

DAY 9: Monday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 10: Tuesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 11: Wednesday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 12: Thursday - Cooking Classes at Hoa Sua School

DAY 13: Friday - Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay - Overnight on Boat

Morning: Breakfast at your hotel. 8am: You will be picked up from your hotel to start the 3 & 1/2 hour drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, where you will check in at the Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge. 12.15 – 12.45pm: Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat.  Listen to cruise briefing & receive your room key. 1 – 1.30pm: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng Fishing Village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay – to see the life of local fishermen. – Option 1: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village. – Option 2: Go kayaking by yourself with help & instruction of tour guide around the village. 5.30 – 6pm: Return to Oriental Sails for a bath, then relax as the sun starts to set.  Enjoy Happy Hour at the bar on the sun deck while watching a cooking demonstration. 7pm: Dinner is served, then its time to socialize with other guests, go squid fishing or just laze around.  Singing & dancing activities are available until 10pm. Overnight on board Oriental Sails.

DAY 14: Saturday - Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi

6.30 – 7am: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. 7 – 9am: Catch the morning view while you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, then have breakfast while cruising toward Thien Canh Son Cave. Thien Canh Son Cave – is a medium sized cave & the least visited cave in Bai Tu Long Bay. 9.30am: Check-out of your room.  Luggage can be left in the reception area. 9.30 – 11am: Head back to the harbor.  Have an early lunch on board.  Disembark Oriental Sails around 12pm. 12 – 4pm: Transfer back to hotel at Hanoi & arrive around 4.30pm.

DAY 15: Sunday - Departure

Free-time activities

Spend a weekend in the Mai Chau Homestay and enjoy a day of cycling around the villages!

Enjoy amazing nature scenes like the Thung Khe Mountain Pass and immerse yourself in the engaging beauty of the North West Forest!

Have lunch with the locals to appreciate authentic Vietnamese cuisine, and stay in a classic stilt house with a wide open floor plan that has no rooms, only curtains to separate for privacy, in accordance with Vietnamese tradition!

Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight Oriental Sails Cruise!

Journey around the harbor and into the exclusive Thien Canh Son Cave after mornings of Tai Chi exercise on the deck!

Also, kayak around the villages’ canals before partaking in Happy Hour and a delicious dinner on the deck both days of the cruise before returning Saturday night.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global EduTours
  • Breakfast and accommodation in a twin/double room 
  • Transfer to/from cooking class and sightseeing in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver 
  • Ingredients & English-speaking cooking instructor according to the above program
  • Practice time as the trainee at a local restaurant
  • Lunch can be what you cook at the training course
  • Lunches & dinners as indicated for sightseeing days
  • The services of an experienced local English speaking for sightseeing on weekend
  • Boat cruises as specified in the program comply with current safety regulations
  • Joined limousine shuttle bus: Hanoi – Sapa - Hanoi for Sapa hiking tour
  • Where necessary, entry fees and permission for all visits mentioned in the program
  • Cooking graduation certificate after the training course
  • Invitation letter for Vietnamese visa on arrival 
  • Bottle mineral water and wet wipe on the bus during transfer
  • VAT and other taxes 
Airport Pickup at Noi Bai International Airport
Included (x2).
Noi Bai International Airport (CODE:HAN)
Boutique Hotel.
Twin/Double Share (Single Supplement Available).
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included.
You’ll be eating what you cook for your lunch!
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) in Hanoi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Vietnam.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Vietnam provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Vietnam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Vietnam.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Tours start on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
3 - 3 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
15 days (min. stay)
$ 1,790
15 days (max. stay)
$ 1,790
Average fees
$ 835 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Vietnamese Cooking EduTour

Indulge your senses and sharpen you culinary skills on this immersive Vietnamese cooking tour experience!


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