This is part street food extravaganza and part night tour of Saigon. You get to experience the vibrant nightlife of Saigon the way locals do, from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter.
Stops include a traditional ‘quan’ where locals congregate for their main evening meal with friends and family. Sample the street food for which Vietnam is rightly famous and also visit a Vietnamese-style coffee shop, wrapping the evening up at one of the city’s predominantly local clubs where live acoustic music is played.
The tour begins at 6pm when your Vespa (with driver – you ride pillion!) will pick up at your hotel before diving in to the buzzing streets. Its not remotely as terrifying as it sounds. The city comes alive after sundown and people congregate on sidewalks, parks and all over the city at the end of each day.
Do not eat before you head out. Indeed, skip lunch to build your appetite – you’ll need it. It is important that you don’t overeat at the first stop (however tempting that may be), as there is plenty yet to discover later in the tour. Food follows food! The first stop is only to sample some light evening pre-dinner snacks, before continuing to a traditional ‘bia hoi’ for several dinner courses and drinks. You get to sample of Saigon’s best authentic street food, accompanied by your guide and Vespa driver. There is so much to taste, some can be rather quirky, but it’s all delicious.
An evening out in Ho Chi Minh City is not complete without a visit to a Vietnamese-style coffee shop. Then, wrap up the evening at one of the many local acoustic music clubs, where the new generation of Vietnamese cool-kids like to unwind. This tour usually will get you back to the hotel for 10pm…’ish’.