Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Time12 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and explore life along the Mekong River during this half-day excursion from Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy the view as you travel along this world famous river by boat. Then tour the Cu Chi Tunnels, learning what life was like inside this subterranean world during the conflict between the country’s northern and southern regions.
  • Explore Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong River on a half-day tour
  • Travel by speedboat on the Mekong as you enjoy a light meal with Vietnamese coffee, sandwiches, and fruit
  • Learn about life in the extensive tunnel network operated by the Viet Cong army
  • Tour different tunnel sections like the kitchen, firing range, and meeting areas
  • Enjoy an included Vietnamese lunch (morning tour only)
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Great way to experience a slice of Vietnamese history
Choose between morning and afternoon departure times and then receive a transfer from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel. You’ll transfer to the city’s central pier, where you’ll board a boat traveling up the Mekong River heading to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

The exact itinerary details and inclusions vary depending on if you select the morning or afternoon departure, but both trips will get to learn about daily life in the tunnels during their main years of operation during the Vietnam War. You’ll see some of the weapons and booby traps used by soldiers hiding in the tunnels, and tour the different rooms (firing range, kitchen, meeting area) where tunnel residents once congregated.

Depending on the time of your trip you’ll also receive a selection of snacks and meals. At the end of the excursion you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please refer to the itinerary section below for a full explanation of the morning and afternoon trip options.

Itinerary

Option One: Morning Speedboat tour
  • 7:00am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car with air-conditioner to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier at District 1.
  • 7:20am: Depart Saigon by boat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. A light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da) is served, as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
  • 8:50am: Arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels site before the majority of larger bus tours arrive. Watch a brief introductory ‘propaganda’ video to the Cu Chi area.
  • 9:00am: Explore the Cu Chi site, which includes weapon and booby trap exhibitions, navigating authentic Viet Cong tunnel, visiting different underground bunkers (kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunitions etc.), a firing range and much more. Try the local cassava root that sustained Viet Cong fighters for years.
  • 11:00am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, consisting of authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes and soup.
  • 11:30am: Depart Cu Chi and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • 01:00pm: Arrive back at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier. The staff will take you back to your hotel by car.
Option Two: Afternoon Speedboat tour
  • 11.00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car with air-conditioner to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City’s central pier at District 1.
  • 11:20am: Depart Saigon by boat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. A light snack selection of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da) is served, as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
  • 12:50pm: Arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels site. Watch a brief introductory ‘propaganda’ video to the Cu Chi area. Explore the Cu Chi site, which includes weapon and booby trap exhibitions, navigating authentic Viet Cong tunnel, visiting different underground bunkers (kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunitions etc.), a firing range and much more. Try the local cassava root that sustained Viet Cong fighters for years.
  • Depart Cu Chi and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • 5:00pm: Arrive back at Saigon’s central pier. Staff will take you back to your hotel by car.
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