We visited some local restaurants and sampled different dishes while learning about Vietnamese food culture and the interesting stories behind each dish.
Also, we enjoyed discussing the history of the city when visiting sightseeing spots.
So is a food tour worth it? We think definitely yes. We discovered many new places that serve the most delicious Vietnamese food.
As with most things, the more you pay, the better the experience. We found this generally true. The pricier tours had full-time staff, who were more informative and professional. They also usually offered unlimited food and drink.
The cheaper tours typically have part-time student tour guides. Their English was always good, but sometimes their knowledge and explanations were lacking. Food and drink were also usually limited.
All in all, if you want to try good food, the cheaper tours are still a great option. However, if you’re a bit of a culinary, history, or cultural nerd who wants to ask a lot of questions, perhaps a more expensive option is better.