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Saigon Street Food and Night Market Excursion Tour in Ho Chi Minh

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Saigon has been known to be a master of culinary delights. Get right down to the soul of this beast of a food city and spend three hours eating like a local. It may seem like non-stop culinary decadence because that's just what it is.

Highlights
  • Indulge in the dishes that have made Southern Vietnamese cuisine famous around the world
  • Mingle with locals over market fare, Saigonese coffee and street beer
  • Experience Saigon's history and multi-culturalism through its food
  • Explore hidden alleys and get off the beaten track to see Saigon in a way few tourists do
  • See Saigon as the sun goes down and reveals a vibrant and delicious night scene

Description

We all know Vietnam is an absolute legend when it comes to street food and if you want to make the most of your stay here, you'll want to head out with an in-the-know local to pick out the best of the best of Saigon's street food. Put your eating pants on and follow us!

Our Saigon food tour kicks off with a short walk from the Opera House to the Old Market, passing architecture that transports you back in time with glimpses of the city's past.

Don't be fooled by its name - the forty year old 'Old Market' isn't home to antiques. Instead, it's full of food! Dozens of street vendors tempt locals with beloved local favorites like fresh spring rolls, green papaya salad, and Vietnamese savory steamed rice cakes, just to name a few. Here, sample some authentic local appetizers, inhaling the spicy flavors of the street stalls, and watch as local life unfolds before your eyes in the heart of Saigon.

Make your way to Mong Bridge for a unique view of a intersection of life in Saigon: watching the flow of the river at sunset, the stream of traffic at rush hour, and the juxtaposition of historical periods played out in the architecture. Cool, relaxing, and perhaps even romantic, indulge in what just might be the most famous of Saigon's street food: banh mi! This really is classic Saigon, so eat it up - it doesn't get much better than this!

It wouldn't be a true local experience without enjoying coffee the way Saigonese coffee aficionados do on a daily basis. Head to a popular local hem of Saigon and within it is a gourmet coffee haven. We'll show you the local style of taking your coffee and you'll feel right at home!

Next up on our Saigon food adventure is another one of the city's iconic street food dishes: com tam. This dish is one of the most popular and preferred dishes by Southerners and you can find it everywhere from street stalls to fancy restaurants. What makes it so beloved is that the ingredients are so strikingly simple, yet the tastes and flavors are truly unforgettable.

From com tam we head for the Ben Thanh Night Market to pick up a Vietnamese che dessert; a sweet soup-pudding-beverage hybrid that's crazy popular with locals.

Cap off our Saigon street food tour with street beer! At this street beer stall we'll outfit you with a cold Saigon beer and the chance to mingle with locals. Your local guide will be happy to provide tips for exploring the area further or assist you in getting a taxi back to your accommodation.

Includes

  • One (1) coffee

  • One (1) beer

  • Meal (refer to the details in the schedule)

  • English-speaking guide
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Saigon Street Food and Night Market Excursion Tour in Ho Chi Minh

Duration: 4 - 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: One (1) coffee / One (1) beer / Meal (refer to the details in the schedule) / English-speaking guide

Our guide was Queenie. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable. We visited six locations that we would never have found on our own and feasted on food that we would never have ordered.

Everything was exceptional.

Graeme Baillie

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Schedule

  • 16:45

    Check-in at Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum

  • 17:00

    Whet Your Appetite

    Start off your gastronomic journey with some famous local appetizers such as chao muc (squid porridge) and xa xui (Cantonese barbecued pork). Watch the city come alive at night as you inhale the spicy flavors of the street stalls around you.

  • Nostalgic Streetfood

    Head over to the corner of Nguyen Cong Tru and Calmette and try a unique Vietnamese street food that triggers nostalgia in many Saigonese, banh bo banh tieu. Let the interesting combination of street donut and gelatinous cake tickle your taste buds.

  • Calmette and Yesrin

    As you digest your donut, chew on some facts about Louis Pasteur's two disciples who contributed significantly to the Vietnamese health system.

  • Goddess of the Sea

    Pass by the Chua Ba Thien Hau (Goddess of the Sea), a former Chinese community house that pays homage to Chinese immigration to Saigon.

  • Saigonese Coffee at a Quaint Cafe

    Enjoy coffee the way local aficionados do at a popular local hem which serves excellent gourmet cafe.

  • Southern Dishes

    Try some ha cao (Chinese-style dimsum), bo bia (Saigonese spring roll) and bo cuon mo chai (barbecued beef meatballs). Delight in the simple yet unforgettably flavorful iconic street foods beloved by southerners.

  • Dessert

    Continue to Bui Vien and taste for yourself why the locals are going bananas for a modern version of the traditional fried banana dessert.

  • Converse with Locals

    To cap off the day, cold street beer is served while guests get the opportunity to mingle with locals.

  • 20:30-21:00

    Tour Ends at Bui Vien Pedestrian Street

  • (For Check-In) Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum (Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum‎, Phó Đức Chính, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bìn, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) Time: 16:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) Bui Vien pedestrian street Time: 20:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum (Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum‎, Phó Đức Chính, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bìn, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) Time: 16:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Bui Vien pedestrian street Time: 20:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
  • Please inform your guide of any food allergies or restrictions you may have. Unfortunately, vegetarians/vegans cannot be catered for. Please note that meals are also subject to change and the guide will be making adjustments on the spot.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

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Reviews

Our guide was Queenie. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable. We visited six locations that we would never have found on our own and feast...ed on food that we would never have ordered.

Everything was exceptional.
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Graeme Baillie

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 16:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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