Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind we journey 2 ½ hours into the countryside bound for the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh district. First stop will be at a local family for a delicious home cooked lunch and offers a great chance to talk with them about life in Vietnam. After lunch, we time our visit for the noon ceremony at the temples which provides an insight to this interesting religion. Founded in Vietnam in the 1920's, Cao Daoism borrows elements from Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confucianism and blends them together in an effort to make the perfect religion. Cao Dai means "high place or abode".
11: 00 am
Following the Cao Dai noon Ceremony, we continue to the Cu Chi Tunnels. 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. 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.
18: 00 pm
Following our visit we return to Ho Chi Minh City. Tour finished.
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HCMC central located hotel
Drop off at centrally located Ho Chi Minh City Hotel