Cu Chi and Tay Ninh

The private tour to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai is a great day trip from Ho Chi Minh. Visit Tay Ninh, home of the unique Cao Dai sect which is a mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity.

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CU CHI TUNNELS (Half day)

TAY NINH – CU CHI (Full day)

CU CHI & SAI GON (Full day)

JEEP TOUR – CU CHI TUNNEL 

JEEP TOUR – CU CHI TUNNEL AND CITY TOUR

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CU CHI TUNNELS (Half day)
TAY NINH – CU CHI (Full day)
CU CHI & SAI GON (Full day)
JEEP TOUR - CU CHI TUNNEL
JEEP TOUR - CU CHI TUNNEL AND CITY TOUR

The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. It is 70km far from Saigon centre.

The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.

08:00 (or 13:00): You will be picked up at your hotel . Leave busy Saigon for the tunnels of Cu Chi, where are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that are located in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline much of the country. On our way there we drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. At the Cu Chi tunnels, you will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that transfer back to Saigon. Back to your hotel at around 12:00 or 18.00

08:00 You will be picked up at your hotel. Drive a long way on the country side of Vietnam to Tay Ninh, 100 km from Ho Chi Minh city. On arrival to the head quarters of the Cao Dai religion, you will have a chance to witness the daily ceremony at Cao Dai Holy See, and meet followers that come to attend the ceremony wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity and Buddhism. Lunch at a local restaurant.

 Drive to the tunnels of Cu Chi, where are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that are located in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline much of the country. On our way there we drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. At the Cu Chi tunnels, you will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that transfer back to Saigon. Back to your hotel at around  18:30.

Note:

– Photo is permitted during the ceremony
– Trouser and skirts are required to cover the knees
– Shoes are asked to remove before entering
– Keep quiet during the ceremony

08:00 (or 13:00): You will be picked up at your hotel. Leave busy Saigon for the tunnels of Cu Chi, where are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that are located in the Cu Chi district of Saigon, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline much of the country. On our way there we drive through pleasant countryside; rubber plantations and rice paddies. At the Cu Chi tunnels, you will see a short introductory video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers. After that transfer back to Saigon.

After lunch, visit Saigon:

 War Remnants museum : Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes , this is a poignant display of the futility of war. Some of the black and white photography in the ‘Requiem’ exhibit is particularly touching, dedicated to both foreign and Vietnamese journalists and photographers who perished during the conflict. The exhibit includes the last shots these photographers had taken before their deaths. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks and cannons captured from the American military machine.

 Cholon: Cholon actually means Big Market – a claim that is well justified as Vietnam ‘s largest market, the Binh Tay, is located here. The district is home to the city’s 400,000 Chinese and has many beautiful temples and pagodas.

Ben Thanh market: This bustling and well-organized market is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk Ao Dais.

Notre Dame cathedral and Old Post Office : Built between 1877 and 1883, this is one of the best examples of classical French colonial architecture. Remarkably every stone used in its creation was shipped from France to Vietnam . Her two 40m towers, topped with iron spires dominate the city’s skyline. The Old Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture and is also the country’s largest post office.

Back to your hotel at around 18:00.

08:00 Your army Jeep and guide will meet you at hotel and take a drive for about 02 hours to Cu Chi tunnels. Upon arrival, you will watch a short introductory video about the land, people of Cu Chi during the war. Visit various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters. If you like to try out war-era guns, check it out at shooting range at your own expense.

Optional: Leaving Cu Chi Tunnels, you will visit Mr. Mushroom’s farm & restaurant. Take a visit to the farm to know more about how local people use herbs and vegetables for both food and medicines. After the farm tour, enjoy your meal with fresh ingredients picked from his farm.

Hop into the Jeep go back to city, trip ends at your hotel.

 Trip Notes:

Jeep driving distance: 120km
Tour duration: 5.5-06 hours (without lunch)
What to bring: sun cream, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, sandals or walking shoes, hat

08:00 Your army Jeep and guide will meet you at hotel and take a drive to Cu Chi tunnels.

Upon arrival, you will watch a short introductory video about land and then visit various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters; you even can explore the tunnels by yourself. You may like to try out war-era guns, check it out at shooting range at your own expense.

Leaving Cu Chi Tunnels, you will visit Mr. Mushroom’s farm & restaurant. Visit the farm with explanation about vegetables and herbs there. After the farm tour, enjoy your meal with fresh ingredients picked from his farm.

Go back to Saigon, you will start the city tour, with the visits of the Reunification palace, the former residence of the President of South Vietnam. Leaving the city center, heading to District 5 (Cho Lon), the oldest part of Saigon with the large Chinese community has been settled for centuries. In Cho Lon, you will spend time visiting the bustling Binh Tay Market.

Trip Notes:

Jeep driving distance: 150km
Tour duration: 08 hours
What to bring: sun cream, sunglasses, mosquito repellent, sandals or walking shoes, hat


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