Cu Chi tunnels are complicated hand-dug tunnels in Vietnam with 250 km of incredible underground networks. It took over 25 years to build from the Viet Minh to Viet Cong generations. The tunnels have 3 different levels and consist of living rooms, kitchens, hospitals, handmade weapon rooms, food storage, and meeting rooms. Travelling to the tunnels by luxury speed boat is a perfect way to explore more than you expect; natural river landscapes, local life on waterways, and historic tunnels without traffic jams.
7:00 am: Early in the morning, Les Rives guide will meet you at your hotel’s lobby and bring you by car to our speedboat at Bach Dang pier.
7:20 am: Then you will depart Saigon by speedboat. Within 15 minutes, the banks of the river change from city sprawl to lush jungle. A light breakfast of sandwiches or pastries, fresh tropical fruits and Vietnamese iced coffee (Ca phe sua da) is served, as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
8:50 am: You will arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels site before most larger bus tours arrive. Watch a brief introductory ‘propaganda’ video to the Cu Chi area.
9:00 am: Explore the tunnel site, which includes weapon and booby trap exhibitions, navigating authentic Viet Cong tunnel, visiting different underground bunkers (kitchens, meeting rooms, ammunitions etc.), a firing range and much more. Try the local cassava root that sustained Viet Cong fighters for years.
11:00 am: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river, consisting of authentic fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes and soup.
11:30 am: Say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnel and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
01:00 pm: Arrive back at Bach Dang’s pier. Les Rives staff will take you back to your hotel by car.