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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple – Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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  • See what life was like for thousands of troops during the Vietnam War at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit the headquarters of the Cao Dai sect and see its enormous temple
  • Crawl through these tunnels that housed an entire city!

On this tour, get a fascinating glimpse into what life was like for the thousands of troops of the Northern Army during the Vietnam War and visit the headquarters of the eclectic Cao Dai sect at Tay Ninh.

The Cu Chi Tunnels snake underground for over 250 kilometres and are three levels deep. 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. It took about 25 years to build this underground city, which has living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapon factories, storage facilities and command centres.

At Tay Ninh, some distance away from Cu Chi, is the towering temple of the Cao Dai sect which endeavors to bring together all the religions of the world under a single roof.

Learn more about the facts of the Vietnam War and explore the colorful Cao Dai Temple on this tour to Vietnam.

Customer reviews

We had a really great trip with Huy from Intrepid Urban Adventure Tours. Comfortable bus (unlike cheaper options) and a tour group size of around 10 made this trip better. Lunch...

Edward Hutchison United Kingdom
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Awesome trip. Everyone needs to do this one. Had a cool tour guide also....

Adam Trew Australia
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You will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and taken for an excursion to Cao Dai Temple and the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind journey 2½ hours into the countryside towards the Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh district. Your visit will be timed for the noon ceremony at the temple (which means ‘high place’ or ‘abode’) which provides an insight to this interesting religion. Founded in Vietnam in the 1920s, Cao Daoism borrows elements from Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Confuscianism and blends them together in an effort to make the perfect religion.

Following lunch at a local restaurant 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. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders bobby traps were laid throughout the complex.

Today the Vietnamese government has preserved approximately 75 kilometres of the tunnels as a memorial park. In some areas tunnels have been widened and low powered lights installed so that tourists can now fit through the complex.

Your local guide will take you on a fascinating trip around the Cu Chi Tunnels where you will learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels.

Walk past huge bomb craters, evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict. Discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens. Sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.

At the end of this memorable excursion, you will be dropped off at your centrally located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please note
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.

If your details are not correct It is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher, If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from centrally located hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Transportation in a minivan
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Approx. 10 hours
Start time
0800h (08:00am)
Meeting point
Your centrally located hotel in district 1, 3 and 5, Ho Chi Minh City. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Ending point
Your centrally located hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
Dos & Don'ts
Carry lightweight rain gear as it can rain suddenly. Wear comfortable cotton clothing and don’t forget your camera. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended
Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip visits rural areas

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