Cu Chi Tunnel Adventure from Ho Chi Minh with English-Speaking Guide

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Visit a local family and gain an insight into local life, past and present. See the former Viet Minh underground stronghold at Cu Chi. The extensive tunnel system here provides great insight into the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people. Delve into an underground world of guerrilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels.

Highlights
  • Explore an underground tunnel system and learn about guerrilla warfare
  • Drop by the former Viet Minh underground stronghold at Cu Chi
  • Visit a local family to learn about past and present local life in Vietnam

Description

Visit a local family and gain an insight into local life, past and present. Experience the world of the Cu Chi freedom fighters with a visit to their famous tunnel system. This network of over 200 km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960's when they played a vital part in the American War, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area close to Ho Chi Minh City. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind, journey 2.5 hours west towards the Cambodian border bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. Before arriving at the tunnels, visit some local friends and gain an insight into local life in the area, both past and present. Learn about their lives, culture and customs and see the recent past through local eyes.

Continue onto the Cu Chi tunnels built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. The location proved to be of significant strategic importance, as it was at the end of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail and within striking distance of the southern Vietnam capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks and by 1965, the tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200km's of tunnels. It included, hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants. To protect against outside intruders, booby traps were laid throughout the complex. Today, the Vietnamese government has preserved approximately 75 kilometres of the tunnels as a memorial park, and in some areas tunnels have been widened and low powered lights installed so that western tourists can now fit through the complex.

The local guide will take you on a fascinating trip around the Cu Chi Tunnels where you can learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. You will walk past huge bomb craters, evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.

Following our step back in modern history we return to the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City.

Includes

  • Hotel drop-off at centrally-located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Cu Chi Tunnel Adventure from Ho Chi Minh with English-Speaking Guide

Duration: 6 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Hotel drop-off at centrally-located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City / Admission / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide
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Schedule

  • 07:15

    Check-in at Saigon Central Post Office entrance

  • Cambodian Border

    Go on a 2 1/2-hour ride towards the Cambodian border. Have a quick stop at a local's house for some first-hand stories about the past and present way of living in Vietnam. Listen to stories and learn all about their culture and customs.

  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    Prepare for a one-of-a-kind adventure to the underground world of the guerrillas. The Cu Chi tunnels were initially built in 1948 to hide from French air attacks.

  • Deeper into the Cu Chi Tunnels

    By1960s, the Cu Chi tunnels were estimated to consist of 200 kilometers of tunnels. The complex played a vital role during the Vietnam War. It has hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens, and sleeping quarters scattered underground.

  • Explore More

    Listen to the guide and observe the surroundings filled with booby traps and bomb craters, some hidden in plain sight. Marvel at the ingenuity of the Vietnamese people during the war. Discover hidden entrances and little chimneys all over the ground.

  • Life in the Cu Chi Tunnels

    Explore the complex and gain insights on the hard living experience underground. Sample some of the simplest cuisines that local fighters ate and survived on.

  • Head Back to Ho Chi Minh City

  • End

    Drop-off at Your Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City

  • (For Check-In) Saigon Central Post Office (Saigon Central Post Office, Công xã Paris, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) Time: 07:15:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh Time: 13:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Saigon Central Post Office (Saigon Central Post Office, Công xã Paris, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) Time: 07:15:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh Time: 13:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

  • No clothing that exposes a large amount of skin

Additional Note(s)
  • Tour does not operate during the Tet Festival or the Vietnamese Lunar New Year.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1 and maximum of 16.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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