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Good Morning Vietnam! Start the day the right way - with an up close and personal history lesson on guerilla warfare. Climb into the underground tunnel system that played a crucial part in the war and imagine what it would have been like to eat, sleep, work, cook... even go to school underground as a conflict raged above.
- Delve into an underground world of guerrilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi tunnels
- Gain insight into the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese
- Visit the former Viet Minh underground stronghold at Cu Chi
- Visit with a local family to better understand local life, past and present
Tour style:Heritage & History, Local Life & Culture
Local English speaking guide, transportation, entrance fees as indicated.
Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for drivers or guides.
Group size:Maximum 16
- Duration:5-6 hours
- Meeting point:
Pick up at front entrance of the Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral).
- Starting time: 7.30 AM
- Ending point:
Drop off centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Dress standard:
Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
- Child policy:
Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age inclusive.
- Language: English
Built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi tunnels served as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. For this HCMC tour, leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to explore one of the relics from one of the most significant local historical events in recent memory.
Journey 2.5 hours west towards the Cambodian border. Before arriving at the Cu Chi tunnels, we'll visit with some local friends and gain an insight into local life in the area, both past and present. Learn about their lives, culture, and customs and get an insight into the recent past through local eyes.
Continue on to the Cu Chi tunnels. The location of the tunnels was of significant strategic importance: they're at the end of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail, and within striking distance of the southern Vietnam capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks, and by 1965, the tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200 km of tunnels. It included, hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens, and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants, and to protect against outside intruders, booby traps were laid throughout the complex.
Today, the Vietnamese government have preserved approximately 75 km of the Cu Chi tunnels as a memorial park, and in some areas the tunnels have been widened and low powered lights installed so that tourists can now fit through the complex.
Your local guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you'll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. We walk past huge bomb craters - evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on, and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.
You'll end this historical Ho Chi Minh City tour with a greater understanding of the local impacts of the conflicts of the 20th century.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.77
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.86
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.77
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.68
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.68
Mr. Steve W.
Australia ~ 22 Jan 2015[back to top]
I have just completed a cycle tour of Vietnam and was highly impressed with the organisation and staff involved. Our guide Danh was fantastic. He was enthusiastic, active, passionate about Vietnam and great fun. Danh's contacts and connections in the places we visited meant that we experienced aspects of Vietnam that we wouldn't have been able to if left to our own devices. There was nothing that was asked of Danh that he didn't fix and we were all most impressed with his efforts to ensure that we enjoyed our trip.
Ms. Dionysia K.
France ~ 28 Dec 2014[back to top]
I didn't like the local house experience. I have seen pigs before, nothing special.. Excellent guide
Ms. Natalia D.
Australia ~ 12 Sep 2014[back to top]
Had a blast of a time! Our guide was very good and firing an AK47 was a cool experience.
Mrs. Sally F.
Australia ~ 16 Mar 2014[back to top]
Our tour guide Than was very friendly and knowledgeable . My husband enjoyed the experience of being able to fire an AK-47. I did feel as though we were rushed through the whole experience. We were the only people on this tour, perhaps if we had other people with us things may have progressed at a slower pace.
Mr. ronald g.
USA ~ 12 Mar 2014[back to top]
Once again our guide, Linda, was truly a professional and very knowledgeable guide. Linda is a very caring person and truly deserves a nice raise. Would highly recommend LINDA for this tour & Mekong Experience tour as well.
Mr. Michael M.
Australia ~ 19 Jan 2014[back to top]
This was my second visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels and my wife's first visit - we both really loved this trip, Truong was our guide and he really had lots of knowledge to share with the group. Visiting a local farming family was an eye opening experience. Make sure that you take plenty of water with you, as you will have a busy time. Would highly recommend this trip.
Ms. Pamela W.
~ 22 Dec 2013[back to top]
Better than expected, and tour guide Gem, was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Mrs. Izumi W.
Singapore ~ 20 Dec 2013[back to top]
We went to Cu Chi Experience and Mekong Delta tours, and both were the hightlight of our first trip to Vietnam. Both guides (Ms Huong Nguyen and Ms Linda) were very knowledgeable, dedicated and caring. Everything was well organized and we really had a great time.
Mr. GORON T.
Australia ~ 15 Dec 2013[back to top]
Our guide Queenie was a delight. We were lucky enough to have Queenie be our guide on two adventures, the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta. Queenie had a sound knowledge of both tours and was very friendly. Thank you Queenie for making our day tours very informative but relaxing.
Mr. Tuyen Nguyen 1.
Bahamas ~ 06 Oct 2013[back to top]
It was a great trip. Even trip have only me but UA still guarantee the departure time of the tour. Tour guides are very enthusiastic.
I saw in him a passion for work.
Ms. Tracy B.
~ 13 Aug 2013[back to top]
Our super friendly guide Long was very knowledgeable with all the information of the surrounding area and the history of the war. Stopping at the local farm on the way and learning how rice paper is made and being taken around the rubber plantation, was a good way to break up the drive to the tunnels. As for the tunnels themselves, it was good to learn how the Vietnamese lived and survived in the tunnels during the war. Thank you Long for a very memorable tour.
Mr. Gordon W.
United Kingdom ~ 14 Jul 2013[back to top]
Great tour guide with very good English and very chatty. Well constructed tour
Ms. Michelle K.
Australia ~ 13 May 2013[back to top]
Our guide Tathi Tham was excellent. She had good knowledge and was very helpful! We learnt a lot about Vietnamese history and enjoyed the tour a lot.
Ms. Claudia I.
Germany ~ 20 Mar 2013[back to top]
I liked that we were a small group with max 12. people and that we left early so there were less tourist at the tunnels. i really liked the tour because our guide told us a lot of things and also answered all the questions not only about the co chi tunnels but also about vietnam in general.
Mr. Peter K.
Australia ~ 20 Jan 2013[back to top]
Sam did an excellent job, with enthusiasm for this tour.
Ms. Netchanoke P.
Thailand ~ 04 Oct 2012[back to top]
Overall, it is nice to learn how Vietnamese survived during the war time. I just dislike the bullet sounds, it is too loud and unavoidable. If possible, guide should ask if some of their customers who will not do the fire, and offer them to wait/stay for the others in the peaceful area. As you know some people is sensitive to the very loud noice.
Mr. Karen M.
Australia ~ 20 Aug 2012[back to top]
This trip is an excellent snapshot of life in the tunnels, it was nice to see the war from a different view.
Mr. Alexander E.
USA ~ 30 Mar 2012[back to top]
Our guide, Xi, was an amazing guide for this urban adventure. He was informative, spoke good english, and was very active in trying to keep things fun, entertaining, and culturally significant. He told us his goal is to someday be able to do multiple day tours around Vietnam, and I would highly recommend him for the position. Great experience and a very good guide.
This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
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