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Vietnam Vespa Adventures

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Vietnam Vespa Adventures is wildly popular with travellers, but popularity has its drawbacks, so carefully consider if this tour is for you.

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Ho Chi Minh City is often a short layover on a traveller’s Vietnam itinerary so an action-packed tour is a worthy investment. If you like the idea of zipping around on the back of a Vespa, you aren’t alone.

Authentic Saigon. Photo taken in or around Vietnam Vespa Adventures, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Authentic Saigon. Photo: Cindy Fan

The company is the largest motorbike-based tour companies of Ho Chi Minh City and its main selling point is of course the Vespa. The Italian brand scooter is distinctive and cool, and there’s nothing quite like its purr and acceleration. The pillion passenger seat is extremely comfortable, with padding and a backrest. Here’s your chance to live out an Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday fantasy, Viet-style.

We’d positively reviewed Vespa Adventures “Saigon After Dark” street food adventure a few years ago and it was time to see if and how it has changed. The biggest difference between then and now is that it has skyrocketed in popularity and has become a mass tourism product.

Fry up. Photo taken in or around Vietnam Vespa Adventures, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Fry up. Photo: Cindy Fan

The trip starts at Zoom Cafe, their headquarters in the Pham Ngu Lao backpacker hub. When we first arrived, without even introducing herself to us or saying hello, our guide demanded payment by handing us the bill. It was the low season for tourism, yet our group had six people and we counted six other groups of a similar size. The cafe was loud and crowded and unlike the other three motorbike tours we’ve done where you immediately hop on the bike and go, it was 30 minutes of sitting, eating tortilla chips and drinking (alcoholic beverages are included in tour price). When the guide finally introduced the tour, it was extremely difficult to hear her above the din.

Finally we departed and it was then we realised all groups were going on the same trip at the same time. The itinerary may be “real Saigon” but off the beaten track it is not, especially since everyone arrives to one ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Vietnam Vespa Adventures
169a De Tham St, District 1
T: (012) 2299 3585
Admission: US$93 per person, children under 12 receive 30% off

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