Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, the Black Virgin Mountains, and more to understand more about Vietnamese history.
What to Expect
The Cu Chi tunnel system once stretched from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cambodian border The network, parts of which were several levels deep, included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, kitchens, and a command centre.
Come on this this tour and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels to understand more about Vietnamese history, discover Vietnamese culture with the Cao Dai temple of the Cao Dai faith, the third largest religion in Vietnam, and enjoy the beautiful and significant scenery of the Black Virgin Mountain with a modern cable car.
7:00 a.m: Depart from the hotel from Ho Chi Minh to get to the Cu Chi Tunnels, once called "the Iron Triangle". The tunnels were designed by local guerrillas as a “springboard for attacking Saigon.” The area was used for infiltrating Saigon-intelligence agents, part cadres, and sabotage teams. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas ashiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes for hospitals, food, weapon caches as well as being the living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
After seeing the tunnels, go to Cao Dai Temple, Cao Dai Holy See – located in the Tay Ninh province. Cao Daiism, a relatively new religion founded in 1926 in the South of Vietnam, has attracted more than 2.5 million followers across the country and overseas. It is in fact a combination of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, with some Christianity and Islam thrown in for good measure. The hierarchy closely resembles the Roman Catholic Church and the color scheme seems to be lifted straight from a Hindu Temple. The religion’s philosophy fits very well into the world’s current religious turmoils. It is worth every minute for visitors to witness the unique, colorful, musical and mysterious noon- ceremony.
After lunch, go to Ba Den - the Black Virgin pagoda by cable car .The view is breath-taking, and you will be surrounded on both sides by mango trees and woodland flowers. There are two more pagodas above the main pagoda. If you accept the mountain's challenge and hike up even higher, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Tay Ninh province.
You can also enjoy Vietnamese coffee with locals on the mountain.
3 p.m : Arrive back to HCMC- return to hotel.
6:00 pm : Finish tour
- Entrance fees
- 2 Bottles of water
- Meals as per itinerary
- Professional guide
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Cable car
- Private tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- Personal expenses