Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat via Saigon River

Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat via Saigon River
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Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat via Saigon River
From US$85
Duration Half Day
Code VCC02
Style Luxury
Location Saigon City
Start Client's Hotel

TOUR INFORMATION

Most visitors to Ho Chi Minh City are transferred by car or bus to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. A more leisurely way to approach the network of tunnels constructed by Vietcong fighters is to go by boat along the Saigon River. The 90-minute journey by speedboat takes guests through typically Vietnamese countryside before depositing them at the underground labyrinth itself.

What’s Included

  • English speaking local guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by non-private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

TOUR MAP

ITINERARY BY DAY

Cu Chi Tunnels by Speedboat via Saigon River

Meet your guide and small group upon hotel pickup in the early at 7:00 am or late morning 11:00 am (depending on selected departure time) and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Ho Chi Minh Pier. Then board a luxury speedboat made of high-quality teak and sink into soft furnishings as your vessel slips away. Relax like a VIP while your captain effortlessly speeds you over the Saigon River toward the countryside and to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle.

Take advantage of great photo ops of life along the riverbanks as your eco-friendly boat navigates the shallow, jungle-fringed canals past water hyacinths, leaving a small wake that minimizes any impact on the local environment. During the 1-hour journey, your knowledgeable guide explains rural traditions and aspects of life along the waterway.

Depending on departure option selected, enjoy unlimited refreshments with a light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee, or enjoy a late-morning snack, served on board.

Arrive at the historic Cu Chi Tunnels before the larger bus groups, then watch a short introductory documentary before you follow your guide into the winding, underground network. You have approximately 2 hours to explore the Cu Chi site, which includes weapon and booby-trap exhibitions.

Inside the narrow passageway of an authentic Viet Cong tunnel — part of a 75-mile-long (121-km) complex now preserved as a war memorial park — visit different underground bunkers featuring kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunition depots and hospitals. View a bullet-riddled tank and discover secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other ingenious disguises. Learn how the VC defended the tunnels from American bombs and infiltrators, and marvel at a huge crater formed by an American B-52 bomber.

Try the local cassava root that sustained Viet Cong guerrilla fighters for years during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) and attempt to imagine what living here was like. After your tour, you can feast on fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes, and soup as you enjoy an authentic, traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river. If you’ve selected the later tour, you’ll enjoy a provided dinner.

After your meal, depart Cu Chi and return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the central pier, you will be driven back to your hotel.

TOUR NOTES

Note: from November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.

Note: the tour is offered on a join in basis, so there may be other guests joining you on the tour. Our maximum group size is 15 people. For guests that do not want to go in a group, we also offer a private tour option for an extra charge.

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