Day 13: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi (B, L)
Join a group to have a city tour and visit Cu Chi tunnels.
In the morning, we will visit the most famous tourist attractions in city center including Notre Dame Cathedral, Center Post Office Building, Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Ben Thanh market is optional in this morning if time permit.
In the afternoon, we leave the city center for Cu Chi commune. Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists – the network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary when they played a vital role in the 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 & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos 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. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”.
Before entering the tunnels visitors can watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels. Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return to HCMC.
Overnight at hotel in HCM City.