Early Morning Sidecar Tour of Saigon

An early morning sidecar tour of Saigon is a total assault on the senses. You're moving too fast to absorb any one thing but yet you're breathing in everything - the motorcycle exhaust, the smell of the river and the humid air, Asian food cooking early in the morning, the restaurants named Cat Cafe and Texas Chicken.

I loved the early morning markets with chickens in cages and old women balancing giant baskets filled with fruit and hundreds of bananas piled up. And of course people were all staring at us - tourists zipping through town on expensive sidecar motorcycles.

Our group enjoyed stopping for sweet Vietnamese coffee at a local park, where the men come to chat and show off their birds.

Men (and a couple women) show off their birds during a morning chat

Men (and a couple women) show off their birds during a morning chat

It was the best thing I did in Saigon. I've been getting a lot of e-mails about how to book it, so I wanted to post the info here. My hotel, The Reverie Saigon, booked it for me through Indochina Heritage Travel. You don't have to do it super early (we left at 6:30am), but I loved zooming through the city as it woke up. A four-hour tour for one person on a sidecar is $215. If you have two people in the sidecar, the cost is reduced to $135 per person (as of October 2015).

Waiting at The Reverie Saigon to leave

Waiting at The Reverie Saigon to leave