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Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Visit some of Ho Chi Minh City's most intriguing sites on a full-day tour to the Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi tunnels. A private guide helps you discover the Cao Dai sect during a ceremony within the temple; revitalize with a traditional Vietnamese lunch; and explore underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War. Round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle from your Ho Chi Minh hotel is included.
  • Private day trip to Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Take part in a colorful religious ceremony at Cao Dai Temple with a guide
  • Head underground to tour some of the wartime tunnels at Cu Chi
  • Discover the historical significance of the tunnel network and the role it played in the Vietnam War
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned private vehicle
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned private car
Professional guide
Lunch
Bottled water
Hot tea and tapioca snacks
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in a private vehicle for a 2.5-hour drive to Tay Ninh, a city located near the Cambodian border.

Your tour begins at Cao Dai temple for a midday ceremony as your guide offers insight into the rituals performed. 

Afterward, sit down for a traditional Vietnamese lunch before you descend into the Cu Chi tunnels — a part of the tour that is not for the faint of heart. Your group will crawl through the narrow passages once used by the Viet Cong. A short film serves up history about the underground military base, and your guide helps you safely explore the tunnels.

At the end of the tour, return to your private vehicle for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cao Dai Temple
After hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City, hop in your air-conditioned private vehicle for a comfortable 2.5-hour drive through the countryside to Tay Ninh, located near the Cambodian border. Your private tour begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Cao Dai Temple, home of the distinctive Cao Dai religion, which combines the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity, including a belief in the occult. You will have the opportunity to take part in a colorful midday ceremony and take photos as your guide offers insight into the unique rituals.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cu Chi Tunnels
After a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant, you’re taken to the Cu Chi tunnels, an elaborate network used as a strategic military base by the Viet Cong because of its proximity to the southern capital of Saigon. It contained schools, hospitals, hidden kitchens, meeting rooms and living quarters during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War) that connected several villages. Today, it is preserved by the government as a memorial park. See a short film about the historical importance of the Cu Chi tunnels before walking with your guide into the forest where the tunnels are located. Discover what life was like down below as you crawl into narrow passageways that each cover a distance of 98 to 328 feet (30 to 100 meters). Today the remaining channels offer visitors a real feel for what life was like for guerrilla fighters and their families who lived below ground during the war. After your exploration, take a break in the forest with some hot green tea boiled with pandan leaves, accompanied by steamed tapioca. After your visit, your full-day private tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Itinerary is subject to change.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bravo Indochina Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple?
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This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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We were very excited to see the...
Czarina A
, Jan 2018
We were very excited to see the Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary but our guide did not take us there. At first we were told that the Temple and Sanctuary were the same. When we were not convinced, the guide said the sanctuary was "closed forever". We felt cheated by this company.
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the tour is not so interesting and...
Alessandra P
, Nov 2017
the tour is not so interesting and the guide wasn't professional, very hasty, but very kind. it was not a 4stars tour
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Was a good tour,the guide was fun...
alicia_kent
, Jan 2017
Was a good tour,the guide was fun. In particular we liked the Cao Dai Temple and cricket farm we visited rather than the wildlife Rescue Station, which was still fun and I tried cricket. Cu Chi tunnels was great as well
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Overall is a nice tour...
Kenneth Lau
, Aug 2016
Overall is a nice tour. unfortunately, we are unable to visit the wildlife rescue station, But the tour guide have replaced us the cricket farm visit. The tour guide is very friendly and talkative. We are enjoy the tour very much.
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My pick up was very late 70mins, due...
Cameron W
, Aug 2016
My pick up was very late 70mins, due to viator not passing on my hotel details to the operator this meant that we sat in peak hour traffic getting out of Saigon which further shortened our stay at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Besides this, the tour guide very knowledgeable and driver of a private SUV was excellent. The Cao Dai temple and religion was confusing but very interesting. Crawling through the Cu Chi tunnels 70km N of Saigon and talking about the exhibits were a highlight of the trip. The late lunch was enormous and very tasty. We did not visit the Wildlife Rescue station as it was closed that day. Despite the initial problems the tour very pretty good.
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The trip was great and well arranged we...
GERALD C
, Jun 2016
The trip was great and well arranged we were very interested in the history of the country
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Excellent private tour of the Cu Chi...
Karl M
, May 2016
Excellent private tour of the Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai temple. We also managed a quick visit to the Wildlife Rescue Station, which was the highlight of the trip. I saw a baby gibbon that was absolutely adorable. Our guide Tuan was absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable. The only reason we did not rate it five stars is because the lunch was a bit underwhelming. Otherwise, great tour. We recommend it!
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I wasn't expecting this to be a...
Korin R
, May 2016
I wasn't expecting this to be a private tour, which was a pleasant surprise. We were taken around in a literal private car, as the information says. The W.A.R. station wasn't open, so we were taken to the handicap factory instead which was nice, but wasn't what we really wanted. We were shown how the lacquer was made but people where were handicapped by agent orange, which was really cool. Next, we were taken to the Cao Dai Temple which was an interesting experience. The whole religion of Cao Dai was befuddling to us, so we had to look it up and get more information after the tour. Finally, we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels. That was probably the best part of the tour, but it was horrifying at the same time. We went down into the tunnels, but had to go out as soon as possible because it really induced claustrophobia. The tour guide was really kind, and he was really trying his best to help us understand his country.
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The tour guide was pleasant, but we...
val m
, Mar 2016
The tour guide was pleasant, but we had a slight language barrier.After some confusion around whether the temple was open or not, we did gain access and it was impressive. The driver had trouble finding the Wildlife Rescue Station and there was no one there to educate us about the animals. However, we had a delicious, authentic lunch at a local restaurant and the Cu Chi Tunnels were most interesting. Our guide seemed more knowledgeable about this stop and relayed the information well.
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Cu Chi tunnels - great...
Tina L
, Feb 2016
Cu Chi tunnels - great experience Cao Dai - not worth the looong drive Wildlife rescue - looked like a closed zoo. They probably does great things for the animals, but conditions were not good. Our guide was excellent Tour was not private but we were informed of this prior. No discount though

Product code: 6730SGN03

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