Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Overview

Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels by luxury speedboat then discover the daily life of rural southern Vietnam on a full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the vast tunnel network built under the Cu Chi district by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Take a speedboat down the Saigon River to reach Cu Chi, observing life along the river en route. Numbers are limited to 14 to ensure a small-group experience, which includes a riverside Vietnamese lunch.
  • Luxury speedboat cruise to the Cu Chi Tunnels with an expert guide
  • Speed along the Saigon River from Ho Chi Minh City to jungle-lined canals
  • Explore the war memorial park at Cu Chi, where preserved underground tunnels helped Viet Cong guerrillas during the war
  • Enjoy on-board refreshments and a mouthwatering Vietnamese lunch at a riverside restaurant
  • Drive around the countryside to learn about cricket-raising and paper-making at local farms
  • Return transport by air-conditioned vehicle as well as hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience
Start your day with morning hotel pickup and transfer to your luxury speedboat at Ho Chi Minh Pier. From there, travel comfortably in a high-quality speedboat to Vietnam’s famed Cu Chi Tunnels.

The river cruise takes approximately one hour and local fruit with unlimited refreshments are served on board. Observe life along the riverbanks as your guide informs you about the local people's river-based livelihoods. Enjoy great photo ops of the Saigon River's jungle-fringed canals and tributaries, where you might see houses on stilts or water buffalo at work.

Disembark at Cu Chi and follow your guide through the historic site, now a war memorial that features the impressive labyrinth of tunnels dug by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War). Tour sections of the 75-mile-long (121-km) complex, which proved key to military campaigns such as the Tet Offensive of 1968. You can even slip into one of the narrow passageways to imagine how the supply routes and communications, hospitals, and food and weapons caches were operated underground.

After experiencing the tunnels, enjoy lunching on traditional Vietnamese fare at a riverside restaurant.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City in a climate-controlled minivan, passing through the countryside to get a taste of rural life. Stop at a cricket farm and discover a Vietnamese delicacy as you watch crickets being prepared as food. Then taste the fresh herbs that go into many Vietnamese dishes at a nearby organic herb farm. Top off your experience by visiting a home where rice paper is made the traditional way, shaped by hand then cooked over a fire and dried in the sun.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in the late afternoon.

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h
, Apr 2018

We were picked up on time, breakfast wraps, fresh fruit and hot and cold drinks offered on boat trip. The tour was very interesting at the tunnels. The cricket farm and countryside tour also good. Would definitely recommend.

k
, Oct 2017

Exceptional tour! Prompt pickup from hotel. Speedboat ride cool and quick - perfect for that humid weather. Quicker than taking a bus. Unlimited drinks and cut local fruit. Even had a bahn mi sandwich before departing! There were only three of us on the tour, so the Cu Chi tunnels tour was easy to maneuver. Seemed more personal. Didn't have to wait for slow people in the group. Tour left me with a much greater understanding of the tunnels and appreciate the difficulties of the Vietnamese during the war. Lunch was served right there at Cu Chi. The cricket farm was amazing! Never saw anything like this before! The air-conditioned van back to the hotel was so comfortable, I took a nap! Would definitely recommend this tour!

D
, Aug 2017

Speedboat is the fastest and in my opinion the best way to travel to Cu Chi. We had a fun guide who spoke excellent English and made this a memorable experience. Seeing the tunnels is a must for anyone who knows anything about Vietnam's history.

G
, Aug 2017

Great tour, well looked after. Wonderfully informative and with interesting personal anecdotes our guide Tam was a delight. Luxury speedboat and refreshments excellent. Tunnel tour great experience, Tam got us around early to miss most of the crowds. Visits to Rice Paper making and cricket farm exceptional experiences. We got to try our hand at rice paper making and eat fried crickets..Yes we did! The cricket farm was a high quality family place which made us comfortable to try this delicacy?? Minivan driver a bit rough over potholed roads, not as careful as others we had experienced. Overall, exceptional tour, thank you Tam.

A
, Jul 2017

This was a well-organized tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels and then back through the countryside. The ride up to the tunnels was by speedboat, which was a nice, relaxing ride where we got to see the activity along the river. Going to the tunnels is a great learning experience and you even get to crawl through them. The lunch was satisfying after being on the boat and walking around the tunnel site all morning. After lunch we rode by van to various locations in the countryside and even got to practice making rice paper and sampled crickets. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We left the hotel at 7 AM and got back at 3:30 PM. All in all, it was a great day.

H
, Jul 2017

Great tour. Picked up on time and after a little bit of confusion as to what boat we were on, the speedboat trip up the river was amazing as was the provided breakfast. Sorry but I can't remember our guides name, but he was very knowledgable with everything to do with the Cu Chi Tunnels. This tour gets there before the crowds arrive - added bonus! We had a beautiful lunch provided and the van ride back including the visit to the cricket farm was wonderful. Can highly recommend this tour.

G
, Jun 2017

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Countryside tour is great since you find out how people live day-to-day and be apart of it. Biggest suggestion would to give it a try and to keep your mind open :

p
, May 2017

Very hot day, but learned much about the tunnels and the war. The countryside side of the tour was excellant and got to meet many local peopl and how they did they work in the areas we visited.

g
, Feb 2017

What an amazing tour! Pick up from hotel and then to river to catch the speedboat Coffee and banh mi provided for early morning tour. Interesting to see how the Vietnamese survived the torture and how they beat the Americans and were ahead of them all the time. Very good tour guide Must do tour!

M
, Feb 2017

Very nice. It was a lovely trip by boat and once we arrived the tour guide explain the all history including a documentary and visit some the tunnels. Amazing. Lunch and the return by boat was very nice.


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