PREMIUM CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR BY CATAMARAN SPEEDBOAT
4 - 12 years old2,999,000 VND*
0-3 years oldFree of charge
Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Finish Time: 3:20 PM
For more than 10 years of serving, Les Rives always takes guests’ comfort, enjoyment and safety as our top priorities. Thus, we are excited to launch our latest product: Cu Chi Tunnels by Catamaran Speedboat. This combines the thrill of a speedboat ride and the spacious, comfort of a catamaran along with the add-on premium service that we offer. You will travel like a VIP to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels historical site 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 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 you visit the tunnels, a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch with free flow of beer and soft drinks will be served.
Premium servicesAvailable in small group tourGuided by local experts Meal included (breakfast & lunch)Pick-up and drop-off included
8:30 am: Les Rives guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby and bring you by car to our speedboat at Bach Dang pier.
8:45 am: Then you will depart Saigon by speedboat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. The guide will explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
10:15 am: You will arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Watch a brief introductory ‘propaganda’ video to the Cu Chi area.
10:20 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.
12:20 am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, consisting of authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes and soup.
1:20 pm: Say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
3:15 pm: Arrive back at Bach Dang’s pier. Les Rives staff will take you back to your hotel by car.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
Inclusions: Lunch, free flow beer, wine, 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 and district 3
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Explore the winding, underground passageways in Les Rives Cu Chi Tunnels tour by catamaran 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.
CU CHI TUNNELS TOUR FAQ
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.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
In the event of bad weather or unsafe conditions, the tour may be rescheduled or canceled. We will notify you in advance and provide alternative options.
What should I bring with me on the speedboat tour?
We recommend bringing sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, comfortable clothing, and your camera! There are amazing photo opportunities both traveling to and from Cu Chi tunnel location and at the actual site itself. Don’t forget to bring any personal medication you may need.
Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
I have claustrophobia. Will I be able to handle entering the tunnels?
The tunnels at Cu Chi have been enlarged, yet they can still be claustrophobic. But rest assure, our guides are trained to assist and support guests with claustrophobia. Please inform our guide about your condition, and they will provide guidance and reassurance throughout the tunnel exploration. If you prefer not to enter the tunnels, there are alternative activities available. You can explore the surrounding area, learn about the historical significance of the tunnels from outside.
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.
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.
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.
What languages do your tour guides speak?
Our tour guides are fluent in English. Please let us know your language preference in advance, and we will do our best to accommodate it, kindly note that there will be extra fees depends on which language your prefer.
How many people in one boat?
The maximum capacity of our catamaran speedboat is 30 people. However, we keep the group size maximum at 20 in order to ensure the safety and comfort for guests.
Where is the meeting point if my pickup location is not in district 1 or 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.