Before arriving in Saigon, I was still calling it Ho Chi Minh City. Apart from your ticket at the airport, no one calls it Ho Chi Minh City. So I quickly dropped the HCMC and adopted the locals’ terminology.
My other quick learning: the Vietnamese motorbike culture. I knew that Saigon had a motorbike culture, what I did not know was its scale (read: MASSIVE). It is almost like an art form, watching the drivers weave in and out of traffic, getting from one destination to the next. So it would not be a trip to Vietnam or for that matter, Saigon, without taking a motorbike for a spin. We chose to use Vespa Adventures, because, well, who would not want to ride around Saigon on a vintage Vespa?!?
As a side note, did you know that, if you want to rent a car in Saigon as a foreigner, you have to also hire a Vietnamese driver? For good reason too! Well anyways back to our Vespa adventures! The tour we chose to take was “Insider’s Saigon.” The tour took us to some of the main tourist sites and to some sites off the beaten path.
The tour includes visits to:
1. The Chinese district of Saigon
2. A beautiful flower market
3. Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas
4. Saigon Opera House & Post Office – designed by Gustav Eiffel (Pictured below)
5. Independence Palace/Reunification Palace (Pictured below)
All the tours that Vespa Adventures offers seem amazing. We could have chosen any tour and loved it based on all the amazing reviews on Trip Advisor. We wished we had the time to have taken the “Saigon After Dark” tour, which included all you could eat and drink as a top perk!
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