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The Saigon road meals tour making noise with a Vietnamese-made electrical motorcycle

Whereas bike road meals excursions are nothing new in Vietnam’s greatest metropolis, this one does it with the atmosphere in thoughts

There are scores of bike road meals excursions in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis lately that may be completed on the likes of classic Vespas and even with ao dai clad younger girls who zip you thru the town’s infamous site visitors with swish ease to your subsequent culinary expertise of a unique sort.

Ao Dai is Vietnam’s official nationwide costume sometimes worn on formal events, not often on back-of-the bike foodie excursions.

I suppose you gotta do, what you gotta do, proper?

YesRide cares for its prospects’ consolation and, extra importantly, their security

However with so many choices on the market, all vying for worldwide guests to take their excursions in an area that’s determined to make up for misplaced money and time, it’s onerous to know which one to decide on.

Not too long ago, Tri from YesRide reached out to me by way of Fb after he’d seen a few of my YouTube movies about Vietnam.

Video is a brand new medium for me, so I used to be satisfied that Tri, a 26 year-old promoting exec by day from Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, would discover my movies remotely fascinating, and, maybe much more shockingly, needed me to doc my expertise of his road meals tour for my YouTube channel.

He additionally promised that I’d expertise locations that I’d by no means tried earlier than.

“Signal me up!” I bleated.

WATCH: My tour expertise with Tri and YesRide

YesRide was initially born out of Tri and his associates’ want to enhance their English, and since Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, or Saigon to these of us who dwell right here, is synonymous with motorbikes and road meals, it’s the right enterprise mannequin – plonk paying prospects on the again of motorbikes, drive them across the metropolis to out of the way in which meals joints, all of the whereas working in your English abilities one-on-one.


For probably the most half it’s labored, though there was that slight hiccup all of us skilled between 2020 and 2022 that threw a spanner within the wheel spokes.

However, they’ve dusted off their bikes and are bouncing again fully-recharged – actually.

My tour begins on the well-known Ben Thanh Market within the centre of city, the place we greet one another and Tri arms me a helmet that miraculously matches my outsized head.

That he caters for me on this division, reveals YesRide cares for its prospects’ consolation and, extra importantly, their security.

You haven’t actually been to Vietnam if you happen to haven’t had a xe ôm expertise the place you’ve discovered your self funneling by way of pulsating site visitors with a helmet on that neither matches or has a chin strap that correctly does up.

I used to be dreading that this can be one other case.

We take off on Tri’s electrical motorcycle manufactured by VinFast, a subsidiary of the Vietnamese conglomerate, VinGroup.

VinFast was established in 2017, headquartered in Singapore and is the primary Vietnamese automotive and bike producer.

YesRide began providing excursions in 2018.

The journey is clean, to not point out quiet, a uncommon factor in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, which in April this yr, was ranked the fourth loudest place on Earth based on a UN report on noise air pollution.

The WHO recommends a most restrict of 70 decibels for site visitors and industrial areas – Ho Chi Minh Metropolis registers a whopping 103.

The quietness of the bike actually comes into its personal by way of the darkish slim alleyways of District 10 later throughout the tour as we zigzag out and in of the densely populated neighbourhoods on our strategy to slurp on the favored curbside dessert chè – a sometimes candy kind of soup made generally with peas, beans, jellies, fruits, nuts, coconut milk and absolutely anything else you may consider, with crushed ice.

Tri and his crew at YesRide are fully-licensed and accredited by the native authorities to supply excursions like this, which in a local weather that has develop into ripe for ‘backyarders’ to proliferate and reap the benefits of unsuspecting (and consequently, uninsured) vacationers, presents peace of thoughts that within the occasion of an accident, you’ll be lined if wanted.

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“Our tour enables you to attempt genuine meals from throughout Vietnam, however largely the south,” says Tri as we glide by way of the streets and I marvel at how I can really hear all the pieces that he’s saying.

His English is spot-on and greater than fills within the gaps left behind by my clumsy Vietnamese that if it had been an animal, would absolutely be higher off euthanised.

My tour this night takes in 4 places and about seven completely different sorts of dishes and snacks that, by the tip, should absolutely have elevated the tyre strain on the VinFast.

On the very least, I’m sure Tri is discovering the load on the again heavier to maneuver by way of site visitors than earlier than, though he would by no means admit it.

There are over 60 various kinds of road meals at your fingertips on YesRide’s routes, naturally you may’t absorb all of them, however you in all probability may if you happen to did their tour 10 instances over.

Because of this Tri and his small group are at all times mixing issues up to make sure their enterprise retains evolving and rising and that there’s nearly at all times one thing new to expertise if you happen to occur to take their tour a number of instances.

“We go to areas solely locals know,” explains Tri at our final vacation spot the place the pavement is lined with younger college students and workplace staff with 9 to five jobs sitting on miniature pink plastic stools getting their sugar repair earlier than curfew, “and the one factor you could deliver is an empty abdomen!”

Whereas it appears Tri has all the pieces in place to present his enterprise each likelihood of success, using an electrical motorcycle for his excursions would possibly simply show to be the distinctive promoting proposition that he and his associates are on the lookout for to push them to the highest of the Google algorithm and higher publicity.

All they want now’s extra bums on seats to allow them to put money into extra electric-powered bikes which, on the similar time, would possibly inadvertently assist Ho Chi Minh Metropolis transfer down that dreaded UN listing.

And this bum thinks that will be one thing to make some noise about.

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