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Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City - formerly Saigon - and taste the best street food at night! Meet your English-speaking guides in the evening, and climb on the back of a bike to immerse yourself in the crazy traffic. Join thousands of other motorbikes as you ride the streets and your driver takes you through notable neighborhoods, including District 3 where the locals live. Stop to enjoy some Banh Xeo and Banh Khot (South and Central rice pancakes), and learn how they are made from a chef with over 20 years experience before riding down hidden alleyways, where you will encounter old apartment buildings. Go on a short adventure to climb up to the top of some old buildings and see the contrasting architecture between modern and authentic Saigon. You can even visit a local pagoda which was built inside an old apartment by a female monk. Visit the biggest night flower market and soak up the wonderful bouquets. Take a short walk around the area, and get a special gift from your guide. Go deep into a true maze of local market to have an authentic local experience by grilling banana cakes. Next, drive to District 5 and pass a street famous for its oil paintings. Stop at a local restaurant to savor some bún chả (grilled pork with noodles, Hanoi style), known as “Obama Noodles” after President Obama and Anthony Bourdain tried them in 2016! Venture into District 10, where the city’s street food scene really thrives. Excite your taste buds with a heavenly dish of coconut ice cream at a shop established in 1975. Watch as the owner prepares some coconut ice cream right before your eyes. Take a spin around the city for enticing views of the night life, and experience the hustle and bustle of fashion street. Squeeze through narrow alleyways that cars can’t access, and journey along the banks of the Saigon River with a welcoming breeze. End your food and motorbike tour in District 4, where you will enjoy a seafood or meat meal of 3 different dishes and an authentic food challenge! Try some balut (boiled, fertilized egg) and tuck into a dessert of flan cake with caramel, coffee and coconut milk. Wash it all down with beer, soft drinks, mineral water or homemade Vietnamese sticky rice wine.

Saigon: 10 Tastings Street Food Tour By Motorbike

2. Saigon: 10 Tastings Street Food Tour By Motorbike

Embark on a motorbike trip around 5 of Ho Chi Minh's colorful districts and hidden streets. Immerse yourself in Saigon's culture, blend into local nightlife, and eat mouthwatering local dishes. Guests ride pillion behind drivers to enjoy and experience the unique atmosphere and create unforgettable memories of Saigon. Try the best local foods, cook your own food and enjoy the amazing ride on the back of a scooter. Hop on the scooter and head into the crowded roundabout and exciting Saigon traffic on the back of your scooter. First, you'll ride to Chinatown and visit an evening local market. Next head to the Ho Thi Ky wholesale flower market. Take a walk in the market and sit down to learn how to make a crispy banana cracker. Continue to ride through the alleys, passing commercial streets and food vendors. After taking in some unbeatable views from your scooter, stop at a local food place for pho (beef noodle soup) and Banh My, Vietnam's most famous street food. After your meal, the Nguyen Thien Thuat area is next on the itinerary. This is one of the most famous street food areas in Saigon with great diversity in both cuisine and culture. Last but not least, discover the best place for a beer or dessert at a local favorite spot. Sit at a small table and chat with your tour guide. Get to know more about the local life and the ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine. The menu includes: • Vietnamese Savory Crispy Pancake ( Bánh Xèo ) or Bbq Seafood with Scallops ( please choose Private Option ) • Goi Cuon ( fresh springroll with shrimp and pork ) or Steamed Clams with Lemongrass ( please choose Private Option ) • Beef Noodle Soup• Beef Noodle Soup Hue Style ( Bun Bò Hue ) • Unique Pho or Charcoal Grilled Pork On Skewers Rice Noodles • Crispy Banana Cracker • Bánh Mì — The most well-known baguette in the world with sausage, butter, and meat • Saigon beer • Saigon Pizza - This is a good mix of melted butter, cheese, egg and Vietnamese sausage • Cold sugar cane juice with passion fruit • Jasmine Tea • Flan Cake for dessert ( Bánh Flan )

Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

3. Ho Chi Minh: Water Puppet Show Ticket

Enjoy a performance of fascinating Vietnamese art during a traditional 45-minute water puppet show. The stories told with water puppets are closely associated with the spiritual life of Vietnamese people, especially in the countryside. The stage for the show is the surface of a water pool. Puppeteers demonstrate their clever skills by managing puppets with long bamboo rods and a string mechanism under the surface of the water. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment. The puppets act out the stories told by the songs, which reflect the peaceful life of the Vietnamese countryside.

From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

4. From Hồ Chí Min: Mekong Delta and Cai Rang Market 2-Day Trip

Get picked up at your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City and head to My Tho by bus. Your onboard tour guide will tell you everything about the culture of the locals while you can sit back, relax and enjoy the landscapes and scenery of green rice fields. Stop at the Vinh Trang pagoda on the way. Continue to My Tho and take a boat trip along the Mekong River. During the cruise, see fish cages and floating houses. The boat will take you to a small canal, where you can escape the busy town. The cruise through the coconut trees-lined canal will take you to a coconut island in Ben Tre.  Disembark and explore the village on foot. Visit local families and learn how to make sweets at a candy shop. You can enjoy fruits, honey tea and wine while listening to traditional music. Discover varieties of fruits, flowers, trees, and native houses. Enjoy a traditional lunch. Next, travel by ferry and bus to Can Tho, the heart of the Mekong Delta. Stay overnight in the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, take a leisurely boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river.  Proceed to visit the Cai Răng floating market, which is the liveliest in the whole region. Take in the beautiful scenery and the daily activities of the locals who live along the Mekong canals. Next, you will roam through the village, see fruit gardens and visit a rice husking mill and a rice noodles-making shop.  Then, head back to the riverside for lunch before traveling back to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive in the afternoon with unforgettable memories.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Combo City and Hidden Gems Tour

Travel to every corner of the Ho Chi Minh on the back of the scooter and discover the city’s hidden gems. Explore the bustling streets, colorful markets, and must-see highlights to hidden alleyways, ancient apartments, and traditional local houses.  See beautiful local alleyways where Vietnamese families work, live, and socialize. Visit the famous Chinatown - the biggest and oldest in the world – where you will find out more about the traditional values and the lifestyles of the mixed cultures in Saigon. Explore various ancient temples and learn about the history of the different religions of this magical land. City Highlights: • Notre-Dame Cathedral • Central Post Office • Saigon Opera House • Nguyen Hue Walking Street • City hall Hidden Gems: • The Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monument • Ho Thi Ky Wholesale Flower Market • Nguyen Thien Thuat Oldest Apartment • Local Cambodian Market • China Town With famous medicine street • Thien Hau Temple (day time trips only)

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

6. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

Sample 5-6 of the best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City, along with 2 drinks and a dessert, on a guided food tour. Visit the places where actual locals go with your guide and gain insights into Vietnamese culture. Sample must-have food and drinks, including banh mi, noodle soup, beer, and more. After pickup from your hotel by motorbike, you will have a chance to see the real Ho Chi Minh City away from the crowds of tourists. Stop at local street food hubs where locals gather and socialize. Explore and immerse yourself in the local culture in the craziness of Saigon's traffic and markets. Eat and sample 8 must-have treats in the city's back alleys. Warm up your taste buds with Bun bo hue beef noodle soup. Then, take a stroll, trying grilled pork with ride noodles on the way. Next, try the traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwich before enjoying a refreshing sugar cane drink. Next, discover Vietnam's best culinary hidden gem: chuoi nuong grilled banana with coconut milk. Sample this traditional sweet and salty mix of tropical fruits and coconut milk sauce. Then, have a sit-down and relax, sipping a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant. Then, watch your banh xeo Vietnamese savory crispy pancake being made in front of you. Finally, finish off with the perfect treat, a sweet soup dessert. Be taken back to your hotel, having sampled the must-have delicacies of Ho Chi Minh and experienced Vietnamese culture with your student guide.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

7. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Luxury 1-Day Group Tour

Your tour begins hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Travel by minivan or bus to My Tho, a city situated on the Mekong Delta. Take part in a variety of activities that will offer you the chance to get to know Vietnam. Hop aboard a horse-drawn cart and admire the coconut trees that dominate the landscape. Row down the canal in a small boat, then cycle down provincial roads to see the rice fields, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets. Ride a motorboat down the mighty Mekong River and see Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island and visit a local bee farm. Taste natural honey along with honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Walk through the village, then visit a coconut candy workshop and learn how to make coconut candies. Hop back on the motorboat and travel along lush green canals to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Venture to another part of the island and enjoy tropical fruit as you listen to traditional south Vietnamese music. If you choose the "Luxury Tour Group Tour" option then after this delicious snack, you will take you back to My Tho to visit the Vinh Trang Pagoda. Enjoy the convenience of hotel drop-off once the bus has returned you to Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in selected areas of Ho Chi Minh City, and then head by taxi to a local district which is known as a street food paradise to taste authentic banh xeo and banh khot (rice pancakes) away from the tourist crowds. Stroll along a street known for its barbecue seafood vendors and head to a local-favorite restaurant to taste the best bo la lot" (beef in wild betel leaves). Sample a tasty Bot Chien, pan-fried rice cakes with egg and spring onions which is cooked by a local chef with over 25 years experience, and then quench your thirst with a sugar cane juice mixed with a little orange. Continue your food adventure with an authentic banh mi (sandwich) and experience the perfect fusion of 4 delicious flavors with one bite! Walk into the old apartments of Nguyen Thien Thuat, where you can join the locals and try the best barbecue seafood or meat with some local beer and homemade Vietnamese rice wine. Cap off your Saigon street food tour at the night flower market by enjoying an amazing dessert which is coconut ice cream, avocado ice cream or grilled bananas with coconut milk. Your street food guide will take a taxi to go with you get back to your accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon by Night Food and Sightseeing Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon by Night Food and Sightseeing Tour

At 5.30 PM, your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or specified location in the city. The first stop is at a local restaurant where you’ll try Hue noodle soup, a special dish famous with not only local residents, but foreigners as well. After that, stop by a historical building built in 1986 to experience the life of the working-class people living there. Continue the tour by visiting Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, the biggest of its kind in the city where almost all of its fresh and colorful flowers are collected from the Mekong Delta. After that, the tour guide will drive you to District 4, a small island surrounded by the Saigon River. Then, at a floating market, drink coconut juice and chat with local people who earn a living by using their boat. There are also lots of interesting Vietnamese products from the Mekong Delta that are sold there.   On the way back to your hotel, go through the food street in District 4 and satisfy your appetite with food and drink. The sellers come from many parts of Vietnam and their food tastes very different from one another, giving you have a wide range of food and drink to choose from. At the end, your guide will take you back to your hotel and wish you a pleasant night.

Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food Tour with Cooking Class

10. Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food Tour with Cooking Class

After pickup from your hotel, enjoy a thrilling ride on the back of a scooter. Your first stop will be at a low-key eatery in district 3, where locals sit on small plastic chairs and eat cheap street food. Here you will try a Vietnamese pancake.  Next, your driver will take you to Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Saigon's heaven for foodies. Street food sold here is varied, since people living in the area come from all over Vietnam and have different tastes. Walk around the area and hear about its history.  You'll then stop at the large flower market located in district 5, where flowers from every part of Vietnam are sold. Explore the colors and smells of the market, before stopping to try banana crispy crackers in a hidden alleyway.  The next stop for food is in district 10. Here you will learn how to make steamed rice rolls from scratch. Then hop back on the scooter to another area of the city to enjoy the most popular street food in Vietnam, Banh My.  Next, sit on plastic chairs among many locals at a local eatery and have BBQ meat or seafood. The last stop will be at a dessert place, where you will try flan cakes. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,735 reviews

Really great tour, I got to see some super parts of the city that I almost certainly wouldn't have gone without a guide and the food everywhere was very good and came with a story.

Travelling solo but the guide JinLong made the tour fun regardless. Nice added touches with some story-telling about Saigon along the way with sights in between.

Peter was Brilliant, so much knowledge of his culture. I wouldn't ever visit this wonderful places that he took me if I was by myself. so Thank you very much x

Great experience. The tour was awesome, learned a lot about the different districts and culture. My guide Duong was extremely knowledgeable. Recommend highly

May was Wonderful, Took me everywhere and Show me Beautiful places, told me about history of her Country and We had a lovely local food. Thank you so much