This morning we visit the former Vietcong tunnels 25 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The 150 miles of tunnels, which make up an impressive underground city network, are evidence of the tremendous ingenuity and resourcefulness that are characteristic of the Vietnamese.
It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare, and you’ll see the secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. If you prefer to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs.
Return to Ho Chi Minh, and then enjoy a tour of the highlights of the city. You’ll begin with a visit to the landmark Reunification Palace, a 1960s award-winning building that was the South Vietnamese Presidential Palace and headquarters for the Saigon Government during the Vietnam/American war. Now preserved as a museum, your tour will also include the underground communications bunkers. Continue to the History Museum, housing an excellent display tracing the origins of the indigenous Vietnamese. You’ll have the opportunity to see a delightful performance of Water Puppetry on the grounds.
Visit the neo-Romanesque red-brick Catholic cathedral of Notre Dame, the nearby 19th century Empire-style Post Office and the ‘Hotel de Ville’ or City Hall. At the end of the day take a stroll along Dong Khoi Street, formerly known as Rue Catinat
Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Dinner