Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Underground City Tour
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Tour Departure Time: 7:00 AM From Tuesday to Saturday
Tour Length: Approximately 9 hours
Transportation: Speedboat & Motorbike
This is a combination of Les Rives Cu Chi Historical Site tour by speedboat and Saigon Underground city tour by motorbike. On the same day, you will visit the Cu Chi Tunnels and explore the secret places of Saigon that affected resistance during the Indochina and Vietnam Wars.
Travel like a VIP and arrive hours before the large bus tour groups to the famous Cu Chi Tunnel historical site. During the tour, an English-speaking guide will introduce you to life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat gracefully slips through knots of floating water hyacinths on this scenic boat trip. Enjoy a window into traditional Mekong river life and wonderful photo opportunities.
After a short documentary, your guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.
A traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels.
When the speedboat arrives in Saigon, your motorbike driver will meet you at the pier. You will hop on the bike to explore the secret places of Saigon most of the tourist don’t even know exist. You will visit a secret printing house covered as a guitar shop and used during the Indochina war for publishing propaganda tracts in 1952 – 1957. The materials were then sent to the north of Vietnam to spread the political message there. During the Geneva Conference in 1954, the publications called on the reunification of North and South Vietnam.
After an adventurous ride, you will stop at a secret weapon cache that functioned during the Vietnam War. The owner, officially a curtain manufacturer, was supplying the arms to fight the Southern regime. The weapons were secretly transported from Cu Chi Tunnels and stored in the underground cache before being dispatched to Saigon-based resistance. During the famous Tet Offensive in 1968, weapons from this cellar were used to attack the Independence Palace.
In case one of the underground sites is not available on the day of your tour, you will visit a hospital built by French at the end of the 19th century that in fact was used as a prison from the 1930s until the end of Vietnam War in 1975.
The first General Secretary of the Communist Party of Indochina, comrade Tran Phu was sent there when he got arrested in 1931 “to be cured”. Famous revolutionaries such as comrade Nguyen Van Troi were kept there during the Vietnam War.
At the end of our Saigon Underground city tour, you will stop by a local coffee shop for refreshment and then will be dropped off at your hotel.
0-3 years oldFree of charge
Under 12 years oldVND 2,599,000*
Minimum two guests are required for this tour
* Includes mandatory Government Tax and Service Charge
Includes: Light breakfast & lunch, unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels.
Please note we only pickup and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3
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7:00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to your boat at Ho Chi Minh City’s pier.
7:20 am: 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.
8:50 am: 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.
9:00 am: Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels 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.
11:00 am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, consisting of authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes and soup.
11:30 am: Depart Cu Chi Tunnels and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
1:00 pm: Arrive back at Saigon’s pier and be picked up by your motorbike driver for our Saigon Underground city tour.
1:30 pm: You will visit a secret printing house covered as a guitar shop and used during the Indochina war for publishing propaganda tracts in 1952 – 1957.
2:30 pm: After an adventurous ride, you will stop at a secret weapon cache that functioned during the Vietnam War.
In case one of the underground sites is not available on the day of your tour, you will visit a hospital built by French at the end of the 19th century that in fact was used as a prison from the 30s until the end of Vietnam War in 1975.
3:15 pm: You will leave the weapon cache and be driven to a local coffee shop for refreshment.
4:30 pm: Your driver will drop you off at your hotel.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
Explore the winding, underground passageways in your Cu Chi Tunnel tour
Cu Chi Tunnel Historical Site tour will include visiting an American weapons gallery, and later on even a bullet riddled tank. You will be shown a variety of ingenious and rather brutal booby traps used by the VC. And you’ll try to discover secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other creative disguises.
You’ll learn everything from how the kitchens fed up to 10,000 fighters in the tunnels (and how they disguised the smoke), to how they defended the tunnels from American bombs and infiltrators. You’ll even see the huge crater formed by an American B52 bomber.
And of course, you’ll be able to explore the 1-metre high tunnels themselves. These tunnels have been enlarged slightly, but it can still be a pretty claustrophobic experience – imagine living down there for months! Fortunately, there are regular that allow you to exit easily if you wish. Original, unchanged tunnels can also be explored, although this is certainly not for the faint hearted!
At the end of the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, there is a firing range that allows you to fire real war-era weapons including the M66 and AK47.
Visit the secret places of Saigon connected with Indochina and Vietnam wars
In our Saigon Underground city tour, you will have an exciting motorbike ride and explore the places that you would unlikely find by yourself. You will visit a secret printing house used for publishing propaganda tracts during the Indochina war, a secret weapon cache that supplied the arms to resistance forces during the Vietnam war. If one of the places is closed, you will be brought to a secret prison (initially built as a hospital) where from the 1930s to 1975 communist figures were kept.
What to know in advance of Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Underground city tour
Bring your camera! There are amazing photo opportunities both traveling to and from Cu Chi tunnel location and at the actual site itself.
Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note for Halal food a $10 surcharge will be incurred.
Soft drinks ( Coke Zero), matcha green tea, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
From November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.
Some of the tunnels at Cu Chi have been enlarged, yet they can still be claustrophobic. However, there are always plenty of exits.
Please note that the abundant water hyacinth on the Saigon River can cause the boat to stall, meaning sometimes we’ll have to go at a gentler pace than usual. Occasionally there are slight delays.
We are happy to say that no tour is exactly the same with Les Rives, and as result scheduled times can vary slightly.
All guides speak excellent English and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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