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“DO IT. NOW.”

The Original Taste of Hoi An
Ranked #3 of 82 Food & Drink in Hoi An
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We share Hoi An’s best kept food secrets. The Ancient Town of Hoi An is just bursting with interesting and delicious Vietnamese dishes each with its own unique cultural profile; however for one reason or another much of this food remains anonymous and many visitors miss the opportunity to experience this tantalizing world of unique flavors. The aim of our tour is to provide an opportunity to unlock your adventurous culinary spirit and experience the epicurean delights of Hoi An.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“DO IT. NOW.”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Neville is a fantastic guide.
You will not want to eat for days after, (or at least a few hours!)
The knowledge he brings and respect he has gained from the locals is invaluable. Plus many many recommendations for other things to do/eat/see/buy whilst in Vietnam. Even days after the tour I have emailed him for advice and he is more than happy to help!
People may say that this tour is expensive, but all the vendors are payed above normal prices for their products so as to improve their livelyhoods.
Stop thinking about doing this tour and just do it!

Visited August 2014
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Newcastle, Australia
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“If you like your food and love Vietnam, this tour is for you”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

I spent 6 weeks travelling Vietnam South to North 2 years ago and missed this tour whilst in Hoi An as it was booked out so I booked in advance this time and it was the best decision. We don't tend to do tours but this one was well worth it and has paid for itself in so many ways. My daughter and I found the tour itself really interesting and Neville's passion shines through. The team ensure the whole morning runs smoothly. It was also such a surprise to see Sen as part of the team as I met her on the beach selling the day before. My husband (who didn't do the tour but has been guided by me since) and I definitely agree the food we have eaten this time exceeds our trip last time and that can be attributed to the knowledge and confidence to be adventurous with our food choices. I carry my map and name of the 43+ dishes tasted with me every where. Luckily we had 10 days in Hoi An (2 left) to use our new knowledge and eat the best food imaginable. I return everyday to start with a Sinh To Trai Cay. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us which has truly added to our experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Street food at its best.”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Thanks Neville for our introduction to street food in Hoi An. With over 40 tastings along with your excellent explanations we had the most wonderful morning. The recommendations regarding restaurants, tailors and jewellers have been spot on with quality and price. Tuyets on the beach is not a place you should miss with the moon rising(Miss Saigon) and your excellent seafood menu, not to mention the price at $10 per person. We will be back for more. Great to also catch up with yourself, Colleen and your friend knowing if you eat there it must be a good recommendation.

Visited August 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fun and filling”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

This review is way overdue as we visited Hoi An in late June. At first there wasn't room for us, but Neville took the time to send us a huge list of suggested restaurants not just in Hoi An, but in the othe cities we were visiting. Very thoughtful! Then we were able to get in, and it was fun. Was there a bit of kitsch? Yes, Neville's a showman. But that part of what you pay for. He makes it fun! The tour was amazing. That night we went to one of the restaurants he suggested, and he was there with a large group of friends and family. We said hello and sat down. He made a point to come over and ask if we'd like suggestions (he didn't assume) and it was very helpful. He even bought us a plate we didn't order! He's very nice and interesting. Worth every penny. Don't wait to make reservations; book as soon as you know your dates in Hoi An.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“A great experience!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I've been meaning to write this for some time now, but better late than never.

We happened across this tour by chance, after speaking to others at our resort that had taken part. We were lucky enough to join a tour before our holiday ended.

Neville makes this tour very interesting and informative. We only wished we had organised to do the tour earlier in our stay to take advantage of the restaurant / street vendor recommendations. We did manage a couple and they were all fantastic.

The food and the people you encounter on the tour are amazing. If you are visiting Hoi An, make sure you sign up for this tour.

Make sure you don't eat breakfast!

Visited April 2014
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bbwoods, Brand Ambassador at The Original Taste of Hoi An, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Thank you for your endorsement. We are very happy that you found the food, people and tour amazing. It is wonderful to know that you enjoyed the experience.
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