The Pho Trail – a morning walking tour

Start your day slurping a bowl of Vietnam’s unofficial national dish, pho.

We will take you out of the tourist area into the “real” Ho Chi Minh City, to a pho place that’s been serving noodle soup for more than 35 years. This place is one of Saigon’s best kept secrets … and it also serves great Vietnamese coffee.

After breakfast, we’ll wander around the backstreets, food stalls, com tam (broken rice) restaurants and other intriguing local shops. As we walk we’ll start collecting snacks for our picnic lunch.

We’ll walk through a chaotic local wet market, past dried, pickled and fresh produce, live seafood and a noisy eating area. As we poke around, we’ll collect more snacks and some tropical fruit. Then we’ll adjourn to the grounds of a nearby temple to eat the food we’ve collected. After our picnic we’ll explore the temple, which is dedicated to an Imperial military leader. You can get your fortune told at the temple using a strange system of numbered sticks.

This tour, suitable for families, is a great introduction to Vietnam. During the tour we teach you some of the basics that will make your visit to Vietnam enjoyable, including how to cross the road! While it’s not physically possible to eat everything you see on the tour, when we’re finished with you, you should be able to identify a range of local dishes and know how to order them.

(4-4.5 hour morning tour, starting around 8am, $55/VND1.24 million per person, maximum 6 people, small surcharge for pickups outside Districts 1 and 3.)