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Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat provided by Les Rives Authentic River Experience

Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat

Half-Day Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City by Luxury Speedboat
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Tour snapshot
Make the journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels more interesting on a guided tour
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
14
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Make the journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels as interesting as the attraction itself on a morning or afternoon tour by luxury speedboat. Instead of sitting through a long coach bus journey, enjoy a scenic speedboat ride along the Saigon River before exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels with a guide. A small group limited to 14 people maintains an intimate atmosphere, while hotel pickup and drop-off maximize the convenience of your experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Avoid a boring coach bus ride and travel by luxury speed boat instead 
  • Explore the subterranean Cu Chi Tunnels in a small group limited to 14 people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Ho Chi Minh City are included
What to expect
After hotel pickup, get transferred to Ho Chi Minh Pier to board a luxury speedboat destined for the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the journey, travel down the Saigon River while revitalizing with breakfast or lunch, depending on the departure time selected at checkout. On arrival at the Cu Chi Tunnels, watch a short introductory film before descending into underground bunkers that functioned as a city during the Vietnam War (known as the American War by the Vietnamese). After emerging from the tunnels, enjoy a Vietnamese lunch or dinner before returning to Ho Chi Minh by speedboat. This Cu Chi Tunnels tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Avoid a boring coach bus ride and travel by luxury speed boat instead 
  • Explore the subterranean Cu Chi Tunnels in a small group limited to 14 people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Ho Chi Minh City are included
What to expect
After hotel pickup, get transferred to Ho Chi Minh Pier to board a luxury speedboat destined for the Cu Chi Tunnels. During the journey, travel down the Saigon River while revitalizing with breakfast or lunch, depending on the departure time selected at checkout. On arrival at the Cu Chi Tunnels, watch a short introductory film before descending into underground bunkers that functioned as a city during the Vietnam War (known as the American War by the Vietnamese). After emerging from the tunnels, enjoy a Vietnamese lunch or dinner before returning to Ho Chi Minh by speedboat. This Cu Chi Tunnels tour concludes with hotel drop-off.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by luxury speedboat
  • Professional guide
  • Unlimited refreshment and local fruits on board
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Cu Chi Tunnels
Exclusions
  • Optional activities such as shooting range (minimum age 18)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We provide pickup from all locations in District 1 and 3
  • Saigon Waterbus Station, 10B Đ. Tôn Đức Thắng, P, Q.1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. A surcharge may applied for any special meal accommodations
  • A light jacket is recommended between November and February
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Tour on the 22nd April 2019 will start at 12:00 PM instead of 11:00 AM.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by luxury speedboat
  • Professional guide
  • Unlimited refreshment and local fruits on board
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Cu Chi Tunnels
Exclusions
  • Optional activities such as shooting range (minimum age 18)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We provide pickup from all locations in District 1 and 3
  • Saigon Waterbus Station, 10B Đ. Tôn Đức Thắng, P, Q.1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. A surcharge may applied for any special meal accommodations
  • A light jacket is recommended between November and February
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Tour on the 22nd April 2019 will start at 12:00 PM instead of 11:00 AM.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Saigon Waterbus Station
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Les Rives Authentic River Experience
  • 1
    Cu Chi Tunnels
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Explore the Cu Chi Tunnels site with our local expert
    Read more
  • You'll return to the starting point
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TMOH8
Guildford, UK2,148 contributions
We were recommended to use Les Rives and I'm so glad that we did.

This morning tour collects you from your hotel and departs by speedboat directly to the site of the tunnels. The trip takes about an hour but, in doing this, you'll experience not only the developing Waterfront in central Ho Chi Minh City but also more rural aspects of life on the water in Vietnam.

The tunnels themselves are fascinating, albeit the crudely fashioned mantraps horrific, and you quickly realise that the Americans were always facing an uphill battle against a physically smaller, guerrilla Vietnamese force that knew the territory so much better and could live frugally off a 'belt' of rice and other foraged items.

We had an excellent guide who thoughtfully explained the methods of guerrilla warfare.

We traveled in a reasonable small group of 12, 5 Americans, 2 Danes, 4 British and 1 Canadian.

An excellent lunch is included in the price, although we barely made use of it as we had a restaurant reservation in the evening and didn't want to ruin our appetite.

The real benefit of using Les Rives is that you arrive at the tunnels well before 99% of the cheaper bus tours. This gives s much better experience. When we arrived there were only four small minibuses in the car park but, as we left there were too many to count! Well over thirty is my guess.
Written February 7, 2020
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James B
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Can highly recommend Les Rives, as we had a flawless experience for the 6 hour duration of the tour. The speedboat is a lot of fun, and allows you to see not only a different view of the city landscape but life on the riverbank as you travel further out. Starting at 7am also allowed us to beat the tourist crowds, as many were arriving at about 11am as we were leaving. The tunnels themselves have a good variety of exhibits, and you can crawl up to 100m in one of the original tunnels if you wish. Our guide was also very informative. We only had 7 people in our group too which was great. Overall, highly recommend.
Written February 5, 2020
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Petushok
Calgary, Canada66 contributions
I had a fantastic time on this tour and was very glad to have booked it. The boat ride has been thoroughly enjoyable and memorable. I cannot say that it was not busy at the tunnels thanks to our speedy arrival there but the aquatic adventure has been worth it nevertheless. Our guide Henry was attentive to all the customers and made an effort to chat with us individually as well. I will gladly do the Mekong Delta tour with this company if I am ever in Saigon again.

A note for non-English-speaking tourists: I would recommend you to book another tour in your native tongue as the language at this one is quite particular. We had a group of French tourists on our tour and I am afraid they only understood about a quarter of what's been said.
Written January 21, 2020
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Dear Petushok, We appreciate you taking your valuable time out to share your prompt compliment for your exquisite experience with Les Rives Authentic River. Our team works hard to research the authentic routes, set up close connections with the locals and deliver excellent service. Receiving such encouraging feedback is a great reward for the entire team who always dedicated to their work. Thank you for spreading the world about us! Enjoy traveling and hopefully, we will welcome you onboard again for another Saigon River trip. All the best to you! Les Rives Team Authentic River Experience | +84 (0) 78 592 0018  Email: bookings@lesrivesexperience.com
Written January 31, 2020
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Anabel N
18 contributions
Couples
In reality you are on the boat for three hours and walk around the cu chi tunnels for only 1-1,5 hours.
It is very touristic and doesn’t feel authentic. The breakfast is basic and lunch is at a touristy restaurant where all the group tours come.
Written January 12, 2020
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Dear AnabelN47, Thank you for choosing Les Rives Experience and contribute a review for us. We are sorry that you did not completely enjoy the day out to Cu Chi with us. I feel unjust for our team when you said our product is too expensive for what you got. Our service is delivered by the finest speedboat in Vietnam, the best tour guides team, experienced mechanic and captain, a host to serve you food and drink all the time. For other aspects, we also believe that we had well managed. That's why I let myself give you some extra information in case you do not know about the Cu Chi tour: 1. The normal Cu Chi Tour by bus will take you nearly a day: 2,5-3 hours each way travel. Especially when you arrived, hundreds others bus arrived at the same time, which make you feel much more crowded. With Les Rives, each way transfer around 1h15 minutes, saving maximum travelers time. We are one of the earliest companies who start the morning tour (this you can see in other reviews) as we study well the customer's needs before setting up every itinerary. 2. Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the must come destinations in South Vietnam. Each day there are thousands of guests, it can reach 4-5.000 per day in peak season- Chrismast and New Year. And yes, it is this season when you did the tour. We can not control the number of visitors, but we do manage to make our guests can enjoy maximum the day out with the best moment and timing. 3. We do the tour by speedboat. It does not only allow our guest to save their travel time but also give them chances to see the city from other views, feeling the cool breeze in the morning and enjoy their moment in a comfortable speedboat with a maximum of 14 guests, instead of hours stucks in a car in Saigon traffic. The cost of a speedboat is 3-4 times more expensive than a car. 4. The riverside restaurant is not for every guest who visits Cu Chi, and not every guest who has lunch there has the same menu of 7 courses as with Les Rives's guests. Our breakfast is also a plus service for guests, in case they didn't have enough time for it, which we well noted with other information: "light breakfast is included". With all of our respect and this cited information, I really hope you have better understand our service and what you had got with us. If chance given, we would like to welcome you back to enjoy the visit another time and recognize the difference. We wish you all the best and see you again. Les Rives Team Authentic River Experience | +84 (0) 78 592 0018  Email: bookings@lesrivesexperience.com
Written January 13, 2020
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joesie1608
Siesta Key, FL208 contributions
We were being picked up super- punctual and shuttled to the meeting point where we boarded the speed boat. There were about 14 pax on the boat and the friendly crew catered a breakfast with beverages for us soon after we started our upstream journey.
When we arrived our tour guide led us through the forrest and tried to avoid groups so that we were able to listen to him and the stories and explantations he gave, without being interrupted.
He was very well prepared and gave us an insight of how it was and how he felt during the American invasion times. We descended into the tunnel system and highly recommend visitors to do so, to get a glimpse of what it must have been like back in the days, bearing in mind that the tunnels were already widened for tourists.
After the tour we had lunch right at the river banks and the boat trip back arrived punctual.
I would defenitly do this tour again, it was very informative and gave us a good insight into the recent past of the country.
Written January 26, 2020
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Dear Joesie1608, Thank you so much for sharing your nice experience with Les Rives Experience and rating us an excellent review. We so appreciate you taking the time to share about the speedboat trip to Cu Chi tunnels your kind compliments on our services. Thank you also for particularly mentioning the service provided by our crew team. We always do our best to give you a true insight of this Historical site and please rest assured that your feedback will be shared and will serve as an encouragement for us. Thank you for helping to share the world about us. Enjoy traveling and hopefully, we will welcome you onboard again for another Saigon River trip. Best regards! Les Rives Team Authentic River Experience | +84 (0) 78 592 0018  Email: bookings@lesrivesexperience.com
Written January 30, 2020
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siyoung91
Munich, Germany179 contributions
The Cu Chi tunnels tour by speedboat is really fantastic and I would highly recommend. Les Rives just make everything so easy, from communication to pick-up to the tour itself.

Going by speedboat was really fun and a good way of beating the Saigon traffic.

Kha was an amazing guide. His English is perfect! He is incredibly knowledgable and has a lot of personal stories about the war which truly enriched our experience. The tunnels themselves are super interesting and I felt like I came away from the tour with a better understanding of the war.

Definitely the best way of seeing the Cu Chi tunnels!
Written July 26, 2020
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Dear guest, Thank you so much for supporting us especially during this tough time! We appreciate you taking your valuable time out to share your prompt compliment for us. Thank you also for particularly mentioning the service provided by our crew team and please rest assured that your feedback will be shared and will serve as an encouragement for us! Mr Kha must be thrilled when he read your your compliment for him. The satisfaction and safety of our travelers is our first priority and your feedback is very important for our whole team. So, thank you, again for your feedback. It is even more precious for us in this tough time. Enjoy traveling and hopefully, we will welcome you onboard again for another Saigon River trip. Best regards! Les Rives Team Authentic River Experience | +84 (0) 78 592 0018 Email: bookings@lesrivesexperience.com
Written July 29, 2020
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HeidiMareeJ
Highett, Australia20 contributions
Fantastic tour with Kha as our guide on January 17 2020. He was prompt with our early pick up (early pick up is highly recommended as you can spend way too long waiting at this tourist destination! We arrived early , ahead of crowds -which was extremely appreciated by the group of 8 of us on the super speed boat from HCM. Kha was so informative and gave us a great amount of information. He had a wonderful sense of humour as did the rest of the team from Les Rives. We were provided with breakfast and an awesome 7 course lunch before re boarding to be back in HCM by 1pm! Before the masses of busses!!! Definitely book with LES RIVES for your Cu Chi Tunnels Experience
Written January 18, 2020
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WAYNE V
1 contribution
From start to finish...Excellent trip, excellent staff, punctual, friendly, fun. Thank you Bao.
We took the early trip (7am), which was the best advise because by mid morning, the Cu Chi Tunnel tours were jammed packed wth tour buses and so many people.
From the initial pick up at our lodging, continuing with the breakfast onboard, fresh fruit, coffee, water, the boat ride itself, clean and professional, the tour, the awesome catered lunch onshore after the tour, and finally the return trip, everything was perfection. I recommend this tour because, with the weather being perfect, the coolness of being on the water made our day even better. The river is just a different way to experience South Vietnam, no traffic, cool breeze, lots of friendly people on the riverbank fishing, and waving as we passed by. I was a little sceptical of boating over an hour on a river, but this wasn't a boat trip in Thailand (smelly and dirty), this was friendly Vietnam.
Written February 8, 2020
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LovingLife
Perth, Australia230 contributions
Couples
After extensive research we decided to pay a little bit more and take this tour as taking the speedboat there and back appealed to us. We weren’t disappointed as we were able to see a side of HCMC that you don’t see in a bus. We were picked up 7am on the dot and within 5 minutes we were at the wharf boarding the boat. Breakfast of Banh Mi, croissants, fresh fruit, coffee and water was included and in an hour we arrived at Cu Chi. It was extremely interesting and our guide was very informative. Crawling through the tunnels was quite unnerving but I’m glad I did it! Lunch on the wharf was huge and delicious! When we arrived at Cu Chi there were only two small buses in the car park but when we left it was full (looked to be about 50 buses😱). I’m so glad we went by boat as it was exhilarating, much faster, lots of fun and we beat the crowds.🚤👍🏻
Written January 15, 2020
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Dear Tamaraline3, We can't thank you enough for your fabulous detailed review! On behalf of Les Rives team I would like to thank you for traveling with us. Thank you for helping to share the world about us. We really appreciate it and are thrilled to hear your amazing experience in the Cu Chi Tunnels. Les Rives Experience pursuits sustainable tourism by supporting local life and protecting the environment, which requires a lot of time and effort. Our team works very hard to maintain our reputation. Your satisfaction and recognition are the best reward for all of this continuous trying and encouragement to keep up our work. We count ourselves lucky for having guests like you! Enjoy traveling and hopefully, we will welcome you onboard again for another Saigon River trip. All the best to you! Les Rives Team Authentic River Experience | +84 (0) 78 592 0018  Email: bookings@lesrivesexperience.com
Written January 16, 2020
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Mårten S
Karlstad, Sweden4 contributions
Family
Pickup was exactly ton time at 0700, quick transfer to the boat. A light breakfast and coffee was served during the 80-90 min trip to the tunnels, arriving directly by them.
Our guide, Mr Long, was a good presenter and told the story of the war and the tunnels. He kept the group together and made the visit very interesting.
Afterwards, an OK lunch and then back to the boat for the return trio. We were back at the dock at 1330 and at the hotel some 15 mins later.
All in all a very good and interesting day, with a totally different perspective of the war and the Viet Cong, as opposed to the Hollywood version.
A+ for the guide. The boat ride felt a bit long, but cutting it short would mean skipping traveling through the more city parts which was a nice way to see Saigon, so it was worth it.
Written January 6, 2020
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Julian W
Julian W
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The best way to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels
Travelling to Cu Chi Tunnels by boat is part of the experience as you see so much of the countryside and glimpse in
Jackgsd
Jackgsd
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Great morning trip
Great trip to see the tunnels. We were collected from our hotel and the speed boat is fun and the light breakfast a
oliviap763
oliviap763
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Amazing trip along the Mekong Delta
This was an incredible day trip along the Mekong Delta - the tour guide and staff were very attentive and we learne
Journey783138
Journey783138
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Great experience!
We enjoyed the tour a lot. An early start has advantages! Very good and honest explanations by Tony, our guide. Rec
magsfeord
magsfeord
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Top tunnel tour
This was one of our favourite activities in Vietnam. Going by speed boat to the tunnel network not only beats the
aliO8269RB
aliO8269RB
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Best way to visit Cu Chi Tunnels
Beat the crowds and 2 hour bus journey by going on a speedboat along the Saigon River. You get there earlier than t
Travel P
Travel P
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Authentic experience with a great guide
The cruise was really good. As other reviews have said, no pressure to buy products from vendors or tip. The variou
Nicola P
Nicola P
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Excellent tour. Would highly recommend.
The boat was clean and comfortable. Captain steering the boat appeared very skilled and steered well, avoiding all
Moggy60
Moggy60
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Excellent Trip
Excellent half day out to the CU Chi Tunnels. Prompt collection from the hotel. Guide was very knowable about the r
Mariacnmorris
Mariacnmorris
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A lovely day trip, great for visitors who are new to the country!
We had friends visiting us in Saigon and we were pleased to take them on this day trip as a lovely way to see the M
Chrisissorry
Chrisissorry
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Great trip
Don't miss out on this tour. It really left an impression on me. Seeing both the rural farm life and the city life
Isabel F
Isabel F
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Birthday Cruise
I celebrated my birthday with friends on the Les Rives boat tour around Can Gio. The staff was very professional a
adkfeige
adkfeige
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beautiful, sobering, fascinating
This is a long overdue review. My husband and I had an amazing trip on the Mekong with Les Rives in December right
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E8223UZderekw
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Good experience! Les Rives
Kha was an excellent, knowledgeable and very entertaining guide for Les Rives on the speedboat trip around The Meko
Jamesgo198
Jamesgo198
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Amazing Trip
We booked this day-trip to the Mekong Delta as we want to avoid all the touristy shop adventures which the reviews