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Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat

Badge of ExcellenceQ.1, Vietnam
  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City on a morning or afternoon tour that travels round-trip by luxury speedboat. Go underground with your guide in Cu Chi to discover the vast tunnel network built by resourceful guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. Learn about the war from the Vietnamese perspective and see authentic war relics that remain on-site. Travel with a small group limited to 14 people for a more personalized experience. Your tour includes breakfast and/or lunch (depending on departure selection).
  • Choose an early or late morning departure from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Enjoy refreshments plus breakfast or lunch (depending on time selected)
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off by comfortable coach
  • Small-group limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour includes an early-morning option that departs before many others to help beat the crowds and heat.

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by luxury speedboat
  • Professional guide
  • Unlimited refreshment and local fruits on board
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Optional activities such as shooting range (minimum age 18)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Saigon Waterbus Station, 10B Đ. Tôn Đức Thắng, P, Q.1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

Pickup Details

Possible departure locations
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Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

We provide pickup from all locations in District 1 and 3

What To Expect

Start your your with hotel pickup and transfer to Ho Chi Minh Pier where you board a luxury speedboat made of high-quality teak wood.  Zip along the Saigon River to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, a ride that takes about one hour along tree-lined waterways.

Get great photo ops of life along the river and enjoy unlimited refreshments served on board your speedboat. Morning tours include a light breakfast with lunch while afternoon tours include lunch.

Upon your arrival at the historic Cu Chi Tunnels complex, watch a short introductory film then follow your guide into the winding, underground network for approximately two hours of exploring the war memorial park.

Visit underground bunkers that housed kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunition depots and hospitals, part of the 75-mile-long (121-km) tunnel complex built by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War (known as the American War by the Vietnamese). View authentic relics from the war such as camouflaged tunnel entrances and a bullet-riddled tank.

After your Cu Chi Tunnels tour, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a riverside restaurant, with a menu that may includes spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes, and soup. If you take the later tour, dinner is provided.

After your meal, depart Cu Chi and return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the central pier, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Les Rives Authentic River Experience (Pass By)

Depart from Tan Cang Pier by speedboat


Cu Chi Tunnels

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels site with our local expert

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. A surcharge may applied for any special meal accommodations
  • A light jacket is recommended between November and February
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour on the 22nd April 2019 will start at 12:00 PM instead of 11:00 AM.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by Les Rives

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

Good guides, nice to miss the traffic and take the boat out there.
Faster way to get around and the earlier session was better as there were less tourists who were all on their way on the bus.
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Great Tour; Worth the price; Bring Mosquito repellant
Pamela_A, Jul 2020
Taking the boat ride up and down the river was totally worth the extra money! (1.25 hours each way as opposed to up to 2 hours on the bus). We would strongly recommend taking this tour! Our guide, Hang, had us believing we were Saigon River experts as she shared tidbits going down river toward the tunnels. Once on the site, Hang did a great job explaining the different viewpoints of history by sticking to the facts, always patiently answering questions. In addition to leading us through the woods to see the structures, techniques, and tunnels, she agilely gave demonstrations on how the Vietnamese nationals would so easily attack and avoid the American forces. Going through the tunnel as a nearly 2-meter tall male was enlightening. Bring mosquito repellant!!! And be prepared for the firing range; it is loud. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the restaurant at the Cu Chi boat dock is closed. So we had to eat lunch at the ROS Yacht Club. The staff was very rude and clearly unhappy that people who had been crawling around in tunnels were in their restaurant. Otherwise, we highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best Tour Company
David_M, Mar 2020
Hang was an excellent tour guide and boat to Cu Chi tunnels was great fun. Well looked after by all staff. A great experience. Will be sure to take another tour with this company.
Half day Cu Chi tunnels by speedboat
Colin_H, Mar 2020
Fantastic and very professional excursion, picked up from hotel, informative guide on the Saigon river pointing out interesting points and then to the tunnel system, the same guide was fantastic and come across with a true passion for everything within the trip, we got there early and had a head start before the crowds massed, this was a fantastic way to experience the tunnels and escaping the crowds. book it! you won’t be disappointed.
Tunnels by speed boat
garymoule201, Feb 2020
From start to finish this was an experience to remember. Prompt pick up from our hotel to the river welcomed on board our speed boat and offered refreshments as we departed Wonderful traffic free journey along the river about 1 hour 20 minutes Our experience around the tunnels and other exhibits were enhanced by our expert guide (Boa ) who thoughtfully narrated each part You have the freedom to take part in any or all of the various exhibits including the tunnels and a firing range Following the tour we were given a wonderful lunch before returning by speed boat I thoroughly recommend this trip which is excellent value for money
Fab Trip by Speed Boat
QueenOfHols31, Jan 2020
This was our option to go to see the Cu Chi tunnels and it didn't disappoint. Punctual, informative, decent Vietnamese lunch and a great experience all round. Would highly recommend. Thanks
Highly recommend
Coastal426434, Jan 2020
A great morning out, very efficient & we had an excellent guide. Would highly recommend, best thing to go early (we did the 7am pickup) as it gets very busy once all the buses arrive.
Poor value for money
Richard_S, Jan 2020
Speedboat transfer was good although “breakfast” was poor. Guiding was average and although the guide had knowledge it didn’t come across too well. Video history documentary sound quality was virtually inaudible. Poor value for money.
Well worth it!
iloveservice, Oct 2019
Amazing from start to finish. Pick up time from our hotel was promot l. We got on the boat and were given croissants fruit and water for the journey. The boat took a little over an hour and was very relaxing. The tour guide was amazing (I think his name was hai). He answered every question with great confidence and kept us very much on schedule. We were given an amazing lunch at the end that included a soft drink. On the way back we were given more fruits. The value for money was excellent. Would highly recommend
Cu Chi Tunnels - Mesmerising Experience
Kannan_R, Oct 2019
I was in Ho Chi Minh City for the weekend with my cousin. Since we had 2 days, we thought of going on a day trip to see some of the sightseeing places recommended by tourists and that's how we decided on Cu Chi Tunnels' trip. We were searching for a travel partner who could help us in booking and finally landed on the Viator page. Since I have travelled through Viator in the past, I was pretty sure about the quality of service provided by them and hence decided to book through them. As always, it was a seamless experience booking through their portal and we did choose the trip which was for about 6-7 hours through Speed Boat. This was the best decision we made! We were promptly picked up from our hotel at 7 am sharp by a Air-conditioned coach, by Kha Nguyen, our Tour Guide from Les Rives - the local partner of Viator. We were dropped at the Pier within 10 minutes and thereafter our journey began in the speed boat with Kha as our guide. It was such an amazing experience cruising in the Saigon River and since we left early, there wasn't much traffic in the waters! We were served breakfast on the cruise, which was tasty and sumptuous! It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes before we reached the Cu Chi Tunnels pier. When Kha started explaining about Cu Chi Tunnels and its history, that is when I realised what the Vietnamese have gone through for about 20 years (1954 - 1973). Cu Chi tunnels is all about Vietnam War and how they fought their enemies. Cu Chi Tunnels covers a distance of about 100+ miles going up to 3 levels underground with its own medical facilities, workshop, kitchen, etc. Kha is one of the best tour guides I have ever come across. He speaks excellent English and has complete knowledge about Vietnam's history and particularly Cu Chi Tunnels. After a good 2-hour guided tour of Cu Chi Tunnels, we were served tasty lunch as per our requirements. After lunch we left Cu Chi Tunnels by 12.15 pm and reached Ho Chi Minh City by 1.30 pm. For all tourists out there who are planning to visit Ho Chi Minh City sometime in the near future, please make it a point to visit Cu Chi Tunnels for sure and that too with this travel partner (Viator-Les Rives and tour guide - Kha Nguyen).
Excellent tour.
Desikan_R, Oct 2019
Kha Nguyen was awesome.. so well organised and was full of energy within a lot of warmth.. he ensured all the tourists where comfortable 👍


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