I have finally been able to find a tour to the famous Cu Chi tunnels.This would be for those people who have been to HCMC or choose not to go to the city and want something a bit different. I have been to HCMC 3 times and seen so much , and I was told that this tour is a must see. HCMC is far from Phu My poert, and so are the tunnels. However this can be done in a day trip , and done with a better angle than how the Princess tours are done. There is a peak visiting hour when it gets crowded and all the bus tours start arriving from the city. The way I was told to do this was by a fast river boat, which avoids the traffic, you are outside in the sun in a covered boat, and you get to see the country side from a different perspective. There will be a van with space for 10 people which will pick us up at the ship and bring us to the boat pier. From there , a breakfast is served en route and we then arrive at the tunnels. A lunch will be provided after viewing the tunnels and then we reverse the trip with arrival 1 hour before ship departure. The cost of this tour is approx $130.00 in Canadian money (which is what I have to figure, which is about $98.00 US.
After reviewing several of these tours, (and most of them were by bus ) this is a good price. If anyone is interested in this I will be able to accomodate another 8 people, on the first minivan or arrange a second bus and they have indicated a reduced rate for more people.
This is what you would expect:Built by the Viet Cong in the 1940s as protection from French air raids during the Indochina conflict, the Cu Chi Tunnels extend underground for more than 155 miles (250 km) in the vicinity of Ho Chi Minh City alone. This network of subterranean passageways later provided vital access to and strategic control over the rural areas surrounding the city during the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War or the American War), when the tunnels housed living quarters, hospitals, booby traps, and storage facilities for the Viet Cong. The Basics A visit to what remains of the Cu Chi Tunnels offers a poignant reminder of the hardships of war. Today, two areas are open to visitors, both with tunnels that have been expanded in size. They’re still a tight fit, but that adds to the experience of discovering what it must have been like for the soldiers living and operating here. Many visitors come to the tunnels on a half- or full-day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes combined with a cruise along the Mekong Delta or Saigon River.