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Visit some of Ho Chi Minh City's most intriguing sites on a full-day tour to the Cao Dai Temple, the Cu Chi tunnels, and a Wildlife at Risk Rescue station. 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.

Highlights

  • Private day trip to Cao Dai Temple, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and Wildlife Rescue Station from Ho Chi Minh City
  • Take part in a colorful religious ceremony at Cao Dai Temple with a guide
  • Head underground to tour some of the wartime tunnels at Cu Chi
  • Discover the historical significance of the tunnel network and the role it played in the Vietnam War
  • Learn about local efforts to save and rehabilitate endangered animals by the nonprofit group Wildlife at Risk
  • Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport by air-conditioned private vehicle

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Temple and Wildlife Rescue Station

Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels, Cao Dai Temple and Wildlife Rescue Station

Depart from your Ho Chi Minh City hotel in a private vehicle for a 2.5-hour drive to Tay Ninh, a city located near the Cambodian border.

Your tour begins at Cao Dai temple for a midday ceremony as your guide offers insight into the rituals performed. 

Afterward, sit down for a traditional Vietnamese lunch before you descend into the Cu Chi tunnels — a part of the tour that is not for the faint of heart. Your group will crawl through the narrow passages once used by the Viet Cong. A short film serves up history about the underground military base, and your guide helps you safely explore the tunnels.

Unwind after your visit to Cu Chi with some green tea and tapioca before returning to your vehicle for a ride to the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station. The center is run by Wildlife at Risk, a non-profit charity that rescues local animals from mistreatment. On a tour of the facility, your guide helps you observe creatures such as the Indochinese leopard, the sun bear, and the pygmy loris from a safe distance.

At the end of the tour, return to your private vehicle for the journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. 

Please note: Itinerary is subject to change. If the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station is not open, you might visit a cricket farm or the Handicapped Handicrafts factory where you can purchase art from its employees.

Customer Reviews

GERALD C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The trip was great and well arranged we were very interested in the history of the country

Mahal Correa P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

we were not able to join the tour as we were not able to read the PICK-UP time in the Voucher. Would suggest the supplier to send a fax or leave a mail message to guests hotel room for proper endorsement and get the name of the hotel staff who got the message. even though we were not able to go the tour i will still give 5 star as I heard this is a must see place in Vietnam. Hope to visit this place soon.

Jasmine K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We signed up for a group tour but ended up with a private tour of 2! The guide Wang was explained thoroughly the different aspects of the tour and he spoke good English! :) loved the Cuchi tunnels and it was a great learning experience! The wildlife reserve was a nice touch and end to the trip! :)

Paul W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Thought the tour was great. Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable.

Kenneth Lau

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Overall is a nice tour. unfortunately, we are unable to visit the wildlife rescue station, But the tour guide have replaced us the cricket farm visit. The tour guide is very friendly and talkative. We are enjoy the tour very much.

Karl M

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Excellent private tour of the Cu Chi tunnels and Cao Dai temple. We also managed a quick visit to the Wildlife Rescue Station, which was the highlight of the trip. I saw a baby gibbon that was absolutely adorable. Our guide Tuan was absolutely wonderful and very knowledgeable. The only reason we did not rate it five stars is because the lunch was a bit underwhelming. Otherwise, great tour. We recommend it!

Korin R

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

I wasn't expecting this to be a private tour, which was a pleasant surprise. We were taken around in a literal private car, as the information says. The W.A.R. station wasn't open, so we were taken to the handicap factory instead which was nice, but wasn't what we really wanted. We were shown how the lacquer was made but people where were handicapped by agent orange, which was really cool. Next, we were taken to the Cao Dai Temple which was an interesting experience. The whole religion of Cao Dai was befuddling to us, so we had to look it up and get more information after the tour. Finally, we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels. That was probably the best part of the tour, but it was horrifying at the same time. We went down into the tunnels, but had to go out as soon as possible because it really induced claustrophobia. The tour guide was really kind, and he was really trying his best to help us understand his country.

Gemma Lisa V

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

The tour itself was great, our tour guide had very good English. It did say about spending approximately 2.5hours at the Chu Chi Tunnels however I think in total we were there for about 45 minutes.

Jase

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The tunnels were AMAZING! So much history and we crawled through tunnels, ate local food and shot rifles! The Cao Dai temple was beautiful and it was great to see a ceremony in progress.
Unfortunately the wildlife rescue station was closed so we saw a workshop instead where the staff were pushy.

Cameron W

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

My pick up was very late 70mins, due to viator not passing on my hotel details to the operator this meant that we sat in peak hour traffic getting out of Saigon which further shortened our stay at the Cu Chi Tunnels. Besides this, the tour guide very knowledgeable and driver of a private SUV was excellent. The Cao Dai temple and religion was confusing but very interesting. Crawling through the Cu Chi tunnels 70km N of Saigon and talking about the exhibits were a highlight of the trip. The late lunch was enormous and very tasty. We did not visit the Wildlife Rescue station as it was closed that day. Despite the initial problems the tour very pretty good.

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