Saigon, the bustling economic capital, where history and modernity collide
The Cu Chi tunnels, a dive underground to remember wartime life
Reunification Palace, a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture
War Remnants Museum – one of the most popular and sobering museums in the city
We depart at 8am from your hotel to visit Cu Chi – a byzantine maze of underground passages, chambers, rooms and booby traps used during the war. You’ll be able to get an idea of what it would have been like to live, sleep and eat in the underground passages and bunkers during the fierce battles above and below the surface. Return to the city for lunch at a tasty restaurant in the city centre.
In the afternoon, you’ll discover the Reunification Palace – a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, served as the presidential palace of South Vietnam until reunification in 1975. The building now functions as a museum, offering tours of the former state rooms, presidential office and library, living quarters of the president’s family, and underground war rooms. Then, you’ll also visit the War Remnants Museum – one of the most sobering, yet popular, museums in the city. It highlights the suffering of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the French and American forces up to 1975, and while its perspective is less than perfectly balanced, its exhibits nonetheless are well designed and ably document the folly of war. You’ll find a collection of weapons, machinery, aircraft, tanks, artifacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. Trip ends at your hotel around 4pm.
Meals as specified in the program
Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
The services of an experienced English-speaking guide
All entrance fees
VAT and other taxes
Hotel in Saigon
Beverages, guide gratuities and personal expenses.
Camera fees (if any)
Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)