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1 DAY = GREATNESS It's more than worth your money
You like historical places and picturesque paths? This is what you should book. Travels are a bit long, but you'd feed yourself with awe viewing every corner of Ho Chi Minh streets while on a bus. Cao Dai: This may shake your belief in a religion, but I am sure you'd understand why this place is visited. Cu Chi: I love adventures (to the core). So, you'd expect I'd be the first one to get into a tunnel. Worry not since it's through the guidance of a friendly Vietnamese. An Ha: Get your eyes on great artistry with A TWIST (for you to discover) LUNCH: The Vietnamese cuisine is overflowing with @#$&#@%=:_+- DANG! Every food is veeeeeeeeerrrryyyyyy DELICIOUS Bill (Tour Guide): Ask him anything, and he'd lay every answer before you One word: GREATNESS
The guide An has a good level of English, he is very friendly and passionate about his country. He gives good information about the culture and the history of Vietnam. The temple was very worth seeing, it was the best one we've seen in Vietnam. Cu Chi tunnels was nice but not impressive, we have the opportunity to go inside the tunnel for up to 100m (between 80 and 100m you basically have to crawl, as it's getting smaller and smaller), we don't see much of the tunnels ; the rest of the tour is done in the forest where you get some explanations on the traps used during the war and how the soldiers were living in the tunnels. A small tip : Bring mosquito repellent with you!
Experiencing the tunnels was fascinating, and if you are interested in the war history it is must do. The Cao Dai temple is truly unique and the history of the religion very interesting. Visiting the Black virgin mountain is a must to get an idea of the scope and size of the area. The Buddhist temple and shrine is well maintained and beautiful to see. Thao (Tina) our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions, she also told us interesting folk tales and a lot more about Vietnamese culture.
We first visited a shop were people with disabilities create art, then we went to Cao Dai Temple and spent the right amount of time to see part of the ceremony and walk around the area and walk inside the temple. Then we went to a delicious restaurant, the price already included this which was a wonderful surprise because I wasn't expecting it and it was delicious! Finally we went to Cu Chi Tunnels, got to see everything we needed with great info from the tour guide.
Our guide Jack (Điện) was super knowledgeable and humorous. Despite the fact that the tour spent much time on the car, he also had been spending time introducing Cao Dai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels and whole Vietnam as much as he could. The visit to Cu Chi Tunnels was also pretty fun as we crawled around 100 meters underground in super narrow tunnel as the Viet Cong did. Highly recommended.