Things to do in Ho Chi Minh city

Cu Chi Tunnels tour with Vietnam War veterans and history experts

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  • 6 hours in total

  • Entrance ticket, snacks, transport included

  • Pick up at your place

What To Expect

Imagine spending your days living in underground tunnels, only able to come out at night when the sun is down - that's what the people of Cu Chi did nearly 50 years ago during the Vietnam War. Let's explore this incredible place with a knowledgeable guide and see what it really feels like to live like a guerrilla warrior!

Did you know that during the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels were not only used as hiding spots, but also as hospitals, kitchens, and living quarters? Located 70km from Ho Chi Minh City and stretching all the way to the Cambodian border, this 250-kilometer tunnel network played a highly important role in the Viet Cong's resistance against the American forces.

During the trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, you will have the chance to crawl through the tunnels yourself. The tunnel area that you are going to visit has been widened and thoroughly cleansed for tourists. Every day Cu Chi receives about 10,000 curious visitors from all over the world, so it's very easy to get lost in the sea of people. Let our local guide help you avoid the tourist crowds.

Above the ground, there are also plenty of interesting insights for you to explore, such as the exhibition of booby traps, weapons, and fighting strategies that were used during the war. What a fun and educational family experience!

Before the War, Cu Chi used to be a fertile land with an abundance of forests and tropical fruits all year round. Along with chemical poisons, napalms, and especially 30-ton loads of high explosive were dropped by the B-52 Bomber in January 1966, the region turned into a vast empty field, full of ashes.

Yet, the brave, local people stayed to fight for freedom. They built a fishbone underground system to hide and connect houses and villages together. On the surface, countless traps and mines were placed, making it hazardous for the Americans to come near. Curious about how the Viet Cong soldiers got around? Save that question for your local guide!

If you want to get a bit more adventurous, ask your local guide to take you to the shooting range where you can try firing genuine AK-47s and machine guns. Yes, you read that right!

The land of steel is also famous for a lot of delicious dishes. One of those is tapioca with sesame salt. Have a taste of this traditional dish and a hot cup of tea before heading back to Saigon.

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Itinerary

This itinerary is customizable if you choose the Private Tour option

Morning

Your local guide will pick you up at your location around 7-8 a.m. in Ho Chi Minh City and begin a 1.5-hour journey to Cu Chi.

Main activities

After arriving, start your adventure with various activities:

  • Watch a documentary film that takes you to the past with an introduction of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Crawl short distances through the tunnels that were used by the guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War. You may see a kitchen, living quarters, and a meeting room on the way. The tunnels have been enlarged so visitors can crawl through them, imagine what it must have been like before
  • Learn about how different types of booby trap - the symbol of guerrilla warfare - were created and set up.
  • Visit the weapons room and learn how the ingenious Viet Cong soldiers made them.
  • Get adventurous and go to the shooting range to fire a real AK-47. The cost for the bullets are not included in this price (1 bullet = 60,000VND)
  • Watch how Vietnamese make rice cake or enjoy tapioca, a local specialty, and a hot cup of tea with your local guide

Afternoon

After about 3 hours, start your journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Say goodbye to your local guide at your drop-off location.

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Plan your trip

Children under 3 are free of charge.
Standard group tour: big group of max 20 people
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Small group tour: history expert/war veteran guide + lunch
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Private tour: history expert/war veteran guide + lunch
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Our guide Fa was amazing, I couldn't recommend him more. We...
Our guide Fa was amazing, I couldn't recommend him more. We had a really great day. Thank you 
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Luke Sarah
a month ago
Very informative for a first time visitor to Vietnam
Very informative for a first time visitor to Vietnam 
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Gerry Khoo
4 months ago
Jackie was wonderful! He is so knowledgeable about the war...
Jackie was wonderful! He is so knowledgeable about the war and history and shared so many incredible stories with us. He goes really deep and spent much more time with us than any tour. We could ask any question and he helped us really understand Vietnam. He has a great sense of humor and is so worth the price. We highly recommend Jackie as your... Read more
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Kristi Hagen
4 months ago
Sally was a terrific guide with the perfect mix of humor and...
Sally was a terrific guide with the perfect mix of humor and information. Highly recommend her! 
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Cassie r Cullins
4 months ago
Great tour for real history!
Great tour for real history! 
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Masahiko Kanaya
5 months ago

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How do I book on Inspitrip?

There are two options: Small Group and Private tour. For both options, you can chat with your local guide and other people in your group even before the trip takes place.
  • Small group tour: operates with a maximum of 10 people. If you like to make new friends, this is a great option. You would pay for the trip to confirm your slot, then join a chat group with your local guide as well as fellow travel buddies, everything would be on Inspitrip. Get to know them!
  • Private tour: maximizes your privacy and allows you to freely customize the itinerary. First, request to communicate any specific needs you may have, wait a couple minutes for these requests to be confirmed, and then you can proceed to payment.
  • Standard group tour: operates with a maximum of 25 people. If you are a budget traveler, this is the best option for you. Payment method is similar as the Small Group option.

What does my payment cover?

Your payment for this trip covers private transportation, a fluent, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, and bottled water. Personal expenses such as extra food, drink, tips, and bullets for gunfiring are not included.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Cancellation is free if you cancel up to 48 hours before the trip date. We believe that this is the fairest way to ensure that both our travelers and local guides are happy.

Does the Small Group option still operate if there are less than 10 people signed up?

Yes, even if you are the only person who signs up for the trip on a given date, the tour will still take place.

My question is not listed here. What should I do?

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