Saigon Street Eats Update

It’s been just over three months since we launched our street food tours in Ho Chi Minh City and we have been blown away by the response to our new business, Saigon Street Eats.

We’ve rocketed up the TripAdvisor listings to be ranked (as of today) at number 14 of 103 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. Even better, the business has covered most of our expenses this month. We’ve also been eating lots and lots of fantastic street food.


The best thing about our little business is the amazing people it brings us into contact with. We’ve met adventurous travelers from all over the world and my list of want-to-visit places has expanded enormously to include never-before-considered countries like Portugal and Sweden.

We’ve taken families, couples, friends, solo travelers and even an extended family out on eating tours. It’s amazing how much you can get to know someone in only four-and-a-half hours. We feel like we’ve made some great new friends.

And so our lives have taken another major change. We’ve been up early for morning tours and out late for night tours. (And out VERY late for one hilarious post-tour karaoke session.)

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The aftermath of a street food session in Snail Street

We still haven’t perfected our work-life balance or attained that perfect schedule I dreamt up nearly two years ago. But life is great, so much more enjoyable than our Singapore life of two years ago. I think we are incredibly lucky to have found a way for Darling Man and I to work together doing something we both enjoy.

I’m still writing for a couple of corporate clients and making a bit of money from this blog. I’ve also agreed to write a food column for a new magazine that’s launching soon. I’m really enjoying the variety of having three jobs and keeping part-time hours.

We’re both spending a lot of time with Miss M, which is also wonderful. I have decided three is the best age yet. She is a very entertaining little girl and very very funny. (I can’t wait to share the videos of her singing and chanting at Angkor Wat.)

If you’d like to see some photos of our tours, we’ve created two new Facebook albums of pics from the street: Men of Snail Street and Pho Trail Scenes. Men of Snail Street was supposed to be a calendar but I ran out of time. And it’s not just men, it’s all kinds of people, I just HAD to use that title once I thought it up.

Our tours have also had some great writeups on other blogs. Check out these entries:

Snails, Seafood and Soup in Saigon on What’s Dave Doing

A Tour Of Snail Street With Saigon Street Eats on Ferreting Out The Fun

Touring With Saigon Street Eats on Living Outside Of The Box

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Market smiles on a morning walking tour

I think we are going to have a great 2013 here in Ho Chi Minh City and I hope you are too.

Thank you, dear readers, for sticking with me over the past two years. I hope this year is the best year yet for The Dropout Diaries AND for Saigon Street Eats.

9 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Yay! That’s fantastic news! I hope to see it continue to skyrocket upwards and upwards on Trip Advisor!! It is a great tour!

    Poppy is a hoot…we had such a great time meeting and spending lots of time with you! Thanks again!
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    • Karen Fitzgerald says:

      Congratulations Barbara and Darling Man (and, of course, Miss M). From one of those crazy participants in the VERY, VERY late hilarious post-tour karaoke session, your moving up the charts with a bullet is so very deserved.

      A great couple, a great business concept and a great night out! Thank you for my best experience in Vietnam!

  2. Carmel says:

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting. I can’t wait to try it myself!
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  3. Jenny says:

    I am very happy that your business idea turned out so well – and I am really, really sad that we apparently missed its beginning for only some weeks. When we were roaming the streets of Saigon we would have greatly appreciated a tour like yours, because the sights and sounds and smells were just too overwhelming for Vietnam-first-timers like us.
    I am definitely thinking of revisiting Saigon just for you 😉
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  4. What great news! Congrats! I hope to get to Vietnam within the next year or so. Will def take your tour then!!
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  5. Snap says:

    Your business idea is brilliant! One of the things we find when we travel is we don’t always know how or what to order to eat…and we want to try new foods. Since we’ve been to VN 4 times, we’ve been lucky enough to make local friends and they’ve showed us around, fed us. But othewise we would have been very limited in our culinary experiences. Vietnam’s variety of foods always blows me away. Congratulations on your rising Tripadvisor rating, well done!
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    • Barbara says:

      Yes, I think I was VERY lucky to have Darling Man show me around for the past five years. All we’re doing with our business is sharing his knowledge a bit further! Thanks for your kind words, Ms Snap. Make sure you look me up if you make it back to Vietnam anytime soon.

  6. Congratulations Barbara! I recall when you posted on the Escapists your plan to get the business going – how inspiring you are! We are hoping to be in Vietnam in about 14 months. If you are still giving tours, we will surely connect!

  7. Nicely done Barbara! I knew this would be a success when you were first tossing around the idea. I will have to take the tour when I’m in your neck of the woods again.
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  8. Hokeypokey says:

    That’s awesome. Love the men of snail street too.

    • Barbara says:

      Thanks Mr Pokey. You would have definitely made the Men of Snail Street calendar … if you visited us in Ho Chi Minh City, that is.

      Hope life is good where you are. Hope you send me an email soon. XXX

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