Spend a day seeing the sights of Ho Chi Minh City and exploring the Cu Chi fighting tunnels of Viet Cong fame. Learn how the Vietnamese lived and fought during the Vietnam War. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a handicraft factory.
What to Expect
On this full-day program, you’ll depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08:00 for a pleasant drive through the countryside to Cu Chi. Before entering the tunnels you’ll see a short introductory video about their construction. Spend the next hour exploring the tunnel maze. Also on display are various mantraps, the remains of an American tank, and numerous bomb craters created by 500-pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Afterwards, you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving at around 13:00. Enjoy a lunch break at Pho 24 for some traditional Vietnamese noodle soup. In the afternoon your Ho Chi Minh City tour begins with a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Post Office, fine examples of classical French colonial architecture.
See the Reunification Palace, one of the city’s most important buildings. Here on 30 April 1975 the American War officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam.
Formerly known as the Museum of American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum features poignant displays of the futility of war. The courtyard outside contains the spoils of war, namely rusting jets, tanks, and cannons captured from the American military machine.
Visit the bustling Ben Thanh Market, which is very popular with tourists, primarily due to its central location. It has a wide selection of goods ranging from fake Nike shoes to beautiful silk ao dais, the traditional costume for women. The tour ends at approximately 18:00 and you’ll be transferred back to your hotel. Note that you have the option of staying on at Ben Thanh Market and making your own way back to the hotel.
- Professional English-speaking tour guide (other languages on request)
- Food (as mentioned in the description)
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Sightseeing fees and permits
What's Not Included
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Extra food and drinks
- Telephone calls and other personal expenses
At your hotel in District 1, Ho Chi Minh
Know Before You Go
• Please provide your hotel name and address and your phone number for pick-up