Around 120km away from Ho Chi Minh City’s centre, Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh is home to the unique Cao Dai sect. The religion is a hybrid of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity. The temple’s architect is a harmonious fusion of Asian and European styles, with domes and embellishment exemplifying the spirit of the religion like statues of Jesus Christ, Buddha and the Hindu god, Brahma, stand side by side. After visiting temple, let’s move to Cu Chi tunnels where will give you unique experience of how Vietnamese guerillas can fight against American army.
Our tour starts around 8.00am
The trip to Tay Ninh is combined with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. At its height the tunnel system stretched over 250km. from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!) For those interested there’s even the opportunity to fire off rounds from an AK47 or MK16 at the nearby rifle range.
In the morning we drive to Cao Dai temple to observe the midday service (daily Mass is held by Cao Dai’s followers at noon). Following lunch at local restaurant, we visit Cu Chi tunnels. Before entering the tunnels we watch a short introductory video showing how Cu Chi Tunnels were constructed. We then spend the next hour exploring the maze of tunnels. Also on display are various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters made by 500 pound bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
After that, we will drive back to Ho Chi Minh City, arrive Ho Chi Minh late afternoon around 18.00pm
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