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Fun Classes for Expats Living in Ho Chi Minh City

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Once you've arrived in Ho Chi Minh City, here are some classes to consider taking to help you meet people and get settled in to your new life abroad.

Ho Chi Minh City, a vibrant metropolis in Vietnam, offers a plethora of classes for English-speaking expats and digital nomads looking to immerse themselves in new experiences. Whether you're interested in honing your culinary skills, mastering the Vietnamese language, or unleashing your inner artist, there's a class for you. Engaging in these activities is not only a fantastic way to learn something new but also an excellent opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and become a part of the local community. Below is a curated list of classes that cater to a variety of interests and skill levels.

GRAIN Cooking Studio

Type of Class(es): Vietnamese Cooking Classes
Location: 71-75 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

GRAIN Cooking Studio offers hands-on cooking classes where you can learn the art of Vietnamese cuisine. The classes are designed for all skill levels and are taught in English, making them perfect for expats and digital nomads. You'll get to explore local markets, select fresh ingredients, and cook a variety of traditional dishes.

VLS Vietnamese Language Studies

Type of Class(es): Vietnamese Language Courses
Location: 45 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

VLS Vietnamese Language Studies provides a range of Vietnamese language courses tailored to English speakers. From beginner to advanced levels, the classes are interactive and focus on practical communication skills, cultural understanding, and even include city tours to practice your new language skills in real-life situations.

La Cuisine Cooking School

Type of Class(es): French and International Cooking Classes
Location: 48 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

La Cuisine Cooking School is a haven for food enthusiasts looking to expand their culinary repertoire. The school offers classes in French and international cuisines, all conducted in English. It's a great way to learn new cooking techniques and recipes while meeting fellow food lovers.

Artinus 3D Art Museum

Type of Class(es): Art and Painting Workshops
Location: 02-04 Road No. 9, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City

At Artinus 3D Art Museum, you can participate in art and painting workshops that are as educational as they are fun. The workshops are suitable for all levels and provide a creative outlet for those looking to express themselves through art. The interactive 3D art pieces also make for a unique backdrop to your creations.

Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc

Type of Class(es): Traditional Vietnamese Cooking Classes
Location: 74/7 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Tuc offers an authentic cooking experience where you can learn to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. The classes are small and intimate, ensuring personalized attention, and are conducted in English, making them accessible to non-Vietnamese speakers.

Work Saigon

Type of Class(es): Creative Workshops and Language Exchange
Location: 267/2 Dien Bien Phu, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Work Saigon is not only a co-working space but also a hub for various creative workshops ranging from photography to design. They also host language exchange events, perfect for those looking to practice Vietnamese while teaching English to locals.

The Snap Cafe

Type of Class(es): Photography Workshops
Location: 32 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

The Snap Cafe offers photography workshops for all levels of photographers. These workshops are a great way to improve your photography skills while exploring the city's picturesque landscapes and vibrant street life. The classes are conducted in English and are a fantastic way to meet fellow photography enthusiasts.

Decibel Lounge

Type of Class(es): Music and DJ Workshops
Location: 79/2/5 Phan Ke Binh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Decibel Lounge is a unique venue where music lovers can attend workshops on music production and DJing. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced musician, these workshops are conducted in English and offer a chance to learn new skills and connect with the local music scene.

Mekong Quilts

Type of Class(es): Quilting and Handicraft Workshops
Location: 68 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Mekong Quilts specializes in quilting and handicraft workshops where you can learn the traditional art of quilt-making. These workshops support local communities and provide a peaceful retreat from the bustling city life. The classes are suitable for all levels and are a great way to contribute to a good cause while learning a new craft.

Architect Cafe

Type of Class(es): Architecture and Design Workshops
Location: 86 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Architect Cafe is a creative space for those interested in architecture and design. The workshops are designed to inspire and educate participants about the principles of design and architecture. Conducted in English, these workshops are perfect for networking with professionals and enthusiasts in the field.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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