ITINERARY BY DAY
Saigon City and Cu Chi Tunnels Experience
Pickup: 8:00am – at your hotel in Saigon Downtown
Kick start our exciting day with a short drive to Cho Lon – the city’s Chinatown and Thien Hau Pagoda which is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. With intricate friezes, carved tableaus and impressive incense coils make for some great photos. Then observe street life while walking through the narrow streets to sprawling Binh Tay market where we’ll introduce you to the enormous variety of exotic local produce.
Pay a short visit the backstreets market of Tan Thanh where jungles of motor-parts are provided for some 6 million motorbikes in Saigon.
Drive back to district 1 where we will visit the sobering War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Central Post Office. A short stop for photo shoots in front of former Presidential Palace (Unification Hall) can be made as request.
The morning will end at a Vietnam’s possibly best-ever Pho (rice-noodle soup with beef or chicken) restaurant, Pho Hoa. Alternatively, we will savor our lunch at 46A restaurant with Saigonese-styled Banh Xeo (giant crepes with pork and prawn), and beautiful homely-made spring-rolls
After lunch, we will enjoy a pleasant 60-km drive through some nice country areas toward the northwest of Saigon. You are going to visit a massive underground network of Cu Chi tunnels located near by the area once called “Iron Triangle” and was the termination of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
The tunnels were designed and used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The role of the tunnel systems was so important to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and protracting the war, eventually persuading the weary Americans into withdrawal.
Watch a short war documentary film, see other relevant displays, and get through a short stage of the tunnels (optional)
After spending around 2 hours at the tunnels, we will head off for Saigon (65km or 1.5 hours)
Drop-off: 5:30pm – at your hotel in Saigon where our service ends