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Private Tour: Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple Full-Day Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

This private, guided full-day tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Cao Dai Temple from Ho Chi Minh highlights striking examples of history and religion within reach of this French-influenced city. Make a stop at Tay Ninh and learn about Cao Dai — which mixes Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Buddhism into a single sect — during a prayer ceremony at Cao Dai Temple. Visit the underground world of the Cu Chi Tunnels, where you can climb into the subterranean network and learn how the narrow passages helped protect Vietnamese military during the American/Vietnam war. Roundtrip transport and a local Vietnamese lunch included.
  • Private, full-day guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
  • Visit the elaborate Cao Dai Temple and learn about Cao Daism, a modern mix of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity
  • Crawl the labyrinthine underground Cu Chi Tunnels, used in the American/Vietnam War
  • Enjoy an authentic local Vietnamese lunch — vegetarian option available
  • Hotel pickup and drop off by air-conditioned private vehicle
Your private 10-hour tour begins with pickup from your centrally located Ho Chi Minh City hotel. As you journey towards the Cambodian border, your guide will share background on the history and customs of the area. Depending on the day and anticipated crowds, you may begin at either the Cu Chi Tunnels or Tay Ninh.

At Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Cao Daism, learn about the unique sect whose patron saints include influencers such as Winston Churchill and Victor Hugo. As you visit the ornate Cao Dai Temple — where the vibrant interior features dragon-wrapped columns and intricate tile work — your guide explains how the religion blends Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and Taoism into a singular belief. You may even have the opportunity to see a prayer ceremony.

Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, where your guide shares stories about this 75-mile long stretch of tunnels that connected Saigon to Cambodia, and how they played an essential role in the American/Vietnam war. Experience the feel of life underground as you step back in time and squeeze into the tunnels, gaining a greater understanding of the strife of war-time life as you crawl through the narrow passageways.

The tour also includes lunch at an authentic local Vietnamese restaurant, before you board the private transport for the return trip to your hotel.

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