BUSTLING SAIGON DOWNTOWN SCOOTER TOUR
Bustling Saigon Downtown Motorcycle Tour is a trip designed to show a segment of Saigon history, examples of the daily life of Saigonese people and to see the rapid transformations that the city in undergoing. In this trip, we will ride you along 22 Saigon streets in 4 Districts and learn about the more famous street names. Witness the contrasts between the neighborhoods, check out some historical sites of Saigon, visit colonial architecture, bare witness to a city in rapid transformation and taste some local eats.
Duration: 01 Day
Total approx: km.
Price: Contact Us
Departure: Any day upon request
Morning tour starts at : 8:30 AM finishes around 12 : 30
Afternoon starts at : 13:30 finish around 17:30
Visit Tao Dan park, a very popular morning stop for locals. Find the bird collector’s corner where every morning elderly men gather to showcase their birds housed in a expensive, bamboo cages. Also witness the serene displays of people doing Tai Chi. At this point we will try authentic Vietnamese coffee and have a tour briefing.
From there, head over to The Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon post office. They represent some of the remaining French built structures within the city centre.
Not far away is Dong Khoi street, an area known for it’s five star hotels and western style shopping malls . Also observe the rapid changes occurring Saigon with high rise buildings sprouting up everywhere and ,most notably, the construction of the Saigon metro.
Moving on to District 3 is Pho Binh, one of the most famous Pho restaurants in Ho Chi Minh. During the the war it was used as an operations base where the VC would plan attacks against the Americans. The pho is excellent, by the way!
Another famous monument that we pass is in memory of Thích Quảng Đức. Remembered for the iconic photo of him setting himself ablaze in protest of the persecution of Buddhists in the 1960’s.
Take a break at a juice stand for a cool beverage to lighten the mood and take a breather. Not far from the juice stand, pop by the famed Lê Hồng Phong high school and meet some local children and let them practice their English skills with you.
District 5 (or Cho Lon) is the Chinatown of Saigon and where the majority of goods trading occurs in Saigon. One of the busiest markets in the city. From slippers to spices, you can buy anything here. Directly across the street is Ông Bổn pagoda. A fine example of an old fashioned temple.
Last stop, the Chinese herbal medicine street of Hải Thượng Lãng Ông. You’ll smell it before you even get there. The scent of ginseng lingers everywhere, among the many other odours I wouldn’t even dare to imagine. See shops owned for generations prescribing natural medicines that have been used for thousands of years. This is one of the coolest parts of the tour, by far.
To end the trip we will travel along the modern canal road reflecting the contrast of district 1 and district 4. At the end of the ride a Vietnamese restaurant will serve some delicious eats to finish off your Saigon experience.
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– We endeavour to select a combination of good quality hotels that reflect the character of the local area as well as being as centrally located as possible, all the while striving to keep the cost affordable.
– Your trip will stay in a range of hotels / guesthouses with standardized quality.
– Please be aware that some hotel rooms, especially those in major urban centres or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.
– Rooms are en-suite and either twin- or triple-share, depending on what you have booked. If you are a solo traveller, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex otherwise you can pay a supplement to possess a single room
– If you are traveling as a couple and would prefer to have a double bed, please officially request a double room with us. We never presume that two people traveling together are a couple, even if you share the same surname, unless informed otherwise.
– Your included meals are detailed in the ‘More Inclusions’ section of this document.
– Breakfasts are included every day in the hotel (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast in Asia, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well.
Included evening meals are in local restaurants or accommodation places, and are either two or three courses. In most cases table water is provided with the meals, and if you wish to purchase additional drinks you can do so at your own expense.
– If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent when you book, or make note by email before you set out. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Asia. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
* Ten Tips to Survive Vietnam’s Traffic:
+ DON’T spend hours waiting to cross the street on foot: that constant tide of traffic won’t stop until late at night, so
+ DO as the Vietnamese do: take the plunge and inch slowly across. Observe the Miracle of the Red Sea, as the traffic parts like magic, flowing smoothly in front of you or behind, meeting up again on the other side.
+ DON’T make any sudden or unpredictable movements: freeze if you have to, but never lunge forward or backward towards the safety of the sidewalk. In fact, you can do just about anything, but do it with conviction!
+ DON’T forget, if you’re riding or driving, to look where you’re going – all the time: if you hit anything in front of you, then it’s your fault.
+ DO give way to any vehicle bigger and noisier than yours. Trucks and buses are particularly dangerous: often old, sometimes unsafe and usually all over the road.
+ DO watch out for unfamiliar obstacles: water buffaloes, rocks of various sizes, broken-down trucks…, people sitting in the road, missing bridges, girls in ao dai cycling five abreast, slow-moving mountains of farm produce, dog fights, impromptu football matches, piles of building materials – and almost no light on anything at night..
+ DON’T hesitate to take evasive action – even if this sometimes means leaving the tarmac or coming to a dead stop.
+ DO try to avoid getting involved in one of the all-too-frequent minor accidents that plague Vietnam’s roads (and the major ones as well, of course), but if you are unlucky,
+ DON’T lose your cool, in spite of the interference of the large and vocal crowd that may gather: try to settle things amicably and swiftly. Sometimes, paying a reasonable amount of money will save you a lot of hassle.
+ DO remember that the only rule is: you’re not allowed to bump into anybody… irrespective of what they did or should have done, or of what the road signs or traffic lights were telling them to do. Some people still seem to think that anything red means forward, comrade
* Tipping for guides & mechanic:
Our crews never expect tips themselves and will not ask for any; that’s not what friends do! However, so if you are really satisfied with all of what they did for you, please don’t mind tipping them a bit with a normal norm of US$ 7 – US$ 10/person for a guide per day and US$ 3 – US$ 5/person for a mechanic per day. (just don’t forget Mum’s souvenir).
An experiencedÂ English-speaking tour guide/ tour leader
Meals: beef soup and delicious lunch.
Drinks : fruit juice, cold water, local beer, soft drink.
Tour Cost in USD per person applied to groups of (Valid till 30 Sep 2015)
2 Pax 3 – 6 Paxs 7 – 10 Paxs Single Supplement
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=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 125cc (Honda Fortune or Yamaha YBR) is US$ 10/bike/day
=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 150cc (Honda XR or Kawasaki) is US$ 18/bike/day
=> Supplement for the manual bikes of 250cc (Honda XR or Honda Baja)is US$ 28/bike/day
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