The best way to learn more about the Vietnamese culture is through her food. Because ask were a Vietnamese is the most proud of in their country and 9 out of 10 people will say its food. Doing a walking street food tour or a food tour on the back of a motorbike is one of the best experiences you can have in this country.
Street food in Vietnam is a very big thing. On every street corner in each city or even small villages, there is always a street food stall. And Vietnamese food belongs also to the best of the world. Lots of vegetables and fruit, often light in the stomach and extremely tasty. Each region of Vietnam has their own specialties and tastes. The food compared with north, central and south Vietnam can be very different. And even in each city within the region they use different flavours and have their own specialities.
You can of course go on the street and try some local street food by yourself. But the best way is to do a local street food tour. If you go by food tour you have a lot of benefits. First, a guide can explain a lot more background information about the ingredients and food. Also guides will bring you to local restaurants and food stall that you will never find by yourself. A healthy benefit is that all places were you are going to eat are tested and well known for locals, so you don’t have to worry about eating unhealthy or at an unsanitary places.
Then there is also the option to do walking food tours on food tours on the back of a motorbike. A walking food tour is a perfect introduction to the local food in a city, but a food tour on a motorbike gives an extra feeling to it, which makes it an unforgettable experience. Being on the back of a motorbike makes you feel you travel like a local. Driving like a local and eating at local places, you can’t make an experience more local. A small benefit is that with a motorbike tour you can also travel further and visit even less touristy places, were only the locals surround you.