A deep dive into Cu Chi History

A deep dive into
Cu Chi History

Seen as a strategic advantage during the Vietnam War, imagining how the world below the surface
must have been in the Cu Chi Tunnels can only be witnessed when heading underground.
A memorial site in almost pristine order, within easy reach of Saigon.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Cu Chi is not only a peaceful countryside region but also an iconic and heroic land. Its system of underground tunnels is the best proof of local people’s resilience and intelligence that helped to win so many combats. One of the most striking remembrance sites of the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels expose the elaborate ways how the Viet Cong found ways to operate its tactics during wartime.

Within a short drive from the teeming-with-life city vibe of Ho Chi Minh City, time for a moment of silence to remember the fallen and learn about the history of this 120-kilometre long underground network.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Half Day Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels

08:00 - 14:00

Our guide and driver will wait for you in the lobby of your Ho Chi Minh hotel and we start our 70-kilometre drive in a north-western direction. The landscape on the way is a combination of picturesque rice fields, gardens and rubber plantations until we reach the Cu Chi province. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and you will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The on-site guides are true experts in telling the stories about the Vieng Cong and how this part of once war-torn Vietnam played a crucial role during the TET offensive in 1968.

After a short introduction to the tunnels network of more than one hundred kilometres, you will have a chance to crawl into a short section of the tunnels to feel the oppressive narrowness and heat inside. Documentaries and displays of bloody traps will give you a vivid idea of the life and struggle in the tunnels during the wartime.

The more adventurous may explore the deeper second and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering – some are easily accessed by stairs. We recommend good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise you may get a little dirty!

After this encounter with history, we transfer you back to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, where you will arrive at around lunch time. The 70-kilometre drive in eastern direction will follow the same road as the one you arrived in the morning.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Snacks, drinks and /or refreshments during the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Ho Chi Minh City centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Ho Chi Minh’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Entering Cu Chi Tunnels may not be suited for visitors with claustrophobia, pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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