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Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels by luxury speedboat then discover the daily life of rural southern Vietnam on a full-day tour from Ho Chi Minh City. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the vast tunnel network built under the Cu Chi district by guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Take a speedboat down the Saigon River to reach Cu Chi, observing life along the river en route. Numbers are limited to 14 to ensure a small-group experience, which includes a riverside Vietnamese lunch.

Highlights

  • Luxury speedboat cruise to the Cu Chi Tunnels with an expert guide
  • Speed along the Saigon River from Ho Chi Minh City to jungle-lined canals
  • Explore the war memorial park at Cu Chi, where preserved underground tunnels helped Viet Cong guerrillas during the war
  • Enjoy on-board refreshments and a mouthwatering Vietnamese lunch at a riverside restaurant
  • Drive around the countryside to learn about cricket-raising and paper-making at local farms
  • Return transport by air-conditioned vehicle as well as hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour by Luxury Speedboat

Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour by Luxury Speedboat

Start your day with morning hotel pickup and transfer to your luxury speedboat at Ho Chi Minh Pier. From there, travel comfortably in a high-quality speedboat to Vietnam’s famed Cu Chi Tunnels.

The river cruise takes approximately one hour and local fruit with unlimited refreshments are served on board. Observe life along the riverbanks as your guide informs you about the local people's river-based livelihoods. Enjoy great photo ops of the Saigon River's jungle-fringed canals and tributaries, where you might see houses on stilts or water buffalo at work.

Disembark at Cu Chi and follow your guide through the historic site, now a war memorial that features the impressive labyrinth of tunnels dug by Viet Cong guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War). Tour sections of the 75-mile-long (121-km) complex, which proved key to military campaigns such as the Tet Offensive of 1968. You can even slip into one of the narrow passageways to imagine how the supply routes and communications, hospitals, and food and weapons caches were operated underground.

After experiencing the tunnels, enjoy lunching on traditional Vietnamese fare at a riverside restaurant.

Return to Ho Chi Minh City in a climate-controlled minivan, passing through the countryside to get a taste of rural life. Stop at a cricket farm and discover a Vietnamese delicacy as you watch crickets being prepared as food. Then taste the fresh herbs that go into many Vietnamese dishes at a nearby organic herb farm. Top off your experience by visiting a home where rice paper is made the traditional way, shaped by hand then cooked over a fire and dried in the sun.

Your tour ends with drop-off at your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

guido.fischer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What an amazing tour! Pick up from hotel and then to river to catch the speedboat Coffee and banh mi provided for early morning tour. Interesting to see how the Vietnamese survived the torture and how they beat the Americans and were ahead of them all the time. Very good tour guide Must do tour!

Marco R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very nice. It was a lovely trip by boat and once we arrived the tour guide explain the all history including a documentary and visit some the tunnels. Amazing. Lunch and the return by boat was very nice.

Larry A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience and the guide was great as well

dan h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

highly recommend this as a great day out.
the breakfast is a bit of a waste of tie as everyone seems to eat at their hotel early, then drive for 20 mins, have breakfast by which time the rush hour has built up then off you go out on the trip. i feel the rush hour could have been avoided instead.
or make it clear that the breakfast is included.
enjoyed the cricket farm
the rice paper workshop was much more fun than expected.
salad farm is a waste of time really, loads of lettuce all europeans on the tour..fields of lettuce nothing special
DOG LOVERS DO NOT GET OUT OF THE BUS at the salad farm - some very distressed dogs in horrific conditions here tiny cages etc etc
finally on to the tunnels at cu chi. this was awesome, really enjoyed it.
it is definitely worth reading up a little on vietnamese history before going to vietnam so that you can appreciate things like this more .
our guide was really great, her english was good and she was really helpful.
you can fire guns if that is your thing - i tried an AK47 and it was worth a go.
lunch after the tunnels was absolutely superb !
everyone in our group loved it about 8 in total
finally, high speed trip down the river which was really good.
tis was great, nice powerful boat and missed most of the rush hour traffic !
i would recommend this trip - it was a great day out.
only wy to improve it would be to drop the breakfast and salad farm.

dan - went early january 2017

Adam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really nice trip all round, great tour guide at the tunnels, a must do in Vietnam...

Andrew U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great tour. We were picked up right at our hotel Riverside Serviced Apartments in the boat which was fantastic. The river is smooth riding and really nice to get some air blowing on you when it is hot out. I would not say there is a ton to see along the river, but a very pleasant ride. You dock right at the Cu Chi tunnels and the tour is excellent. Our grouped branched after the Cu Chi tour and our guide took my two daughters and myself to an organic farm, a rubber tree plantation, a little spot where we learned to make rice paper and then to a cricket farm where we got to sample crickets freshly cooked in garlic. Made for an amazing day.

Alison B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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Alberto H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was amazing! The trip up on the Saigon River was beautiful and relaxing, was also great to take in life on the river. Our guide of the tunnel was very informative on the Vietnam War and Cu Chi Tunnels. Was also great to get a feel for local life in the area.

gerri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The tour was great from start to finish, the boat trip was very good lots of cold drinks our guides were very helpful. The Cu Chi tunnels are very interesting lots to see and do. And the stop off places on the way back were very good the rice paper making especially.

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

a fantastic experience. wonderful guides and a perfectly organized trip. the river trip was beautiful. the tunnels were fascinating, and the visit to a local farm, cricket farm, and the lacquer factory were extraordinary.

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