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Overview

Our Cu chi tunnels experience small group tour - Ben Duoc tunnels tour will bring you to the original Cu Chi Tunnels Ben Duoc, avoiding the crowded buses at the more touristy Ben Dinh location.

BEN DUOC TUNNELS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Ben Duoc tunnels, an almost exclusively local-only place.
  • Get an up-close and personal history lesson on guerilla warfare.
  • Gain insight into the tenacity and resourcefulness of the Vietnamese.

SCHEDULE DETAILS

 
DURATION 6 hours
TOUR TYPE/SIZE Small group / Private (Minimum is 2 people and the maximum is 8 people)
MEETING/ENDING POINT Your hotel. Please note that we only offer free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
DEPARTURE/ENDING TIME
07:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Itinerary

7:00 AM

We leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind and take a 1.5-hour journey to the now-peaceful rural district of Cu Chi.

8:30 AM

Upon arriving at the Ben Duoc tunnels, you will view a short documentary film that explains the tunnels’ history and the war from the Vietnamese point of view.

After that, your guide will take you on a tour through the actual tunnels where you'll learn more about the living conditions and the hardships the tunnel’s residents faced, and the ingenuity utilized to maintain life in the tunnels, which included weapon workshops and booby traps. You will have an opportunity to navigate an authentic Viet Cong tunnel, visit bunkers designed as kitchens, meeting rooms, weapon areas, give your best shot at a firing range, and much more.

For a snack, you can try the local specialty – cassava, a starchy root - that sustained Viet Cong fighters for years.

1:00 PM

We conclude the tour by returning you to the War Remnants Museum (outside)/ your hotel at around 1:00 PM. 

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Prices & Offers

COMBO TOUR: You will receive the $10 USD off for the 2nd tour with Innoviet

PRICES

  • Rates are in USD per person.
  • 30% surcharge applies for: Jan 21-29, Apr 30 & May 1;   Sep 2;   Dec 31, 2023 &  Jan 1, 2024

SMALL GROUP TOUR'S POLICIES:

  • Please note that the price applies for the number of people in the combined group (maximum 8 pax) on the date of the tour. So, we will REFUND you if we have more customers joining with you. In case, there is only your group, the tour will be organized as a private option.

  • Although we do accept solo traveler (or solo adult with children), we’ll need to match you with other travelers who wish to take the tour on the same day as you. The tour is only guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 adult travelers. In this case, please contact us by either phone or email to confirm the availability. 

 

FEATURES & INCLUSIONS

Included:

  • Free hotel pickup and drop off in District 1,3 (some exclusions apply)
  • Modern air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 2 small bottles of water/passenger
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fee

Excluded:

  • Drinks (beers/soft drinks),
  • Lunch,
  • Insurance,
  • Personal expenses,
  • Firing range fee (optional),
  • Tips/Gratuities for tour guide & driver.
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Important Notes

CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING

When you submit your booking, it does NOT mean your tour is booked. You will receive a confirmation email from our booking staff shortly. 

If you don't hear back from us within 24 hours of your booking request, please check your SPAM or JUNK mail folder or contact us again via [email protected] or call us at (+84) 834391331. Thank you!

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

  1. We only offer free hotel pickup and drop off as long as your hotel is located in District 1 (some exclusions apply). Pickup/drop-off outside of this area and airport transfers are subjected to extra charges.
  2. Although children under five are free of charge. 50% of the adult price will be charged for the second child (if there are more than 1).
  3. The trip concludes in Ho Chi Minh City at around 1:00 PM (morning trip) or 6:00 PM (afternoon trip). Please take this into account when making onward travel arrangements.

ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research.

The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

TOUR FAQs

What to prepare for the trip?

Bring?
  • Hat
  • Sun cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Appropriate footwear
Wear?

We do not have a dress code for our tours however, dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.

If you choose to crawl through the tunnels, please be aware that your clothes might get dirty. Appropriate footwear is recommended for this activity.

Is tipping customary in Vietnam?

Although our trips are inclusive of all costs and we ensure our guides and local staff are paid fairly, if you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier.

The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

  • Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
  • Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for a few days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however, we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
  • Your Tour Guide: We suggest US$3-US$5 per day for your tour guide for outstanding service throughout your trip.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is NOT compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. However, please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded as culturally as an insult.

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Review


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SpinnerNYC
09:45, 15/10/2023
The Right Choice to Visit the Ben Duoc Tunnels We were interested in visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels during our stay in HCMC, but wanted a small group tour of the less crowded Ben Douc section of the Tunnels. There are numerous tunnel tours offered by various providers, but most go to the more touristy Ben Dinh portion of the tunnels which are closer to the city. Innoviet was one of the few operators offering a small group visit to Ben Douc. Booking was easy. Our van pickup at our hotel was on time and the tour was excellent. Our guide, Hao, was extremely friendly and gave us an informative talk about the history of Vietnam on the way to the tunnels. Our small group of 6 almost had the Ben Douc tunnels to ourselves. The lack of crowds enhanced the experience and Innoviet offered an option to be dropped off at the War Remnants Museum back in HCMC at the conclusion of the tour which helped us make the best use of our time. I thoroughly recommend visiting the Ben Douc tunnels with Innoviet.

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erintravels1
16:34, 22/08/2023
Must-do day trip in Saigon! We were picked up at our hotel by Hai and our driver promptly at 0700 for the tour. Would recommend having breakfast first as not provided. We booked a group tour however no one else had booked, so it was just the two of us! The car was spacious and air conditioned, which was great considering we visited at hottest time of year. Hai was very friendly, and knowledgeable about Vietnamese culture and history - and is a great storyteller! When we arrived at the tunnels site (Ben Duoc) it was very quiet, due to the time we arrived and the site being less visited by big tour buses than the main site. Both sites have the same content, but because it was so quiet it felt much more authentic. Learning about the tunnels was very interesting, and we even crawled through 30 metres of authentic tunnel - exhilarating but very warm! Hai explained very well the living conditions and experiences of the Viet Cong, as well as a demonstration of the booby traps laid for US soldiers. We had plenty of water and got to snack on some cassava, which was eaten by the Vietnamese during the war. We ended the day by doing some live firing with authentic weapons used in the war. The bullets are quite expensive so make sure you know what you really want to try out (we tried 5 rounds each of two different rifles and 40 rounds of a machine gun for around £100). Overall a really well thought out tour, a must visit whilst in Saigon! Thanks to Hai for a lovely day trip.

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Max L
16:29, 22/08/2023
Our guide gave us a really good history background and explained everything. Gave us plenty of time for questions. The group was just 4 people plus guide. Pick up at the hotel, good communication via Whatsup. We are so pleased with the tour.

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CecileHorsetail
15:46, 17/08/2023
Our guide gave us a really good history background and explained everything. Gave us plenty of time for questions. The group was just 4 people plus guide. Pick up at the hotel, good communication via Whatsup. We are so pleased with the tour.

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Dan Parry
19:07, 24/07/2023
This is a fantastic company. We are a family of 4 from the UK, with two teenagers whose interest in the war is variable at best, but we loved our private tour with Hai! He did an amazing job in holding everyone's attention. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and with perfect English, his stories brought everything to life! Special shout out too to Trung, in the office, who was fantastically helpful! Innoviet are a great, reliable company. If you only have a little time in Ho Chi Minh City, the half-day tour to Ben Douc is a must!!

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Max L
10:26, 10/06/2023
Great experiance. Our guide gave us a really good history background and explained everything. Gave us plenty of time for questions. The group was just 4 people plus guide. Pick up at the hotel, good communication via Whatsup. We are so pleased with the tour.

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Kimbo
14:06, 02/03/2023
Great day trip to the tunnels! It was a very good tour, very smooth travel to the tunnels and Cong was a very knowledgeable guide who taught us a lot of interesting things about the tunnels and vietnam!

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Jacqueline D
14:04, 02/03/2023
Must try experience at Cu Chi Ben Duoc Tunnels! Great half-day tour at Cu Chi Tunnels with tour guide Hannah! The experience was eye-opening and history-rich. We also got to try walking through the tunnels. Thank you Hannah for the history telling and explanations throughout the visit!

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Lydia McLeod
14:04, 09/02/2023
We just did the Cu Chi tunnels with Long. Long was fantastic and taught both of us so much. He was very informative, friendly and interesting. We also visited a supported work facility for people had been disabled by agent orange. Whilst this was confronting it was an experience to see the beautiful works of art that the people are producing. Thank you so much along for the excellent morning you facilitated.

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Jill
16:44, 28/12/2022
Ben Duoc Tunnels with Hue Oct 2022 • Couples We had a great tour with Hai. We visited the less touristy area of tunnels and there was only one other small group there at the same time. Hue was extremely knowledgeable and interesting and he made the car ride enjoyable with his stories and facts about Vietnam. The tour itself was fascinating and helped us understand the reality of the war. Thankyou Hue and our very safe driver Tang.