Cu Chi tunnel listed among top attractions in the world

The tunnels were used by Vietnamese independence fighters as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to Vietnam’s resistance to American forces. This 120-kilometer-long tunnel complex, part of a much larger network throughout the country, now operates as a war memorial and visitors can explore several of the tunnels. Only 60km from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels are one of the city’s most important historical tourist attractions. More than 120 kilometers of the original complex, built between 1946 and 1948, have been preserved for tourists. The top, middle and bottom layers were 3m, 6m and 12m from the ground surface, but they were quite airy. Other ungrounded attractions listed by CNN are Coober Pedy, South Australia; Wieliczka salt mine, Krakow, Poland; The Paris Catacombs, France; Cappadocia, Turkey; Mary King's Close, Edinburgh, Scotland; Seattle Underground, Washington, United States; G-Can flood surge tunnels, Tokyo, Japan; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; and City of Caves, Nottingham, UK. … [Read more...]

Cuchi tunnel is the famous “dark destination” in Vietnam

The “Dark tourism” is a new famous trend in travel and tourism. In the famous destinations of “dark tourism”, Vinh Moc tunnels, Cu Chi tunnels and My Lai village are mostly mentioned. The cold and fear experiences not only attract tourists in Halloween. There is a new trend in tourism that more and more visitors are interested in, which is so-called “dark tourism” – tourism to the destinations of scared historical events. People did not think much about the destinations like nuclear disaster suffering place, a house with many murders, or a room of executing criminal to death while planning for a vacation. For many people, these destinations are terrifying; however, that are the ideal place for others. People often find these destinations to experience the strong feelings what you cannot obtain just by walking along the beach or lying in the hotel room. There are many types of “dark tourism” destinations: natural disasters, historical sad events, terrifying matter, etc. Famous “dark tourism” destinations: People often know about Cu Chi and Vinh Moc tunnels – two famous tunnels that relates to the liberation war of Vietnam in American war. My Lai village in Son My, Quang Ngai is also a famous destination. There are many massacres in this area, then hundreds of innocent villagers were killed during the American war including children and women. There are many other “dark tourism” destinations in the world like the Jew concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkeneau in Poland, Killing fields in Cambodia, Ground Zero in America, etc. Auschwitz Birkenau in Poland – prison of genocide of a million of Jew under Nazi Germany. Toul Sleng prision, Phnom Penh – Cambodia, genocide site of Khmer Rouge in 1970 The memorial ground of flight no 93 of United Airlines. The flight shoot down the field in Stonycreek city, Pennsylvania state in 11 Sep 2001 in the terrorist attack. Peace memorial in Hiroshima city, Japan to commemorate 14,000 victims of the nuclear bomb disaster in 1945. There is a building body kept after being attacked by the bomb. Some travel companies in Japan plan to turn the areas near Fukushima Daiichi power plants into “Dark Tourism” destination. … [Read more...]

Visit Cuchi by river

Cu Chi is where visitors come to experience what life was like for revolutionary soldiers fighting in the jungle. The tunnels allowed the Vietnamese guerrillas to control a large rural area only 30 to 40km from Saigon. At its height, the tunnel system stretched from the economic hub to the Cambodian border. While most travellers reach Cu Chi by road, a half day excursion by waterway is more enticing option. At 8am my friend Nhan and I joined eight people with a tour guide at Bach Dang Pier in Ho Chi Minh City. The cruise took just one hour and 15 minutes and there wasn’t a traffic jam in sight as we watched the city’s skyline disappear behind us. Just a few minutes outside of bustling Saigon lies peaceful countryside and an amazing world of water; here it is easy to understand why Vietnam is sometimes called a nation of ‘Dat Nuoc’ - land and water. The yacht cruise is a new development on the Saigon River, as local businesses seek to develop new products to attract travellers to HCMC and encourage them to stay longer. Our yacht was new and comfortable, and had an on board toilet. The uniformed captain welcomed us on board with a smile, and we had a safe feeling on our entire river adventure. Our guide Chung was a friendly lady and she served us fresh water and fruits. With her excellent English, she guided everyone through the safety regulations and gave an overview of the trip. We were informed that the favourite trips run by the company are the Saigon – My Tho excursion and that to Ben Tre in the Mekong Delta. Besides these, those to the Can Gio biosphere and the Cu Chi tunnels are also proving hits with visitors. Other tours include cruises from Saigon to Siem Reap. Chung explained that many businessmen prefer the privacy of the cruise or a sunset cocktail and dinner aboard the ship. After some conversation with the tour guide and tour members, we arrived at the Ben Dinh Pier near the Cu Chi tunnels. We then stepped into a jungle of banyan trees and took a short walk to Cu Chi. We had plenty of time to explore the tunnel system and watch a video about them, which included commentary from former soldiers to help visitors better understand the history. There are two sections of tunnels open to visitors, at Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. The latter are in original condition, while the Ben Duoc tunnels have been recreated for tourists and visitors. The network, parts of which are several levels deep, once included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centres and kitchens. Also, an impressive temple was built to honour martyrs at Ben Duoc. Upon request, travellers can meet living Viet Cong veterans, many of whom are ready and willing to tell their stories to the world. Yet, on the surface, Cu Chi is like every other rural district in Vietnam. Women chat over mounds of vegetables at the local market while … [Read more...]

Cuchi tunnels an underground tourist attraction

The complex of tunnels was formed between 1946 and 1948 48 during the resistance war against French aggression. During the Vietnam War, the tunnels, built on an area of the so-called “Iron Land” in Southern Vietnam, were used as hospitals, communication and supply routes, and living quarters for Vietnamese soldiers. The tunnels, dug deep underground, can withstand destructive bombs. Air is taken in through the tunnel vents. The different areas of the system can be isolated when necessary. The system is comprised of three floors, with the first 3m deep and able to resist artillery, tanks and armoured vehicles. The second floor is 5m deep under the ground and able to resist small bombs. The ground floor is 8-10m deep. The complex has been preserved as a war memorial and a tourist destination. Source: VOV … [Read more...]

Full Day Mekong Delta to My Tho Tour

Tour Code: IGT-MKD-01 Duration: 1Day Price: From US$ 25 - 68/ Pax ITINERARY: 08:00 hrs: Pick up at your hotel and take 2-hour drive southwest of Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta which is known as the rice bowl of Vietnam. Upon arrival My Tho, take a boat cruise around islets and tropical orchards through the canal of Vam Xep to reach a small islet, followed by a relaxing walk along shady and palm-fringed trails passing by local villages where you can see their peaceful daily life. Stop en route to visit a bee farm, sip tea with honey and sample fruits with a local family and share their stories of life in the Mekong Delta. Visit a small coconut workshop, just to get a glimpse of typical family run business in this area. Enjoy the lunch at local restaurant on the islet. Walk to a lane where a horse-drawn cart awaits you to transfer to visit handicraft village, a coconut candy factory, enjoy tropical fruit, traditional music and then relaxation with rowing boat through the narrow under shade palm, tree-lined canals of Mekong River before returning to My Tho by motorized boat then heading back Ho Chi Minh City. Land price per person: Group 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-8 pax 9-15 pax 15 - 25 pax >25 pax Cost 68 55 39 32 28 25 ... :request-info: :book-tour: :customize-tour: Inclusion: Lunch Transportation English speaking tour guide Entrance fees and boat fees Exclusion: Other language speaking guides (available at a surcharge) Drinks, personal expenses, and tips Insurance Other services not mentioned in the programme … [Read more...]

Full Day Mekong Delta To Cai Be Tour

Tour Code: IGT-MKD-02 Duration: 1Day Price: From US$ 36 - 95/ Pax ITINERARY: Depart early in the morning. Upon arrival at Cai Be, take a boat to cruise around Cai Be Floating Market. Visit local gardens and houses to see orchard and local trade. After lunch at an Ancient garden house, we process to Vinh Long, passing a small and beautiful canal with peaceful villages, the unique natural setting of Mekong Delta region. Stop at An Binh islet to visit some of the famous fruit orchards. After crossing the Co Chien river, the excursion ends at Vinh Long pier where our driver is waiting to take you back to Saigon. Late afternoon arrives in Ho Chi Minh City. Drop off at your hotel. Meals included: Lunch   Land price per person: Group 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-8 pax 9-15 pax 15 - 25 pax >25 pax Cost 95 72 59 50 42 36 ... :request-info: :book-tour: :customize-tour: Inclusion: Lunch Transportation English speaking tour guide Entrance fees and boat fees Exclusion: Other language speaking guides (available at the surcharge) Drinks, personal expenses, and tips Insurance Other services not mentioned in the programme … [Read more...]

Half Day Cu Chi Tunnel Tour

Tour Code: IGT-CCT-04 Duration: 1/2Day Price: From US$ 14 - 44/ Pax Cu Chi Tunnel is an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war. The underground network included an entire underground city of living quarters, meeting rooms, cafeterias, hospitals, and operating rooms, weapons factories, bomb shelters, wells, and even theaters — everything necessary to conceal and house thousands of guerrilla fighters beneath the Vietnam jungle ITINERARY: (This tour can start at 8:00 AM and finish at 2:00 PM or 1:30 PM and finish at 5:30 PM) Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 8:00 Am (1:30 PM) in the morning for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47′s on display. At noon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. Land price per person (PRIVATE Tour): Group 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-6 pax 7-8 pax 9-10 pax 11-12 pax 13-14 pax 15-19 pax >=20 pax Cost 44 34 28 23 20 18 17 16 15 14 ... :request-info: :book-tour: :customize-tour: Inclusion: Transportation. English speaking tour guide Entrance fees Exclusion: Other meals and drinks Personal expenses Tips Pre & post accommodation in Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Cu Chi Tunnels – Cao Dai Temple tour (1Day)

Tour Code: IGT-CCT-03 Duration: 1Day Price: From US$ 39 - 82/ Pax Cao Daism established in the Southern regions of Vietnam in the early 1920′s is a combination of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism, Geniism, and Taoism. Combined with a visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, it is provided a better understanding of the prolonged resistance war of the Vietnamese people and also of the Vietnamese nation. spiritual growth. ITINERARY: 08:30 Start the transport from Ho Chi Minh City then depart for Tay Ninh to visit the famous Cao Dai Temple. There you witness a colorful service at noon 11:30 Arrive the Caodaism Holyland. Visit the Central Temple and surroundings. Please do not forget to remove your shoes before entering 12:00 Get on a balcony to view the mass. It is required we act politely and quietly while observing the ceremony. 12:20 End of the mass you will have lunch at the nearby local restaurant 13:40 Continue by transport ahead to Cu Chi Tunnel Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Cong fighters during the war 15:00 Arrive at the tunnel gates. Watch the movie of the wartime 15:20 Enter the tunnel site. Visit the gates, traps, underground hospitals, worships, kitchens, bunkers and go through a section of the tunnel 16:00 Finish visiting the tunnel. Back to Ho Chi Minh 17:30 End of the tour Land price per person: Group 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-6 pax 7-8 pax 9-10 pax 11-12 pax 13-14 pax 15-19 pax >=20 pax Cost 82 65 56 49 45 43 42 41 40 39 ... :request-info: :book-tour: :customize-tour: Inclusion: Transportation. English speaking tour guide Lunch Entrance fees Exclusion: Other meals and drinks Personal expenses Tips Pre & post accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...]

Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City Tour (1Day)

Tour Code: IGT-CCT-02 Duration: 1Day Price: From US$ 32 - 79/ Pax Ben Thanh Market is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, Ao Dai dress, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine. ITINERARY: In the morning: Depart Ho Chi Minh City at 8:00 a.m for the drive to Cu Chi district. Leaving the city behind, the scenery changes to views of rice paddies, villagers drying noodles by the side of the road and other scenes typical to southern Vietnam. Arrive and start the visit of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels which consist of an incredible underground tunnel network constructed by Vietnamese resistance fighters (Viet Cong) during both the French and American wars. Start the visit with the Ben Dinh or Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel. Here you can imagine what it was like to be a guerrilla complete with Russian Carbine rifles and AK 47′s on display. At noon journey back to Ho Chi Minh City. You will enjoy lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant. In the afternoon, after  lunch, you will visit: The Reunification Palace: This is one of the most important buildings in the city. Here on April 30th, 1975 the ‘American War’ officially ended when tank number 843 of the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the gates of what was, at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. From this site, you could be able to see the front sight and take pictures of The Notre Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office and Dong Khoi Street, the Opera House and the Peoples’ Committee Building. Thien Hau Pagoda: Located in Cholon, the city’s Chinatown, this pagoda is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. The most impressive features of this structure are the intricate friezes and the carved tableaus towards the front of the pagoda. The impressive incense coils in the interior also make for some great photos. The last visit is to stop at Ben Thanh market for shopping. Ben Thanh Market: The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th-century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh Citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Ben Thanh Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985. Land price per person: Group 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-6 pax 7-8 pax 9-10 pax 11-12 pax 13-14 pax 15-19 pax >=20 pax Cost 79 62 54 48 43 39 37 35 33 32 ... :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour: Inclusion: Transportation. English speaking tour … [Read more...]

HCM – Cu Chi Tunnels – Mekong Delta Tour (4Days)

Tour Code: IGT-CCT-01 Duration: 4Days/ 3Nights Price: From US$ 179 - 276/ Pax Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest and the most developed city in Vietnam. With limited time, this package will leave you to explore the city on your own will and then bring you to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta. All the Southern Highlights are just in 4 days! TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Explore the bustling, dynamic, cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh Recognize Vietnamese spirit through the famous Cu Chi Tunnels Immerse in the wet rice culture of Mekong Delta   ITINERARY: Day 1: Ho Chi Minh Arrival – Welcomed Diner (D) Saigon is a fast growing city, which is changing day by day and recognized by high buildings and big roads. The ongoing changes in the economy have given the city a really cosmopolitan and dynamic character. Upon arrival at Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, you are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner with the authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Day 2: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels (B) In the morning you will depart for the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi Tunnels are an impressive network of tunnels with a length of over 250 km. This strategic place was used by 15,000 Viet Minh fighters during the war. The underground network provided sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms. Arrive at the tunnel gates, we will watch the movie of the wartime. Then we have time to inspect the tunnel site, visit the gates, traps, underground hospitals, worships, kitchens, bunkers and go through a section of the tunnel. Our trip ends and we transfer back to Saigon in the late morning. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the city or shopping at Ben Thanh Market. Day 3: Mekong Delta: My Tho – Ben Tre (B/L) At 8 am, you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to My Tho. Around 9.30, arriving in My Tho, you will enjoy a different type of boat trip (motorized boat trip and rowing boat trip) to islands where you can visit local houses, see how they make delicious coconut caramels and enjoy lunch. After that, you will also stop over the Unicorn Island for a traditional music performance, “Cai Luong” by local people. Enjoy some tropical fruit here. Especially, you will have a chance to be on the horse-drawn carriage or local transport “Xe Loi” (nowadays, it is often seen in movies). In the afternoon, around 2 hours, you will take a drive back to Saigon. Day 4: Ho Chi Minh Departure (B) Check out hotel and transfer to Tan Son Nhat Airport for the flight out. Land price per person: Group 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-8 pax 9-15 pax >15 pax Single sup Cost (rate 3*) 276 240 198 187 179 110 ... :request-info:    :book-tour:    :customize-tour: Include: Transport Entrance fees English speaking guide (Other languages upon request) Meals as indicated … [Read more...]