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Duration: 1 Day
Tour Starts: Ho Chi Minh City
Tour Ends: Ho Chi Minh City

Brief Description: Visit Tay Ninh to see the Cao Dai Temple and in the afternoon travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Code: TA/SGN109050

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Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

  • Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 08.15 AM and travel to Tay Ninh.
  • Arrive at the Cao Dai Temple located in Tay Ninh.
  • Attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes,
    a symbol of the extra combination of the Confucianism, Christianity, Taoism and Buddhism.
  • After lunch we drive back with a stop to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Arrive at the Cu Chi Tunnels in the afternoon.
  • Watch a video presentation about the tunnels.
  • On site visit of Ben Dinh tunnels. (before entering the tunnels you will be shown trap doors, small camouflaged entrances, fox holes, trenches, a myriad of different styles of booby traps, a captured US Army tank, and huge vegetation reclaimed bomb craters
  • Sample some vietnamese snacks along with herbal tea.
  • For those interested there is an opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
  • Leave Cu Chi and head for Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 6:30PM.


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Cao Daism is an interesting mixture of Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism, all of which are evident in the garish temple at Tay Ninh. Essentially, Buddha and the Christian God are believed to both exist as deities, but Cao Dai is the third, highest deity, all of which was revealed to Ngo Van Chieu in the 1920?s. By 1930, there were half a million followers, with a square kilometre around the temple at Tay Ninh owned by the Cao Dai.

The head quarter of Cao Dai sect is located in Tay Ninh. This religion was founded in 1923 and now numbers over 2 million members. Heading out of town we drive to Tay Ninh to see the ornate temple of Cao Dai and attend the fantastic mid-day service when the followers fill the hall wearing colored robes, a symbol of the curious combination of the Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

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The Cu Chi tunnels were built over a 25 year period beginning in the 1940’s, and became an underground city. They housed up to 10,000 people who rarely saw daylight for years at a time, choosing to live, get married, have children and then teach these children, all underground. In the evenings, they would leave this subterranean existence, and furtively tend to their crops.

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At the height of their usage during the war, this subsurface network stretched over 250 kilometers, from Saigon, to the border of Cambodia. Initially used to terrorize the French Colonizers, they were already in place when the Americans arrived in the 1960’s. In fact, the Americans unwittingly set up camp on top of these tunnels at Dong Du. The Viet Cong were able to appear and disappear rapidly, causing havoc inside these headquarters. The Americans never knew when or how.
It was a huge fear factor.



Before viewing the tunnels you will be shown a movie and a mock up of the system, explaining how they had been created decades ago. Cut into the clay soil by hand, using reed baskets to dump the earth into the Saigon river, these interlinking corridors are a tribute to the prolonged resistance of the Vietnamese, the undaunted will, persistence, intelligence and resourceful character of the Cu Chi people.

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Ingeniously planned, with many levels, escape routes and booby traps, the Cu Chi people even had the smoke from their underground kitchen vented many meters away so as not to bring attention to their entrances. Even if these “spider holes” were found, they are so small, that it was difficult for a western man to fit inside. Segments of these tunnels infested with cobras or scorpions awaited any enemy that managed to enter, ensuring their demise. As for the Viet Cong themselves, they could always escape via a route opening to the Saigon River, and swim away, or hide in the lush covering there. These tunnels have been bombed, gassed, and flooded, but still remained functional and inhabited.

Before descending into the complex itself, you will be shown trap doors, small camouflaged entrances, fox holes, trenches, a myriad of different styles of booby traps, a captured US Army tank, and huge vegetation reclaimed bomb craters. Today, some openings have been expanded to admit larger foreigners. Some of the tunnels are 100 metres long, descending three levels, to about 10 meters below the surface.

The final stop on the tunnel tour is the firing range. This is a unique and unusual feature in that you are able to fire any number of weapons used during the war. They charge one Dollar per bullet, which allows you to fire, in a controlled and monitored setting, Russian made AK 47’s, American M 16’s, and machine guns, to name a few. The sound is deafening, and ear protection is provided.


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TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Air-conditioned Transport
  • Tour Guide

TOUR EXCLUDES:
  • Entrance Fee to Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Ammunition at Shooting Range
  • International flights
  • International departure tax
  • Visas and Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs etc..

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