The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour – Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

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After traveling throughout Vietnam for 90 days back in 2013, I thought I had already seen all of the must-see attractions in Vietnam.  Boy, was I wrong! On my second visit to this beautiful country, I was in search of unique experiences, which is when I came across the Cu Chi Tunnels  + Cao Dai Temple Tour. I must say this tour was probably one of the best combined tours I had taken around Vietnam.

The Cu Chi TunnelsAn experience not to miss

Can you imagine what soldiers had to go through during the Vietnam War? I don’t think any book will ever represent the actual feeling that these soldiers had to experience in their struggle for independence.  But the closest you can get to that feeling, is to go inside the tunnels yourself. What a humbling experience!

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

Crawling inside the narrow spaces made me think of all the men and women that had to live under these conditions. During the Vietnam War, this was the only safe haven they had and the safest way to move under the countryside undetected.

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

As part of the tour, we also watched a black and white video about the construction of these multi-layered tunnels. Here we learned that it took the Vietnamese about 25 years to build the Cu Chi Tunnel System, which included facilities such as kitchens, hospitals, living rooms, storage rooms, etc.

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

To make the whole experience more interactive, the Vietnamese have built bigger tunnels in the recent years so the average western tourist can interact and get a better feel for it.

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The Cao Dai TempleOnce in a Lifetime Experience

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

I’ve seen a lot of temples in my life, but this one is without a doubt my favorite. Why? Well, this was the first time, I experienced a ceremony that was shared by members of different religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism).

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

Seeing all the worshipers wearing their comfortable robes, sitting next to each other, praying under the same roof – was an interesting experience.

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

What moved me the most about my visit to this temple, was seeing kids praying like if they were adults.

The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour - Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

The temple itself is a colorful building with symbols of different religions around the walls – an interesting mix of Asian & European architecture.

My final thoughts about this tour

I was very pleased with the way Hoi An Express handled the tour. They have thought of even the smallest details to make a tourist feel appreciated. The private air-conditioned van, small group size and the knowledgeable English speaking guide made for a comfortable and memorable day trip but what stood up for me the most, was the way with which Mr Loi presented the whole tour. Not only did Mr. Loi make the whole tour not only very entertaining, but also very educational.  I probably learned more from him in one day than I learned from any history book I read back in school, all while having an amazing time.

Company Information

Website: www.hoianexpress.com
Tel: +84-8-3547 0787  
Price: VND 1,447,000+  per person

Disclaimer: We were sponsored by Hoi An Express to go on this tour.

Carmen Anderson
Hi! I'm Carmen and I'm obsessed with boutique hotels, scuba diving and yoga. When I'm not writing about my travel experiences, I hang out on social media....a little, oh, alright, a LOT! Connect with me if you like traveling, yoga or scuba diving.

2 Responses to The Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour – Best Experience in HCMC, Vietnam

  1. Sally says:

    Great post, we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels in 2003. It was an awesome experience and you really cant imagine how the Vietnamese managed live under there even after seeing it! I struggled getting through 50m in those tunnels I surely cant imagine spending years in there!
    Definitely worth the visit it your in HCMC.

    Sally

    • Carmen Anderson says:

      Thanks Sally!

      I really feel sorry for these people that not only had to fight, but also had to live in these tiny spaces for so many years. This tour was definitely an amazing experience!

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