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Explore Saigon's History & Adventurous Sightseeing Tour By SCOOTER w/ Locals

Duration: 3h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Benjamin
Quality Verified Registered on August 15, 2023

Great to meet you, My name is Ben. My brother Peter, and I are founders of a Local Guide Team with our co-hosts Daniel, Emmei, Hani, and more in Ho Chi Minh City. We first discovered Saigon while studying at University after leaving our hometown in rural Vietnam. We immediately became fascinated by the city's unique blend of culture, history, and delicious cuisine. Our education focused on tourism, and I have extensive experience working as a local English-speaking tour guide for various companies. But, We finally decided it was time to bring our custom-tailored experiences to my guests, so we're starting this local experience. We are so grateful to our guests who have supported us by booking our experiences so that we can generate jobs for local guides from rural areas of Vietnam studying in Ho Chi Minh City. It is to help them earn money to make their parents feel less burdened financially and to have a tourism and English environment to practice during their studies at their tourism university. Why choose us? 1. Specialized: Knowledge, passion, and personal perspective 2. An experience like a local: Something guests can't find anywhere else 3. Connect: Warmly welcome guests, turning strangers into friends Thank you for stopping by, and we look forward to connecting with you more!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Hop on the back of our motorbikes like the locals. Following me, you’ll see how the city changes across its districts from the well-to-do area to the local vibes area, from outdoor markets and tiny alleyways. In this experience, you have excellent knowledge of history and taste the local drinks and food, and it is great for chatting about Vietnamese culture with us.

Here is the highlight of what you will do with us.

1. Notre Dame Cathedral.

2. Central Post Office.

3. Independent Palace. ( standing outside)

4. A Memorial Monument.

6. Drinking Coffee at The oldest apartment area in Saiogn. ( cost 1,5$)

7. Flower Market and Cambodia market.

8. Trying a delicacy dish. ( cost 1,5$)

9. One of the oldest Temples of Chinese folk beliefs

10. Driving along the Saigon rivers to see the entire beautiful city center
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This is itinerary:
 

1. I provide a deep dive into the history of some of Saigon’s most famous locations with historical photos through the whole story behind such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Independent Palace, and The Burning Monk Memorial

2. Next locations, discover some local points that are off the beaten path. Catching your breath by drinking a cup of Vietnamese coffee. Visiting the complex old apartments and explore local life here. 

3. Visiting flower and outdoor markets, you will learn some Vietnamese words for fun to practice bargaining prices with vendors and sample some fruits (morning slot) and local drinks - a shot of local rice wine or sugar cane juice. For the food menu, you will choose broken rice with BBQ pork or noodle soup

4. In Chinatown, you will be blessed with one of the oldest and most fascinating TEMPLES and zipping around through the buzzing Silk Street and Lanterns Street of this colorful, incredible Chinatown.



This tour is operated by SCOOTERS, so I have trained my co-guides to help me, each tour guide will drive each guest and you guys just sit behind of our scooters. Therefore, I need at least a few hours to arrange the scooters, after you book the tour successfully, can you please send me the message to confirm that you will join the tour. If you would text me close to the starting time, I could not arrange the scooter in time for you.


The RENTED SCOOTER FEE is 8$ = 200 000 VND, please pay it for yourself.

Thank you so much. We are looking forward to doing the tour with you.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quậ...
    07 Công Trường Lam Sơn, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 710212, Vietnam
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    Because the tour is by SCOOTER, so we can pick you up at your hotel address as long as it is in a central area like districts 1, 3, or 4. Otherwise, we will meet at the meeting place, Saigon Opera House. After you book, please send us your hotel address to pick you up.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    District 1

    1. I provide a deep dive into the history of some of Saigon’s most famous locations with historical photos through the whole story behind such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office, Independent Palace, and The Burning Monk Memorial.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    District 3

    2. Next locations, discover some local points that are off the beaten path. Catching your breath by drinking a cup of Vietnamese coffee. This coffee place is known as Spy House of VC with Weapon Bunkers, with a secret experience to go down the tunnel to the third floor.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    District 10

    3. Visiting flower and outdoor markets, you will learn some Vietnamese words for fun to practice bargaining prices with vendors and sample some fruits (morning slot) and local drinks - a shot of local rice wine or sugar cane juice. For the food menu, you will choose broken rice with BBQ pork or noodle soup

  • 4
    Outside visit
    District 5

    4. In Chinatown, you will be blessed with one of the oldest and most fascinating TEMPLES and zipping around through the buzzing Silk Street and Lanterns Street of this colorful, incredible Chinatown.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Saigon Riverside Office Center

    5. We will get on the scooter and drive you around Chinatown. Next, we will drive you along the Saigon River to see the amazing views of the city. And then we will drop you off at your hotel.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Kevin 02 Apr 2024
Dubai

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
We were a tiny bit apprehensive with the scooter trial in Vietnam but we have in the end had an amazing day with great company. Our drivers were kind, caring and were very safe and good drivers. Great time out that went so fast. A great experience to try to discover Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you for the amazing day !
Ayush 29 Mar 2024
Mumbai

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
I booked the tour for my wife and myself. When I booked the tour I got a WhatsApp message from Binh saying that it will cost VND 500,000 per person. While I did not have an issue paying the money, I did send him a message saying that his tour was listed as a free tour on the website. From that moment on it appears that he had blocked me on WhatsApp and he did not answer any of my calls (or message on the website). He didn’t turn up to pick my wife and me for the tour either. There was no communication from him or the website. It was quite disappointing honestly. Like I said, I didn’t mind paying the money but It appears that his policy is that no one should ask any questions and we have to pay him what he demands. I do not believe that’s the concept of a “free” tour.
Ale 28 Mar 2024
Munich

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Very nice way to have a view of the city and learn about history. We really like the tour and we will recommend it to see the different districts in one morning
Lukáš 26 Mar 2024
Prague

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
It was a beautiful tour. We lernt a lot of new information. Guides were riding sefe. I recommend the tour.
Max 23 Mar 2024
Utrecht

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
I hopped on the back of Emmie’s bike. She picked me up from the hostel and I enjoyed from the first moment! She showed me relevant things, drank coffee together and drove by the river! Would recommend this to everyone, really liked it!
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 8 people.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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