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Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh City: Cao Dai Temple & Black Lady Mountain Tour

Choose from a shared or private experience and, following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City, head towards the Vietnamese-Cambodian border and reach Tay Ninh Province. From there, take a cable car ride up to the Black Lady Mountain. Once on top, marvel at the panoramic views of the beautiful region. Black Lady Mountain consists of three major mountains covering an area of 24 kilometers and reaching an altitude of 986 meters. The beautiful temples and caves that are used to house Buddhist monks and nuns remain largely undisturbed. Proceed to Cao Dai Holy Temple which houses administrative offices, residences for officials, adepts and a hospital for traditional Vietnamese herbal medicine that attracts people from all over the south for treatments. The temple is home to the Cao Dai movement known for mixing ideas from different religions including Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Learn about the importance of Cao Daism figures including historic figures such as Sun Yat-Sen, Victor Hugo, and Nguyen Binh Khiem.

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Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Đài Temples & Củ Chi Tunnels Tour

2. Black Virgin Mountain, Cao Đài Temples & Củ Chi Tunnels Tour

Depart Ho Chi Minh City and travel by private vehicle to Tây Ninh Province. Visit the Cao Đài temples near the Black Virgin Mountain (Núi Bà Đen), and learn why the mountain is revered by the people of Vietnam.  Ride the cable car to the pagoda temple dedicated to the local Khmer deity, Bà Đen. Get breathtaking views of the surrounding fruit orchards, mango trees, and woodland flowers, and learn the ancient legends of the mountain, towering 3,000 feet above rice fields and jungle. Take an optional hike further up the mountain to discover two more temples, if you desire. Then, visit the amazing Củ Chi tunnels, with a break for lunch on the way to the subterranean city that served as the operations base of the Viet Cong for the Tết Offensive during the Vietnam War. Return to Ho Chi Minh City after exploring the labyrinth of tunnels, and get dropped off at your hotel.

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Ho Chi Minh City: Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

3. Ho Chi Minh City: Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple

After pickup from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, drive to Tay Ninh to visit the Cao Dai Temple. This religious sect combines Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity in its philosophy. Experience the prayer session at noon and admire the colorful, mysterious and marvelous architecture.   After lunch, visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing underground system used by the Vietnamese to fight the Americans during the America and Vietnam War. You can crawl through the very narrow tunnels, made completely by hand during the war. Then watch a short documentary film about the Cu Chi Tunnels, available in a number of foreign languages.   Gain more knowledge of Vietnamese history, traditions, and culture. You can taste boiled tapioca with hot pandanus tea, the local food eaten by Vietnamese soldiers during the war. At the end of the tour your will be dropped off back in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day Speedboat Tour

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Full-Day Speedboat Tour

Hamlets and busy towns are dependent on the innumerable canals, tributaries and markets in the region that overflow with fish and a variety of produce yielded by the delta’s rich alluvial soil, including rice, sesame, peanuts, cashews, pineapples, dragon fruit and durian. Enjoy countless opportunities to capture amazing photos of the scenery and local people as we cruise past buffaloes ploughing fruit orchards and rice fields.  Spend time at a family homestead, where you’ll be invited to enjoy refreshing, freshly cut coconuts and fiery Mekong whisky. Your chef will prepare many Vietnamese dishes for lunch, such as fried elephant ear fish – a Mekong Delta specialty – Vietnamese spring rolls and lemongrass chicken, served at a local pagoda or school for underprivileged children. *Vegetarian or Halal meals are also available on request. 

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Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour by Speedboat

5. Full-Day Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour by Speedboat

Explore the winding, underground passageways of the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnel Historical Site Tour will include visiting an American weapons gallery, and later on, even a bullet riddled tank. You will be shown a variety of ingenious and rather brutal booby traps used by the VC. Try to discover secret entrances hidden by fake termite mounds and other creative disguises. You’ll learn everything from how the kitchens fed up to 10,000 fighters in the tunnels (and how they disguised the smoke), to how they defended the tunnels from American bombs and infiltrators. You’ll even see the huge crater formed by an American B52 bomber. An of course, you’ll be able to explore the 1 meter high tunnels themselves. These tunnels have been enlarged slightly, but it can still be a pretty claustrophobic experience – imagine living down there for months. Fortunately, there are regular exits that allow you to leave easily if you wish. The original, unchanged tunnels can also be explored, although this is certainly not for the fainthearted. At the end of the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, you will be able to fire real war era weapons including the M66 and AK47 at a firing range. Afterwards, visit the Cao Dai Temple, a unique representation of the world’s youngest and perhaps the most fascinating religion Cao Dai is a combination of Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and a few other religions. Founded in 1926 4 kilometers east of Tay Ninh, the Cao Dai Temple, like the religion, is a fusion of world influences. The temple is charming in its colorful, mysterious and marvellous architecture. As well as being a major center of pilgrimage, the Cao Dai Temple is also one of Vietnam’s major tourist attractions.

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What people are saying about Cao Dai Temple

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 132 reviews

Hi. We went on the trip to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi tunnels. Danny, our guide was brilliant. Told us a lot about the Cao Dai religion, the history of the Vietcongs and Cu Chi area. Furthermore he told us a lot about Vietnamese culture and traditions. He was also very helpfull regarding other this to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City. We will recommand this tour and especially Danny. Best regards Britt and Marianne, Denmark

We had a great day on the delta. It was nice to walk through a market with someone that could explain everything we were looking at. Lunch was phenomenal and Henry was a great guide. Thank you!

The team who looked after us was excellent, Henri’s knowledge of each aspect of the trip first class.

Great one day trip from Saigon with a helpful and professional guide (Mysti)

great experience. Knowledgeable and friendly guide and driver.