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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.
- Drop in on a local family and gain an insight into local life, past and present.
- Visit the former Viet Minh underground stronghold at Cu Chi.
- Get a great insight into the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese people.
- Delve into an underground world of guerilla warfare in the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels.
Tour style:Heritage & History, Local Life & Culture
English speaking guide, Transport & Entrance fees as indicated.
Items of a personal nature, Tips or gratuities for drivers or guides.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration:5-6 hours
- Pickup location:
Pick up at Front entrance of the Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral)
- Pickup Time: 7.30 AM
- Drop off location:
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:
Pls email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our hotline number + 84 909 904 100 to reconfirm your booking 24 hours prior to departure.
- 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
Also runs from:1 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind we journey 2 ½ hours west towards the Cambodian border bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels. Before arriving at the tunnels visit 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 onto the Cu Chi tunnels were built by local fighters during the Indochina conflict as a base from which the Viet Cong could operate from close to the Southern Vietnamese capital. The location proved of significant strategic importance, 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 200km's of tunnels. It included, hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders bobby traps were laid throughout the complex. Today the Vietnamese government have preserved approximately 75 kilometres of the tunnels as a memorial park, in some areas tunnels have been widened and low powered lights installed so that western tourists can now fit through the complex.
Our local guide will take us on a fascinating trip around the Cu Chi Tunnels where we 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.
Following our step back in modern history we return to the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.67
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.75
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.75
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.50
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.58
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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