Ho Chi Minh City, still often called Saigon, has been a city of immigrants from its founding in the 17 century. It was once a small fishing village that has expanded to well over 2,000km2 with a population somewhere between 7 and 9 million (many residents are not registered). Recognized as a Mecca of commerce, its bustling chaos makes it easily Vietnam’s most exciting city. But it’s also a city with a chequered history and a rich culture. Its pagodas, museums, public buildings, parks and boulevards make it a magnet for visitors. Let’s look beyond the modern high-rises and see a more authentic, historic side of Ho Chi Minh City and its suburban.
Meal: vegetarian lunch | Accommodation: not included
8:30 – meet up at your hotel, your local travel mate will take you to the closest bus station and head to Cu Chi – to discover the amazing 200km tunnel network from which communist guerillas waged their successful campaign in the 1960s and 70s.
Upon arrival you may spend time on a short introductory video showing the tunnels’ construction before exploring the tunnels system with our local travel mates. The peaceful atmosphere of this area today may make you to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by bombing and mine. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a “Free Target Zone”.
After the tunnels, we hop on the bus again for a short drive then get off en-route and walk to a beautiful pagoda nearby. It’s not a normal visiting but to get involved with local Buddhists’ community. There’s a chance to understand Buddism practicing in Vietnam and also give your hands to help local monk in repairing their and your vegetarian lunch. Come back to Ho Chi Minh city on the late afternoon by the private pick – up. Trip ends at around 18.00.
|Group size||2 pax|
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* Prices are valid until 30 Sep 2018
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