Places to Eat in Ha Long Bay

You are visiting a city and can’t decide where to have your dinner. You want something special, but somehow you end up at a restaurant where they overcharge you for an “authentic” meal. Recognize this? How amazing would it be to skip this process, and have dinner in an authentic environment? Then why not go to a local's home for an authentic local meal? Check out below some of the dishes you can request on your home made dinner!

Withlocals experiences in Ha Long Bay are

100% With locals

Who you see is who you get.
The Withlocals host you book is the
host that welcomes you.

100% Private

All Withlocals experiences
are private, meaning exclusively
for you.

a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Food inspiration in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

  • Eat Gaeng Daeng (red curry) with the family Saranya
  • Get the fabulous tuk tuk driver meal
  • Dance and sing during a traditional Khantoke dinner
  • Dinner with the monks if you are lucky 
  • Prepare your own fish in the riverside house of family Limthongkut

Top experiences in Ha Long Bay & Hanoi

One day as a local in Hanoi


€40.00 p.p.

Best Ever Hanoi Culture Tour


€21.00 p.p.

Drive and Cruise in Halong Bay!


€130.00 p.p.

Advantages to enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local

  • Meet new friends and get an authentic experience you will never forget
  • You get extra recommendations on what to do and what to try while you’re there
  • Your host can teach you how to cook local dishes and take home one of the best travel souvenirs: local recipes. Ask for a cooking class for an in-depth understanding of the cuisine you’re trying out
  • Taste and enjoy authentic local food prepared just for you by your host.
  • Taker in the flavors, history, and culture of Vietnamese cuisine
  • You can always personalize your experience 100% for your food preferences and diet restrictions, simply ask for a personalized offer from your host.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
David Thanh

Create your own paper mask! - Kid friendly workshop

We had a fantastic morning, as a family, doing the mask making.
Initially I though this would be a simple kids activity to break up the day, but it is much more than that.
Its starts by entering through a small alley way off the street into the house of the traditional mask owner - the whole experience of staying in someones house/apartment for the morning was brilliant as you get to really feel the life of a local Hanoi person.
The activity itself was done by the whole family and was just fun - led by the last of the traditional mask makers in Hanoi. We loved it.
Throughout we had really interesting conversations with Thanh, our excellent hostess. It gave a great insight into Vietnam's past and future thinking.
Just a great 3 hours spent and we would highly recommend it for anyone to do, form Backpackers to families.

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Bamba Quoc Viet

Private Hanoian Home Dinner

You guys are awesome and your hospitality was at par considering other hosts. We will send you a lot more bookings in near future.


Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
Joe Hang

Relaxing fishing experience with lunch

When I first saw the description of the tour, I knew it was going to be different than the usual tours you find on trip advisor. It turned out to be just as I thought. Hang picked me up at the hotel and we proceeded to a quiet set of ponds to spend a half day fishing. From baiting a Bamboo pole with chicken heart bait, to enjoying an excellent lunch consisting of fried chicken, and snakehead fish, local spices, and vegetables. All of this under a thatch roofed hut, adjacent to the water, with a few beers and local rice wine to bring it all together. I enjoyed our chat, which offered some thoughts on the local way of life, history, and culture. To top it off, we caught a good size fish. If you want to get away from the tour crowds, meet a friendly local, and relax with a bamboo pole in your hand, this is the uniquely perfect half day in Hanoi.