When you arrive in Tan Son Nhat airport, you will be picked up by a driver and transfered to your hotel. Check-in time is at 12:00, you may get the room earlier if it's available. Just relax or have an easy walk around the area. To be able to pick you up, don't forget to tell us your time of arrival.
Accommodation: Saigon Odyssey Hotel
This tour begins around sunrise when the air is fresh. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 07:00 to see the city waking up (if you haven't booked your hotel through us, please give us the name and address at least 72 hours in advance). Street sweepers are doing their calm work on the street, street food vendors are getting ready for serving breakfast to people passing by, motorbike taxi drivers are waiting for first customer.
If you haven't had breakfast at the hotel yet, we will stop at a food stall to fill your empty stomach with a yummy dish. Entertain yourself like the locals in the park, listening to beautiful bird song while sipping famous Saigon coffee.
On the biggest flower market in Saigon the flower shops are lined up along the street in front of the local homes The alley between the flower stalls is narrow, just wide enough for scooters and motorbikes to pass through.
We continue by weaving the main roads. It's time to see the crazy traffic with people hurrying to reach their work places and universities. Your driver will take you through the back alleys of Saigon, including unique alleys such as graffiti and celeb alleys and the well-known streets of Saigon; painting streets, old books' streets, fashion streets. Driving through the narrow streets you will see people getting ready for the day ahead or sitting at small drinking stalls or in front of their houses in plastic chairs, drinking coffee, reading newspapers and having a chat with their neighbors in the morning. This is how most people live in Saigon.
Stroll through a local wet market where you can see how locals sell and buy products and interact with each other. You are free to ask about any strange thing there. taste samples of delicious street foods: rice noodle soup, Vietnamese pancake, soup cake, sweet soups, coconut jelly, mixed rice paper salad... and enjoy cool drinks: sugar cane juice, coconut water?? Your tour guide will tell you stories about the food and how to make it. bargain with the locals and take some delicious fruit with you. And let your guide help you if you want to buy something to bring home.
The last stop will be a very special self service cafe with ancient design, hundreds of multi coloured windows and rows of green trees that will ease the intensive heat of summer in Saigon.
Your guide will drive you back to your hotel at 11:00AM.
In the afternoon, your driver and guide will pick you up at 17:30. Experience Saigon while the sun is going down, sitting behind your driver on the scooter. Enjoy the view, smell and sound of this stunning city. On the tour you will learn more about authentic Vietnamese cuisine and culture. Listen to vendors' stories about the food and try a bowl of pho, the Vietnamese rice noodle soup while the air it's getting cooler. Your guide will show you how the Vietnamese use the spoon and chopsticks.
Two addicting snacks to try are rice paper salad and Vietnamese pizza. This is what the young people of Saigon eat,
and you can find both everywhere in the city's food stalls. Try one of the many snails from the snail stall and make your choise of cooking method. Do you prefer your snail grilled with salt, grilled with chopped green onion oil, stir-fried with coconut milk or dry stir-fried with salt and chili? Snail eating is an important part of Saigon culture.
Nhau, Vietnamese beer food, is part of everyday life and definitely something for you to try. Vietnam is one of the countries consuming the highest amount of beer in the world. Having a beer is a way for young people in Saigon to relax after a hard day of work. They will go with co-workers and friends or as couples, sitting outside at sidewalk cafes in the afternoon or late at night.
Your guide will take you to different food stall to have a taste of the best Saigon street foods. There are various things for your choice: Vietnamese pancake, stuffed rice pancake, broken rice with grilled pork ??
The great way to end this amazing food tour is going for a sample of delicious Vietnamese sweet soup and coconut jelly. Your guide will drive you back to the hotel at 21:30 PM.
Meals: breakfast at hotel and street food on scooter tour
Accommodation: Saigon Odyssey Hotel
Have an easy morning until you check out from your hotel around noon. If you need inspiration or information, transport or more explorations for your days ahead, please feel free to contact us.
Meals: breakfast at hotel