MEKONG DELTA & CU CHI TUNNELS IN ONE DAY BY SPEEDBOAT
Departure Time: 7:45AM – 8:00AM
Duration: 4.5 – 5 hours
Mekong Delta is the region in southwest of Vietnam where the mighty Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea through a network of distributaries. With a system of fertile soil and dense rivers and canals, the Mekong Delta is the agricultural heart of southern Vietnam and also one of the most important fishing regions in all of Vietnam.
Escaping hustle and bustle of the city, go to the Mekong Delta is an ideal option to explore a quieter side of Vietnamese life and understand what real-life is like in the Mekong. The hospitality and the simplicity of local people will definitely make your trip even more enjoyable.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are an amazing piece of Vietnamese history, especially being one of the most important remnants of the war era. Located 50 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, this historical site is an elaborate underground network made up of 250km of tunnels and chambers in the town of Cu Chi.
Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will get to see first-hand and up close how the Vietnamese soldiers fought for the country’s reunification. Furthermore, you will have a chance to experience going through a real tunnel, get a deep insight how the Vietnamese survived living inside the tunnels for years and understand their high-levelled determination and undaunted fighting spirit despite the carpet-bombings and tanks.
7:30AM, pick you up at the hotel lobby and then transfer you to the central pier by car or minivan.
Embark on a speedboat heading towards Mekong Delta, this water journey provides a glimpse of the changing landscape of Vietnam from the glittering skyscrapers and busy commercial centers to peaceful rural life along the riverbank.
When sitting on board, a light breakfast of croissant, fresh tropical fruits and mineral water are served. Along the way, you can enjoy the fresh air and get a chance to see many small villages, fishing boats and lush vegetation. Besides, lots of information about the daily life of local people on the riverside and natural environment will be provided by a tour guide via wireless headset devices.
After a half-hour speedboat ride, stop over at a local market where seasonal fruits, vegetables, spices, sea foods and other local specialties are on offer and witness the bustling and vibrant atmosphere there.
8:45AM, return to the boat and keep on your river journey to the Mekong Delta. Cruise through a small beautiful canal covered by water coconut trees together with freshwater mangroves to visit a local family who plies the craft of tofu making and raises shrimps.
Afterwards, hop on a bike for a leisure cycling through a peaceful countryside path to discover the daily Mekong life and feel a warm welcome of the smiling locals. On the way, visit an ancient pagoda built in the mid of 19th century with unique architectures.
Then, stop off at a traditional rice wine maker’s home to be explained about the rice wine brewing process and even taste its sample.
Continue a tour passing through the rice fields and stop en route to visit a local Cao Dai temple to discover the spectacular architectural styles and learn about one of the most mysterious religions in Vietnam.
11:30AM, say goodbye to Mekong Delta and get on a speedboat heading to a riverside restaurant at a picturesque village to enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
1:30PM, embark on a speedboat heading towards Cu Chi Tunnels.
After a one-hour and fifteen-minute speedboat ride, arrive at Cu Chi Tunnels area and take a soft walk into the jungle to visit the bomb craters, the countless traps, the secret entrance, the fighting bunkers, the air ventilation and the constructed living areas. Again, the little personal wireless headsets are equipped during the Cu Chi Tunnels tour so that you can hear the commentaries from a tour guide clearly and effortlessly.
For those interested, there is a chance to fire off an AK47 or MK16 with real bullets at the shooting range (bullets covered by your own expense). Furthermore, you can witness the rice-paper (spring roll skin) and the rice-wine production line.
Of course, the most exciting part is to try to go through a real underground tunnel that gives you once-in-a-lifetime experience to be a real VC – Vietnamese Communist. However, if you are claustrophobic, you can skip it as it is completely optional and only a small part of the tour.
Afterward, you will gather together for test-tasting the steamed tapioca root which is the main staple food in Cu Chi during the war. Later on, watch a short documentary video about Cu Chi guerillas in the Vietnam war.
4:45PM, say goodbye to Cu Chi Tunnels and get on a speedboat to return to Saigon.
6:00PM, arrive back to the pier and be dropped off at your hotel.
* Note: If you do not want to bike, please inform us in advance so that we will arrange the appropriate alternative transportation e.g. you will ride on the back of the scooter.
TOUR PRICE *
|Child from 4 to 11 years old||2,380,000 VND|
|Infant from 0 to 3 years old||Free of charge|
* Above prices are applied for Group Tour. For Private Tour, please send us a request
What is included
- Pick-up and drop-off at central locations (District 1, 3, 4)
- Light breakfast and lunch at riverside restaurant (except beverage)
- Mineral water, wet tissues and tropical fruits
- All entrance fees (except bullets at the shooting range)
- Round-trip speedboat
- English-speaking tour guide
- Wireless headset tour guide devices