Back of the Bike Tours starts with love. Cheesy.. Yes, but still true. Chad and Thuy actually met while working at a restaurant here in Ho Chi Minh City. After his second day in Vietnam, Chad was lucky enough to find the woman he would marry and spend the next 6 years in Vietnam with. Chad and Thuy continued to work together at the restaurant for the next 2 years. During this time, Thuy would show Chad around to some of her favorite local street food vendors in Vietnam. For those of you who do not know, Ms Thuy has an excellent palate and is a connoisseur of local Vietnamese delicacies.
After getting married, Chad and Thuy lived together here in Ho Chi Minh City in extremely local areas in District 5 and District 8. When Chad’s brother came from America to visit, Chad took his brother on the back of the motorbike to eat at some of the best places that Chad and Thuy had found in the city. During a bike trip to Nha Trang, Chad’s brother convinced him that taking tourists around the city to eat street food was the next job for him and was a natural fit since he was a chef. This is how the idea for Back of the Bike Tours was planted.
Through Thuy’s hard work, determination, and excellent ability to provide some of the best hospitality while eating on the street, she was able to slowly build up the reputation of Back of the Bike Tours. Chad helped a little bit too 😉 At this time in Ho Chi Minh City, Motorbike street food tours was still a very novel idea. So it was truly going out on a limb to try and start a company and idea that not many people were aware existed.
Back of the Bike Tours has been growing and evolving over the last three years. Chad even brought a chef friend over from the United States to experience Vietnamese Street and to work together. Since moving here, Fred and Chad collaborated together to start Saigon’s first underground restaurant that is very popular with young cooks and chef’s would want to start a restaurant without the overhead. When Chad and Thuy decided they would go back to America, Fredrick was asked to collaborate with Chad and Thuy to help continue the legacy of Back of the Bike Tours. Almost a year later, Back of the Bike Tours is still going strong and paving the way as one of the leaders of customer service and ethical tourism in Vietnam. We would like to thank all of our guests for helping us to achieve so much in the last few years. It has truly been a pleasure for everyone here at Back of the Bike Tours to show travelers why we are so in love with Vietnam. We hope to continue with what could possibly be described as the best “job” on the planet for many years to come.