Ho Chi Minh City, is considered by many as one of the best cities in the world to go on a street food tour. Not surprisingly, travelers have become overwhelmed by the number of companies to choose from. So which tours are the best? We’ve put together a list of the top five food tours in Ho Chi Minh City-based on service, price, and general traveler feedback.
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A.N Saigon | Scooter Tour with Local Students
Founded two years ago by two local Saigonese students, A.N Saigon food tour always delivers plenty of energy and fun on all of their tours. All the guides are local students that are enthusiastic about showing visitors their awesome cuisine and do their best to answer any questions you may have regarding Vietnam.
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The guys in A.N Saigon want to give you the best that Saigon has to offer, and preferably want to take you away from the tourist crowds. Expect to make roughly five stops on tour, sampling something tasty at each stop.
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The food includes the Saigon classics such as Banh Xeo (savory Vietnamese pancake), Spring Rolls, and more. The tour also includes a stop at the lovely Saigon flower market.
For travelers seeking a fun and light night out, booking with A.N Saigon is the recommended way to go.
Saigon Food Tour Co. | Street food Scooter tour
Founded in 2014, Saigon Food Tour is on a mission to show truly local Saigonese food to visitors while giving back to the local community. For each tour they sell, they pledge to give one meal to the ones who need it the most.
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Saigon Food Tour promises an informative and tasty night out on the back of their scooters navigating the more hidden parts of Saigon. The four and a half hour tour will take you to 5 different districts in Saigon and let you sample 10-15 tasty dishes.
The selling point for Saigon Food Tour is undoubtedly the quality and experience of the guides. They are well versed in the history of Vietnam and capable of striking up a conversation about anything.
I Love Vietnam Tour | Dinner Cruise and Bitexco Tower
For those seeking a more refined and relaxing way to sample the best that Vietnam has to offer, the dinner cruise tour is the way to go.
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Operated by I Love Vietnam Tour, an all-female motorbike tour operator founded in Hue. They are passionate about delivering memorable experiences to their clients, and they work in close partnership with several charities in Vietnam.
You will begin this tour by going up to the 50th floor of the Bitexco tower overlooking all of Ho Chi Minh City. After that, you will be escorted to the pier where you will board your dinner cruise.
You will spend the evening cruising along the Saigon River while enjoying a decadent four-course dinner offering the best flavors of the region.
Saigon Adventure | Authentic Scooter Experience
Saigon Adventure is another established street food tour operator that has built up a terrific reputation in recent years. They are known for being very flexible and willing to customize the tour to whatever needs you may have.
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As well as being gastronomical experts when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine, the guides at Saigon Adventure are astute when it comes to all things related to Vietnam.
With over three thousand reviews on TripAdvisor, it is one of the most booked operators in Saigon. They also offer a 10% discount if you book a tour for three days in advance.
XO Food Tours
The original female motorbike tour operator, XO Food Tours, is a pioneer when it comes to food tours in Vietnam. They place great emphasis on having the best-trained guides and delivering the highest quality experience.
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Expect to pay a slightly higher rate than other operators, primarily due to brand recognition and the fact that they only employ licensed tour guides and not students.
Recently listed as one of the top 9 food tours in the world by Forbes, XO has undoubtedly done a fantastic job of building up a reputation for excellence in recent years.
The tour will give you a taste of the best of the best when it comes to street food in Ho Chi Minh City.
Back of the Bike Tours
Capping off the list, Back of the bike tours takes the number one spot of the best food tours in Ho Chi Minh City. In its several years of existence, it has amazingly not received one review that was not five stars.
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They take great pride in employing the best of the best when it comes to guides in Vietnam. Praised when it comes to consistency and organization, they are most likely the most reliable company to choose from.
The tour will take you to five carefully selected vendors throughout the city. The menu often changes depending on whats in season.
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With the rapid increase in tourist arrivals, a plethora of tour operators have emerged, be aware that they vary significantly in quality. Many of them are operating without tour licenses, so be sure to verify them online beforehand.