The Only Authentic Cu Chi Tunnels Tour With a Local

The Only Authentic Cu Chi Tunnels Tour With a Local

Spoken in: English, Vietnamese, Français

( 148 reviews ) star Day trip Ho Chi Minh City 1 - 8 watch_later 6 hours
  • Explore the non-touristy vast tunnel network
  • Get a look at Vietnam’s wartime history
  • Enrich your knowledge of the Vietnam War
  • Enjoy a specialty eaten during the war
  • Be adventurous and crawl through the tunnels
  • Learn about the strategies used by Viet Cong soldiers

You will be picked up anywhere in: Ho Chi Minh City

What you can expect

Escape the metropolitan and busy Ho Chi Minh City and head towards the Cambodian border. Delve into the underground world of tunnels built under the Cu Chi district by Viet Cong guerilla fighters during the Vietnam War.

After meeting your guide, get comfortable in your private car and enjoy the ride to Cu Chi, just around 70 km away of Saigon. On arrival, your tour starts with a visit of Liberated Area simulation, a place where the historical period of 1960 -1975 is simulated. The area is divided into the liberated area, disputed area and no man's land. Your private guide will give you an overview introduction to Cu Chi and its legendary history.

Want to gain a deeper understanding of the tunnels and how fierce the war was? Watch the documentary about the mystery of Cu Chi Tunnels and have real history lesson. After watching the documentary, you and your local host will move on to the next stop, Ben Duoc, the impressive labyrinth of tunnels. This place is offering you a genuine experience of the tunnel, and it’s a place mostly for Vietnamese tourists.

Once you are here, you’ll listen to the local stories about how the tunnels were built by fighters as a base from where the VC could operate. During your exploration of the 200 km network, you’ll be guided through the tunnels system including the weapon factory, kitchens, hospitals and crawl under the tunnels. It’s awaking and captivating to see how the locals and their families lived in these tunnels for years. Your private guide we’ll tell you more about how the Vietnamese people lived below the ground and you’ll get a glimpse how life was like for those who called these tunnels “home”.

By now you and your friends already have gotten the feeling of this historic site and hear the stories behind it. After experiencing the tunnels, you’ll enjoy Vietcong’s staple food called tapioca and a hot tea, before heading back to Saigon.

On your way to HCMC, you’ll make a final stop for another snack and a local drink. You can listen to your host recommendations and try a sugarcane drink, which is the extracted juice from pressed sugarcane. Enjoy the ride back to your hotel and ask your host recommendations for next days. They are more than happy to help you!

Pick your favorite host and get ready to experience the daily life of guerrilla fighters. Don’t forget! This tour can be 100% personalized for you and your group, just tell your local host about your preferences!

This is the plan

Your local guide will pick you up from your hotel
Stop 1
Experience the "Liberated area" feeling, and see how locals lived between 1960 -1975
Stop 2
Arrive at Ben Duoc Tunnels area and try out diverse activities
Stop 3
Watch an interesting documentary movie about the tunnels system
Stop 4
Visit the B52 Bomb Crater, see a secret entrance and a bamboo trap
Stop 5
Get inside the fighting bunker and fighting trench
Stop 6
Understand how the VC traps were made, in a workshop
Stop 7
Watch how locals used to make sandals for soldiers
Stop 8
Go through the Ben Duoc tunnels and experience different parts of the locals life during the war
Stop 9
Try out food VC ate during the war
Stop 10
Have a snack and a drink at a local place on your way back
Get dropped off at your hotel and say goodbye to your guide

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Day trip details

Private Day trip
Mode of transport
Car (cost included)
6 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Ho Chi Minh City
Guest pick-up
included (free of charge)
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkLocal snack and Sugarcane drink
checkEntrance tickets to the park
checkTransportation to/from Cu Chi area
check1 non alcoholic drinks

about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.