Day 2 Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple
Today we visit in one day two of the most popular places of interest near Ho Chi Minh City: a historical site of Cu Chi Tunnels and a glimpse into the world’s youngest and perhaps most mysterious religion. In Tay Ninh. you will visit the famous Cao Dai Holy See Temple, which is a fusion of Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and a few other religions. Learn about the unique religion and the temple organization, and watch the noon mass.
It’s worth noting that it was on the road from Tay Ninh to Saigon that Fowler and Pyle were ambushed by Viet Minh guerrillas, when Pyle saved Fowler’s life, in the Quiet American.
After a traditional lunch, we head to Cu Chi, a sample of the immense network of tunnels, dug by resourceful guerrilla fighters to provide communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters during numerous conflicts. including the ‘American’ War. Jimmy has written two books featuring the Cu Chi Tunnels, and how they were discovered by Australian troops, and en route will tell you a few stories that aren’t part of the official history.
Our local guide will lead you through the bunkers and booby trap exhibit and you will even get the opportunity to clamber through a tunnel and fire a real AK47 (should you wish). After that, you will transfer back to Saigon by speedboat down the Saigon River (the most relaxed way back to the city) with a chance to observe the life on and its banks.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: The Myst Dong Khoi