Vespa Adventures – Saigon

Vespa Adventures

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?!?

Vespa Adventures

Vespa Adventures

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)

Vespa Adventures

Vespa Adventures

Vespa Adventures

Vespa Adventures

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!

Thank you to Les Rives for connecting us with Vespa Adventures through its amazing combo tour! For part 1 of the tour at the Cu Chi Tunnels, see my post here.


We are currently in China, follow along with our adventures on Instagram!

LocationLOCATION: Saigon

    • Yeah, it was a little stressful on the Vespas, but I was just sitting in the back, holding on tight, and letting the driver navigate!

      • Hi Ira!

        China was so much fun! Definitely an interesting place to go from the perspective of accessing the internet, but the food, the people and the culture was amazing! I hope you make it one day soon!

  1. I was just telling my husband how badly I want a Vespa adventure! I don’t know why they haven’t caught on here but I think it would be beautiful.
    And lovely photos!

    • Thank you Tamara! The Vespa was so fun! I was just saying in another comment how now I want to do a Segway tour. Not as cool as a Vespa but still looks fun!

    • Thank you Carrie! I did not have to do much, just hang out on the back and let the professional do his job, definitely felt very lucky!

  2. I’ve always wanted a pink Vespa. I think it would be fun to ride around Redondo. I don’t know how I’d feel,around a lot of traffic though.

  3. Beautiful photos dear, although I don’t know if I would get on that bike, its a little risky in my book, bikes are cool but I’m scared of them, the last time I was on one I held on for dear life i wanted the ride to be over. But I hope you are having a wonderful time.

    • I completely understand where you are coming from. It is definitely a risk getting on one of the Vespas, and there are tons of accidents in Saigon, but it is not as bad when you are actually on the Vespa and being driven by your expert driver!

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