Embark on a private guided tour that takes you to Cao Dai Temple, the Cu Chi Tunnels, and a notable wildlife conservation facility in Tay Ninh. It's a memorable immersion into Vietnamese culture in a small group of no more than 9 people.
After hotel pickup in Ho Chi Minh City, hop into an air-conditioned private vehicle for a comfortable drive through the countryside to Tay Ninh, located near the Cambodian border. Your tour begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Cao Dai Temple, home of the distinctive Cao Dai religion, which combines teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Christianity. Take part in a colorful midday ceremony and let your guide offer insight into the unique rituals performed.
After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate network of passageways once used as a strategic military base by the Viet Cong because of its proximity to the southern capital of Saigon. During the Vietnam War (known in Vietnam as the American War), the tunnels contained schools, hospitals, meeting rooms, and living quarters. This underground labyrinth connected several villages and is now preserved by the government as a memorial park.
View a short film about the historical importance of the Cu Chi Tunnels before walking to their location in the nearby forest. Discover what life was like down below as you crawl into narrow passageways that each cover a distance of 98 to 328 feet (30 to 100 m).
Today, the remaining channels offer visitors a feel for what life was like for the guerrilla fighters and families living underground during the war. When you're done exploring, take a break in the forest with some hot green tea boiled with pandan leaves, accompanied by steamed tapioca.
Next is the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, an animal shelter run by Wildlife at Risk, a nonprofit organization based near Ho Chi Minh City. Discover how experienced staff conduct wildlife conservation and resource management efforts, and rescue local animals from mistreatment.
Learn about native animals like the pygmy loris, Indochinese leopard, sun bear, and pangolin, as well as birds, snakes, and small mammals that once fell victim to illegal wildlife trading. The local efforts to save and rehabilitate endangered animals and, in some cases, return them to their natural habitats leave a feeling of positivity. After this visit, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.