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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

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What You Can Expect

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

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

Customer Reviews

Alexis T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

great day out

Leslie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Tin the tour guide and his driver were fantastic. Very helpful. Full of local knowledge. Could not do more to assist in every way. Made the whole tour a fantastic experience. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic tour. Would definitely recommend it to others. Thomas, our tour guide was very personable, funny, knowledgeable and a very likable person. Learned a lot and had a good time. Shout out to Thomas!

Doreenda United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I enjoyed this tour. My guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about these places as well as answered the many questions that we had for him.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels in combination with a tour of the Cao Dai Temple is a must if you visit Ho Chi Minh City. Our transportation was modern and comfortable. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and his English was outstanding. The tunnel tour outlined the amazing feats of the Vietnamese soldiers during the wars with France and US. The Cao Dai Temple is an amazing sight and gives an interesting glimpse into a unique culture. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Sharmini P U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Very worthwhile. Tour Guide Tin was excellent and quite knowledgeable. Enjoyed the tour immensely. Thank you.

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was a really great day. My guide Thanh was punctual, polite and very knowledgeable. The vehicle was modern and comfortable. The tunnels are a stark reminder of the pain of war - contrasted now with the bright, dynamic future of the country. The temple is simply gorgeous and I was fortunate enough to witness a ceremony there. We went for lunch in a typical restaurant in a small village, which was an authentic experience. All in all, a highly enjoyable and educational day. Thank you:-)

Suzanne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Although you visit the "tourist" tunnel location, still a good example to the tunnels. The temple was phenomenal.

Sarah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Great day...better to do this tour on a small group basis!! Lunch was amazing!!

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