Saigon in Vietnam, also known as Ho Chi Minh is a busy and vibrant city in the south of Vietnam. Close to the Cambodian boarder, it welcomes many tourists all year long and is famous for the pivotal role it played in the Vietnam War
Among different activities, the private motorbike tour is a great way to discover the city and have a local experience. The tour was great especially because it felt so private. I felt like 2 friends were taking us on a ride to know more about their city. It was very personal and allowed us feel like locals. Through my Instagram page, a girl who was also traveling in Asia saw that I was in Saigon. She kindly reached out to me and gave me the contact info of this guy living in the city who offered night tours. I sent him an email and negotiated for a day tour. He answered quickly and soon enough, we were set for the next day!
We got picked up at twelve by Han Phan and his colleague on 2 different motorbikes. We jumped on and it was time for the adventure to start.Han Phan explained that he works in marketing and that taking tourists around the city was his part time job.
Traveling on motorbikes was so much fun! Busy Ho chi Minh city has never seemed so vibrant. The noises, the chaos, the heat, they all combined perfectly to create the scenery we could witness so well on the back of these motorbikes.
Our first stop was the Notre Dame Cathedral next tot he post office. Our guide told us about the history, the french occupation, Ho chi Minh’s reign and answered our questions. We could not go inside the cathedral but staying outside was just good. We could see the similarities with the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. Inside the post office, souvenirs are quite expensive. This is due to the fact that it is a touristic site. I advise not to shop there but simply walk around and listen to the guide’s explanations.
Next stop was a pagoda where we learned about the local’s traditions and beliefs.
Then we were dropped at a flower shop street. Many shops were next to each other and we could see different types of flowers. Of course I had to snap a picture of my favorites
They then drove us to the China Town where we had some good tea in the streets and visited a local shop. Tea was naturally sweetened with honey and made my stomach, who was a little upset in the morning, feel much better.
Then it was time for some lunch. It was hard to decide what we wanted. But a friend of mine told me that I absolutely needed to try the Pho Vietnamese Noodle soup. Our drivers took us to a small local place and it was simply perfect! Only locals were sitting eating their soup, which is a proof that the place is authentic, good and cheap! The soup was delicious! It was my first time having it and I am glad this first was with the real deal.
We then stopped on the sidewalk for dumplings. The place was just opening as we arrived so dumplings were fresh! I am not a crazy dumpling fan so about 3-4 were enough for me.
After a 20 minute ride to an area where we saw the city council, some fancy shops and restaurants. We ended the tour and got dropped of at the hotel.
If you are in Saigon or planing on going to Saigon, contact Han Phan (on the right) for a great experience: firstname.lastname@example.org
He is professional, with a good dose of laidback and freindly. I
The tour lasts about 3-4 hours and you won’t regret it. If you do, do not hesitate to share picture with me!I am available for any further information.
A Travel Lover