Welcome to Cu Chi

If the tenacious spirit of the Vietnamese can be symbolised by a place, few sites could make a stronger case for it than Cu Chi. At first glance there is scant evidence today of the vicious fighting, bombing and destruction that convulsed Cu Chi during the war. To see what went on, you have to dig deeper – underground.The tunnel network of Cu Chi became legendary during the 1960s for its role in facilitating VC... Read More

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$20 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Afternoon Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

This afternoon, depart for Cu Chi tunnels, a 1.5 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Your tour guide will give you an overview introduction of Cu Chi and its legendary history. An documentary film about the tunnels tell you how about the tunnels histories and how fierce the war did happen in the area. You will be guided to the tunnels system including the weapon factory, hospitals, kitchens and crawl under the tunnels. After that travelers can try delicious manioc which is the main food for guerillas in Cu Chi during the war. Visitors can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Leave Cu Chi tunnels and back in Ho Chi Minh City.

$89 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside by Luxury Speedboat

In the morning, meet your guide and small group upon hotel pickup and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Ho Chi Minh Pier. From here, travel comfortably by luxury speedboat to Vietnam’s famed Cu Chi Tunnels. Settle into soft furnishings aboard the high-quality speedboat while your captain effortlessly navigates the shallow, jungle-fringed canals, leaving a small wake that minimizes any impact on the local environment. Speed away from the crowded city toward the countryside while you relax aboard the boat and observe life along the riverbanks. Your informative guide points out homes on stilts and informs you about the local people whose livelihoods depend on the waterway. The journey over the Saigon River takes approximately 1 hour, and unlimited refreshments with local fruit are served on board.Upon arrival at Cu Chi, your guide leads you through the historic site, highlighting the tunnels dug by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, and food and weapons caches. Discover stories of resilience as you tour part of the 75-mile-long (121-km) complex, which served as a base of operations during the war, especially for military campaigns like the Tet Offensive of 1968.Learn about the construction of this immense underground network and slip into a narrow passageway with your guide to imagine what living quarters and military conference rooms were like in the Cu Chi Tunnels, now preserved as a war memorial park. Afterward, a traditional Vietnamese lunch of local food is served at a riverside restaurant.On your return by air-conditioned vehicle, drive through the countryside to explore local agricultural activities with a stop at an organic herb farm and a cricket farm. Get a taste of fresh herbs and discover a Vietnamese delicacy as you watch crickets being prepared as food. You’ll also visit a Vietnamese home where traditional rice paper is made by hand, cooked over a fire and later dried in the sun.Your tour ends upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, with drop-off at your hotel by late afternoon.

$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Cu Chi Tunnels and 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.

$49 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai and Wildlife Rescue Tour

After hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City, hop in your air-conditioned private vehicle for a comfortable 2.5-hour drive through the countryside to Tay Ninh, located near the Cambodian border.Your private tour begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Cao Dai Temple, home of the distinctive Cao Dai religion, which combines the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity, including a belief in the occult. You will have the opportunity to take part in a colorful midday ceremony and take photos as your guide offers insight into the unique rituals.After a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, you’re taken to the Cu Chi tunnels, an elaborate network used as a strategic military base by the Viet Cong because of its proximity to the southern capital of Saigon. It contained schools, hospitals, hidden kitchens, meeting rooms and living quarters during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) that connected several villages. Today, it is preserved by the government as a memorial park. See a short film about the historical importance of the Cu Chi tunnels before walking with your guide into the forest where the tunnels are located. Discover what life was like down below as you crawl into narrow passageways that each cover a distance of 98 to 328 feet (30 to 100 meters). Today the remaining channels offer visitors a real feel for what life was like for guerrilla fighters and their families who lived below ground during the war. After your exploration, take a break in the forest with some hot green tea boiled with pandan leaves, accompanied by steamed tapioca.It’s a short walk back to your vehicle for the drive to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, an animal shelter run by WAR, a nonprofit organization based near Ho Chi Minh City. On a tour of the center, discover how experienced staff engage in wildlife conservation and resource management, and rescue local animals from mistreatment. Learn about fascinating native animals like the pygmy loris, Indochinese leopard, sun bear and pangolin as well as an array of birds, snakes and small mammals that were kept as pets or fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade. The staff carefully rehabilitates endangered animals and, in some cases, returns them to their natural habitats. After your visit, your full-day private tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.Please note: Itinerary is subject to change. If the Wildlife Rescue Station is unavailable you'll get to visit a cricket farm or the Handicapped Handicrafts factory.

$59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group Tour of Ho Chi Minh City Including Cu Chi Tunnels

After morning pickup at your Ho Chi Minh City hotel, travel about 20 miles (30 km) to reach Cu Chi, a district of the city most famous for the 75-mile (121-km) network of underground passages built by the Viet Cong army. Follow your guide through this historic military site, now a war memorial park, which was once a key position for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (known as the American War in Vietnam). Learn how the tunnels provided shelter, supply and communication routes, medical treatment sites, and food and weapons storage. See booby traps that were built to capture intruders and dioramas that illustrate daily life in the tunnels. If you like, you can even crawl through parts of the narrow passageways. After your time in Cu Chi, return to the city for a traditional Vietnamese lunch served at a riverside restaurant. Then spend the afternoon visiting Ho Chi Minh City's top sights. Start your city tour at Reunification Palace, where in 1975, Viet Cong troops broke through the main gates and the party took control of the government, ending the long war. Inside the 1960s-style building, check out the official living quarters, meeting rooms and a military command center complete with old radio equipment and tactical maps from the war. A short walk from the palace, your guide shows you fine examples of French Colonial architecture, including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theater, also known as the Saigon Opera House. Stroll toward the Saigon River along Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Boulevard to admire historic buildings and the ultra-modern Bitexco Tower, until recently the tallest skyscraper in Vietnam. Wrap up your afternoon at Ben Thanh Market — the city’s central market and one of its most colorful areas. Marvel at mounds of goods, and practice your bargaining skills if you wish to purchase any items. At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.

$109 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels Full-Day Trip

Pick-up will commence from 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, drive to My Tho. This is one of the provinces that comprise the Mekong Delta area. 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.Afterwards your will take a trip by row boat along the small waterways. You’ll see the agricultural richness of the delta region in it's fruit orchards, coconut groves and bee-keeping farms. Stop to enjoy honey tea, seasonal fruit, fresh coconut candy and southern Vietnamese folk music. At the end of our tour, drive back to Ho Chi Minh City for a drop off at your hotel around 18:00.