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Saigon's Hidden Flavors - Private Street Food Walk with Local Students provided by Saigon Back Alley Tours

Saigon's Hidden Flavors - Private Street Food Walk with Local Students

Saigon's Hidden Flavors - Private Street Food Walk with Local Students
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Tour snapshot
Get the inside scoop on the food of Ho Chi Minh City during a private tour
Duration:
4h
Hotel pickup offered
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Delve deeper into the culinary scene of Vietnam during a private food and walking tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Opting for a private tour means you’ll have the freedom to tailor your itinerary to your dietary requirements and preferences, and receive personalized food recommendations to last the rest of your vacation.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Benefit from the undivided attention of your private guide
  • Students lead the tours for local insight into the area
  • Explore like a local rather than a first-time visitor
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Benefit from the undivided attention of your private guide
  • Students lead the tours for local insight into the area
  • Explore like a local rather than a first-time visitor
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 70153P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (free pick up in district 1 and 3. If you stay outside of district 1 and 3, please pay extra 100.000vnd to the guide on tour)
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We offer free pick up in District 1,3, 4. Small extra pick up fee of 100.000VND (USD4.5) per person will be applied for the other districts. You will pay the extra when you meet our guide. Please provide us your hotel address.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Beverages
  • Food tasting
  • Dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (free pick up in district 1 and 3. If you stay outside of district 1 and 3, please pay extra 100.000vnd to the guide on tour)
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We offer free pick up in District 1,3, 4. Small extra pick up fee of 100.000VND (USD4.5) per person will be applied for the other districts. You will pay the extra when you meet our guide. Please provide us your hotel address.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Saigon Back Alley Tours
    Stop: 4 hours
    We will meet you at your accommodation pick you up by taxi then start a street food walk and explore Saigon's nighttime. * the menu could be slightly changed depending on the day and time and availability of local food stalls. Let's do the 8 Must-do tastings: Tasting 1 # Start your appetite with the famous beef noodle soup cooked with bone, lemongrass, cinnamon, pineapple Tasting 2 # Have a bit of walk and try some mouth-watering grilled pork with rice noodle Tasting 3 # Sit back and relax while watching your Banh Xeo - sizzling pancake being done in front of your eyes, time for crispy pancake with a mix flavor of herbs and sauce. Tasting 4 # Get refreshed with sugar cane drink! Tasting 5 # Eat like young locals do: taste Mixed Rice Paper Tasting 6 # Enjoy a Saigon beer on the terrace of a local restaurant Tasting 7 # Try out the best fame Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich at a place with tradition Tasting 8 # Dessert: A sweet soup or an coconut ice cream. Attractions on tour: +The old apartments built 1968 used for the Tet Offensive 1968 +The biggest night flower market and the local night market + A maze system in the back alleys of Saigon Everything is included in the price, both the tour and the tastings All guests rated us excellent 5 stars, you won't regret booking it
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Arian F
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam3 contributions
We had a great tour experience with Dennis and Gau. We were a large group of 7 friends visiting Saigon for the first time. Dennis and Gau were insightful, kind, and organized.

They take you to some of the best hidden local food spots in the city and cover everything so you don't have to haggle with people on price of food and transportation which can be a hassle sometimes. They had stories about every spot, that included history of the location and the cusine we ate.

Everyone had a great time and was thankful for the experience, 100% recommend this if you're new to town and are curious to learn from locals about a day in the life on Saigon while eating delicious foods.
Written March 10, 2020
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qu_ch_ngp2016
Thank you for the feedback on the private motorbike food tour with us. It was a pleasure taking you through and showing you so many exciting places and telling you all the neighborhood stories and food cultures. Street foods are our passion and pride that we would love to show you. We still have the secret coconut ice cream and BBQ beef with local herbs for you next time. You are welcome to come back on our trips any time you are back in Saigon. " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour special too. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Mr. Hung, Saigon Back Alley Tours Team, Whatsapp: +84932181106 Imess or Local number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written March 11, 2020
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Ethan M
13 contributions
Friends
Had a brilliant food tour with Hung, who took us to District 4 and we got a real taste of true Vietamese food, and the benefit of being the only tourists in the area, we could be truely immersed in the culture of Saigon.
We tasted multiple dishes and the option to try some local delicacies if we were game!
Hung explained the food to us, how to eat it, but he also regaled us with the history of the local area and how to properly pronounce Vietnamese words.

His English is impeccable and I cannot reccomend him highly enough. Book him ASAP, you'll love it! 😎
Written July 4, 2022
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qu_ch_ngp2016
We were very happy going with you to experience the best flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. We hope to see you next time to drink more Saigon beer with you, your laughs made our day too!! Take care and enjoy your trip. " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour unique. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Hung (Mr) Whatsapp: +84932181106 Facetime or phone number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written July 9, 2022
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Amalkar
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
The booking process for this tour was smooth. I booked the night before and got instant confirmation. I was picked up from my hotel at the time i booked. My tour guide was Ted who was really kind and a good conversationalist who put me at my ease throughout the tour. We tried several different street food vendors and all the food was really exceptional and new to me.

Ted was very good at choosing dishes that met my very complex dietary requirements . I also liked that ted explained the background and ingredients of each dish so i also learnt about the culinary culture of Saigon

Ted also explained the social and cultural background of the areas we passed through so i felt i came away with a much better understanding of Saigon

5 stars to this tour highly recommended to anyone wanting to experience real Saigon street food
Written June 21, 2022
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qu_ch_ngp2016
Thank you for your kind words! My friend enjoyed the time with you too. It was our pleasure to experience our beautiful city with you on our street food tour. We were happy to be your friend and bring you to hidden places and try the best foods in town. Hope to see you again soon to do another must do tour of us in this amazing city. Thank you " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour unique. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Hung (Mr) Whatsapp: +84932181106 Facetime or phone number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written June 22, 2022
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Simone M
2 contributions
Couples
An incredible group of people who run the tours. Great communication as I wanted to book the motorbike tour instead, our initial guide Hung was very understanding and rearranged to a time that suited. Im sure the walking tour would have been brilliant, as the people are full of energy, enthusiasm and information wanting us to have a great time and leave with very full tummies!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Written May 17, 2022
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qu_ch_ngp2016
Thank you for the feedback on the private motorbike food tour with us. It was a pleasure showing you around. We hope that you love the neighborhood's stories and food culture. sharing knowledge about street food is our passion and also a huge pride. We still have the secret coconut ice cream and BBQ beef with local herbs for you next time. You are welcome to come back on our trips any time you are back in Saigon. " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour unique. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Hung (Mr) Whatsapp: +84932181106 Facetime or phone number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written May 18, 2022
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Roberta
3 contributions
Couples
We spent few hours with our guide Ted, a very nice, kind and helpful student. We met him at our hotel and he guided us in a tasty tour in the narrow streets of district 3! We ate typical vietnamise food with local people, discovering traditions and learning a lot of cooking secrets. Neither the rain stopped us! We enjoied it a lot and we highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a real local experience!
Written August 5, 2022
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Ian Lee
London, UK4 contributions
Couples
I booked this tour for my girlfriend and I whilst we were visiting HCM. The tour was the highlight of our 2 nights in HCM, our guide Ngan was fantastic and the food we ate was delicious.

Ngan picked is up from our hotel and took us to 5 different street food vendors around district 3. Before arriving at each place, Ngan would explain where we were going and then give us an alternative option if we didn’t like the sound of it.

On the walks between vendors, Ngan was incredibly chatty and helpful, giving us a great insight into the local culture and her recommendations for where we should go for drinks that night and lunch the following day.

As an added bonus, Ngan also showed us round one of the oldest housing blocks in District 3 and the 24hr flower market where she went to the trouble of buying a lotus flower for my girlfriend.

When the tour completed, we were dropped off at bar Ngan had recommended Rather than our hotel at no extra charge.

I would recommend anyone to try this tour. With hotel pick up / drop off, food and a couple of beers included and all the info you receive it is incredibly good value.
Written January 14, 2020
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qu_ch_ngp2016
Thank you so much coming with us, you were friendly we had great foods in Saigon, we love your company too, hope to see next time in our city! " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour special too. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Mr. Hung, Saigon Back Alley Tours Team, Whatsapp: +84932181106 Imess or Local number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written January 15, 2020
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Niall M
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam19 contributions
Friends
The food tour that we booked with Saigon Back Alley Tours was fantastic. We got too sample some amazing food in District 4, including traditional Pho, Bahn Mi, Bo La Lot and more, along with some optional delicacies for the adventurous! The food was sensational and was just bursting with flavour. Hung was very hospitable and friendly, giving us great explanations of each food we tried, telling us stories and answering any questions about Vietnam that we had. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Saigon to book a tour or several with these guys, they won’t disappoint.
Written July 2, 2022
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qu_ch_ngp2016
We treasured the time with you, you came as a guest and left as our friends. Hope to have chance to go with you to experience more special and exotic street foods of Saigon. Like the Hot pot with seafood will be on our list for you next time. " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour unique. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Hung (Mr) Whatsapp: +84932181106 Facetime or phone number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written July 9, 2022
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coleen32a
26 contributions
Couples
We have just returned from this excellent tour. We saw so much, learnt so much and ate so much! Our guide Ngan Lee was so charming and knowledgeable. She tailored the tour for us (it was our first day after a long flight) and cut out some of the walking without losing out on the food experience. The food was glorious, so many different flavours to discover - we have fallen in love with Vietnamese food. The flower Market and learning how to open a lotus blossom was a joy. With Ngan's expertise we managed to experience and learn so much which we would never have done on our own. It was so good to have our brave little Ngan boldly parting the traffic for us to cross! A must do experience, and ask for Ngan, the first Vietnamese we met and a great ambassador for the culture and people.
Written February 6, 2020
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qu_ch_ngp2016
Thank you for going with us to see visit local life through back alleys and local markets and temples, and for your great feedback we love your company so much. We are looking forward to welcoming you, your friends and family to see the real life of local people living in Saigon. Thank you again for having shared your experience with us! Wish you the best! " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour special too. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Mr. Hung, Saigon Back Alley Tours Team, Whatsapp: +84932181106 Imess or Local number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written February 18, 2020
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NinaES
Philippines1 contribution
Ted was our guide. He was very informative, patient, fun and he really took good care of us. Ted was a wealth of knowledge and it is obvious that he takes great pride in his country.

My husband and I also enjoyed the tour because of all the interesting Vietnamese street food selections that we wouldn't have tried on our own! I especially enjoyed the avocado coconut ice cream and Vietnamese pizza! Make sure to come to the tour hungry! So much to eat and even with all that walking, we filled up quickly. 🙂
Written August 8, 2022
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David C
Vinalhaven, ME5 contributions
We had a wonderful evening for so many reasons. Our guide, Tina, found us and was waiting on our door step, despite the fact our accommodation was well hidden away in a little side alley. She was resourceful, informative, engaging, and entertaining. We started with an early evening walk through the flower market and proceeded, unrushed, through eight eating venues - from appetizers to dessert. My favorite was #2, the crushed sugar cane and cumquat iced fruit drink. This food walk is a wonderful, intimate introduction to Vietnamese/Saigon culture, cuisine, camaraderie, and crossing of busy streets, so do include it at the start of your visit as soon as you can shake off the jet lag.
Written January 5, 2020
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qu_ch_ngp2016
We treasured the time with you, you came as a guest, you left as our friends, Hope to have chance to go with you to experience more special and exotic street foods of Saigon. Like the Hot pot with seafood will be on our list for you for your next time. " Please feel free to contact us for any more detail and for making a booking, we can customize to make your tour special too. (24/7 service). Sincerely, Mr. Hung, Saigon Back Alley Tours Team, Whatsapp: +84932181106 Imess or Local number: +84932181106 Email: bmquochung@gmail.com"
Written January 5, 2020
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Q7213UYkaterinas
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Highly recommended experience
The street food tour is highly recommended. We had the chance to taste different kinds of food, all of them delicio
Vasileios K
Vasileios K
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Good food and great company!
The experience is highly recommended both from a food and a street tour perspective. Vivian and Khang were very fri
Edward S
Edward S
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great experience
very good visit, Casey and Ted were very attentive. I liked their choices of foods that we have sampled, good varie
ThaisonV
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Viet Kieu family
This private food tour was amazing, and our tour guides were excellent, me and my parents enjoyed it and would high
Baker H
Baker H
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Best food tour in Ho Chi Minh City!
This food tour was amazing! First, it was so much fun seeing the city via motor scooter. We were able to visit so m
828esmeraldah
828esmeraldah
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Amazing food tour, with the best guides
Just an overall amazing experience, from the pickup to the drop-off( in the middle of a monsoon, which only added t
reneeaarmstrong
reneeaarmstrong
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Saigon Back Alley Tour with Ngan, Nga, Nhan, and Khiem
We had such a great time tonight with Ngan, Nga, Nhan, and Khiem. They were all so kind and easy to be around. They
X2941GGsamanthal
X2941GGsamanthal
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Perfect tour, great company
Ted and Luna were the locals that took us on our tour, we had amazing food but we were fortunate enough to also be
Sondre H
Sondre H
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Don’t think about it, just do it!
It was a amazing experience. Tnx to Mai Mai & Thao this tour became the best thing in Ho Chi Minh City, yet!
Beekie99
Beekie99
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Must-do when in HCMC
We had a great time tasting a variety of local dishes in places where you wouldn't normally come without help. Hung
William S
William S
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Amazing street food!!
Just finished an amazing food tour with Dan and Yen! They did such a great job showing us around Saigon. All the fo
edevally
edevally
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The best food tour ever !
This was one of the highlights of my travels! Mai, Asher and Dan were the best guides, so fun and friendly! We trie
nicolap12313
nicolap12313
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Lovely students and amazing your
I was taken on a tour by Ted, Mai and Win who were all excellent tour guides!! Ted was my driver and he was super c
Daphne P
Daphne P
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Great food great company
Had a great evening with Linh! Enjoy all the street food adventures and learning more about local Vietnamese cultur
ilenevw
ilenevw
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Amazing experience
This was absolutely worth my money! I will never forget this evening. Such a nice experience :) Saw things I never
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