Vietnam Vespa Adventures

Blogs - Saigon/HCMC: Nov. 1, 2013

Feel Vietnamese Spirit in another viewpoint

Vietnam Vespa AdventuresVietnam Vespa Adventures, the agency, located in the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, offers guided tours Vespa through different routes of Vietnam: Vung Tau, Mui Ne via the Mekong Delta , coastal roads and mountains of Dalat. In Saigon, you can visit the remains and places significant to the war in Vietnam and around the middle of small streets of the city during punctuated by regular stops in various cafes and restaurants typical Vietnamese street circuits.

We have tested for you the night tour (“ After Dark Tower " ), an original way to discover the art of living " in Saigon ."

Vietnam Vespa Adventure 4Backfiring, vespa sneaks between bikes, cars and other obstacles along its path in the middle of a concert of horns. In Vietnam, the two-wheeler is king and he does know. Parading the streets, the main monuments of Saigon too.

In the midst of this huge motorized choreography makes a spectacle every day of the year, the biggest surprise of newly arrived tourists, our defilé does not go unnoticed: we are twenty Vespas in single file, zigzagging and weaving merrily in traffic.

Vietnam Vespa Adventure 3After a break of 15 minutes in a small local cafe to cool off, we are already gone. The tourist area is now far and so much the better.

We cross bridges and streets. Unsung pagodas arise im/mediately before being sucked into the asphalt. Before reaching a famous street of restaurants seafood Ward 4 (Vinh Khanh Street) almost exclusively frequented by locals.

Vietnam Vespa Adventure 5The tour is both an opportunity for travelers eager to eat Toothy an authentic slice of Vietnamese life and expatriates, to discoverthe hidden face of a city they have sometimes thought appropriate.

While traditional dishes of fish, crabs and shellfish succeed on the coffee table in blue plastic, guests, from all different backgrounds can exchange in an atmosphere as warm as exotic. Street vendors trying their luck. A musician pushes a song using a microphone fortune. This night out can truly take the pulse of the country, far from places of high standing, often sanitized and cut off from real life.

Vespa AdventuresThe time has now come to ride again vespa, whose driver was waiting patiently. The helmet referred to the head, we are left in the human tide. Next destination: a traditional restaurant "bánh xèo" (a dish realized as a pancake, made of rice flour, folded in half and filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts), located not far the famous cathedral Tan Dinh Hai Ba Trung. Made in the eyes of customers, the kitchen of this restaurant street allows at the same time to savor traditional pancake quality and drill some secrets of preparation.

Vietnam Vespa Adventure 8Few kilometers vespa later, we arrive at a charming café concert located in the street Ngo Thoi Niem . A landmark insider for aficionados of classic Vietnamese song. To get there, we cross a backyard for cooking.

The room on the first floor of an old building, which was nothing to suggest holding a show, is the size of a large living room, carefully decorated.

The tone is intimate, a bit romantic. Candles burn on low tables. Spectators, somewhat tight against each other, attend concerts " a capella " Vietnamese singers, assisted by a violinist and a guitarist.

The concept is original: every 10 minutes, the performers succeed on stage with his own style and repertoire.

Vietnam Vespa Adventure 9As the singer sings his last verse , our guide warned us discreetly it is now time to leave. Directorate another concert hall, whose bearings batteries and electric guitars chords that resonate in the street, suggest a radical change of atmosphere. Inside, a Vietnamese rocker gets famous international hits, powerful and smooth voice to the applause of a predominantly Vietnamese public.

The atmosphere is electric and laughter broke out from here and there while the servers are trying to make their way through the crowd to enjoy the evening.

It is time for us to return to Zoom Coffee, Vietnam Vespa Adventures of siege. Most motivated extend their evening to late night. To exit, they will be spoiled for choice: the nightlife of Saigon is indeed a hectic Asia Southeast.

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Practical Information:
- Café Zoom,
169a De Tham St, District 1, Pham Ngu Lao Ward
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Email:, website:
- All food and beverages (alcoholic or not) are included in the tour.
- The guides can pick you up and take you directly to your hotel.
- Price: 87 SD / person (driver and guide included) for 4 hours round.
- For more information, watch the following video

Saigon After Dark tour - Vietnam Vespa Adventures from Ton Bao on Vimeo.