CU CHI TUNNEL - HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City’s architecture and lifestyle is the reconciliation between American and Chinese influences with many dots of modernity yet without losing Vietnamese traits and as much historical as it is modern. Ho Chi Minh City (the formerly Saigon) became the economic center of Vietnam. It is a dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country, the economic capital and the cultural trendsetter
Destination: Ho Chi Minh city.
8.00 am you will be picked up by Lighten Travel tour guide at the hotel’s lobby to Cu Chi Tunnels. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Saigon behind we journey 2 hours west towards the Cambodian border bound for the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Excursion Cu Chi Tunnels; an underground tunnels network constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. It took about 25 years to build this underground city, which has living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, weapon factories, storage facilities and command centre. The tunnel system was an excellent way for the Vietcong to move around the countryside undetected by the Americans and home to around 10,000 people who lived underground for several years.
Before we go underground, we watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Have lunch at a local restaurant, then we drive back to Ho Chi Minh City arriving at approximately 14.00pm. Continue to explore the city in the afternoon.
Your first visiting is Notre Dame Cathedral: Located in the heart of the city and it was built by the French in the late 1877s. Notre Dame is not just the oldest Christian church of Vietnam but also a unique and excellent architecture of Saigon. Then move to General Post Office (Designed by Gustav Eiffel, the Post Office is a testament to the French presence in the late 1800s. The look and feel of this grand building is like an elegant railway station.
Spend your next visiting to the Jade Emperor Temple. It’s one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam, with superb effigies, remarkable carved panels of the descent to Hell and some what incongruous terrapin and tortoise sanctuaries.
Note: You can choose to visit Jade Emperor Temple or War Museum or Reunification Palace.
End of the day trip by visit Ben Thanh market, one of the liveliest areas of Ho Chi Minh City, is packed with every conceivable commodity and a visit to lacquer workshop to see the complex processes and meticulous workmanship involved in this traditional Vietnamese craft product. Finish your day tour at the door of hotel.
- Private tours with Local Englishspeaking guide
- A/C transport throughout the tours
- Entrance fee to any applicable tourist sites
- Meals as indicated in the program
- Other tours related service stated in the itinerary
- Cold water and towel during the trip
- Government tax & Service charge
- Tips & personal expenses
- Other not stated in Inclusion
- Travel insurance