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  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
Experience the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam on this small-group day tour from Ho Chi Minh City with an informative guide. Traveling by air-conditioned vehicle as well as speedboat on the Saigon River, you’ll explore the vast network of underground tunnels used as hideouts for fighters, food and weapons during the Vietnam War. Your trip is combined with a tour of a cricket farm or a home where rice paper is traditionally made – your choice. With a small group of no more than eight people, enjoy a delectable Vietnamese lunch, and learn a lot about the country’s history and culture along the way!

Highlights

  • Day tour of Cu Chi Tunnels with speedboat cruise on the Saigon River
  • Travel to the countryside from Ho Chi Minh City with an expert guide
  • Discover the underground network of tunnels at Cu Chi, used as hideouts by the Viet Cong during the war
  • Cruise along the Saigon River on a speedboat ride
  • Stop for a delicious Vietnamese-style lunch
  • Visit a cricket farm – a Vietnamese delicacy – or learn about how rice paper is made, depending on the option you select
  • Round-trip transport by air-conditioned vehicle included
  • Small-group limited to eight people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour with Saigon River Speedboat Cruise from Ho Chi Minh City

Drying Vietnamese Traditional Rice Paper

After hotel pickup by your guide in the morning, head to Cu Chi Tunnels, traveling to or from the historical site by speedboat, depending on the day’s schedule (subject to change).

When you arrive at Cu Chi Tunnels, watch a short introductory video about the construction of the tunnels and life in the region during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the ‘American War’). Then, as you explore narrow passageways with your guide, learn about the crucial role the Cu Chi Tunnels played in resistance to American forces and securing military victory for Vietnam.

The immense web of underground tunnels served as a base of operations during the war, particularly for several military campaigns like the Tet Offensive of 1968. These tunnels were used as communication and supply routes, living quarters and hospitals, as well as hiding places for food and weapons for Viet Cong guerilla fighters.

**Due to an increase in water hyacinth growth the cruise portion of the tour may take longer than expected. In some cases, the boat may dock at a nearby pier and passengers will be transported to their destination by car.

Hear stories about Vietnamese resilience underground as you tour this historical site, a 75-mile-long (121-km) complex preserved as a war memorial park, where you’ll pass military conference rooms and clearly marked booby traps!

Itinerary

Option 1: Cricket Farm
If you choose to visit the cricket farm, you’ll transfer from your hotel in the morning by air-conditioned vehicle to Ho Chi Minh Pier. From here, embark on an approximate 2-hour speedboat ride to Cu Chi Tunnels.

As you cruise on the Saigon River, take in the scenery and fascinating river life as you leave the bustling city behind. Your guide will point out houses on stilts that line the riverbanks, and tell you about the local people whose livelihoods depend on the waterway.

After your speedboat trip and guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels, drive through the countryside for a tour of a cricket farm. Considered a delicacy by many Vietnamese people, crickets were probably discovered as a valuable food source by famished soldiers during wartime.

At the farm, you’ll see crickets in various stages of growth and watch them being prepared as food – if you wish. You’ll even have an opportunity to sample a cricket-based dish! Then, on your return by vehicle to Ho Chi Minh City, your guide will stop for a delicious Vietnamese lunch (not including crickets!), dropping you off at your hotel in the late afternoon.

NOTE: Depending on availability, it is possible that you will travel to Cu Chi Tunnels by vehicle, then return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City, stopping en route for lunch on the riverfront before drop-off at your hotel.

Option 2: Handmade Rice Paper
If you select the papermaking option, you’ll be picked up from your hotel in the morning for your transfer to Cu Chi Tunnels by vehicle. On your journey to the tunnels of Cu Chi, visit a Vietnamese home where traditional rice paper is made by hand.

While the paper is used in traditional Vietnamese spring rolls, the rice husks are also used for fuel. Listen as your guide explains the cooking process over a kitchen made of bricks and sand, and learn about the drying process, which takes place in the sun.

Then, depart by speedboat and cruise the Saigon River with your guide, stopping for a scrumptious Vietnamese lunch on the riverfront. Afterward, hop back on the boat to the pier in Ho Chi Minh City for your transfer to the hotel, arriving by late afternoon.

NOTE: Depending on availability, it is possible that you will travel by speedboat to Cu Chi Tunnels, then return from the papermaking tour by land vehicle. En route to your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, you'll stop for lunch.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent guide, Nguyen. Very informative and friendly. Good English.
Enjoyable speedboat trip to tunnels with just 2 others. Then back by road to see more scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Was a great trip, our guide was very well informed and we found the Cu Chi trip incredibly informative and interesting. River journey very nice but maybe shouldn't have eaten that cricket at farm! Lunch later was an excellent meal too. A most enjoyable trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A very good tour all round. The speedboat journey to the tunnels was refreshing way of getting there and the tunnels themselves with all the history were fascinating.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Very good. We enjoyed every minute of it right from the hotel collection to the motorboat ride to the Cu Chi tunnels, the visit to the cricket farm and then for a nice meal in a restaurant and back to the hotel. The travel guide was really friendly and helpful and so were the people at the cricket farm.
Recommend that no one opts for the paper making rather than the cricket farm as it is included within the Cu Chi tunnels site anyhow. A memorable day!

Barbara H
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

We took the morning speedboat from Saigon to the tunnels and visited the cricket farm. Our guide was excellent. The tunnel tour is very interesting and is a must when visiting the area. The cricket farm was brilliant. Only a small place but afterwards you have the opportunity to make a spring roll with deep fried crickets and taste the. I found them rather tasty, a little like beef crisps. The lunch on this tour was out of this world, we ate so much good food in a lovely restaurant, beautifully clean and well presented

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great trip. Great guide. Everything promised was delivered.

Martyn D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Brilliant trip and Yao our guide spoke great English and very informative. Got the speedboat back to the city as opposed to the tunnels and caught the afternoon sun on the boat. Lovely meal too in a nice location. Rice paper making was also interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The whole trip was well worth it. We were picked up from hotel, short drive to the river and taken on an amazing trip down the river into the heart of Vietnam by speedboat. It gave a totally different view of Vietnam that you don't get in the city. We got to the cu chi tunnels and had a good look around. You can even have a go at firing an AK47 !
We were then taken to a cricket farm where after seeing the various stages of their growth you then get the chance to taste the end result. Deep fried in rice paper with salads. I did not do the sampling but my husband was daft enough to try. One gentleman in the group was thoroughly enjoying them though I think he was hungry.
We were then driven back into Saigon where we were taken to a beautiful restaurant for lunch. I have to admit that after 2 weeks in Vietnam it is the best meal we have ever had.
Drop off back at hotel.
Would definatly recommend. The only downside we found was the guide didn't speak very good English and was difficult to understand and I felt we were a little rushed at the tunnels.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

We highly recommend this tour - the Ch Chi tunnels were interesting and our guide was very informative. The highlight was shooting 10 rounds of an AK7 assault rifle which is an optional extra and a lot of fun. Lunch was at a lovely outside restaurant with great food a luckily for us good company with the other tour attendees.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I was looking forward to this part of my trip to Vietnam and was not disappointed in any way. My tour guide, Tin, was fantastic - very knowledgeable and willing to help with anything the whole day. The visit to the cricket farm was better than I hoped and the restaurant we went to for lunch was superb. Excellent value for money. Thanks Tin and Viator!

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