Cao Dai Temple Tours

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Near Tay Ninh town, in Long Hoa village, this temple is considered the greatest of all Vietnam’s Cao Dai temples. Founded in 1926, the complex functions as a Holy See for the Cao Dai religion (Caodaism), Vietnam’s third most popular belief system after Buddhism and Catholicism. Visitors are welcome at prayer sessions in the Great Temple.
 
The Basics
Besides the Great Temple, the complex is home to offices, accommodations, and a traditional herbal medicine hospital, but most tours focus on the colorful Great Temple. Tay Ninh is roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam, from where most day trips depart.
 
Tours are by far the easiest way to see the temple, and many day tours pair the Cao Dai Temple with the Cu Chi Tunnels, underground tunnels from the Vietnam War that are also northwest of Saigon. Tours typically visit to coincide with the noon prayers, which you can both witness and photograph.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Cao Dai temple is Cao Dai’s answer to the Vatican: Dress respectfully (no shorts or sleeveless T-shirts).
  • A Cao Dai temple tour is a must for anyone interested in culture and religion.
  • While you are allowed to photograph prayers from the upstairs balcony, ask permission before photographing worshippers.
 
How to Get There
Self-driving in Vietnam is risky, and Tay Ninh is around 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. By far, the easiest way to reach the Cao Dai temple is by joining a day tour, perhaps paired with a Cu Chi tunnels excursion, from Ho Chi Minh City. Many tours include door-to-door round-trip transfers from central hotels.
 
When to Get There
The Great Temple hosts four prayer sessions a day—suspended during Vietnamese New Year (Tet)—so time a visit to coincide with one of those. Most tours visit during noon prayers, so if traveling independently or on a private tour, aim for the 6am, 6pm, or midnight prayer meetings.
 
The Cao Dai Religion
Unique to Vietnam and founded in 1926, the Cao Dai religion is a fusion of various religions, including Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Cao Dai saints include Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Buddha, Julius Caesar, and Sun Yat-sen. The symbol of an eye in a triangle, which you’ll see at Cao Dai temples around Vietnam, represents God.
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Address: Tay Ninh, Vietnam
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Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Full Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Combine two major attractions in one day on this private day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple. Head underground to the subterranean labyrinth used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War and hear about the region’s history from your informative personal guide. Then learn about traditional cultural practices on a visit to the Great Temple of the Cao Dai Holy See. Finally, savor a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Small-Group Mekong Delta Experience by Speedboat

Travel by speedboat through the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City to explore the sights and historical importance of this vast network of waterways. Watch the rhythms of daily life unfold along the riverbanks as you visit riverside markets and villages, artisan workshops, a Cao Dai Temple, a Buddhist pagoda and a family homestead. Includes a light breakfast, lunch prepared by a private chef, and samples of local fruits and other treats. This small-group tour has a maximum of 14 people, which ensures a customized experience with your guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Cao Dai Temple and Black Lady Mountain from Ho Chi Minh

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for the mountainous region of Tay Ninh province, located near the Cambodian border. You’ll visit Nui Ba Den (translated as 'Black Lady Mountain') with a professional guide, and ascend via aerial cable car with 360-views at the summit. Learn firsthand about the unique the Cao Dai sect on a visit to the Cao Dai Holy Temple.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour Including Black Virgin Mountain and Cu Chi Tunnels

Visit some of the most historically and culturally significant sites in Vietnam on this convenient day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. You’ll learn all about the history of the Vietnam War by visiting the incredible Cu Chi Tunnels, experience the beautiful nature of Black Virgin Mountain and its fun cable car, and discover the unique Cao Dai religion. This is an ideal tour for travelers short on time in Vietnam, who want to see and do many special things.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Tay Ninh Holy See and Cu Chi Tunnels

If you only have time for one day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels is a must. This full-day tour combines a tour of the historic WWII site with a visit to the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh, plus a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Tour of Tay Ninh and Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City

Spend the day traveling through the countryside to Tay Ninh and the Cu Chi Tunnels. You’ll be introduced to one of Vietnam’s most remarkable religions, Cao Daism, with a visit to the colorful Cao Dai Great Temple. After lunch, learn about the remarkable history of Cu Chi and take the opportunity to explore the subterranean network with your guide. Round-trip hotel transport is provided from Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Dai Temple & Cu Chi Tunnels 1-day tour by private car

Discover the popular attractions in southern Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province on this all-day private tour. First, catch expansive views after climbing up Black Virgin Mountain and learn the religious significance of the Cao Dai temple. Then, explore the historic Cu Chi tunnels, an underground network used by resistance fighters. Plus, visit the Ba Den pagoda via cable car.
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Private Full-Day Mekong Delta Tour by Speedboat

Get a comprehensive look at the Mekong Delta on a full-day private tour from Ho Chi Minh City. A personal guide accompanies you by speedboat to less-visited areas of southern Vietnam, with stops at key landmarks including temples, pagodas, and markets. Light breakfast, refreshments, and lunch are provided for your convenience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Life on the Mekong Delta Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Learn about life on the Mekong Delta on this 10-hour tour from Ho Chi Minh City. You'll have the chance to see locals going about daily activities such as farming and selling goods at a market, see villages and temples, try coconut juice or sugarcane juice, and take a boat ride on the Mekong River. Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Saigon Street Food Tour With a Local Chef

Snack your way through market stalls bursting with fresh fruits, plump noodles, and flavorful meats and veggies on this Ho Chi Minh City street food tour. Your guide helps you navigate the food stalls like a pro, while stopping to show you city sights such as the Cao Dai Temple and flower market. Tour includes all food tastings and transportation.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

Visit two of southern Vietnam’s most interesting historical and cultural sites on this day trip from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. Start with the tunnels, an underground network that played a key role in the Vietnam War. Then head to the temple for an experience in Caodaism, a religion that blends a bit of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full-day Mekong Tour From Ho Chi Minh City, Including River Cruise

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Mekong Delta region on this all-day guided tour from Ho Chi Minh City. During the tour, shop for souvenirs at Can Duoc market, hop on a scooter and ride around the villages, and sail along the Mekong River aboard a sampan (traditional wooden boat). Plus, a seafood lunch at a restaurant at Tan Thanh beach is included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Day Tour of the Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City

Explore the canals, villages, and islands of the Mekong Delta by bike and boat on this 3-day tour. Cycle around Tan Phong Island, experience local life in Ben Tre village, learn to cook traditional Vietnamese foods during a cooking class, and cruise around the famous Cai Be floating market.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Day Trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels from HCM City

Experience ancient traditions and discover historic tunnels on a full-day private tour. Comfortable end-to-end transportation spares you the headache of navigating public transit in a foreign country. Observe the morning prayer ritual at Cao Dai Temple, then break for lunch at a local restaurant. The stress-free tour continues with a guided visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you enjoy complimentary admission.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Mekong Delta Day Trip Including Tan Hoa and Co Gong from Ho Chi Minh City

No trip to Vietnam is complete with a tour through the stunning Mekong Delta. Make the most of your trip by visiting as part of a guided tour: ride your bike through remote villages, drive alongside rice paddies, and cruise along the upper Mekong. This tour includes a fresh seafood lunch at a beachfront restaurant as well as all transportation from Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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