Ho Chi Minh City: Private Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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It was a great tour, with a very friendly and knowledgable guide. We were lucky because we were the only two people booked for the day. That meant that we could stay as long or as short as we wanted at any particular sight. The hour-long cyclo bike ride through Chinatown and the Ho Thi Ky flower market was a great start. It's amazing how the cyclo drivers can maneuver around the rest of the crazy Saigon traffic! Next was a visit to the oldest Buddhist temple in Saigon. Watching the monks chant before eating their meal was a surreal experience. Every stop on the tour was an interesting part of the day. The guide answered every question that we had. This tour is a great value and definitely worth the money!
We first visited a shop were people with disabilities create art, then we went to Cao Dai Temple and spent the right amount of time to see part of the ceremony and walk around the area and walk inside the temple. Then we went to a delicious restaurant, the price already included this which was a wonderful surprise because I wasn't expecting it and it was delicious! Finally we went to Cu Chi Tunnels, got to see everything we needed with great info from the tour guide.
This tour was amazing and well organized. The temple was so beautiful, lunch was fantastic and the tunnels were so very interesting to hear about. The tunnels were hard to crawl in. You have to be somewhat in shape to take part. Tour guide Tam was knowledgeable and his English was good. We really enjoyed chatting with him.
Visiting Cu Chi tunnels was a great experience. The Cao Dai temple is also worth to visit. The guide (Tina) was very good - great stories and funny! Quality of the bus was average and taking the option with lunch was not the best idea (we were served less and worse food than people who ordered food on their own!)
The tour is very flexible. We opted to visit the Jade Pagoda instead of the museum. I am a history buff, whereas my wife and teenager are not. Our guide successfully showed us all the sights I wanted to see while minimizing our time at each.