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From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Sightseeing Cruise with Meals

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Sightseeing Cruise with Meals

Explore Halong bay on an overnight cruise. Take a shuttle bus from Hanoi cruise through the bay to see highlights like the Tung Sau Pearl Farm, Ti Top Island, and Sung Sot Cave. Have the option to take part in activities like swimming, visiting caves, singing Karaoke, and squid fishing. Day 1: Board a comfortable shuttle bus outside your accommodation in Hanoi's Old Quarter area and relax on the transfer to Halong bay. Check in at a lounge and board the cruise ship. Be introduced to the itinerary and listen to a short safety briefing from the cruise manager. Savor a delectable buffet lunch and admire stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay. Pass by the Fighting Rooster rock formation and the Finger Islet. Take an excursion to the Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls which practices a technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or purchase a drink and sip from a coconut in the shade. Go back on board for a sunset party with a happy hour special from from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM where you can take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 free drink deal at the Aquamarine Thalassius Bar. Sit down to a set menu dinner under the stars. Spend some free time relaxing, singing karaoke, or squid fishing with the complimentary tools that are provided at the reception area. End the day by sleeping in your cabin that has a private balcony. Day 2: Start your day with an early morning Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises over Halong Bay. Have a light breakfast at the ship's restaurant before heading to the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with large stalactites. Return to the ship, check-out, and return to Tuan Chau Island where brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. Disembark at the Tuan Chau Marina and return to Hanoi by bus.

Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

2. Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels Guided Tour with a War Veteran

Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels on a guided tour. Learn about the history of the underground passageways from a Vietnam War veteran and, if you feel like it, try firing an M16 or AK-47 rifle at a firing range. Choose whether to take the tour in a small group or to book a private tour.  Get picked up from your accommodation and travel in comfort to the Ben Dinh tunnel entrance with your tour guide. Here, you’ll find replicas of booby traps, sleeping quarters, and barracks to give you a feel for the reality of life during the war. Listen to a detailed history of the Cu Chi Tunnels from a local Vietnam War veteran and wander around the labyrinth of passageways while learning about the history and importance of this site. After touring the tunnels, you’ll arrive at a firing range where you’ll have the option to fire an M16 or AK-47. Then you’ll head back to Ho Chi Minh and be dropped off at your accommodation to end the day’s trip.

Ho Chi Minh: Guided Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh: Guided Cu Chi Tunnels Tour

Located 60 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign tourists alike. The network of over 200 kilometers of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the Vietnam War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers, and kitchens. Today, ducks and water buffalo happily co-exist in the rivers along the side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies the area’s violent history. Whilst at this site, it is hard to imagine the destruction, damage, and defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place there during the 1960s, when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone". Start your tour in the morning, watching a short introductory video which explains how the tunnels were constructed. From there, spend the next hour exploring the tunnels, before enjoying tea, and cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war).

Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

4. Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels

The day starts with hotel pick up at 8:00 AM for the morning tour and 1:00 PM for the afternoon tour. Enjoy a scenic drive northwest towards the Cambodian border while learning about the history of this 125-mile network of subterranean passages.    Upon arrival, watch a short documentary on the tunnels and the pivotal role they played before climbing inside to see trap doors, storage facilities, weapons factories, and kitchens used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. After the tour, enjoy a light local snack of rice tapioca and hot tea – foods many relied upon during the war, and even have the opportunity to fire an AK-47 or M16 at a nearby shooting range (entrance to shooting range not included in tour price). Hotel drop-off will be at 2:00 PM for the morning tour and 7:00 PM for the afternoon tour.

Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day, 1-Night My Tho and Mekong Delta

5. Ho Chi Minh City: 2-Day, 1-Night My Tho and Mekong Delta

DAY 1: Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Ben Tre – Can Tho 7.30 am: The car and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. One the way, you can stop for taking a photo and enjoying the nice scenery of green rice fields, the peaceful Vam Co Dong river. 9.30 am: Visit Vinh Trang pagoda – the biggest pagoda in Mekong Delta. It best reflects the soul of Mekong River Delta with a unique structural style. After that, we take a leisurely boat ride along the river to enjoy fresh air and escape the busy town. See the typical stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Go to Tortoise islet for lunch in the orchard garden with local fresh specialties. Then, the cruise through the shadows of the water coconut trees will take you to Ben Tre. Come to visit the traditional house: enjoy seasonal fruit and honey tea with lemon when listening to the Southern Vietnamese folk music (performed by the locals). Visit a family business to learn how to make coconut candy. Go for a walk through the fruit plantation and villages to enjoy the natural scenery, observe the pastoral life and take nice photos. Arrive to Can Tho. Overnight in the hotel. Free time to visit Ninh Kieu Wharf, Can Tho Market or taste the delicious local dishes. DAY 2: Can Tho – Cai Rang Floating Market – Ho Chi Minh City 7.00 am: pick you up in hotel in Can Tho after breakfast. You will take the boat trip to along on the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong River and visit the amazing Cai Rang floating market. You get to experience water commerce from the large cargo vessels to smaller sampans weave. Try some of the amazing, unique local food and to take a closer look at life on a boat. After exploring the floating market, you will wander around the village, see the orchard garden and try your best to cross a Monkey bridge which is built by only one bamboo tree. Besides that, you have a chance to experience how to they make rice vermicelli noodle. Stop for lunch before the return journey to Ho Chi Minh City. 5.00 pm: Arrive to Ho Chi Minh City. End of the tour. Say goodbye and see you again.

Ho Chi Minh: War History Tour with Tunnel and Museum Visits

6. Ho Chi Minh: War History Tour with Tunnel and Museum Visits

Transport yourself to the times of Ho Chi Minh's many historic events on an eye-opening journey with a local guide. Travel to several major war sites and visit a war history museum, as well as a couple of cultural landmarks, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation then head over to the Cu Chi Tunnels, a famous network of underground passageways used during the Vietnam War and the Tet Offensive. Learn what the locals used to engage in guerilla warfare and meet a war veteran, with the option to fire a rifle at an extra cost. Head back to the city and stop for a delicious local lunch before visiting the War Remnants Museum. Walk through the exhibits that showcase paraphernalia relating to the First Indochina War and the Vietnam War, and take in the rich history of the nation. Up next is the striking Independence Palace. Discover this iconic landmark, once the home and office of Vietnam's presidents, explore the grand hall and admire the stunning architecture. Afterward, marvel at the beautiful design of the 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral, built by French colonists. Your last stop of the day is just across the cathedral at the Central Post Office. Stroll through another building with a heavy French influence and enjoy its striking structure and sweeping ceilings. Take some time to browse through the local vendors' stalls before driving back to your hotel.

Private Cu Chi Tunnels and shooting ranger Tour

7. Private Cu Chi Tunnels and shooting ranger Tour

Following pickup from you hotel in District 1, you will head to the Cu Chi Province. You will travel past the Tan Binh District before arriving to Cu Chi, with a rest stop at a lacquer factory included along the way. The factory is a workplace of disabled people who were victims of Agent Orange Toxic used during the war. Whilst there you can see how they work and witness the beauty of the final products created by them. You will also have the opportunity to purchase their products to help them sustain themselves. Following the factory you will reach the Ben Duoc Tunnels. The tunnels' system is so complex that it stunned many military advisors from all over the world. It is a hidden gem which is today mainly used for educational purposes for Vietnamese students and foreigners alike. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Culture as a National Cultural and Historical Relic as of April 29, 1979. In addition to the historic monuments which serve the propaganda and education of the traditional revolution, when visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels you can visit a simulated area of Cu Chi where you can discover the architecture of the houses. This will provide you with an insight into the lives of the army and the people of Cu Chi between 1961-1972.

Ho Chi Minh: Tour to Cu Chi with Ben Dinh Tunnels

8. Ho Chi Minh: Tour to Cu Chi with Ben Dinh Tunnels

Depart from Ho Chi Minh and head towards the suburban district of Cu Chi with an approximately 1.5 hours drive by bus.   Watch a short video presentation about the history of the Ben Dinh Tunnels and learn about the harsh life the Vietnamese people endured during the Vietnam War. Explore a section of the subterranean system where the Viet Cong set up a base as a hideout from their enemies during the war. Following your guide’s instructions, journey through some of the zones of the tunnels to investigate the underground kitchens, bedrooms, field hospitals, storage facilities, weapons factories, and command centers.  Crawl through the dark and tight spaces to experience what life was like first hand. Taste the wartime staple food of the Viet Cong with a dish of steamed cassava with salt and some special tea.  Go to a shooting range for the optional chance to fire a gun of your choice.

Ho Chi Minh: Private Cu Chi Tunnels Tour from Phu My Port

9. Ho Chi Minh: Private Cu Chi Tunnels Tour from Phu My Port

The Cu Chi Tunnels are the well-known tunnels system that contributed to the great victories of Cu Chi troops. Visitors from all over the world come here to see the tunnels which are connected to each other like a miniature underground village. Throughout this tour, you can discover the incredibly secret network of Cu Chi Tunnels and crawl through the narrow tunnels which were all crafted by hand during wartime. You can later watch a short documentary film about the Cu Chi Tunnels during the war, which will help you gain more knowledge of Vietnam's history, tradition, and culture. Later, you will taste local foods which Vietnam soldiers ate during the war, including boiled tapioca with hot pandanus tea. You will also have the chance to explore the local region, enjoying the beauty of the countryside on the way with rubber tree plantations and jungle sightseeing. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit a spontaneous countryside wet market and try some fresh tropical fruits.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels Private Trip

10. From Ho Chi Minh City: Cu Chi Tunnels Private Trip

The Cu Chi Tunnels are the well-known tunnels system that contributed to the great victories of Cu Chi troops. Visitors from all over the world come here to see the tunnels which are connected to each other like a miniature underground village. Discover the incredibly secret network of Cu Chi Tunnels and crawl through the very narrow tunnels which were all made by hand during wartime. Gain more knowledge of Vietnam's history, tradition, and culture. Taste local foods which Vietnam soldiers ate during the war, including boiled tapioca with hot pandanus tea. Watch a short documentary film about Cu Chi Tunnels during the war (in a number of foreign languages). You will also have the chance to explore the local region. Enjoy the beauty of the countryside on the way with rubber tree plantations and jungle sightseeing. Visit a spontaneous countryside wet market and try some fresh tropical fruits.

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What people are saying about Cu Chi Tunnels

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4.6 / 5

based on 5,210 reviews

What a nice activity. Because of the lack of tourism yet in Vietnam, the tour was private at the same price. Sonny was a great guide, he's attentive, nice without pretending (some guides you can feel they see you as a sack of money to exploit but Sonny was definitely a great person and so professional at the same time). The tunnels were an awesome example of guerilla war and intelligence against power. The tour includes an interview with a veteran, the guide translates. You can ask completely anything and the old man seemed very happy to be asked, above all if questions are not the basic and you are respectful with a man who lived a life of battle from cradle to almost grave. There's this part of the tour where you can shoot a rifle, i thought it was cool but then i found out a bullet is almost $3 and you just can buy them in bunches of 10. I prefered to spend my money in a photobook of the guerillas which i recommend and tipping a fabulous guide which I also encourage to do.

Absolutely worth it!

Definitely a must-do. Really interesting and very well done overall.