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.