Best Classes and Workshops in Vietnam

If you wanted to learn a new skill while traveling in Vietnam, consider joining one of the classes and workshops offered by skilled locals. Whether you’re interested in learning how to cook Vietnamese cuisines, lantern making, or water puppetry, joining any of these workshops is a truly fun and rewarding experience.

There are different classes and workshops that you can participate in Vietnam. This will usually depend on the place that you will be visiting the country. So here’s a list of some of the best classes and workshops in Vietnam including recommendations on where you can find them.

1. Cooking Classes

The best way to learn about Vietnamese culture is through its food. If you’re interested to know how to cook the most delicious spring rolls or the tastiest Pho noodles, then you should join one of the cooking classes in Vietnam. These classes are usually offered by local chefs and expert cooks and may include a visit to locals markets to shop for the ingredients that you will use for cooking.

You’ll find plenty of cooking classes in Vietnam that you can take part in, especially in the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An, Da Nang, and other popular tourist destinations. Some of these classes are held at the house of a local, which makes for a truly authentic experience. Your knowledgeable host will also be sharing some interesting stories behind every food that you will prepare. At the end of your class, you’ll be eating the delicious foods you have cooked!

2. Lantern Making

Lantern making is a popular workshop in the ancient town of Hoi An. The streets of Hoi An are beautifully decorated with a wide array of colorful lanterns that have made the town look enchanting, especially at night. If you’re interested to learn the process of making these beautiful lanterns, then you should participate in one of the lantern making workshops. Aside from learning some traditional Vietnamese crafts, you’ll also learn more about the local culture and a bit of history of Hoi An.

There are many lantern making workshops in Hoi An that you can join and all of them are run by skilled locals who have been in the lantern business for many years. At the end of your class, you’ll not only gain a new skill, but you also get to take home some lanterns, which is a great souvenir of your Vietnam trip.

3. Water Puppetry Workshop

Water puppetry is a Vietnamese tradition that dates back to the 11th Century and originated in the villages of the Red River Delta, in the northern part of the country. You’ll find many water puppetry shows all over Vietnam but if you want to get behind the scenes and learn more about this tradition, then you should join the water puppetry workshop.

When you join the water puppetry workshop in Vietnam, you’ll meet with a local puppet maker who will teach you the basics of water puppetry. You’ll also learn how to create your own personalized puppet and learn some skills from the performers themselves. Water puppetry workshops are usually available in the cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi and some of these workshops include free viewing of a traditional water puppetry show.

4. Pottery Workshop

When going to Hanoi, you might want to visit Bat Trang, a small village beside the Red River, and is known as the pottery village of Vietnam. The village has a long history of traditional porcelain and pottery making, thanks to the abundance of clay in the area. Joining a pottery workshop is a great way to learn more about the history of the village as well as the process involved in making these ceramic pots.

The workshop includes a visit to the various factories in the village that produce high-quality ceramics. You’ll get to see how these pots are made up-close and enjoy a hands-on experience in pottery making as well. Aside from learning some skills in pottery, you also get to craft your own piece and take it with you as a souvenir.

5. Sand Painting Class

It’s been more than a decade since sand painting has been introduced in Vietnam. This skill requires the use of colored sands and powdered pigments in creating different images. If you love culture and art, you’ll surely enjoy a sand painting class in Ho Chi Minh.

In the sand painting class, you’ll be guided and trained by a local artist on how to come up with your own sand paintings. Of course, you get to take home your own masterpiece, which makes for a great souvenir of your Vietnam trip!

So these are some of the best classes and workshops to join on your trip to Vietnam. These classes are available to book online so it’s recommended that you book it in advance to guarantee slots!

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