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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

This tour is run by Saigon Adventure - Top #2 on TripAdvisor with over 4.100 reviews. 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. Hop on the scooter and join into the crowded roundabout and Saigon crazy traffic on the back of your scooter. Take in this unique atmosphere and create unforgettable memories of Saigon. First, you'll ride to Chinatown and visit an evening local market. The next stop will visit 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 fashion streets and food vendors. After taking in some unbeatable views from your scooter, stop at a local food place for Bun Bo Hue (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 seafood spot. Sit at a small table and chair and have a great chat with your tour guide. Get to know more about the local life and the ingredients of Vietnamese cuisine. Our 10 tastings menu: 1. Banh Xeo - The Mekong Delta’s rice pancake with a lot of fresh Vietnamese vegetables 2. Banh Khot - Mini pancake with Shrimp and pork 3. Beef Noodle Soup Hue Style - Not Pho that you can find everywhere 4. Cold sugar cane juice with passion fruit 5. Bánh Mì - The most well-known baguette in the world with sausage, butter, meat.. 6. Vietnamese Pizza - a good mix of melted butter, cheese, egg & sausage 7. Crispy Banana cracker 8. Jasmine tea 9. Fresh Spring Roll with Shrimp & pork 10. Enjoy a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour

3. 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.

Private Vegan Food Tour By Scooter in Ho Chi Minh City

4. Private Vegan Food Tour By Scooter in Ho Chi Minh City

Meet your guide at your accommodation at 5:30 PM and set off right away on the back of a motorbike. Get ready to experience the insane Vietnam traffic! The only thing that really stands between you and some awesome vegan food is the ‘daily-dice-with-death’ traffic situation, but don't worry, your guide is an experienced driver and will calmly lead you through the traffic. Your first stop is in District 3, a hip new spot with a relaxed, historical environment all around. Here you’ll kick the tour off with a famous story about a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk who burned himself for protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. After learning about the history of the people of Saigon, head up to a local vegan restaurant, a calm spot combined with nostalgic vibes, where you’ll savor "Banh Xeo" - vegan Vietnamese rice pancake served with fresh vegetables.   Coming over District 10 then going off-the-beaten-path and diving into Saigon’s deep-rooted culture. Visit a true maze of the biggest wholesale flower market and a local market inside to have an authentic local experience in hidden alleys by grilling banana crispy crackers and local hangouts that you should not miss out on. Don’t get too comfy among the cushions as we’ve got to hurry to experience the highest pagoda of the city "Viet Nam Quoc Tu" located in a quiet space with its spectacular architecture before closing! From there, cross the road to the most famous restaurant in Saigon to sample vegan food. At the peak of culinary innovation, let your senses run wild with carefully planned Vietnamese dishes featuring sustainable ingredients and sip on your old-fashioned water or vegan beer. Drive to District 5 and pass the local streets of the nightlife. Take a spin around on the journey along the banks of the Saigon River in District 4 - The perfect time to cross the bridge to Saigon’s bustling night scene. After getting a welcoming breeze from the back of the bike, we’ll finish you off with a sweet treat such as smoothies or a dish of fresh fruit.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

5. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Motorbike Local Street Food Tour

Following a fun ride on the back of your scooter, your first stop is a beef noodle soup called Bun Bo Hue. Following this soup, you will sample Vietnamese savory crispy pancakes at district 3 in a hidden eatery. The third stop is in district 10, where in the middle of a colorful wholesale flower market you will experience how to make steamed rice rolls. Afterwards, try out one of the rolls with fresh herbs, sauce and a sugarcane juice. Hop on the scooter and get to another area to enjoy the most popular street food in Vietnam, Banh My. This food is listed as the number one street food that Vietnamese people eat almost every day, due mainly to its convenience and great taste. Afterwards, you will drive over Nguyen Van Cu Bridge to admire the whole view of Saigon, you will see some stilt houses along the way and enjoy the fresh cool breeze from the river. More food is coming, and you will stop at district 4 and sit on plastic chairs among many locals at a local eatery to have grilled pork with noodles, herbs and vegetables. The last top will be at a place for dessert, where you can have flan cakes or a coconut ice cream as an option. After this unique journey through local flavor, you will be dropped back at your nearby hotel.

Saigon: Night Food Tour by Motorbike

6. Saigon: Night 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 City: Saigon by Night Food and Sightseeing Tour

7. 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: Hidden Gems City Scooter Tour

8. Ho Chi Minh City: Hidden Gems City Scooter Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, your tour will begin with a visit to the burning monk monument. From there you will visit the oldest condo in the area, where you will learn more about the local lifestyle. Next, you will visit the oldest coffee shop in town, where you will be able to enjoy some authentic Vietnamese coffee. Following that, you will visit the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and the Khmer Market. You will then pass by the Tan Thanh motorbike accessories street, as well as Soai Kinh Lam Fabric Town. Towards the end of your tour, you will encounter the Thien Hau Temple, before enjoying some local food (such as Banh Trang Nuong or Banh Xeo). After your experience, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Vintage Vespa Nightlife Tour

9. Ho Chi Minh City: Vintage Vespa Nightlife Tour

Your interesting tour will begin as the sun begins to set. You will start by discovering some of the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with Chinatown. You will then see Luong Nhu Hoc which is a beautiful street containing plenty of lanterns. Following that, you can peruse the decorative items on Hai Thuong Lang Ong Street, which sells fireworks, lanterns, and plenty of other cute items. Next up, enjoy a dinner consisting of some traditional Vietnamese food. You will then visit the Ho Thi Ky Flower Market, which is the biggest flower market in Ho Chi Minh City. Following the flower market you will have chance to discover another part of this big city, as you explore the Saigon River at night. This tour gives you a completely different experience to other day tours. You will visit popular place in Ho Chi Minh City that most tourists don’t frequent. Outside of the scenery you can learn more about local life and culture, as you see the people of Ho Chi Minh City gather, eat street food, drink coffee, and socialize. Finally, you will have the chance to discover another part of this big city, as you pass through the Thu Thiem Tunnel.

Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon Flavors Private Walking Food Tour

10. Ho Chi Minh City: Saigon Flavors Private Walking Food Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, travel by taxi or motorbike to experience the buzz of the nightlife and the city's most exciting street food scenes. Join the locals in the busy night markets to sample an array of tasty dishes, such as beef noodle soup, grilled pork with rice noodle, and Vietnamese pancake (banh xeo) with herbs and sauce. Quench your thirst with a refreshing sugar cane drink, and enjoy a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant. Try a traditional banh mi sandwich at a famous restaurant, and indulge your sweet tooth with a sweet soup or ice cream dessert. Then, see some of most significant cultural landmarks of the historic city center, such as the apartment terraces built in 1968 for the Tet Offensive. Go to the biggest night flower market, and lose yourself in the maze-like back streets. 

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What people are saying about Ho Chi Minh City

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 613 reviews

Book this tour! We have traveled around the world and done our share of food tours, but this definitely is one of the best we have ever done. Tonya and Alex (guides) were delightful, personable, and eager to share their knowledge and experiences with us. They also showed us the hidden gems that tourists otherwise wouldn’t be able see. Instead of taking us to tourist traps, they took us to different districts where locals eat and hang out. The food was absolutely delicious (be sure to pace yourselves—we were stuffed!) and the tour also sprinkled in other cultural aspects, such as seeing a old neighborhoods, apartments, and flower markets. Riding on the back of the motorbikes gave us a cool glimpse of how many locals commute and navigate through the crazy traffic! We would do this all over again for this very experience!

Don't wait, sign up now! My guide was a tiny build biker name Bien from Street Food Man, and she is a total rockstar!!! The ride throughout was steady and comfortable, you are in safe and good hands. The quality of the street food was awesome and way beyond my expectation! Beef stew was my favourite, coconut ice cream was the other. Ask if your guide knows about the "mentos" flavour when you hangout at the bành xèo place, otherwise consult Bien (wink). I had a smashing time, totally recommend this and will definitely do it again when I am back in the city!!

My partner and I did the vegan street food tour and had such a wonderful experience with our lovely tour guides Phuong and Lisa! They were incredibly friendly and offered deep insight into Vietnamese culture and stories behind the food we ate. Not only did the food taste great but we also got to see a side of Ho Chi Minh City that we would not have otherwise seen. We highly recommend the tour. Thanks again Phuong and Lisa!

This is the perfect tour for trying the local food. I felt extremely safe on the back of the bike and you have a personal guide. They were also willing to tailor it to your needs. I had amazing guide who was very knowledgeable and they take you to historical and cultural landmarks between good so that the previous food can go down.

It was a fantastic tour getting to know Ho Chi Minh City. Bien and Billy picked us up at the hotel and took us 4.5 hours more through the city. They speak super good English, which makes the tour nice. The food is all super tasty and they take any allergies into account. In a word FANTASTIC!