Saigon

Cu Chi Adventure

576 reviews
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Team Onetrip

The Experience

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an incredible network of connecting underground tunnels that played an integral role during the Vietnam (American) War.

Hop on the back of our two-wheels with our trained guides and head outside the city center to see the authentic local life while freshening up on the history of the war and experience what it’s like living inside the complex tunnel system.

Food, history, scenery, culture, and local industries- we cover it all! The most popular day trip destination for anyone visiting Saigon done right: Off the beaten path, personalized and adventurous.


Detailed itinerary

You can choose from three different options to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels: by riding pillion on a motorcycle, taking a private car, or on a social adventure by shared minivan.

7:00 AM FOR MOTORCYCLE / 8:00 AM FOR PRIVATE CAR AND SHARED MINI VAN

We will pick you up at your accommodation. From there, we will head out of the city zig zagging through Saigon’s crazy traffic into a local suburb for a quick Vietnamese coffee and breakfast.

After breakfast we head toward the direction of the Cu Chi Tunnels, stopping by local businesses along the way to learn about the local crafts and industries, such as rice noodle production and natural rubber extraction.

From there it’s a straight drive to the tunnels where our guides will provide you with an in-depth history of the war, and the role that these tunnels played. You will have the opportunity to crawl inside the tunnels…just watch out for the bats!

1:30 PM

After all that crawling, you'll appreciate a big traditional Vietnamese meal with a large spread of local dishes. After lunch, a quick siesta will be in order before heading back to the city.

4:30 - 5:00 PM

We will arrive back at your accommodation. Don't forget to give our guides a hug and keep in touch. It'll likely be an experience to remember, and a new friend made.


All-inclusive

Breakfast, drinks, entrance fee, and a delicious family-style Vietnamese lunch are included.


Important

Although the private car option is available, we recommend taking the motorcycle option as we think it is the best way to experience our Vietnamese culture. On a bike, we can stop whenever and wherever you want, whether it’s at a local football game or by the side of the road for a butt-break (yes, you will appreciate the butt-breaks!). The freedom is incomparable to anything else you've ever experienced.

For those with back problems or family with elderly or young children, then we recommend the private car option. Although, we have had a courageous 6-year old having a blast, loving every bit of the adventure.

We also have a minivan group tour option which can have up to 12 guests for a more social experience.

Please note that there is a 30% cancellation fee for any cancellation made less than 24 hours prior to the tour date since we have to book many services in advance. Otherwise, there is a 5% transaction fee for bookings that are canceled 24 hours prior to the departure in order to cover for transaction processing costs.


576 reviews

5.0

Our tour guide was Ben. He was humourous and extremely welcoming and knowledgeable of the subject matter.The morning breakfast Banh Mi was a welcome treat as was the most excellent ice Vietnamese coffee.The actual tunnel tour is excellent and the quieter part of Cu Chi not the busy tourist sight.What I enjoyed the most was the relaxing pace no hard sell and certainly no pushy sales at any of the stops nor souvenir shops, you were left to your own and the guide was always on hand to answer questions. Recommend long trousers and good footwear as the tunnels are narrow and low and a good chance of getting your clothes dirty.OneTrip exceeded my expectations and definitely one to recommend.We met other OneTrip guides on route and they all spoke excellent English and impeccable professionalism.


We took their full day shared minivan tour to Ben Duoc and were charged $55 per person. There were 7 people on the tour. We couldn't afford their motorbike option.We were picked up about 07:45. Along the way, we stopped for the breakfast. The choice was noodle soup or banh mi (bread with egg, meat, or egg and meat). There was also a drink and fruit. We stopped for about an hour. We felt including this breakfast was pointless and took too much time. Also the meat in the banh mi had the most fat of any I've had since in Vietnam. Our cheap hotel in Saigon had a better breakfast included so we could simply have eaten there for free and more quickly.We then stopped for 15 minutes at a small authentic family rice noodle factory which was interesting and there was no pressure to buy anything. Four and three quarter hours after we started the day, including three and a half hours in the van, at 12:30 we finally arrived at the Cu Chi Tunnels at Ben Duoc. After a brief, interesting introduction it was on to the "tunnels" experience itself.The first "test"... We were taken underground by going down some steps, stooped along for 10 metres, then back up some steps. It took each person less than a minute.The next test... It was going underground through a small rectangular hole. This is the one you see in most people's photos. You then stooped along for 10 metres, pausing if you want to peer into a small side room along the way then back up through a similar hole. Again, it took each person less than a minute.On our third and final venture underground, we were first taken into an underground command room and spent a few minutes there, then if you wanted it was a 50 meter stoop or crawl to a different exit. Though narrower than the first two, the passage was big enough that I think my knees only touched the ground once, but I did have to use my hands on the ground for stability. I am 6 ft tall. We didn't have to crawl on our belly.As well as the tunnels there were some above ground staged areas with puppets showing things like a medical station and a workshop, and there was a demonstration of various traps used. There was also a huge gift shop and a firing range that we didn't use.In total we spent about 45 minutes there of which no more than 5-10 minutes were actually underground. We'd hoped that we would be exploring an underground network going from tunnel to room to tunnel to room, but it was nothing like that. On the way back, we stopped for about an hour for a lunch which was both tasty and plentiful. At the same place they showed us the rubber "farm", which was only slightly interesting as it wasn't operating as a farm anymore as it was no longer profitable.After lunch, the journey home was much quicker taking only 1h45. We were back at 4pm.Overall, the day had taken 8 and a quarter hours. Five and a quarter of those were travelling in a van. 5 to 10 minutes were in the tunnels.Our guide was very good but in our opinion, it's just not worth doing this shared van tour for so little time at these tunnels, and at the price they charge.If you can push your budget higher then perhaps their motorbike tour to Ben Duoc would at least give you a wider experience overall.Or perhaps just visit the Ben Dinh tunnels which although busier can be done on a tour in half a day and for less than $10 per person.We've also since learned that the Vinh Moc tunnels between Hue and Hanoi are supposedly a much more authentic experience and are cheaper and quicker to get to if you are heading in that direction.


We recently toured Vietnam for 2 weeks and used Christina's OneTrip for 4 different tours. I can't rave enough about the positive experience we had! in Saigon we did the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Evening Food Tour on Motorbike with 4 great college students and then in Hanoi we did the Ninh Binh Adventure with Kai and the Hanoi City Tour with Mac and Minh (?). I have to tell you that every tour was spectacular. It was my friend's 50th birthday and you provided a birthday cake for my friend that was beautiful and delicious during our food tour and Kai provided a patisserie to my husband and I celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. So many special things that he did for us during the trip as well. We were so wowed by the knowledge and great English speaking of your guides! Thanks for showing us Vietnam!


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