OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Streets & Eats Vespa Tour (D) 5.30pm-9.30pm Cost: $170 AUD

The streets of Hoi An are jam packed with scooters, so if you want to experience Hoi An’s nightlife the way locals do, then jump on a vintage Vespa to explore some of the city’s popular local haunts and tuck into lots of tasty Vietnamese cuisine.

This unique excursion starts with a welcome drink and some tasty street food and the opportunity to meet your fellow riders and driver at a central Hoi An café. Then it’s into the saddle, riding pillion on a Vespa scooter behind an experienced driver; stopping off at local cafes and restaurants to sample an exciting mix of local food and drink. You will wrap up the evening at a modern Vietnamese restaurant nestled in a rice paddy field where you can tuck into delicious barbecue specialities and char-grilled DIY style.

This excursion includes free flowing drinks, all you can eat, so come with an appetite and a thirst for adventure!

What’s Included

  • Tasty local food & drinks and DIY barbecuing experience in a rice paddy field
  • Transportation on a Vespa with an experienced driver
  • Helmets & Insurance
  • English speaking guide

Ms. Vy’s cooking class (L) 8.30am-1.30pm Cost: $135 AUD

We visit Hoi An’s colourful and bustling central market by boat in small groups with an English speaking tour guide where participants learn about; the uses of different fresh noodles, how to recognise and buy fresh fish, fresh and dried spices, fresh herbs and their uses in our recipes and medicinal purposes, rice and different grains. You will also see and taste many exotic fruits.

You then return to Vy’s Market Restaurant by boat where you will be guided around the many live food counters in this unique first-of-its-kind interactive dining venue in Vietnam. Here you can see, smell, hear, taste, touch and interact with many different food making processes. You can try samples from over 10 different food counters including banh mi, dumplings, pickles, weird & wonderful foods, our rationing foods in Vietnam that were in place for 45 years, sweet treats and many more. You can see rice paper being made from ground rice and water, laid out to dry on bamboo and then later roasted for rice crackers to eat with Hoi An chilli sauce and salads, various shapes and sizes of rice noodles. Experience our famous local noodle dish Cao Lau, see the noodles rolled out by hand and cut in the traditional way with a long knife and then steamed over an open fire. You may participate in many of the street food counters; cutting noodles, making rice paper and wontons, using the bun noodle machine and more.

The cooking lesson runs about 2.5 hours – our cooking teachers first demonstrate each dish before you prepare the same dishes yourselves. After the lesson we all sit down and eat what we have cooked. You will receive a copy of the recipes and a Vietnamese cooking utensil to take home.

What’s Included

  • Transfers
  • English Speaking Teacher
  • Ingredients
  • Lunch ( Self prepared)
  • Recipes and Vietnamese Cooking utensils to take home