Danang is quickly becoming a top destination in Vietnam owing to its white sand beaches, laid-back vibes and great nightlife. In case you’re a little sunburnt and are looking to enjoy a true local experience, sign up for a cooking class in this cool city. Tours of local markets, gaining familiarity with Vietnamese cuisine, and making new friends await on one of these culinary adventures.
At Danang Home Cooking Class, participants will gain valuable local insight into Vietnamese cuisine. Instructors Elly and Lani guide participants through a local market and then demonstrate how to turn fresh ingredients into palate-pleasing masterpieces before helping students cook it themselves. Both instructors grew up in Danang and weave in old family recipes into their delicious dishes. Vegetarians are welcome and menus can be altered to suit allergies and other diet restrictions (with advanced notice). Half day classes here start at $32 USD/person.
This cooking class is perfect for active travelers! The tour starts off bright and early at 7 am with a bike ride to a local organic vegetable farm. After learning about various cultivation methods and farming techniques, participants cycle to a beautiful nearby temple for a rest. Next, students cycle to a local market to purchase more ingredients and then return to Karma Waters to whip up some amazing dishes using local recipes. The best part is all three dishes are completely vegan! Classes are $80/person and include bike rental, an English tour guide, a cooking class and lunch (a.k.a, eating what you prepare). Bring a floppy hat and lots of water and enjoy a truly unique experience in Danang.
Host Diep and her mother have been introducing Vietnamese cuisine and culture to tourists through Traveling Spoon. Diep is passionate about her culture and Vietnam’s traditions, and hosts cooking class participants in the modest home she shares with her husband and parents in Danang. Diep takes students to the local markets to buy fresh ingredients for her family recipes before bringing participants back to her home to learn to create delicious Vietnamese dishes. As this is not a professional class, space is limited and occasionally Diep prepares some dishes in advance. However, this is as authentic as it gets and her class gives travelers a unique insight to Vietnamese culture and cuisine. The class is priced at $44 USD/person and is booked through Traveling Spoon, which will provide you with location, contact information, and transportation details after you’ve made a reservation.
Chefs at this five-star resort offer a cooking class for guests as well as budget-minded travelers. All classes begin at 2 pm at the resort’s signature restaurant, Epice. Guests are then guided through a local market where expert chefs discuss ingredients and staple Vietnamese herbs to attentive participants. Back at the resort, guests learn to create fantastic local dishes under the chef’s expertise. The class ends with everyone feasting on the amazing food! Classes start at 950,000 VND but if you wish to skip the market it’ll be 850,000 VND instead.
The Eco Cooking Class and Basket Boat Tour is actually hosted just south of Danang in charming Hoi An. It isn’t too far for a day trip and pick-ups can be arranged from Danang but beware, you might have to wake up quite early! This cooking class takes you into a local market before loading participants onto traditional round basket boats and paddling over to Cam Thanh fishing village where the class takes place. The boat ride is unique and fun – the small boats are guided through coconut forest waterways and it is incredibly beautiful. Once at the school, chefs demonstrate the seasonal menu and then it’s your time to shine! Tours are priced at $32 USD/person plus an extra $10 for one-way transportation from Danang.