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Ho Chi Minh City: Local Food and Sights Scooter Night Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Local Food and Sights Scooter Night Tour

Discover the busy nightlife and local foods of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on a guided tour by motorbike. Ride along Nguyen Trai Street, visit the area's largest flower market for grilled oysters, and savor an authentic Vietnamese pancake. Following pickup, start the evening with condensed milk coffee at a special place. After that, stop to enjoy baked banana cake wrapped in glutinous rice served with coconut sauce. Go through the area and explore a typical night of residents while learning how history has shaped this place. Discover how the street food here is diverse since people in the area come from many places with different tastes. The next destination is the biggest flower market of the city, located in district 10. Taste grilled oysters with black pepper sauce and quail eggs. Try rice paper with onion, eggs, baby shrimp, and a special local sauce. Flowers sold at the market are collected from every part of Vietnam so you can easily buy any kind of flowers from around Vietnam and enjoy the sweet smell and the beauty of them. Arriving in district 5, stop for a few minutes to eat Vietnamese pancakes, usually eaten with a wide range of vegetables. Back to the tour, venture to Nguyen Trai Street, a busy street where almost everything is sold, from clothes to souvenirs. After that, on Nguyen Van Cu Bridge, take in a whole view of the city in the glow of night. Enjoy a peaceful moment while looking at Saigon River with fresh, cool air breezing by. Continue to district 4, regarded as the smallest district. Many people from other places in Vietnam move to live here, so the lifestyle and traditions of the residents are extremely varied there. On the way we go there, stop at the local bread vendor to enjoy one of the city's best banh mi (thin and crispy baguette). Before drop-off back at your hotel, drink sugar cane juice and have a dessert like a tropical fruit smoothie or caramel flan.

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 City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

4. 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.

Saigon by night and street food tour by Motorbike

5. Saigon by night and street food tour by Motorbike

At 5:30PM your English speaking driver team will pick you up at your hotel or a specified place. From there, your first stop will be at a famous local restaurant, specialising in beef noodles soup, one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam. After that, drive to Nguyen Thien Thuat street, one of the most famous street food areas in Saigon with the considerable diversity in the style of the cuisine and local culture. Take a short walk to explore and understand more about the lifestyle of local people, the history, as well as many other stories about this building. Then stop for enjoying bo la lot (beef wrapped in betel leaf), one of the most famous street foods of Vietnam. Then, continue driving to the biggest flower market in Saigon before passing by Nguyen Trai street located in district 5 which is famous for hundreds of fashion shops along the street. Driving over Nguyen Van Cu Bridge, look out upon the Saigon River and some of the stilt houses which sit upon it, and enjoy the fresh cool breeze from the river. Afterwards, visit district 4, also known as the smallest district in Saigon, a small island surrounded by Saigon River. Then enjoy BBQ seafood on BBQ Street where many famous seafood restaurants rise up and attract thousands of guests coming here every night to enjoy dinner and share beautiful moments with their families and friends.  Then, finish the tour with a drive back to your hotel. 

Ho Chi Minh: Private City Night Tour and Dinner Cruise

6. 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 City: Private Street Food Motorbike Tour

7. 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.

Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

8. Ho Chi Minh City Night Tour: Bitexco Tower and Dinner Cruise

Start your tour with pick-up at 5:00 PM from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Head to the Saigon Sky Deck, a towering modern glass and metal structure. With nearly 70 floors, this is the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh City, and the third tallest in Vietnam. While the majority of Bitexco Financial Tower is dedicated to business and commercial use, it’s also home to the city’s first heli-pad, a world-class restaurant and an observation deck that offers some of the most impressive views of the city.   Hop aboard the high-speed elevator to the 50th and 52nd floor, where a bar and coffee shop showcase 360-degree spectacular views of city streets, rivers, and Ho Chi Minh architecture. Buy a beverage and relax as you unwind.   At 7:15 PM, transfer to the cruise point for your evening dinner cruise. Aboard the cruise ship, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set meal while enjoying more breathtaking views of the city. See the glimmering lights on the reflection of the water as you cruise along Saigon River – a fantastic way to end your evening.  

From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

9. From Ho Chi Minh: Mekong Delta Private Day Tour

After being picked up from your hotel at 8:00 AM by your private car and tour guide, drive for 2-hours out of Saigon to the port. Take a leisurely cruise on the Tien River to see 4 islets which are represented as four mythical animals in Southeast Asia: Dragon, Kirin, Tortoise, and Phoenix. Visit a honey bee farm and taste a delicious honey tea with lemon known for its health properties. If you are feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to stop at a local python farm. Continue to a coconut candy workshop to see how the delicious candies are made by hand. Next, listen to some Don Ca Tai Tu, a genre of traditional folk music. Relax on a rowing boat cruise as you journey through a mangrove palm canal. Continue the trip with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village to experience the way locals traveled in the 19th-century. Finally, head to the Vinh Trang Pagoda in My Tho Town. This ancient building is considered to be the biggest and oldest pagoda in southern Vietnam and was influenced by Asian and Western architecture and culture. End the tour at around 5:00 PM where you will be returned to Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

10. Ho Chi Minh City: Water Puppet Show and Dinner Cruise

Treat yourself to a fantastic night out in Ho Chi Minh City. See a traditional Vietnamese Water Puppet performance, and delight in live folk music and native dancing. Visit some of the city's highlights by motorbike, and relish a sumptuous meal as you cruise along the Saigon River. Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel at 5:15 PM, and take a motorbike tour of some of Ho Chi Minh's main attractions. Head to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre at 6:30 PM for an entertaining puppet show, accompanied by live, traditional music. Next, transfer with your guide to the cruise port, and begin your journey along the Saigon River at 7:45 PM. Admire the views of Ho Chi Minh City by night from your cruise, and dine on tasty, Vietnamese food. The cruise ends at around 9:15 PM, and your driver will then drop you off back at your hotel. If you would prefer to do the tour by private car, rather than on a motorbike, there is an additional cost of $30.

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

The motorbike trip was the highlight of the evening for us, to see where the Vietnamese people live and experience the chaos of driving in the city is not to be missed!! We ate on the Indochina Queen, food was a set menu but very nice and some great views of the city on route. Our guide Tony from Saigon Adventure was brilliant and included some additional stops including learning about the Burning Monk. Would definitely recommend

We had a very nice and very informative evening with Gracie on our street food tour, which we can really recommend to you because you get to know places outside of District 1 and are well fed in real food stalls. We can 100% recommend this tour - definitely bring plenty of appetite

So enjoyable. From being on the moped, to the food, seeing the city at night and learning about the culture. This was a great tour. Our guides were lovely also with very good English, Hoa and Mina.

The tour was great. I learned a lot of new things that I probably would never have experienced without the tour. So would definitely recommend the tour! Thank you Navin :)

Charles and Tony were super nice, open-minded and enthusiastic guides, it was a real pleasure!