A more leisurely way to approach the network of Cu Chi tunnels (Ben Dinh 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. Relax and arrive hours before the large bus tour groups to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels historical site.
7:00 am or 11:00 am selected departure time
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
Cu Chi tunnel entrance fee 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
Meet your guide and small group Cu Chi tunnels half day tour upon hotel and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Ho Chi Minh Pier. Then board a luxury Cu Chi tunnels 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 Saigon river change from city sprawl to lush jungle.
Take advantage of great photo ops of life along the Saigon riverbanks as your eco-friendly Cu Chi tunnels 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 of Cu Chi tunnels. You have approximately 2 hours to explore the Cu Chi tunnels 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 American tank and discover secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other ingenious disguises. Learn how the VC defended the underground Cu Chi 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 Cu Chi tunnels tour by boat, 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 tunnels and return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the central pier, you will be driven back to your hotel.
Note: from November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.