Cu Chi Hole

The Ultimate Cu Chi Tunnels


Ben Duoc is the Cu Chi Tunnels for locals that most people don’t know about. Rougher and unaltered for tourists. Let us show you how the ingenious people of Cu Chi survived in the harshest of environments and conquered their enemies while facing unbelievable odds.

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The Ultimate Cu Chi Tunnels

(From 8:00AM to 4:30PM)

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** All our tours are Exclusive Private Tours, so you will not be put together with other guests **

Most visitors to Vietnam do not know that there are 2 different Cu Chi Tunnels sites; one unaltered for locals (Ben Duoc), and the very touristy tunnels (Ben Dinh), where most other tour companies take their guests to. Drive Vietnam’s “Ultimate Cu Chi Tunnels” tour is designed to take in a different direction to the typical tourist route, as we divert from the crowds and specially constructed tunnels of Ben Dinh, and visit the unchanged site preferred by the locals. Part of a complex system of underground passageways built for daily-life as well as military strategy, the Cu Chi tunnels celebrate the skill and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people in overcoming incredible odds.

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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 Drive Vietnam, 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.

** TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: a trip to the further-out Ben Duoc tunnels where the underground passageways are unchanged for tourists; a guided visit through the grounds, and under the ground, if you dare!; a trip to the memorial temple to pay respects to those who died during the American War; a riverside lunch of traditional food with cultural insights into life in Cu Chi today. **

Inclusive of

  • Private transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle – Toyota, Honda or Ford, model 2016-2017
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary including entrance fees
  • Lunch at a riverside restaurant
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
  • Drive Vietnam Goody Bag containing travel guide + phrasebook & Ho Chi Minh City map

Exclusive of

  • Drinks, meals and any other incidental expenses not mentioned above.
  • Firing range fees (optional)
  • Travel insurance

** Notice **

  • If you choose to crawl through the tunnels, please beware that your clothes may get dirty. We also recommend appropriate head-wear and footwear.
  • Guests with heart-complications, high blood-pressure or claustrophobia should not crawl through the tunnels. Going down to take a few photos should be fine however.
  • Inclement weather may affect our itinerary
  • While traveling with us, your luggage will be safe in the car with our driver. However, we are not responsible for any lost money, jewelry, cell phones, or other valuables.
Price
1 pax2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 6 pax> 6 pax
12 years and older$162/pax$102/pax$82/pax$72/pax$67/pax
Children 7-11N/A$77/pax$62/pax$54/pax$50/pax
Children 3-6N/A$51/pax$41/pax$36/pax$34/pax
Children under 3Free of charge
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