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TommyGeorge

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Oct162013

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Small-Group Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels was an amazing experience. The tour begins with an introductory film, maps, and other visuals to give you an overall idea of the extensive organization of and purpose for the tunnels. It was interesting to see the actual tunnel entrances, the weapons, and the still functioning underground kitchen. A highlight was a crawl through the tunnel for tourists. The person leading me through this tunnel even offered to take some photos of me while in there (nice touch). The visit to the Cao Dai Temple was even more spectacular! The colors and details of the temple building both inside and out were beyond belief. I was so fortunate to arrive at the noon prayer service where there was a huge amount of worshipers seated on the temple floor. It was great to view the service and, in my own way, participate with the worshipers from where I stood. It was an awesome and reverent experience.

My tour guide, Long Huynh, made the day's activities so memorable with his extensive knowledge and familiarity of the places that we visited. It was an excellent day trip with an excellent guide.

Oct152013

Tour/Activity

Ho Chi Minh City Discovery Small Group Adventure Tour

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Day Tour of Ho Chi Minh City is an outstanding way to get an idea of the many rich and cultural aspects of the city, especially for someone who has never been there before. As a solo traveler, I can tell you that I was deeply moved by the many images and displays in the War Remnants Museum. The experience evoked a myriad of profound emotions within me. The visits to the majestic Reunification Palace, Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the BenThanh Market were additional highlights of a well organized city tour. My visit to Chinatown (Cholon) was an unexpected treat as I was amazed by the historical and cultural sights of the area. Giac Lam Pagoda is an exceptional masterpiece that is not to be missed.

All of these experiences could not have been fully developed if it were not for my excellent tour guide, Luc Dinh. Luc was most capable and knowledgeable of all the important facts on all the places that we visited. He explained events, clarified issues, fully discussed my questions, and engaged in meaningful dialogues on a variety of subjects related to our tour. He was accommodating, charming, witty, and ever so focused on providing me the best tour. He asked me about my lunch preferences and ordered for me a quite delicious spicy seafood pho that was just to my likings! Yummy!!

Overall, the HCM City Tour was a very memorable experience. The places visited were a superb representation of the city, There was adequate time for everything and there was no rush. The sites were beautiful and my tour guide was outstanding!

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