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Food Lover's Guide to Ho Chi Minh City

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Food Lover's Guide to Ho Chi Minh City
You'll find good food around every corner in Ho Chi Minh City, where the culinary scene serves as a reflection of the capital city's ever-evolving cosmopolitan landscape. There's everything from inexpensive food-cart fare to fine dining in the city's luxury hotels, and no matter your preference, you're sure to satisfy your appetite. Here are a few dishes and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
Born from the fusion of French and Vietnamese influences, bahn mi has become one of the country's most iconic dishes and a must-eat for any visitor to Ho Chi Minh City. This sandwich, served on a baguette, comes piled with roast pork, pickled vegetables, cilantro, chilies, pate, and mayo. Flavors of fresh herbs abound in dishes like green papaya salad and spring rolls, while rice is a popular base for barbecued meats. Sticky rice, popular for breakfast, comes topped with bean paste and fried shallots or with yogurt.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Embark on a food tour by foot, bike, or motorbike to try the delicious dishes of Ho Chi Minh City's streets and markets.
  • Deepen your understanding of Southern Vietnamese cuisine in a cooking class, where you'll learn to create new dishes.
  • Combine a cooking lesson with visits to other top Ho Chi Minh City attractions, such as the Cu Chi Tunnels or Cai Be Floating Market.
  • Eat like a local while feasting on a made-from-scratch, 3-course meal in the home of a Vietnamese family.
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3-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom PenhMulti-day Tours

3-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

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Travel the Mekong River from Vietnam to Cambodia on this three-day trip that showcases the best of this iconic destination. Follow a friendly local guide as you make your way through the waters lined with quiet villages, lush tropical foliage and plenty of local life. This memorable tour is one of the best ways to see one of the region's top attractions and is not to be missed!
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  • 3 days
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  • 3 days
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Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour in Ho Chi Minh CityHalf-day Tours

Private Street Food Evening Walking Tour in Ho Chi Minh City

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The street food choices of Ho Chi Minh City can be astounding—and overwhelming. A personal guide makes the decisions and communications easier on this evening walking tour. After a convenient hotel pickup by taxi, savor a menu of delicious dishes washed down with beer and homemade Vietnamese rice wine.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike with Local StudentsHalf-day Tours

Private Street Food Tour by Motorbike with Local Students

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Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City’s street food scene on this half-day tasting tour, dedicated to local favorites that many culinary tours overlook. Drop in on hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where vendors have spent decades perfecting small but tasty menus. Enjoy eight tastings, including freshly made banh mi, sugar cane drink and sweet soup dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cai Rang Floating Market Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh CityDay Trips

Cai Rang Floating Market Day Trip from Ho Chi Minh City

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Can Tho in the Mekong Delta is famous for its floating market and canals. On this convenient day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, you can visit the highlights without the hassle of booking your own buses. You don’t even need to stay overnight, as this tour starts early and packs in Cai Rang Floating Market and Ben Tre in a single day. There’s even the chance to cycle around rural villages.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by JeepHalf-day Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Private Half-Day Tour by Jeep

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Get to know the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City on a private sightseeing tour by Jeep. Traveling with a guide, you'll see a selection of the main sights, like the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace (aka Reunification Palace), Emperor Jade Pagoda, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and Ben Thanh Market. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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2-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh CityOvernight Tours

2-Day Mekong Delta Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Cruise along the Mekong Delta on this 2-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Taste local specialties, listen to traditional folk music, interact with villagers and discover local markets with the help of a friendly guide. See the famous Cai Rang floating market buzzing with life as the sun comes up and get a true taste for rural Vietnam.
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  • 2 days
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Private Street Food Motorbike Tour in Ho Chi Minh CityHalf-day Tours

Private Street Food Motorbike Tour in Ho Chi Minh City

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Join the colorful throngs of motorbikes zipping across Ho Chi Minh City on a private tour that explores the city’s traditional cuisine and night markets. Sample a series of dishes as you taste your way through the city, and see at some fascinating places along the way, including a surprising pagoda inside an apartment and the banks of the Saigon River. With a personal guide to Ho Chi Minh City’s food and flavors, try each food in context, alongside cups of beer, soft drinks, or homemade sticky rice wine.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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2-Day Mekong Delta and Floating Market Tour from Ho Chi Minh CityOvernight Tours

2-Day Mekong Delta and Floating Market Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Visit the largest floating market in Vietnam on this 2-day trip to the Mekong Delta. Gain insight into rural living along the waterways on a 4-hour sampan ride to An Binh Island and Vinh Long. Listen to South Vietnamese folk songs and enjoy tastings at a coconut candy factory and a honey bee farm. On a motorboat tour of Cai Rang Floating Market, you’ll find everything from fresh produce to mobile restaurants and floating gas stations. Hotel accommodation and round-trip minivan transport from Ho Chi Minh City included.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)Full-day Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Tour (8 Hour Excursion From Phu My Seaport)

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Embrace the spirit of Saigon – “Pearl of the Far East” with a day trip visiting the iconic landmarks of the city and soaking up the rich tapestry of history and culture. This Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. This city tour unravels Saigon’s turbulent past and also provides a glimpse into the fascinating variety the city has to offer. High light • Experience the special atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City • Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese lunch • Learn more about the Vietnam War, explore the old and new Saigon, and admire the highlights of the city • Admire magnificent pagodas, impressive buildings, and traditional markets
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  • 8 hours
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Saigon Food Adventure by ScooterHalf-day Tours

Saigon Food Adventure by Scooter

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Benefit from a Ho Chi Minh City food tour that is paired with sightseeing by motorbike for the ultimate half-day combo tour of this important city in southern Vietnam. Observe daily life as your driver-guide zips through the streets while you ride as a passenger on the motorbike. Stop at popular local eateries and sample enough dishes to make up a meal, including delicious appetizers, mains, and dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Cai Rang Floating Market & Mekong Delta 2-Day Tour (Overnight in 5-Star Hotel)Multi-day Tours

Cai Rang Floating Market & Mekong Delta 2-Day Tour (Overnight in 5-Star Hotel)

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Escape the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City in favor of the tranquil Mekong Delta on a 2-day tour that provides a great introduction for first-time visitors. A guide takes care of planning activities, accommodation, and transfers so you don’t have to, and provides an insider’s perspective into the culture of southern Vietnam. You’ll explore Cai Raing Floating Market, the biggest in the region, and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Ho Chi Minh City.
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  • 2 days
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Experience Mekong By Bike,boat & Kayak Day Trip ActivitiesDay Trips

Experience Mekong By Bike,boat & Kayak Day Trip Activities

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Visiting the Mekong Delta on an independent day trip from Ho Chi Minh may mean you spend more time planning than actually experiencing the region. This full-day private trip lets you get the best from your day: by combining cycling and kayaking with opportunities to encounter local life. Paddle a kayak, cycle around orchards and farms to see and meet locals, and learn all about the delta from a guide.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Saigon's Best Flavors - Private Food WalkHalf-day Tours

Saigon's Best Flavors - Private Food Walk

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Stray from the beaten path and discover places in Ho Chi Minh City that are usually only reserved for locals on a private food tour. This walking tour, which offers a more intimate glimpse into Vietnam’s second city, reveals six of the best street food joints and is led by local students for an authentic view of the city.
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  • 4 hours
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Small group 2 Day Authentic Mekong Delta TourOvernight Tours

Small group 2 Day Authentic Mekong Delta Tour

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This guided Mekong Delta tour serves as a great introduction to the rich cultures that call Vietnam’s picturesque river region home. Visit local villages, learn about long-standing cultures and traditions, explore the Cai Rang Floating Market, and more—all without planning a thing. This tour includes all transportation, meals, and an overnight homestay.
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  • 2 days
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Discover Cai Be Floating Market and Tan Phong Island in small groupDay Trips

Discover Cai Be Floating Market and Tan Phong Island in small group

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Enjoy a full day in nature on this excursion to Cai Be and Tan Phong Island. Visit the floating market at Cai Be, learn how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made, and take a Vietnamese cooking class. After lunch, cycle through fruit orchards on the island before boarding the boat back home.
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Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market TourDay Cruises

Mekong Delta Day Trip with Cooking Class and Cai Be Floating Market Tour

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Enhance your cultural experience of Vietnam on an enriching full-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City to the rural countryside of the Cai Be. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, feast your senses on the enticing aromas of fruit orchards; tantalize your taste buds at a traditional candy factory; and browse stalls bursting with exotic produce during a visit to a floating market. Interact with locals as you uncover the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine and enjoy a bicycle ride around the town of Cai Be on this intimate small-group tour.
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  • 10 hours
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMCHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Covid-19 Regulated PRIVATE Tour in HCMC

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Explore the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon, as it's also still known, on this 3.5-hour private walking tour. Visit major attractions like the War Remnants Museum, learn about the city's history, and enjoy a Vietnamese snack. Your private guide also shows you hidden gems you might otherwise miss.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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A Taste of VietnamHalf-day Tours

A Taste of Vietnam

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Experience the rich culture and flavors of Vietnam on a motorbike food tour through vibrant Ho Chi Minh City. Even experienced travelers and foodies can be overwhelmed by the city’s maze of crowded streets and variety of restaurants, but with this guided tour you can let someone else do the planning and rest assured you aren’t missing any of the top dining locations.
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  • 4 hours
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Explore Vietnamese Cuisine: Cooking Class from Ho Chi Minh CityCooking Classes

Explore Vietnamese Cuisine: Cooking Class from Ho Chi Minh City

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Spend a day exploring Vietnamese cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City, starting with a market visit, on this private excursion. On arrival at the cooking school, take a tour of the garden farm and harvest its fruits. A professional chef demonstrates how to prepare four authentic dishes that you sit down to enjoy for lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included in this full-day tour.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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3-day group tour from Saigon to Phnom PenhMulti-day Tours

3-day group tour from Saigon to Phnom Penh

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Experience the best of the Mekong Delta from both the Vietnam and Cambodia sides of the border, on this three-day tour. Starting in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll spend two days exploring the Vietnamese side, visiting floating markets, bird sanctuaries, temples, and more, and staying on land overnight. On day three, cross over into Cambodia. This is an easy way to see a lot in a short time, and you'll see much more than on a direct city-to-city transfer.
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  • 3 days
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Ho Chi Minh Street Food Tour By ScooterHalf-day Tours

Ho Chi Minh Street Food Tour By Scooter

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You haven’t really experienced Vietnamese cuisine until you’ve dined on street food. On this small-group evening tour of Ho Chi Minh City you’ll be taken to some of the best spots while zipping around on a scooter. Throughout 4 hours with us, we will try really tasty Vietnamese dishes at 6 local places where are locals’ favorite areas. You will have a chance to see decorated colorful streets on the back of a scooter. Wandering around 5 lively and sparkling districts and enjoying fresh atmosphere on our scooter. ⭐⭐RECOMMENDED FOOD MENU : #1 BANH MI - The world's most well-known dish in Saigon. #2 CHUỐI NƯỚNG - Grilled banana: served with creamy coconut milk #3 VIETNAMESE PIZZA - The good mix of melted butter, cheese, egg and Vietnamese sausage #4 PAPAYA SALAD - This salad mixed with black beef is unlike any food you had before #5 KUMQUAT JUICE #6 CREAM FLAN - as a dessert Please note that all food and drinks will be included in the price.
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Saigon Evening Food Tour By ScooterHalf-day Tours

Saigon Evening Food Tour By Scooter

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Make the most of your time in Ho Chi Minh City on this private evening food tour, which traverses various districts of the city on a scooter. Taste the flavors of Vietnam and get to know the city, from gorgeous antiquated apartments to the blooms of an enormous flower market. This nighttime tour has all the ingredients for an adventure.
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⭐️ #GirlPower Saigon By Night Tour by Scooters with Female Drivers | Kiss ToursMountain Bike Tours

⭐️ #GirlPower Saigon By Night Tour by Scooters with Female Drivers | Kiss Tours

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At night, Ho Chi Minh City comes to life. Experience the Vietnamese capital at it best during a evening food and culture tour, which provides a perfect introduction to first-time visitors. You’ll explore on the back of your guide’s scooter and stray from the tourist trail at street food stalls that offer classic Vietnamese dishes. Plus, convenient hotel pickup and drop-off ensure you won’t have to worry about finding a meeting point.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small Floating Market & Mekong Delta Tour with Kayak, Boat, Bike, Cooking ClassDay Trips

Small Floating Market & Mekong Delta Tour with Kayak, Boat, Bike, Cooking Class

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Discover the local culture along the Mekong Delta during this full-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City. Take a boat cruise along the Mekong River to the Cai Be Floating Market, visit a craft village, see fruit orchards, and explore the delta by bike and kayak. You also take part in a cooking class to prepare your own Vietnamese lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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