Hoian Eco Coconut Tour - Testimonials

Testimonials

Carrie S
“Markets, boats, cooking, eating - this tour has it all!”
 

Not even the epic downpour of rain could change how much I enjoyed this experience. Our guide spoke reasonable English and admitted she was new to the job (3 months) and hoped continued experience would help her improve (which I'm sure it will). She was sweet, friendly and helpful. When she realised I didn't have a rain coat, she went and bought me one! We collected some items from a local Hoi An market before jumping aboard a fishing boat. It was about 40 mins to the water coconut forest and due to the heavy rain we were unable to go fishing but no one can control the weather, so it's all good. Then we climbed into these fabulous coconut shaped boats (I think they call them water baskets) and had to paddle ourselves through the water coconut forest to the restaurant. It was a lot of fun with the old Vietnamese couple (one in each basket) trying to get us to race each other and show us how we were supposed to paddle. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were dressed in chef hats and aprons ready for cooking school. The chef spoke excellent English and was patient and inclusive of everyone in the group (6 in total). The level of hygiene in all food preparation and taste-testing was very high. It was a very hands-on experience and is suitable for people with all levels of cooking skills. The best part of course, was eating everything we made, and it was good, really good! We even got a recipe book to take home with all that we made. We were then all delivered back to our hotels by car (don't worry, no paddling back through the water coconut forest in the dark). You don't have to love cooking to enjoy this tour!

Carrie S
Gretchen B
“Great way to end the trip”
 

My friend and I booked this tour based on a glance in a brochure of the hotel lobby -- it had everything. It's a bike ride, lantern making, a beautiful view of the water, a step outside the touristy city zone, and some of the most incredible food I've ever made in my life. Our guide was very friendly and the man teaching our cooking class spoke English well and was really fun and informative. They ever gave us recipe books of all the stuff we cooked at the end of the day -- THANK GOD because I'm serious when I say it was some of the best food I've had in my life. I can't wait to make it again.
Overall, it was a beautiful, blissful day. We had peaceful bike rides, got to see parts of Hoi An that I never would have otherwise, learned a lot about how silk is made, got to take home silk lanterns that we made, and walked away with bellies stuffed up with goodness. I would definitely recommend it.
[I would suggest going with like 3-5 people. I think having two was okay, but it would've been fun to have more at dinner and too many would've made biking through tighter areas awkward. We went for the afternoon tour which was nice because we still made it back in time for the night market :) ]

Gretchen B