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Cu Chi Tunnels By Speedboat And Cao Dai Temple Tour

  • Cu chi tunnels
  • Cu chi tunnels
Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
9 hours


Operated by Les

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Experience the best of both worlds on our full-day Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour. This tour takes you beyond the typical tourist trail and offers a unique insight into Vietnam’s rich culture and history.

Journey down the Saigon River on a scenic speedboat ride through the lush countryside, offering you an opportunity to observe daily life along the waterways. Arriving at the historic Cu Chi Tunnels, you will delve deep into Vietnam’s wartime past, exploring the tunnels used by the Viet Cong soldiers.

After a fascinating history lesson, it’s time to indulge in traditional Vietnamese cuisine. A delicious lunch awaits you at a riverside restaurant, where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Next, choose your preferred mode of transport: a comfortable minivan or a rugged Jeep (there will be different in price between those options). Either way, you’ll venture into the stunning Vietnamese countryside, where you’ll discover an organic herb farm and learn about the traditional farming methods used in this region.

As the day draws to a close, you’ll visit a local country house, where you’ll see how rice paper has been made by hand for centuries. This is a rare opportunity to witness traditional Vietnamese life firsthand and to learn about the country’s unique culture.

Join us on this exciting adventure, and experience the perfect balance of history and culture on our Cu Chi Tunnels & Vietnam Countryside Experience Tour.


Cu Chi Tunnel Historical Site tour will include visiting an American weapons gallery, and later on even a bullet riddled tank. You will be shown a variety of ingenious and rather brutal booby traps used by the VC. And you’ll try to discover secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other creative disguises.

Cu Chi tunnels

You’ll learn everything from how the kitchens fed up to 10,000 fighters in the tunnels (and how they disguised the smoke), to how they defended the tunnels from American bombs and infiltrators. You’ll even see the huge crater formed by an American B52 bomber.

Cu Chi Tunnels half day tour by speed boat

And of course, you’ll be able to explore the 1-metre high tunnels themselves. These tunnels have been enlarged slightly, but it can still be a pretty claustrophobic experience – imagine living down there for months! Fortunately, there are regular that allow you to exit easily if you wish. Original, unchanged tunnels can also be explored, although this is certainly not for the faint hearted!Cu Chi tunnels

At the end of the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, there is a firing range that allows you to fire real war-era weapons including the M66 and AK47.


Cao Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and a few other religions. Founded in 1926 in 4 km east of Tay Ninh, the Cao Dai Temple, like the religion, is a fusion of world influences. The temple is charming in its colorful, mysterious, marvelous architecture.

Cao Dai temple
As well as being a major center of pilgrimage, the Cao Dai temple is also one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions.

7:00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by van to your boat at Saigon’s pier.

7:30 am: Then you will depart Saigon by speedboat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. A light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da) is served, as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.

9:00 am: Arrive at and explore the Cu Chi Tunnels site before the tour buses arrive after traveling the considerable distance by road.

9:15 am: Begin the guided Cu Chi tour taking in tunnels, ammunition caches, secret bunkers, command centers, a firing range and more.

11:30 am: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch in a pleasant riverside setting.

12:30 pm: You will be picked up by Les Rives’ minibus or Jeep (depending on the booked option) and explore the surrounding Vietnam countryside. Visit an organic herb farm and a local house that makes rice paper by hand in the traditional method. Head back to Saigon by Les Rives’ minibus or Jeep.

15:00 pm: Arrive back in Saigon and be dropped off at your hotel.

Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly. 

The itinerary can be changed subject to the actual operation of the attractions in Cu Chi. Please kindly contact us if you need more details.

  • Bring your camera! There are amazing photo opportunities both traveling to and from Cu Chi tunnel location and at the actual site itself.
  • Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note for Halal food a $10 surcharge will be incurred.
  • Soft drinks (Coke Zero), matcha green tea, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
  • Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
  • From November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
  • We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.
  • Some of the tunnels at Cu Chi have been enlarged, yet they can still be claustrophobic. However, there are always plenty of exits.
  • Please note that the abundant water hyacinth on the Saigon River can cause the boat to stall, meaning sometimes we’ll have to go at a gentler pace than usual. Occasionally there are slight delays.
  • All guides speak excellent English and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Tour Price Includes:

  • A/c van/bus pick up (centrally located hotel in District 1&3), transfer & sightseeing as per program.
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide.
  • Sightseeing tickets 
  • Mineral water (1 bottle/pax/day), lunch as set menu.
  • Unlimited refreshments and local fruit
  • All entrance fees.

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Travel insurance, personal expenses.
  • Shooting gun (optional)
  • Tip (no mandatory).
  • Other services not mentioned in the inclusion
  • Surcharge for halal meal options (if required)

Children Policy:

  • Children will be counted from age 4 – 11 years old.
  • Children under 4 years old: Free of charge for 1st child.
  • A maximum of 2 children accompanied by 2 adults.

Cancellation policy for full charged Tours:

  • Please note that cancellation fees are calculated based on the date we receive your Cancellation Request via email and travel service start date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations made at least 24 hours before the start date of the experience.
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours of the start date of the experience will receive no refund.
  • In most cases, reservations paid by wire transfer, cash deposit, or money order/traveler’s check/cashier’s check will be refunded via PayPal. FOR REFUNDS PROCESSED BY PAYPAL WITH ANY ASSOCIATED FEE WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM THE OVERALL REFUND AMOUNT.

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