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  • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Escape the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City and explore the rural countryside of Tay Ninh on this small-group day trip. Visit great Cao Dai Temple and witness the midday religious ceremony, a curious blend of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity. Next, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and discover their importance during the Vietnam War. This unique tour highlights two fascinating aspects of life and history in Vietnam.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Visit the home of a local family and enjoy an authentic Vietnamese lunch
  • Tour unique Cao Dai Temple with your guide and watch the midday religious ceremony
  • Learn the history and importance of the tunnels during the war
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 ensures a more personalized experience with your guide

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What You Can Expect

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

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

Leave Ho Chi Minh City in the morning and travel approximately 2.5 hours to the Tay Ninh countryside, where you’ll head to a local family’s house with your guide and enjoy a home-cooked lunch.

After lunch, visit Cao Dai Temple with your guide and watch the colorful midday ceremony to gain insight into the unique religion of Cao Dai and its followers. Cao Dai combines the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity, and was officially founded in 1926 by Vietnamese officials, who developed a profound interest in the occult. At the center of Cao Daist belief is spiritualism, including communication with the dead as well as with the higher spirits of the occult world.

Next, take a trip back in time to the Cu Chi Tunnels, when the Vietnam War between the North and South began. This intricate network of tunnels was first built to protect the Viet Minh resistance force from French air raids, and was later used by the Viet Cong as a strategic base due to its close proximity to the southern capital of Saigon. The tunnels housed schools, hospitals, kitchens and military war rooms.

The Vietnamese government has preserved approximately 46 miles (75 kilometers) of the tunnels as a memorial park. The tunnels remain largely untouched, however, some have been widened and have had low powered lights installed so that tourists can fit through the complex.

While above ground, learn about the historical importance of the tunnels through displays and a photo gallery before exploring the tunnels and discovering what life was like down below.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City by minivan at approximately 6pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a very nice trip. Linda our guide did a wonderful job of answering our questions. The tunnels were sobering providing some insight into the sad experiences of the Vietnamese during the war. The highlight for me was the meal with a local family.

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