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The Ultimate Cu Chi Tunnels Full Day

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    What to Expect
    Our day begins at 8:00am with a two hour drive through the modern mayhem of hectic Saigon, into the rustic rurality of Cu Chi. Don’t let the long drive scare you though, as along the way we’ll keep you entertained with tales about the area’s turbulent history, about the lives and grinds of its people, and even the music they listened to. Just 30 minutes further from the typically-visited tunnels will find us in Ben Duoc; the site other tour companies tend to avoid on account of the extra distance. Here, you’ll learn what life was truly like in these enemy-named ‘black echo’ mazes, as we guide you through the historic grounds – and into the ground, if you dare! Model-homes and display areas not seen at the Ben Dinh tunnels teach of daily lives and survival means, and an ornate memorial temple commemorating those who died make this site particularly enlightening.

    Our Cu Chi journey would not be complete without a narrated tour into the country’s cuisine. Relax by the riverside and enjoy a scenic lunch of the kind eaten in the area for centuries, as your native, English-speaking guide explains the cultural significance of each particular dish. Learn too about how modern-day Cu Chi is affected by its complicated past; how the rural lives of the region’s people have changed since the days of the American War. With all the insight you could hope for on the area, we’ll make our way back to Saigon on a different route to which we came, arriving at your hotel at around 4:30pm.

    At Detoured Asia, we believe the Cu Chi tunnels to be one of the most historically interesting sites in the country, and deserving of a more in-depth, authentic look than the type usually offered to tourists. This is why our full-day, private tour guides you through the better resourced, alternative site of Ben Duoc where, unlike the tourist-packed Ben Dinh, the tunnels are not re-sized for foreigners. With plenty of time to stop and take in the history, we’ll show you the many and varied reasons the Cu Chi tunnels are an important symbol of human resilience, and Vietnamese courage in the face of adversity.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up at client's hotel
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    • Private transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle
    • Lunch at a riverside restaurant
    • Professional English speaking guide
    • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mentioned above.
    • Firing range fees (optional)
    • Travel insurance
    • Surcharge: child 3-5 years - 50% adult's price, child 6-11 years - 75% adult's price. Payable at the time of tour check-in
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • A minimum of two people per booking is required
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    By: Detoured Asia
    143 Reviews
    Walking tour with Joseph.
    Just completed a walking tour with Joseph. He was a real pro. The tour was interesting and fun. His communication leading up to the tour was on point. Well done continued success, don’t hesitate to book.
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    Portland, Maine
    Great way to learn about Saigon in a short time
    We had Joseph as a guide. He was punctual and interesting as a guide. He Spoke very good English and we learned a lot. Unfortunately we had to leave earlier running late for a booked Cu Chi tunnels tour in the afternoon, so we had to skip The Jade emperor temple and the War Museum. However Joseph suggested we do the War Remnant museum the next day morning just before our flight which we did. We were happy we could arrange the city walking tour with detoured Asia and wish we could spend more time with Joseph and have other tours together. Sadly 1 month is not enough to see everything we wanted in Vietnam and we shall return again. Thanks - Polina and George
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    Tibi, Spain
    Saigon Free Walking Tour
    Joseph was an amazing guide! It was great to walk the city and hear his explanations. He showed us photos of the old Saigon to compare with the modern city, to easuly undertand how the city has changed. We learnt lot of Saigon's history and also, he gave us good tips of places to go for eating or drinking a nice coffee. Thanks so much Joseph! Highly recommend it! This is the best way to explore Saigon ;)
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Best touring company in Vietnam!
    Absolutely loved my experience with Detoured Asia. We took tours with them in both Hanoi and Saigon, and there's no way we would have seen the same amazing things if we were left to our own devices! Fantastic expert local knowledge – 100% recommend them!
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    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Wonderful evening
    Spent a great evening with my guide Merry who was also an apt scooter driver and excellent company. She took me to places I wouldn't have had a chance of finding in a lifetime and expertly took care of everything. I leant a lot about vietnamese food culture, but I also learned a great deal about Vietnam.
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    Whatever could go wrong went wrong
    After looking at all the positive reviews here on TA, we booked their “Ultimate Cu Chi Tunnels” trip on 30th December through Viator - which is a TA company that sells tours online After booking this trip (2 months in advance) , I got an email confirmation from Viator with a booking reference. Being a vegetarian, I had specified in the booking about my dietary restrictions as lunch was provided as part of the tour. On the booking confirmation was a local Vietnamese number of Detoured Asia. I was under the impression that there will be some form of communication from this company to acknowledge/ confirm our booking - right until our departure to Vietnam, nothing. As soon as I arrived in Vietnam (2 days prior to the tour) , I organised a local SIM card and texted the local number on the email but got No response. Tried calling the number twice and it went unanswered. Later that day (I was in the middle of another tour with another company) I received a call from someone who knew nothing about my booking and he wanted the booking reference which I sent him later that day as soon as I got back to my hotel. I again asked him to confirm pick up time and also about the vegetarian lunch and he replied saying the pick up time is 8 AM, no mention about the vegetarian lunch. On the day of tour we were picked up promptly from our hotel, however the tour guide (who was a young kid probably still studying) was sick, had a throat infection couldn’t talk much. He still tried his best to make conversation with us on the way to the tunnels. He did mention this was his first time to the Ben Duoc tunnels and he wasn’t familiar with that area - which was when things started getting from bad to worse. Upon arrival at the tunnels, he asked us to follow a bunch of local vietnamese tourists who had their own guide and our guide would translate what was being said to that group to English. The whole time we felt rushed as we were trying to catch up with the other touring party so he could listen to what was being said and translate to us. He had no clue about the history of the area we were visiting. To make matters worse, we got lost in the jungle on our way to the main tunnels and it was not comforting to know that the tour guide was blindly following a trail without knowing where it would lead us to. After about 30 minutes of aimlessly wandering and a buggy ride we finally reached the main tunnels. There we saw other people and their tour guides explaining about the significance of each tunnel, we felt completely ripped off. Only consolation for me that they got me the vegetarian lunch at the end before making our way back to Saigon. I made contact with the booking company who contacted Detoured Asia and we received a $20 refund, which was a bit of an insult. This company was completely unorganised right from the start and they let us down. We will not be booking future tours in Vietname with company nor would we recommend this company to others.
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    Ilkley, United Kingdom
    HCM City in a day
    Joseph was a great tour guide; knowledgable, of course, but a nice guy who is very easy to get on with. I recommend him to you - you won’t be disappointed.
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    Glen Arm, Maryland
    Most stress free way to tour Saigon
    We had a great day exploring Saigon in the comfort of a private air conditioned van. Joseph was a fantastic source of information and insight. He answered any questions we had and gave us excellent background and history of everywhere we visited. We had a delicious lunch at a beautiful restaurant and beverages while visiting his coffee shop. As I get older (67) I'm finding that in order to enjoy large cities, it requires more energy and planning than I'm willing to expend. So this tour was an excellent way of seeing most of Saigon's highlights and enjoying the experience without getting exhausted. Everything was taken care of and I learned and appreciated Saigon much more than had I done this on my own.
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    Calgary, Canada
    Cai Be Market and Mekong Rural Life Private Tours
    We did two private tours out of Saigon with Detoured and thoroughly enjoyed both. The guides were both very knowledgeable and accommodated the minor customization that we requested. We would most definitely use detoured again.
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    excellent in every way, our guide was very inspiring, and saigons underground culture is so cool, really recommend this
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    Shadia S
    Such a wonderful experience-a must do in Saigon!
    This experience was a wonderful finale to our Vietnam trip. It was exhilarating, fun and the tour guides were wonderful. My husband, daughter (15 years old) and myself decided to do Detoured Asia’s Saigon’s Hidden Treasures on motorbike. We planned this rather last minute and booked it while we were in Hoi An. James was our coordinator and he was great to work with. The overall experience was really quite wonderful. We had three tour guides, (one on each bike), they took us to these out of the way spots in Saigon that gave us a good understanding of the lives of the local population, visited a Temple and we rode through China Town and even got to go to the other side of the city where we were able to see the skyline of Ho Chih Minh on the other side of the river. Our tour guides were friendly, personable and fun to talk to. I had initially seen Detoured Asia listed in the Lonely Planet for Vietnam, and as usual it was right on point. Thanks very much for such a wonderful experience. I would definitely look to Detoured Asia again when I go traveling in the future.
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    Toronto, Canada
    Simply Amazing way to see Saigon
    Joseph was amazing and tailored our tour to fit my 80 year old mother and her mobility issues. He is a very thoughtful guide and passionate about his city. At the end of the tour he even arranged to have special items sent to our hotel that he took the time to source himself. Very considerate and reinforced our positive feeling about the entire country before leaving. It really is a great introduction to a very hectic city that requires an insider to help navigate.
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    Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Three amazing tours: streetart, Mekong Delta rural life and Cu Chi by speedboat!
    A while before we travelled to southeast Asia we contacted Detoured Asia and were quickly contacted by Joseph, who advised us how to plan our short stay in Ho Chi Minh. We booked three tours in advance and everything with the booking went super smoothly. We first did a whole day trip to the rural part of south Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. Detoured Asia is the only company that offers a whole daytour that basically covers a huge part of the Delta, compared to other companies that just drive the highway to one area. We spent a great day with Joseph and the driver, who picked us up from our AirBNB. We visited a cao dai temple, a local market, did a scooterride around one area and visited several local farmers to see how they live. Also we did a boattrip on the Mekong river to Ben Tre and visited the mud beaches. We learned a lot from this trip and had a good impression of how people in the rural areas of South Vietnam live. Also Detoured Asia is the only one that offers a streetart/graffiti tour in the city. We LOVE streetart, so this was the main reason why we contacten them. Joseph picked us up from the AirBNB again and took us to many vibrant places within the city. From hip areas with apartment blocks with pop-up stores and bars to open-air graffiti art and even a gallery of a famous Vietnamese artist, where we purchased some great prints and a canvas. We really loved to see another part of the city, which we would have never found on our own. The half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat also was very convenient and relaxing. You know that the tunnel area itself is super touristic, but going there by speedboat and back made it a pleasant experience! We really would recommend you Detoured Asia if you'd like to do private tours. Joseph is a great person and guide and he'll make your stay in Ho Chi Minh unforgettable!
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    london, uk
    Rural life Mekong Delta
    Joseph was a great guide and the tour took you off the main roads and into the beautiful countryside of Vietnam. Highly recommend.
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    Denver, CO
    Excellent experience overall
    Huy Tran was a personable and engaging guide. He was very good at giving you a glimpse into the life of a Vietnamese. We were short on time and he was great at managing the time we did have available. Everyone in the group commented on how safe he made us feel. The price was higher than other couples paid to other tour guides. We may have gotten more value, but you may want to compare.
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