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, we drop in on a local family to gain an insight into life in the countryside. Over a glass of steaming tea, learn about their lives, culture and customs and hear about Vietnam’s past and present through local eyes.
10: 00 am
Arrive at the Cu Chi tunnels, which 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. 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, kitchen's and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders bobby traps were laid throughout 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.
11: 30 pm
Drive back to Saigon with stop on the way for photo of Rubber plantation...
13: 30 pm
Get back to Sai Gon. Tour finished.
End of Services
Front entrance of the Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral).
Drop off at centrally located Ho Chi Minh City Hotel