Explore the Great Holy See Temple of Cao Dai and the Cu Chi Tunnels of the Viet Cong on a full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Learn more about the history and ceremonies of the Cao Dai faith, and the role the Cu Chi Tunnels played in the Vietnam War.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City for the day on a full-day tour of the Great Holy See Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels near the Cambodian border.
Transfer by air-conditioned bus to Cao Dai Temple, and marvel at one of the most striking structures in South-East Asia. Built in 1926, the temple is the “Holy See” of the Cao Dai sect, a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity, set up in Tay Ninh in the 1920s. Watch the monks perform midday mass before you leave.
After lunch, continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels, 60 kilometers (40 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City. Explore the network of underground passages that stretched 220 kilometers, from Saigon to the Cambodian border at its peak. Enter the tunnels through one of the tiny trap doors to see how the Viet Cong built living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, and even weapons factories as part of their war strategy.
Pass tranquil paddy fields and see grazing water buffalo along the riverside. Hear how this rural scene belies the terrible destruction and defoliation caused by bombing and mines when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone.” See evidence of fierce battles and remnants of the Vietnam War.
- Transportation by air-conditioned tourist bus
- English-speaking guide
- Bottled water
- Tapioca and hot tea
What's Not Included
- Entrance fee to Cu Chi Tunnels (VND 110 person)
- Gun shooting