Taste of The Street (night tour)

Cost: $72 / person, as a part of a group

Inclusion: Guide, Saigon Riders motorcycles, entrance fees, a great insight into the contrasting lifestyles of Sai Gon, free flowing beer and soft drinks, all street food you can eat.

Duration: 4 - 4.5 hrs. Tour starts daily at 5.00 pm

Somewhere in the cacophony of scooter and motor vehicle traffic, not far from the modern downtown, many locals still live a more traditional lifestyle, a witness to the drive toward modernisation that is taking place around them. This street food tour explores the contrasts of living in today's Saigon. We'll take you away from the comforts of District 1 and show you some of the other things that make up life in Saigon.

Full Itinerary:

Sandwiched between stops highlighting some of the contrasts of city life, we'll be making some gastronomic pit stops so that you can experience the seductiveness and variety of Vietnamese street food.

Not just the standards like Pho and Banh Mi rolls, but street food that the locals venture out for in the evenings

Riding pillion with Saigon Riders, we will take you on a tour of the city that will touch on some of the historical antecedents to modern Saigon as well as delving into some of the everyday traditional lifestyle of the Saigonese.

After picking you up from your hotel, you'll be whisked to your first stop at the roof-top bar of a classy hotel by the Saigon River. This will give you a splendid panoramic view across the cityscape and the river. Let's warm the night up with 1 quick drink (beer or mocktail or smoothy) before commencing our street food tour proper.

Moving across the city centre, we'll pay a visit to the home of an admirable family that installed a secret bunker in their house to hide ammunition for suicide attacks on the Presidential palace. After absorbing the audacity displayed by Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive, we'll venture next door for a local barbecue place. Amongst other things, you'll have delicious "Banh hoi thit nuong" for the first course. Banh hoi are extremely thin rice noodles, light, fluffy, and woven into intricate bundles or mats. The banh hoi is served layered on a plate and topped by thit nuong, the ubiquitous smoky grilled pork that is the hallmark of many street side barbeques. This street food is accompanied by nem ran (spring rolls) and a range of sides. For non-pork eater, "Bo la lop" (grilled beef rolled in pepper leaf) is alternative choice.

Next, we will continue on by riding flashy roads zigzagging through many small business areas to Chinatown. After that we'll head to District 8 to explore the low land with its many small stilt houses located along the canal to the Saigon river. This area is worth exploring to see the way of life for the many immigrants to this city and to see how they go about acclimatising to the conditions here. We stop on the way for a drink and a closer look the local life along the canal. It will amaze you and will be a real contrast to the comfortable life in a newly built luxury residences in district 7.

Last stop of this street food tour is to venture into District 4 and taste the range of superb barbecued seafood and exotic food on offer, amongst the locals à la sidewalk in low plastic chairs and tables. You will get the chance to show off your chef skills as you cook your food at your table. We are just a stones throw away from where we started, but sitting and eating street side amongst the locals, you'll get a great appreciation of the contrasts that make up this city.

Hey, we are here for you. If barbequed seafood is not to your street food liking, or if there is something else exotic that you have a desire to taste, let us know and we easily can adapt the foodie side of things. There is just to so much to taste in Sai Gon and we hope that this tour will make it a little more accessible to you.

This tour calls for adventurous tastebuds (but we won't force you to eat everything!) and a strong backside. Sturdy outdoor clothing and footwear is recommended.

Tip for driver, guide is appreciated.