It’s true that Ho Chi Minh city (or Saigon) is a paradise of street foods where people love to eat, love to talk about foods and love to cook. Foods are full of the streets at food stalls, at shoulder poles and in metal rolling carts, on motorbikes and bicycles. Some vendors put foods in a basket and walk around to sell them. The smell of foods spreads everywhere in the morning, afternoon and evening. The sound of eating is everywhere because Vietnamese people often have leisurely chat while eating. It would be a big miss if you don’t join a Saigon Food Tour by motorbike on your travel to Vietnam. I’m going to share 5 reasons why you should take a food tour in Ho Chi Minh city.
1. Taste best Vietnamese foods which couldn’t be found out of Vietnam
Vietnamese foods are delicious and we have many authentic dishes. There are hundreds of foods for you to enjoy such as Banh Mi, Broken rice, Noodle Soups, Sweet soup, Stuffed pancake… The list of flavorful dishes in Saigon is endless so I don’t want to waste your time reading. You can read more about 50 Best Foods In Ho Chi Minh City in my other post here.
On food tours, the foods and places to eat are researched meticulously by experts. Vietnamese foods are delicious only when you eat them in the right places. The program will ensure the guests sample the most special foods at the most popular eating places. Some of the food stalls in Saigon serve cheap and dirty foods and it’s unsafe for you to eat. The food offered by travel company is quite good. Certainly, no one knows where to eat the best foods better than locals. They may take you to some places that aren’t written in any guide book or on any blog site.
2. Listen to food history, stories and culture
Food tour isn’t an eating tour on which you only eat and drink. You will have a chance to learn more about our authentic cuisine. The guide not only takes you to the eating places to taste the foods but also tells you about food’s history and food’s stories. They will help you to enjoy the dish like locals do and explain to you how to cook the dish, how to choose ingredients.
In Saigon where food has become an important part of city’s culture when you learn more about foods, you learn more about culture. Have you ever heard about “snail eating” culture? It’s a hard gem that you shouldn’t miss when you travel to Saigon. There are numerous tasty snail dishes such as stir-fried mud creeper in coconut milk, grilled sweet snail with chili, dry-fried gun snail with salt and chili… Saigon people usually gather at snail stalls to enjoy snail dishes and drink some beers with their friends and families.
3. Explore the hidden Saigon
On classic tours, travelers will visit top tourist attractions in the city such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office, Ben Thanh market, China Town… They only know main roads in District 1 and District 5 with many luxury restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. However, most of them don’t see the hidden city in which locals live, work, eat and have fun. The Saigon food tour by motorbike is the only way to enjoy the city to its fullest.
On the Saigon food tour by motorbike, the guide will take you to local wet markets, special streets and back alleys. At wet market, you will be surprised at lively animals, tropical fruits, commodities and see how Vietnamese women buy ingredients to cook for their families. A noteworthy is that people drive motorbikes through the market to buy things. Fashion shops are almost full of the approximately 7 km long Nguyen Trai street. Located near Ben Thanh market, Tran Cong Kieu street is special for that all houses make their living selling antique. Book streets, graffiti streets, celeb street, furniture street… are interesting things you should see on your trip to Saigon.
In addition, there are many long standing food shops and food stalls in less wandered districts. If you come there, you will sample delicious Vietnamese foods with secret recipes and listen to their stories. It’s totally different from that you enjoy a meal at an expensive restaurant, no one tells you anything about the foods, recipes and culture. Most of these food stalls are always crowded with customers although they are located at hidden corners. It doesn’t matter because Vietnamese people are pleased to wait for their favorite foods.
4. Make you like locals
Do you feel like locals while joining tours to top tourist attractions? On those tours, you only interact with tour guides and other tourists like you. You will listen to the knowledge you can read in guide books or in the internet. You are a foreigner who comes to our city to visit iconic sights, learn more about history and culture. On the Saigon food tour by motorbike, tour guides will make you like locals by driving you around the city and have fun as Saigon people do. Some foreigners aren’t familiar with eating on the pavements but it’s popular in Vietnam. Let’s immerse yourself into the unique life in Saigon and it will be a beautiful memory when you come back home.
5. Maximize your traveling time
If you research where to eat the best foods in Ho Chi Minh city and want to go for eating yourself, it will take you a lot of time. The normal duration of a Saigon food tour is approximately 4-5 hours and they will take you to about 4-6 places to eat. It’s convenient and safe to travel by motorbike in Ho Chi Minh city where the traffic system is unique with a huge network of crowded main roads and narrow, quiet alleys. Motorbike is the fastest way to weave the street and you can stop anywhere to see, touch, smell, eat on the way. There’s no waste of time to find a parking lot as in developed countries.
Tips for you to book a Saigon food tour by motorbike:
Today Saigon food tours are popular and operated by many travel companies in the city. You have a wide range of choices from morning tour to night tour with different tour programs. So that please be wise to choose one for you and your party.
It’s cool to enjoy their meals under the star in the evening. A Saigon food tour by night will be a good choice because Saigon is more splendid and beautiful after the sun goes down. It’s time when locals go out after a hard-working day. A variety of night food stalls open for their business. The sight, sound and smell are really amazing and you surely never regret it.
A morning food tour will give you the opportunity to experience how a new day starts in this hustle and bustle city and taste the best foods for breakfast such as Broken rice, Banh Mi, Pho, Hue beef noodle soup, Steamed sticky rice… You also can sip some coffee at a plastic table on the street while looking at the crowded traffic on the roads with many people driving motorbikes to the offices, universities, factories…
Another recommendation for those who haven’t much time in Saigon is a Saigon sightseeing tour & street food, which is a perfect blend of Saigon sightseeing tour and Saigon food tour. You will have a chance to visit must-see tourist attractions and hidden corners while tasting the best street foods like locals.
It’s a good idea to book a Saigon food tour in the morning and do the half-day Cu Chi Tunnels tour in the afternoon or in the opposite way. Another choice is joining the Saigon food tour at night after your full-day Mekong Delta tour.
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