This is a fantastic full day tour for a vintage Vespa tour around Saigon, a culinary experience with traditional Vietnamese food and a luxury boat ride to the Cu Chi Tunnel tour. In the early morning, a vintage Vespa will pick you up at the hotel for a glimpse of Saigon with its hide-away characters/cultures/ that are not normally seen on classic tourist route. In approximately one and a half hours, you will be in the Vietnam Cookery Center, a centrally located Colonial building, to learn about the local gastronomy and practice some traditional Vietnamese cuisine guided by an experienced chef. After lunch with your own cooking & some other tasty dishes prepared by the center chef, a luxury speedboat will pick you up for a scenic boat trip, our English-speaking guide will introduce you the local lives along the banks of Saigon River. Arrived at Cu Chi historic site after only 1 hour, you will explore the amazing tunnel system accommodation of Vietnamese soldiers during the war.
The Cu Chi Tunnels – No stay in Ho Chi Minh City is complete without a visit to the infamous Cu Chi tunnels – a tunnel network originally over 250km in length and up to three levels deep in places
The tunnels played a huge part in the Viet Cong’s victory over the Americans, allowing the Viet Cong to control a large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh. The Vietnamese used the tunnels to move their men and artillery around, making it difficult for the U.S. to locate them. Today, some of the remaining tunnels have been opened to tourists, offering a unique insight into what underground life must have been like during the ‘American’ war.
The district of Cu Chi itself was the most bombed and generally devastated area in the history of warfare at that time. It was declared a ‘free fire zone’ by the US, meaning that artillery fire fell on it at night and that bomber pilots were encouraged to drop unused explosives and napalm on the area before returning to base.
Complete Saigon & Cu Chi Experience 1 Day
8:00am - 9:30am: pick-up from hotel to start a tour of glimpse of Saigon with its hide-away characters/cultures/ that are not normally seen on classic tourist route. Tour will take guests to uncommon tourist destinations with many stops to experience the life, history and culture of the people of Saigon.
9h30am - 12h30pm: Hands-on Vietnamese cooking classes at The Vietnam Cookery Center; a perfect introduction to local gastronomy at a centrally located Colonial building.Fresh pastries and local fruits will be served with Vietnamese coffee on the boat as your guide explains rural traditions and aspects of riverbank life.
01:15pm - 06:15pm: Travel to Cu Chi as a VIP on one of our modern speedboats arriving hours before the large tour groups. Your English-speaking guide will explain the life along the banks of the Saigon River as your boat grace- fully slaloms through the water hyacinths. After the scenic one-hour boat trip our guide will take you through the historic Cu Chi Tunnels. Drop off at the hotel after finishing the tour.
- Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
- Hotel pick-up in downtown - district 1 (and drop-off for two-way speedboat option), If your hotel is at outside HCM downtown, please pay for extra charge.
- Boat from Bach Dang pier to Ben Dinh and back (or shuttle bus ticket if you return by bus).
- English speaking tour guide (Other language is available upon request)
- Season fruit and soft drink on boat
- Entrance fee
- Mineral water and wet tissue
- Local lunch (for return speedboat guest only)
- International flight tickets and airport tax.
- Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee
- Other services not mentioned above.