Cu Chi Tunnels Half Day Tour by Luxury Speedboat

CU CHI TUNNELS CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY TOUR BY LUXURY SPEEDBOAT

  • Adult

    1,899,000 VND*
  • Child

    Under 12 years old

    1,299,000 VND*
  • Infant

    0-3 years old

    Free of charge

Departure Time: 7 AM or 11 AM

Finish Time: 1 PM or 5 PM

Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour by speedboat is one of Les Rives best selling tours, you will travel like a VIP and arrive hours before the large bus tour groups to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels historical site (also pronounced as Chu Chi Tunnels by some foreigners ). Because this is a popular attraction with Vietnamese school children and holiday-makers, we set out early to avoid large crowds, ensuring that our boats arrive before everyone else.

You will have an opportunity to uncover the secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern districts. During the speedboat trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, Les Rives 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. You will have a chance to enjoy a window into traditional Mekong river life and wonderful photo opportunities.

After a short documentary, Les Rives guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.

After you visit the tunnels, a traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served.

GET A DISCOUNTED PRICE OF THIS TOUR IN FOLLOWING PACKAGES

Family Package for Cu Chi Tunnels Tour by Speedboat

Premium servicesAvailable in small group tourGuided by local experts Meal included (breakfast & lunch)Pick-up and drop-off included

Morning Half Day Program (5-6 hours)

7:00 am:  Early in the morning, Les Rives guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby and bring you by car to our speedboat at Bach Dang pier.

7:20 am:  Then you will depart Saigon by speedboat. 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: You will 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 tunnel 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: Say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

01:00 pm: Arrive back at Bach Dang’s pier. Les Rives staff will take you back to your hotel by car.

Afternoon Half Day Program (5-6 hours)* Les Rives also offers an afternoon schedule which departs at 11:00 am and returns to Ho Chi Minh City at 5:00 pm.

Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.

Inclusions: Light breakfast & lunch (morning departure), lunch (afternoon departure), unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels.

Exclusions: Food and drinks (unless specified), gratuities (optional), bullets at shooting range (optional), surcharge for halal meal options (if required)

Please note we only pickup and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3 

All transactions on our website are processed by Trekksoft. You can choose to use conversion rate of Trekksoft or of your credit card issuers. This option is displayed before checkout. Please check and choose the option which you find more advantageous. Les Rives will hold no accountability for currency conversion issues.

Explore the winding, underground passageways in Les Rives Cu Chi Tunnels tour by speedboat

Our Cu Chi Tunnels tour – Historical Site will include visiting an American weapons gallery, and later on even a bullet riddled tank. Then you will be shown a variety of ingenious and rather brutal booby traps used by the Viet Cong. Cu Chi Tunnels also include secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other creative disguises for you to discover.

Our knowledgeable guides will explain to you everything about the Cu Chi Tunnels from how the kitchens fed up to 10,000 fighters in 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 tour, there is a firing range that allows you to fire real war-era weapons including the M66 and AK47.

What to know in advance of Cu Chi Tunnels 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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gbromness Avatar

5 star rating Highly Recommend - Great Way to Tour Tunnels! Such an easy and great way to get to the Cu Chi Tunnels! We opted for the morning trip which was a great decision as we got to the tunnels... read more

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rachaelo2016 Avatar

5 star rating Awesome experience We got picked up at 7am then we’re on the speed boat by 7.30am. It was an hour and a half speed boat ride with lots of interesting scenery to... read more

rachaelo2016
rachaelo2016 Avatar

5 star rating Awesome experience We got picked up at 7am then we’re on the speed boat by 7.30am. It was an hour and a half speed boat ride with lots of interesting scenery to... read more

rachaelo2016
michaelosterman Avatar

5 star rating Strongly recommended Cu Chi Tunnel tour A perfect orginzed tour and it worked clockwise with pickup and the schedule during the day. Great guide and interesting subject for the tour. Must be much better than sitting... read more

michaelosterman
Angie965 Avatar

5 star rating Excellent Tour with a Superb Guide Our family of three recently did the Cu-Chi Tunnel Tour with Les Rives. Right from the outset they were excellent to deal with, even allowing us to change the day... read more

Angie965
january1101 Avatar

5 star rating Just wonderful and educational I would like to mention and thank Bình for his enthusiasm, impeccable English and his ability in providing accurate historical facts in a very concise manner.

We booked this tour as...
read more

january1101
Beesteph87 Avatar

5 star rating Great way to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels We were recommended this tour by family and were not disappointed. Everything ran smoothly from the pick up at our hotel, through to being dropped off again. After we were... read more

Beesteph87
WAFIHATIHATI Avatar

5 star rating Very Interesting visit to tunnels used by Vietnamese. I was accompanied by my wife and her mother on this trip which got onto my "Bucket List" 2 days before when I heard about it but having known about... read more

WAFIHATIHATI
OVERVIEW
  • Adult

    1,899,000 VND*
  • Child

    Under 12 years old

    1,299,000 VND*
  • Infant

    0-3 years old

    Free of charge

Departure Time: 7 AM or 11 AM

Finish Time: 1 PM or 5 PM

Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour by speedboat is one of Les Rives best selling tours, you will travel like a VIP and arrive hours before the large bus tour groups to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels historical site (also pronounced as Chu Chi Tunnels by some foreigners ). Because this is a popular attraction with Vietnamese school children and holiday-makers, we set out early to avoid large crowds, ensuring that our boats arrive before everyone else.

You will have an opportunity to uncover the secrets of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a vast network of underground passageways built and used by the Viet Cong to evade detection as they moved troops and supplies throughout Ho Chi Minh City’s northern districts. During the speedboat trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, Les Rives 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. You will have a chance to enjoy a window into traditional Mekong river life and wonderful photo opportunities.

After a short documentary, Les Rives guide will lead you through the historic Cu Chi, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts.

After you visit the tunnels, a traditional Vietnamese lunch of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served.

GET A DISCOUNTED PRICE OF THIS TOUR IN FOLLOWING PACKAGES

Family Package for Cu Chi Tunnels Tour by Speedboat

ITINERARY

Premium servicesAvailable in small group tourGuided by local experts Meal included (breakfast & lunch)Pick-up and drop-off included

Morning Half Day Program (5-6 hours)

7:00 am:  Early in the morning, Les Rives guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby and bring you by car to our speedboat at Bach Dang pier.

7:20 am:  Then you will depart Saigon by speedboat. 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: You will 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 tunnel 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: Say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.

01:00 pm: Arrive back at Bach Dang’s pier. Les Rives staff will take you back to your hotel by car.

Afternoon Half Day Program (5-6 hours)* Les Rives also offers an afternoon schedule which departs at 11:00 am and returns to Ho Chi Minh City at 5:00 pm.

Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.

Inclusions: Light breakfast & lunch (morning departure), lunch (afternoon departure), unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels.

Exclusions: Food and drinks (unless specified), gratuities (optional), bullets at shooting range (optional), surcharge for halal meal options (if required)

Please note we only pickup and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3 

All transactions on our website are processed by Trekksoft. You can choose to use conversion rate of Trekksoft or of your credit card issuers. This option is displayed before checkout. Please check and choose the option which you find more advantageous. Les Rives will hold no accountability for currency conversion issues.

PHOTOS
WHAT TO EXPECT

Explore the winding, underground passageways in Les Rives Cu Chi Tunnels tour by speedboat

Our Cu Chi Tunnels tour – Historical Site will include visiting an American weapons gallery, and later on even a bullet riddled tank. Then you will be shown a variety of ingenious and rather brutal booby traps used by the Viet Cong. Cu Chi Tunnels also include secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other creative disguises for you to discover.

Our knowledgeable guides will explain to you everything about the Cu Chi Tunnels from how the kitchens fed up to 10,000 fighters in 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 tour, there is a firing range that allows you to fire real war-era weapons including the M66 and AK47.

HELPFUL TIPS

What to know in advance of Cu Chi Tunnels 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.

REVIEWS
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4.7 Ratings - Based on 3566 Guest Reviews
gbromness Avatar

5 star rating Highly Recommend - Great Way to Tour Tunnels! Such an easy and great way to get to the Cu Chi Tunnels! We opted for the morning trip which was a great decision as we got to the tunnels... read more

gbromness
rachaelo2016 Avatar

5 star rating Awesome experience We got picked up at 7am then we’re on the speed boat by 7.30am. It was an hour and a half speed boat ride with lots of interesting scenery to... read more

rachaelo2016
rachaelo2016 Avatar

5 star rating Awesome experience We got picked up at 7am then we’re on the speed boat by 7.30am. It was an hour and a half speed boat ride with lots of interesting scenery to... read more

rachaelo2016
michaelosterman Avatar

5 star rating Strongly recommended Cu Chi Tunnel tour A perfect orginzed tour and it worked clockwise with pickup and the schedule during the day. Great guide and interesting subject for the tour. Must be much better than sitting... read more

michaelosterman
Angie965 Avatar

5 star rating Excellent Tour with a Superb Guide Our family of three recently did the Cu-Chi Tunnel Tour with Les Rives. Right from the outset they were excellent to deal with, even allowing us to change the day... read more

Angie965
january1101 Avatar

5 star rating Just wonderful and educational I would like to mention and thank Bình for his enthusiasm, impeccable English and his ability in providing accurate historical facts in a very concise manner.

We booked this tour as...
read more

january1101
Beesteph87 Avatar

5 star rating Great way to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels We were recommended this tour by family and were not disappointed. Everything ran smoothly from the pick up at our hotel, through to being dropped off again. After we were... read more

Beesteph87
WAFIHATIHATI Avatar

5 star rating Very Interesting visit to tunnels used by Vietnamese. I was accompanied by my wife and her mother on this trip which got onto my "Bucket List" 2 days before when I heard about it but having known about... read more

WAFIHATIHATI

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CU CHI TUNNELS FAQ

Why does your price seem higher than some others?

We price all of our tours according to the value we provide. Most tour companies have hidden fees and don’t provide high quality services. When traveling with Les Rives , you won’t be reaching for your wallet as everything will be covered in the tour price (except for bullet fee in Cu Chi Tunnels). Each tour also helps out the local families we work with, who we also help out with sustainable business practices.

How long does it take to get to Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat?

It takes you approximately 1h15 to get to Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat. Along the way, the boat will stop at some locations for our tour guide to give some insight about people life on Saigon River.

Which tunnels do you visit in Cu Chi? Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc?

All of Les Rives’s Cu Chi Tunnels tours will take you to Ben Dinh, except for the Cu Chi Tunnels by Boat and Bicycle which will take you to Ben Duoc. However, upon requested for the private tour, we could take you to Ben Duoc.

How many people in one boat?

The maximum capacity of our speedboat is 20 people. However, we keep the group size maximum at 15 in order to ensure the safety and comfort for guests.

Where is the meeting point if my pickup location is not in district 1,2 or 3?

We’re able to provide pickup from some specific locations in other districts. Kindly contact us if your pickup location is not in district 1,2 and 3.

How much is the shooting fee in Cu Chi Tunnels?

Guests will pay per bullet, it’s about 50000 VND per bullet ( approximately 2 USD) You will have around 15-20 min at the shooting range in Cu Chi Tunnels. Please note that the tour price does not include the shooting range fee.

Are you able to provide dietary requirements?

Yes we are able to do that. If you wish to have vegetarian food or some specific deitary requirements, do let us know in the booking form. For the Halal food, we will charge an extra $10 for 1 person.

Do I need to walk too much in the Cu Chi Tunnels?

The total distance that you will walk in Cu Chi Tunnels is about 600-700m. There also some stops along the way for you to rest.

  • Adult

    1,899,000 VND*
  • Child

    Under 12 years old

    1,299,000 VND*
  • Infant

    0-3 years old

    Free of charge

* Includes mandatory Government Tax & Service Charge

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