Have only one day to visit Ho Chi Minh city? Discover both the highlights of the bustle city and fascinating underground village in Cu Chi tunnels in a full day tour – from the major sites like War Remnant Museum, old French structures, ancient pagodas, to areas full of authentic city life, like Chinatown, the traditional markets. Then head to the legendary Cu Chi tunnels to experience the underground Viet Cong’s life with several trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, hospital and more.
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The Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels full day trip will lead you to Independence Palace first. This building is also called Reunification Palace and erected on the site of the former Norodom Palace. Designed by the architect Ngo Viet Thu, it has later become an icon of the Vietnam’s independence since a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through the entrance gate to give the signal of the end of the Vietnam/American war. Today, the site is widely known as among the Ho Chi Minh City’s deserving spot to know about the Vietnamese history.
After that, come to witness the unique and magnetic architectural structures dating back from the French Domination, including Saigon Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. Especially, pay a visit to War Remnants Museum, where exhibits relating to the Vietnam and Indochina wars are shown up. Have lunch at the local restaurant.
Leave the heart of downtown for Cu Chi Tunnels. The journey will take you about 1.5 hours on the bus. Upon arrival in the destination, you will watch a brief video as an overview of how the tunnel system was made and shaped and how the Cu Chi people survived the severe and harsh life during the wartimes. Start exploring the permitted areas of the tunnel system, comprising living zones (kitchens and bedrooms) and martial facilities (weapon storage facility, field hospital, and command centers helping whoever lives inside the tunnels meet their basic needs. Additionally, gaze into hidden trap doors and deadly traps to cope with the enemies during the war.
Sip special tea and taste cassava – the staple food of the Vietnamese guerillas in the war era. Have a break to chill out or experience the feeling of becoming a sniper at the firing range. Here, you can fire a real gun, e.g. AK47 or MK16.
Come back to Saigon and complete the trip to explore the Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels.