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farm tour and home cooking class in hanoi

Wonderful experience

My son and I had a GREAT experience with Manh! Her village is quite a drive from the Old Quarter (about 40 mins) but it was well worth it. It was such an authentic experience to be completely off the tourist track learning about a local community with a local person. Manh was friendly and warm and open. Not only did we get a feel for rural life but we had a great conversation (while cooking) about life, family and raising kids. I would highly recommend manh’s tour!!

Maria from USA

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Absolutely fantastic

We had the most fantastic time on Ms Manh’s cooking class. Ms Manh was such a lovely host and so welcoming. The day started with a tour of the local market, visiting all the farms and then returning to our hosts house for drinks and the cooking course. We found it fascinating to walk through the local farm plots and see all the different of fruit, vegetable and herbs being grown. It was one of our favourite experiences of our Vietnam trip. I would highly recommend this course if staying in Hanoi. It was great to get out of the city, have an insight into the real Vietnam and discover the local village, plus learn new skills and eat delicious food. It was lovely of Ms Manh to show us her home and village, plus she is a great teacher. I can’t recommend this course highly enough!

Reviewed by Grace T

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Awesome

The cooking class was great. Best choice. Went a bit outside of Hanoi to a small village. Manh went with us to the market and showed us arround. Explained everything and went with us to the garden of the village. Explained the different plants and told us bit about the life there. Then we went to her house and started the cooking. She showed us how to do it and her little daughter also helped us sometimes. The food was amazing and we learned a lot about the village and her life. All in all really great experience and day and we can totally recommend it!

Reviewed by Luisa D

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Amazing and authentic

An excellent way to experience the life of the village people and explore their day to day lives working on the farm. We got to meet some of the locals and help them out in their farms. Cooking was also excellent to experience, the food is amazing and it is all cooked with fresh ingredients from the local market. Mandy was very welcoming and educational, talking us through how the locals live and what day to day life is like in their village. Definitely recommend taking this class!

Reviewed by Ben T

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Katie from UK

“We had such a lovely time with Manh and her family. 5 of us took part in this tour for my friends birthday surprise and Manh was excellent at welcoming us to our home, as well as trying to make sure my friend’s birthday was extra special. She met us and took us to the market and farm and we had a go at the farming ourselves which was very fun! She then led us back home and we enjoyed some tea before cooking a delicious meal together. The food was amazing and there was so much of it to enjoy! The best part of the tour was the friendless of Manh’s family and the authenticity of cooking in a Vietnamese home. Manh’s little daughters were also lovely and we had lots of fun playing with them. I would definitely recommend doing this tour, worth the money!”

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Nav from Canada

“We had an amazing time with Mandy and her family. She showed us around the village, a festival that was going on and the farms. It was really neat to meet local people and learn about the local culture. Afterwards Mandy showed us how to make a few dishes. The spring rolls were amazing. We also got to meet some of her family. Everyone was so welcoming and kind. If you are thinking of taking a regular cooking class I would recommend this one instead as it has the added value of seeing how the locals live. Mandy was an amazing host!”

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Nadia from Switzerland

We had a wonderful day with Mandy!! She’s such a sweet lady! She gave us a great insight into the real culture of Vietnam and it was honestly the perfect ending for our trip to Vietnam. We have learned so much about the Vietnamese people and typical Vietnamese food in 1 day. I can highly recommend you to book a cooking class/ experience with Mandy- it’s so so worth it! And if you do- please encourage Mandy to open her own cooking school so that more guests can experience this! 😀 THANK YOU MANDY!

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Ellen from USA

Although the class was a little far away, it’s more than worth it! It was wonderful to see a suburb of Hanoi and an authentic local market. We felt like we were treated to an authentic, traditional Vietnamese meal and the food is the best we had in Hanoi. That atmosphere is very casual and Mandy and her family are extremely kind and generous.

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Corinna from USA

“Hi Manh, We thank you for a wonderful day visiting the market, the family farms, and your home. The lunch was delicious, especially the spring rolls with lettuce and herbs. When I get home I will put a recommendation online.

I will definitely recommend you to anyone traveling to Vietnam.

We wish you health and happiness for your family. It was a big pleasure to meet you.

Corinna and Ruth”

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One of the kind experience
Located outside the city, the place of Manh was so peaceful and simple. I truly love the tropical scenery. Together with my friends, we also got the chance to visit the farm which was the source of organic and healthy ingredients. The people who greeted and welcomed us were also friendly, helpful and accommodating. The cooking class was the best, very personal and hands on cooking experience. Taught us well how to prepare Viet dishes from organic ingredients. Lastly, we enjoyed what we cooked. The food was amazing and delicious. It was like a feast that day. Would love to come back again soon!
Sillas – South Korea
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Delicious food and very enjoyable afternoon
We used a Grab taxi to get to Manh’s house following her directions when registering for the class (thanks to this good Grab experience we used this taxi system extensively in our time in Hanoi, really useful!). To begin the afternoon, we spent a very enjoyable time walking around the market and her farmland, helping to plant and water a few things along the way. Her explanations of what was being grown were really interesting and it was nice to spend time asking questions and hearing about the local way of life. On our way back to her house, we stopped by a community club and played table tennis for a short time with the children from the village (this was not a scheduled part of the afternoon but was a very welcome stop for us). Manh and her family gave us a very warm welcome into their home for the rest of the afternoon where we prepared a lovely meal with her and the help of her husband. Manh sent a menu prior to our meeting, giving us the option of what we wanted to cook. She had all the ingredients ready for us and prepared the chicken in her spotless kitchen. The food was very varied and gave a good intoduction to Vietnamese cuisine. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and being able to chat with Manh and her family whilst preparing the meal which we later shared with her family. It was delicious! At the end of the class, she helped us arrange the Grab taxi to get back to our hotel in Hanoi. After having walked past a few restaurants in Hanoi following our afternoon with Manh, we were so glad to have chosen a different cooking lesson experience where we were not part of a big group. It was a lovely experience with a local family and a much nicer introduction to the Vietnamese way of life. Manh was very responsive to our emails and although her home is about 20 km outside of Hanoi, it was a very easy journey with Grab and not a hassle at all.
Jen from UK
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