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Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

Be picked up from your Ho Chi Minh accommodation in the morning and board a comfortable mini van. Head to the Cu Chi tunnels and hear about the Vietnamese resistance to the US Forces. Depart for the Mekong Delta, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a delectable lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Following lunch, arrive in Mekong Delta, and board a row boat to travel along small canals under the coconut tree fronds.  Board a motor boat and cruise to coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits and taste honey tea and wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the country roads in the afternoon to see what local life is like. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, before saying goodbye and returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the evening and be taken back to your accommodation.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike Street Food Tour with Local Students

2. 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.

Ho Chi Minh: 10 Tastings Street Food Tour by Motorbike

3. Ho Chi Minh: 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. You'll ride on a pillion behind the drivers to enjoy the unique atmosphere and create unforgettable memories of Saigon. Try the best local foods 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 dessert at a local favorite spot in district 4. 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 for the 10 tastings includes: • Banh Xeo: Vietnamese savory crispy pancake with herbs and sauce. Sit back and relax while watching your sizzling cake being done in front of your eyes. • Bo La Lot: Vietnamese grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves with a distinctive fragrance and smoky, juicy, tender meat. Enjoy it with a pineapple anchovy dipping sauce for the ultimate street snack. • Bun Bò Hue: Beef noodle soup. • Chuoi Nuong: Grilled Banana with coconut milk sauce. A mix of sweet and salty. • Crispy Banana Cracker • Bánh Mì: Traditional baguette with sausage, butter, and meat. • Banh Trang Nuong: A great mix of melted butter, cheese, egg, and Vietnamese sausage. • Cold Sugar Cane Juice with Kumquat • Jasmine Tea: A traditional drink to local Vietnamese restaurants. • Dessert with Bánh Flan: Flan cake at a popular place for locals.

Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike City Highlights and Hidden Gems Tour

4. Ho Chi Minh: Motorbike City Highlights 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: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

5. Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels on a guided tour. Learn about the history of the underground passageways from a Vietnam War veteran and, if you feel like it, try firing an M16 or AK-47 rifle at a firing range. Choose whether to take the tour in a small group or to book a private tour.  Get picked up from your accommodation and travel in comfort to the Ben Dinh tunnel entrance with your tour guide. Here, you’ll find replicas of booby traps, sleeping quarters, and barracks to give you a feel for the reality of life during the war. Listen to a detailed history of the Cu Chi Tunnels from a local Vietnam War veteran and wander around the labyrinth of passageways while learning about the history and importance of this site. After touring the tunnels, you’ll arrive at a firing range where you’ll have the option to fire an M16 or AK-47. Then you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh and be dropped off at your accommodation to end the day’s trip.

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

6. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta, My Tho & Ben Tre Day Trip

Depart at 8:00 AM from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel and head to the Mekong Delta by minivan or bus. Enjoy an unforgettable 2-hour drive to the Mekong Delta along the provincial roads down in the Southern region of Vietnam. Pass rice paddies, pineapple plantations, orchards, and small hamlets.  You'll arrive in My Tho at approximately 10:00 AM where you will ride on a local motorboat past Dragon Island, Phoenix Island, and Turtle Island. Stop at the famous Unicorn Island to visit a natural beekeeping farm, and taste honey wine, rice wine, and banana wine. Then take a walk through the village and row along the coconut canal to see daily local life in the Mekong Delta. Continue your motor boat trip to Ben Tre province to visit a handmade coconut candy workshop. Then transfer to a small motor boat and travel along the lush, green canals, stopping at local Vietnamese restaurant for some traditional food. Later on, enjoy various types of tropical fruits at the orchard garden and listen to traditional music. At the end of the tour, a local boat will take you back to My Tho. From there a bus will drive you back to Ho Chi Minh city, arriving at around 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM.

Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

7. Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

Discover the nightlife of Saigon by bike or scooter. Stop at Saigon riverside for a delicious local dinner as you cruise the Saigon River with live entertainment on board. With the bicycle option, you'll ride along the city's main streets and pass by Ben Thanh Market, General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, People Committee Hall, and Opera House. If you choose the scooter option, you'll see the same sites as the bike option, with additional time to pass by the flower market, Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments, and the fashion district as well. After your ride, you'll stop at Saigon's riverside. Be welcomed on board the cruise boat and prepare to take in the sites of the city from a new perspective. Cruise along the Saigon River, and enjoy a great dinner as traditional Vietnamese dance and music shows are performed. Then, head back towards Bach Dang harbor where the cruise ends around 9:30 PM. Let the relaxation of the evening continue as a taxi delivers you back to your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Cai Rang Floating Markets Private Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Cai Rang Floating Markets Private Tour

Spend 2 days exploring the Vinh Long Province, situated between the Tien and the Hau rivers, on a trip from Ho Chi Minh City that will take you to floating markets and expose you to the local culture. Here, the majority of inhabitants engage in farming. During your time in the area, observe the locals going about their daily lives, and take in the beauty of the surrounding nature. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Cai Be – Vinh Long - Can Tho (Meals: L) After an early morning pick-up from your hotel, drive to Cai Be, the second largest floating market in the lower Mekong Delta. Upon arrival, cruise through the Cai Be floating market before taking a short walk to discover rural life. Visit local workshops of people making coconut candy, rice paper, and snake wine. Take a rowing sampan through the small canals to visit an ancient house on An Binh Island. After lunch in a bonsai garden, continue by boat to Vinh Long, then drive to Can Tho and check into your 3-star accommodation for the night. Day 2: Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City (Meals: B, L) In the morning, board a motor boat and ride along the Mekong River toward the Cai Rang floating market; the largest of the Mekong. Visit the traditional Vietnamese flea market that sells rats, snakes, and frogs. After the flea market, make a stop at the Ba Cong fruit orchard. Then you will take a car back to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping along the way for lunch. At around 17:00, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

9. Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

At the height of the American-Vietnamese War, the Cu Chi tunnel system covered a distance of more than 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was 3 levels deep. The network included numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience and a feeling of underground life during the war. The tunnels have been widened for the benefit of visitors. For those interested, there’s an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. On this half-day tour you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 08:00-08:30 before heading out on the 1 hour 45 minute drive to Cu Chi. The drive will take you through pleasant countryside and rubber forest. When you arrive at Cu Chi you’ll see a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were ingeniously constructed, and then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Various mantraps and the remains of an American tank are on display. You’ll see a number of bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52s. The tour will end at approximately 14:00. After your lunch, the guide and diver drop you at your hotel, end tour.

Saigon: Street Food Evening Walking Tour

10. Saigon: Street Food Evening Walking Tour

At 5:30 PM, your tour guide will take you to district 4 in a taxi. Begin your night at a local night market where you will meet friendly local people for some tropical fruit, which you may never have tried before. Walk through the narrow alleys of the city before stopping to try snake wine and Vietnamese baguette, Banh mi. Then, stop for some steamed rice rolls, which you will be taught how to cook. Afterwards, your guide will tell you some stories in one of the oldest churches in HCMC, where you will try beef wrapped in leaves. Embracing the nightlife in the local area, try a flan cake in the eggshell before enjoying seafood with a local beer in the party area. Then, once you are really full and satisfied, catch a taxi to go back to your hotel.

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4.6 / 5

based on 47 reviews

We had an amazing private motorbike tour with 4 English-speaking students and their motorbikes: After they picked us up at our hotel, we visited several street food locations in different districts of the city (which would be impossible to find by ourself). We enjoyed different kinds of authentic Vietnamese street food, for example a kind of filled pancake, a soup, grilled skewers, a sweet banana dish and avocado ice cream. Our amazing four guides Anh Nhan, La Xuynh, Thanh Loan and Nguyen Thien Huy told us many interesting stories around our trip and the dishes, provided us with many facts about Vietnam and daily life, but also gave us an insight into their own student life. As an example, we visited also an apartment complex to see about how ordinary people are living. This is really an absolute "must-do" while you are in Ho-Chi-Minh-City, and a great combination of motorbike adventure, food and sightseeing plus a great value for money.

the tour guide (Long - Honda) was amazing, he was funny, considerate & knowledgeable. even the driver was very good person. van was neat & clean. would recommend to everyone. just confirm with Kim travels regarding the pickup point & timings.

Woww! What a nice morning I had with Stark!!! Such a nice guy!!! I had fun and learned a lot of Vietnam Culture!!! I highly recommend it!!!!

Xem was really a good guide... Shows everything in a simpler manner.

good experience Daniel was my fmdriver I felt very safe with him