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FULL DAY CU CHI TUNNELS – HO CHI MINH CITY (SGC1)
- 07:35: Welcome and meet Tour Guide at your hotel in the city center. Then, depart to Cu Chi (the time of pick up depends on the customer’s hotel/ accommodation’s exact position).
- On the road, we visit Handicraft Village where you can find out about traditional Vietnamese art paintings. Paintings are drawn sophisticatedly and brightly. We may stop along the way for refreshments and a toilet.
- 09.00: Arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels. You will have some short introduction followed by watching a brief introductory ‘propaganda’ video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of wartime. Visit the surroundings and follow our tour guide to discover the Ben Dinh tunnel. A tour guide will explain to you the life of people who lived under the ground and how they survived and contacted each other.
- Then, spend your time exploring the remaining area and tunnel systems which included the specially constructed living areas with kitchens, and bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapons factories, field hospitals, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. You will have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex. Besides, there are also many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purposes during the war.
- Break time for relaxation or for those who are interested in trying the real shooting gun. You can try to fire off an AK47, MK16, or machine gun at the nearby shooting range (optional by your own account).
- Afterwards, you will be served special tea and cassava which are guerilla’s food during the war. Try the local tapioca with sesame salt. This rustic dish sustained Viet Cong fighters for years during the war and it is a specialty of the old resistance zone of Cu Chi.
- 12:00: Lunch will be served at a local riverside restaurant.
- 14:00: The transfer takes you back to Ho Chi Minh City and visit:
- War Remnants Museum: The must-visit museum for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. The first name was “Exhibition House for U.S. and Puppet Crimes” in 1975, but the name was changed to “Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression” in 5 years later. Until now, it has the name “War Remnants Museum” which displays, stores, and preserves evils and outcomes of the war.
- Independence Palace: also known as the Reunification Palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. The Independence Palace is a widely known landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and was designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu.
- We keep going to two popular places with beautiful structures from the French Colonial times which are known as symbols in Ho Chi Minh City:
- Central Post Office, which was built between 1886 and 1891, has French colonial architecture combined with Eastern style. This place has existed in the history of Ho Chi Minh City for a long time and there are two painted maps created inside the post office. One map is titled “Telegraphic lines of Southern Việt Nam and Cambodia 1892” and the other is titled “Sài Gòn and its surroundings 1892”.
- Notre Dame Cathedral, constructed in 1863 and fully constructed in 1880 by French architecture, has a Roman architectural style mixed with Gothic architectural style and includes the cathedral, two bell towers (58 meters) and a park outside. The building has been remodelled, so we are not able to go inside, but the view outside is wonderful and worth checking in. This place is also the last destination on this trip.
- The Notre Dame Cathedral is being restored, so travelers are able to visit outside only.
- Return to Ho Chi Minh City.
- Drop off at your hotel. End of services and see you next trip.
1. Cancellation policy:
– Any cancellation 45 days prior to arrival date: NO CHARGE (except in case of deposit or issuing the flight tickets to guarantee the seats).
– Any cancellation between 45 days to 35 days prior to arrival date: 10% charge.
– Any cancellation between 35 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 25% charge.
– Any cancellation between 20 days to 10 days prior to arrival date: 50% charge.
– Any cancellation less than 10 days: 100% charge.
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Recent travel review
Our kind and funny guide John did a really good job during our tour, teaching us his story and a lot of historical facts about the Vietnam war. We enjoyed the tour very much which was a true adventure for the whole group that size was still enjoyable. The booking of the tour went very smooth and quickly. Payable via paypal or credit card. The Cu Chi tunnel area is well structured and interesting to explore. For those who dare to shoot one of the old war guns is free to buy from up to 10 bullets for the desired rifle. Would recommend it anytime to everyone that wants to dive deep into the Vietnamese history. Best regards. – Mr. Rambo