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  • Location:Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels

Enjoy a full-day tour with a private guide who shows you iconic sites in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in the morning, then takes you outside the city to Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon. Admire French colonial architecture at Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, then head into Chinatown (Cholon) to see Thien Hau Temple and the Central Market. After lunch, drive out to Cu Chi Tunnels to explore the elaborate tunnel complex. Includes lunch and round-trip transport by private vehicle.


  • Full-day Ho Chi Minh City private sightseeing tour with Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Admire the French architecture of the Saigon Central Post Office and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Visit Thien Hau Temple and Chinatown with its bustling Central Market (Binh Tay Market)
  • Explore underground at the Cu Chi Tunnels with a private guide
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private, air-conditioned vehicle

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Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels

Private Tour: Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing Tour and Cu Chi Tunnels

Your private sightseeing tour begins with hotel pickup, then takes in the highlights of Ho Chi Minh City on a morning sightseeing tour.

Travel around the city in an air-conditioned private vehicle accompanied by your informative guide. Hear about the history of France in Vietnam (Indochina) as you check out French colonial landmarks such as Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and Saigon Central Post Office, which was designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) in the late 19th century. 

Afterward, head over to Chinatown (Cholon) to see the early 19th-century Thien Hau Temple, which honors Thien Hau, the goddess of seafarers, who is said to have protected Chinese migrants coming by sea to Vietnam. Then visit the bustling Binh Thay Market, where the Hoa (ethnic Chinese) have established thriving shops that sell a bit of everything from produce to consumer goods.

Have lunch in Saigon then set out on the scenic 2.5-hour drive to the Cu Chi Tunnels. Approximately 46 miles (75 km) of the Cu Chi Tunnels form a war memorial park. Before the Tet Offensive of 1968, the 125-mile (200-km) tunnel complex served as a military base for approximately 10,000 North Vietnamese (Viet Cong) troops. Here how this fascinating site from the Vietnam War (known as the ‘American War’ in Vietnam) contained military war rooms, hospitals, kitchens, schools, and hid soldiers, weapons and enemy booby traps.Some of the tunnels have been widened and installed with lights, and visitors are permitted to squeeze through sections of the underground labyrinth. Above ground, take in displays and a photo gallery that details the historical importance and construction of the tunnels.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to Ho Chi Minh City and drops you off at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our tour guide was amazing. Ebela was simply awesome. She took and showed great pride in showing us her homeland. Her English was very good and we could clearly understand all that she said. We think she went out of her way to make sure we were able to see all we could see in the time allowed. The tour itself was also amazing. We give Ebela five stars and recommend this tour highly.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Cu Chi Tunnels was amazing and well worth the visit. Loved it very much. The Ho Chi Minh City Sightseeing tour did not live up to expectations and was just ok. I highly recommend the tunnels (that's the 4 stars) tour but do not recommend the city tour.(2 star)

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2014

Our guide was "OK", but could have been so much better. The quality of her english was minimal. I don't expect that english should be spoken well by everyone in a non english speaking country.....but, I expect that a GUIDE on an english speaking tour will speak english well. And, there was so much more information that the guide could have provided about Vietnam and life in Ho Chi Minh City. I understand that Vietnam is not a democracy and that there might be some self censoring of comments a wise business person might make, but, still, there were things I think could have been said and talked about.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2014

Visit to Cu Chi tunnels was enlightening but very anti American

Waste of time touring Ho Chi Minh city - there's only the Post office and Notre dame to see :-)

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