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Ho Chi Minh City: Street Food Tour with Cooking Class

1. 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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From Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Mekong Delta Highlights Excursion

2. From Ho Chi Minh: 2-Day Mekong Delta Highlights Excursion

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, enjoy a scenic drive through the Tien Giang province where you will catch a boat and cruise along the Tien River. Along the way, stop at the famous Cai Be floating market. Enjoy fresh coconuts and tropical fruits on board and learn more about local life here from your local guide. Continue your cruise along the river, visiting popped rice, coconut candy, and rice wine producers. Stop at a bee farm where you will enjoy some traditional Vietnamese honey tea and take a sampan ride on a small canal, listening to traditional southern Vietnamese music as you go. Break for lunch at a local home where you will enjoy a traditional cooking class. Learn how to prepare Vietnamese pancakes or spring rolls then sit down to savor the rewards of your efforts over lunch. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely cycle or stroll through a nearby village before boarding your boat to Ben Tre where you will spend the night at a local homestay. Upon arrival, spend some time checking out the local village before dinner. Take a ride on one of the bicycles or walk around the premises' fruit garden, flower garden, and fish pond. Or, simply lie back and relax on one of the hammocks as you wait for your dinner.  Day 2 Rise early today to head to "the land of dragon fruit", Go Cong. Enjoy a motorbike drive through a dragon fruit garden and experience an explosion of colors, aromas, and tastes before crossing the river to Tan Thanh Island. Ride along the island's narrow tracks, surrounded by a profusion of plants and rural life, and make your way to a coconut processing plant, a place where the locals make brooms and mats and where roofing material is made from water coconut leaves. Enjoy a warm greeting from the inhabitants and sample some delicious fresh coconut juice. Finish your magical time on the Mekong with a sampan ride along the river to a riverside home where you will enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch in a tranquil garden with only the birds and fish for company before heading back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

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From Ho Chi Minh: Overnight Ben Tre and Mekong Delta Trip

3. From Ho Chi Minh: Overnight Ben Tre and Mekong Delta Trip

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh, enjoy a 1.5-hour drive through spectacular rice paddy fields to the pier. Here, board a boat for a cruise along the Ham Luong River. Stop at various local workshops, including a brickworks, where bricks are still painstakingly made by hand; a coconut processing workshop, where you can sample fresh coconut and see how every single part of this versatile nut is turned into food and other products; and a mat weaving house, where straw mats are woven using a handloom, and even have a go at weaving yourself. Stop at a quiet village for a quick stroll around to experience authentic Delta village life, before boarding your rickshaw. Travel through green rice fields and vegetable plantations, stopping to visit fruit orchards along the way to see the real Mekong and its culture. Break for lunch at a local restaurant before boarding a rowboat to head to your homestay for the night. Relax and disconnect in this serene paradise, miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. After some fun activities, sit down to dinner freshly prepared by your host.  Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, pay a visit to the local village, lie down on a hammock, read a book or listen to music. Day 2 Rise early today to head to "the land of dragon fruit", Go Cong. Enjoy a motorbike drive through a dragon fruit garden and experience an explosion of colors, aromas, and tastes before crossing the river to Tan Thanh Island. Ride along the island's narrow tracks, surrounded by a profusion of plants and rural life, and make your way to a coconut processing plant, a place where the locals make brooms and mats and where roofing material is made from water coconut leaves. Enjoy a warm greeting from the inhabitants and sample some delicious fresh coconut juice. Finish your magical time on the Mekong with a sampan ride along the river to a beautiful riverside home where you will enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch before heading back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 171 reviews

This was a fantastic experience. Elle and Henry were excited from the moment they picked us up which made the food tour even better. The food was amazing and there was a large variety of it. While it was all traditionally Vietnamese, I’m not sure we would have discovered many of the dishes on our own. Elle and Henry took time to explain everything we ate and walked us through how food relates to the culture. As an added bonus, we also enjoyed seeing how Vietnamese people live and learning fun facts about Vietnamese superstitions. Finally, I want to say how great Henry did as it was his first tour and he was in training, which we would have never known if he had not told us.

We made the tour with our guide Tu. He's a very cheerful person, was always open to our questions and shared so many interesting facts about Vietnamese culture with us. I loved how diverse the tour was with its many different activities, food and even some crafts presentations. Maybe the condition of the bicycles could have been a little better (the brakes didn't work properly and the saddles weren't really adjusted), but that's just a minor point. The kayaking part was all the more entertaining. :)

We did the evening tour with Seven and Loui and can’t recommend this tour enough, the food was amazing! Getting around on the motorbikes is a great way to see the city at night and the boys driving was exceptional. Overall was a much better then expected experience and great way to try local street food

Excellent day trip. Beautiful scenery. Phan was an excellent guide. Witty and knowledgeable.

Great guide and lots of activities during the day.