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Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

1. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh

This full-day tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to two popular attractions, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and the Mekong Delta.  Be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city in the morning and board a comfortable and spacious car. Head to Cu Chi tunnels, where you will explore and learn about the Vietnam War resistance the US Forces. Depart for Mekong Delta in the late morning, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese Cuisine. Make your way to the Mekong Delta after lunch. Hop aboard a rowboat and travel through small canals under the fronds of coconut trees. Transfer to a motorboat to cruise to Coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits, honey tea, and local wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the countryside roads in the afternoon and have the chance to get to know the locals by interacting with them while they live their daily lives. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, then say goodbye and depart for Ho Chi Minh City. Return to Ho Chi Minh city in the evening and be taken back to your hotel. Tour starts at 730AM, ends 640PM.

Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

2. Ho Chi Minh: Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tour

Be picked up from your Ho Chi Minh accommodation in the morning and board a comfortable mini van. Head to the Cu Chi tunnels and hear about the Vietnamese resistance to the US Forces. Depart for the Mekong Delta, stopping at a local restaurant on the way to enjoy a delectable lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Following lunch, arrive in Mekong Delta, and board a row boat to travel along small canals under the coconut tree fronds.  Board a motor boat and cruise to coconut island. Disembark at a local family's residence to enjoy tropical fruits and taste honey tea and wine. See how local products are made and listen to a live local music performance performed by the villagers. Stroll along the country roads in the afternoon to see what local life is like. Relax in the peaceful atmosphere, before saying goodbye and returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City in the evening and be taken back to your accommodation.

From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

3. From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels and VIP Speedboat Tour

Take a trip on the Saigon River Express, offering you a luxurious tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels with five star service aboard one of our modern and luxurious speedboats. Forget tour buses; this tour will depart from Ho Chi Minh City for a scenic 1.5-hour boat trip to Cu Chi. Upon arrival, a private screening of the official Cu Chi Tunnels video will be shown with commentary and additional information from your English-speaking guide. Learn more about this immense network of underground tunnels that were used by Viet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War. A traditional Vietnamese lunch or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels. Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request.

Ho Chi Minh City: Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

After pickup from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Temple. This religious sect combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity in its philosophy. Experience the prayer session at noon and admire the colorful, mysterious and marvelous architecture.   After lunch, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground system used by the Vietnamese to fight the Americans during the America and Vietnam War. You can crawl through the very narrow tunnels, made completely by hand during the war. Then watch a short documentary film about the Cu Chi Tunnels, available in a number of foreign languages.   Gain more knowledge of Vietnamese history, traditions, and culture. You can taste boiled tapioca with hot pandanus tea, the local food eaten by Vietnamese soldiers during the war. At the end of the tour your will be dropped off back in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

5. Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels on a guided tour. Learn about the history of the underground passageways from a Vietnam War veteran and, if you feel like it, try firing an M16 or AK-47 rifle at a firing range. Choose whether to take the tour in a small group or to book a private tour.  Get picked up from your accommodation and travel in comfort to the Ben Dinh tunnel entrance with your tour guide. Here, you’ll find replicas of booby traps, sleeping quarters, and barracks to give you a feel for the reality of life during the war. Listen to a detailed history of the Cu Chi Tunnels from a local Vietnam War veteran and wander around the labyrinth of passageways while learning about the history and importance of this site. After touring the tunnels, you’ll arrive at a firing range where you’ll have the option to fire an M16 or AK-47. Then you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh and be dropped off at your accommodation to end the day’s trip.

Cu Chi Tunnels Less-touristy Tour to Ben Duoc

6. Cu Chi Tunnels Less-touristy Tour to Ben Duoc

This half day tour takes you to the Ben Duoc tunnels with fewer visitors coming so that you could have the best and personalized experiences exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels At around 7:45 to 8:00AM after picking up from your central hotels in District 1 or meet at the meeting point in Ho Chi Minh city then drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels, located in the countryside where you can see rice paddies along the road and ducks and water buffalo swimming in rivers. After 90-minute car ride (approximately) arrive the Ben Duoc tunnels, where you will be watching a short documentary film that takes you to the past with an introduction of the Cu Chi Tunnels. You can crawl short distances through the tunnels that were used by the guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. You may see a kitchen, living quarters, and a meeting room on the way. Learn about how different types of traps were created and set up. Visit the weapons room and learn hot the ingenious Viet Cong soldiers made them. You can also try your hand at the shooting range with an AK-47. Tour ends at around 3:00PM

From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels VIP Tour by Limousine

7. From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels VIP Tour by Limousine

Depart Ho Chi Minh City in the morning at 08:00 for the 60-km drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. You’ll travel in luxury and comfort in a Ford limousine. Cu Chi district is considered a heroic site for the role it played in the American War. It is legendary for the tunnel system that stretches for over 220 km and is a popular attraction with both Vietnamese and foreign visitors. On this full-day trip, the drive will take you past rural rice paddy landscapes, where ducks and water buffalo swim in the waters at the edge of the road. With this scenery in view, it’s hard to imagine the destruction and deforestation of the area caused by bombs and mines when Cu Chi was labeled a free target zone. You’ll see evidence showing that the district was once a battleground. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fire an AK-47 you can find out at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Full Day Small Group Tour

8. Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta: Full Day Small Group Tour

First, be picked up from your hotel and after about 1.5 hours, you will reach Cu Chi tunnels. On arrival, through a short video, you are given an introduction into how the Cu Chi Tunnels were made and how the Vietnamese people suffered the hardships during the period of war. Be taken to discover the remaining area and a part of the tunnel network which embraces special living areas – kitchens and bedrooms side by side, and martial facilities – weapon factories, storage, command centers, and field hospitals. Additionally, learn about dangerous traps and hidden trap doors inside the maze-like tunnels for the guerrillas’ security purpose during the wartime. Interestingly, taste special tea and cassava which was once the everyday food of the former Vietnamese guerrillas. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then visit My Tho city. Take a leisurely cruise along Tien River. After, pay a visit to a coconut candy mill, a family business, then be taken down the small canals by wooden sampans to soak up the pleasant atmosphere of the river region. Savor seasonal fruits, take a sip of honey tea and get a sense of Southern Vietnamese folk music through music performed by the locals. You will return to Ho Chi Minh City at approximately 7:00 PM.

Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

9. Cu Chi Tunnels Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City with lunch

At the height of the American-Vietnamese War, the Cu Chi tunnel system covered a distance of more than 250 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and was 3 levels deep. The network included numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving visitors a unique experience and a feeling of underground life during the war. The tunnels have been widened for the benefit of visitors. For those interested, there’s an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range. On this half-day tour you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at around 08:00-08:30 before heading out on the 1 hour 45 minute drive to Cu Chi. The drive will take you through pleasant countryside and rubber forest. When you arrive at Cu Chi you’ll see a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were ingeniously constructed, and then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Various mantraps and the remains of an American tank are on display. You’ll see a number of bomb craters made by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52s. The tour will end at approximately 14:00. After your lunch, the guide and diver drop you at your hotel, end tour.

Private Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta: Full-Day Guided Tour

10. Private Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta: Full-Day Guided Tour

We’ll pick you up at your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in the early morning, and you’ll travel with your English-speaking guide to the Cu Chi tunnels. The drive is around 60 km. At Cu Chi you’ll be shown a documentary film about the tunnels and learn how the locals made bamboo traps, rice-paper and rice-wine. You’ll then have the opportunity to explore the web of underground tunnels dug by Vietnamese resistance fighters. After exploring the tunnels, we’ll drive to My Tho. This is one of the provinces that comprise the Mekong Delta area. We’ll cruise by boat along the upper Mekong through a region with islands named after 4 animals that appear in Buddhist writings – Dragon, Unicorn, Phoenix and Turtle. On this part of the tour you’ll observe some of the activities of regional Vietnamese daily life and appreciate how life here depends on the River. We’ll then take you on a trip by rowboat along the small waterways. You’ll see the agricultural richness of the delta region in its fruit orchards, coconut groves and bee-keeping farms. We’ll stop so you can enjoy honey tea, seasonal fruit, fresh coconut candy and southern Vietnamese folk music. At the end of our tour we’ll drive back to Ho Chi Minh City and drop you off at your hotel at around 18:00.

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4.3 / 5

based on 83 reviews

Great experience. Travis was a brilliant tour guide, answering any question we had with excellent detail and perfect English. For anyone interested in learning about the Vietnamese war, this tour is a great way to do it.

What an experience! I was too scared to go into the tunnels but it was great being there and learning the history behind everything. the delta portion was amazing with boat rides and lots of taste testing!

Tour was amazing! It was very informative & fun. Our tour guide Beo was very friendly, he added to the experience and made it better!

interesting tour, especially due to the insights of our guide Tuan, can recommend

Nice experience. Our guide Nhu speaks good English and informed us very well.