Cu Chi Tunnels Tour – Historical Site
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 foreigner ). As 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 district. 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, 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 or dinner of local specialties like lemongrass chicken and caramelized clay pot pork will be served after your visit to the tunnels.
Morning Half Day Program (5-6 hours)
7:00am: Early in the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby and bring you by car to your boat at Tan Cang pier.
7:20am: 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.
8:50am: 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.
9:00am: 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.
11:00am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, consisting of authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes and soup.
11:30am: Say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
01:00pm: Arrive back at Tan Cang’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.
Under 12 years oldVND 1,299,000*
0-3 years oldFree of charge
* Includes mandatory Government Tax and Service Charge
Includes: Breakfast & lunch (morning departure), lunch (afternoon departure), unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pick-up and drop off at centrally located hotels.
Please note we only pick-up and drop off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3
MEMORIES OF TOUR
WHAT TO EXPECT
Explore the winding, underground passageways in Les Rives Cu Chi Tunnels tour
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.
An 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 fainthearted!
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.
- We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.
- From November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
- Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
- Soft drinks, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
- Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note a surcharge will be incurred.
- 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.
WHY LES RIVES ?
We Only Operate Small Group Tour
Carefully Time Our Tours To Avoid Large Bus Crowds
Only Authentic Tours With Unique Experiences
Friendly, Knowledgeable & English Proficiency Tour Guides With International License
Traveling By Speedboat Is Quicker And Way More Fun Than By Bus
All Boats Have Complete International Standard Safety Equipment