Cu Chi Tunnels & Fruit Gardens
Duration: 7 hours
Tour Code: hch-001
Experience the stark contrast that exists between Saigon's lush, natural beauty and war-torn past during visits to the country's orchard region and Cu Chi tunnels.
Depart the port for a memorable visit to the largest tropical orchard region in Eastern Saigon. Here, local farmers raise a wide array of tropical fruit trees, including ramputans, papayas, jackfruit, pineapple, and milk apples, and irrigate their crops via the Saigon River. You will have an opportunity to sample these seasonal fruits in a farmer's garden, explore the garden and visit the inside of the house. You will also watch the local farmers cook food by using everything in their gardens as firewood, and sip green tea made from leaves plucked from their gardens.
Next, your drive will continue toward northwest Saigon to visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, the vast underground tunnel network that hid and protected thousands of Vietnamese during the war. They lived and fought from solid underground tunnels capable of withstanding the weight of tanks, and impact of 50-pound bombs. These vast networks extended more than 120 miles, and included meeting rooms, smokeless kitchens, sleeping quarters, a healthcare center, and tunnel entrances. Along the way, you will view the processing of fragile rice paper, a booming home-industry in this area. Upon arrival at Cu Chi, you will watch a short video tracing the origins, construction and design of the thick-roofed underground tunnels. A military guide will explain the underground network, and display some of the tools and weapons utilized by the guerrillas. You will also visit a shooting range where you can fire guns used during the Vietnam War.
Finally, you will proceed to the bank of the Saigon River for lunch at a local restaurant owned by a former soldier who fought from the Cu Chi Tunnels. After lunch, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to Saigon.
Please note: Guests are strongly advised to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Guests visiting the lower levels of the tunnel complex may get dirty. The cost of firing guns at the shooting range is approximately US $1.20 per bullet.