After almost 8 hours of bus ride from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we finally get to rest and get ready for Day 4’s day tour. If you haven’t read what we did when we arrived in Ho Chi Minh, read my World of Heineken & Saigon Skydeck Tour.
Day 4 was my most amazing Tri-Country Tour experience because, for me, it was the most productive tour among the rest. I get to shoot M16 for the first time, went into the Cu Chi Tunnel, learned the history of the Vietnam war, visited War Remnant Museum, discovered that Vietnamese recycle eggshells, and many more.
City Tour Itinerary
We booked this day tour in Klook, Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnels Full Day Tour. We visited the most touristy spots in Ho Chi Minh. In the morning, we toured around:
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- Ho Chi Minh’s Post Office
- Reunification Palace/Independence Palace
- War Remnants Museum
Unfortunately, Notre Dame Cathedral is under construction, so there is bar maintenance on the side of the church. Plus, we can only go inside the Cathedral on Sundays only. The Post Office is just in front of the Cathedral. So two spots in one stop.
The Reunification/Independence Palace is an interesting place to visit if you’re interested in Presidential history of Vietnam. You can see the actual bedroom of the Presidents, war tables, meeting room, theater. The whole palace was a presidential palace turned into a museum.
My heart broke during my visit to the War Remnant Museum. Tour guides are not allowed inside the museum because it’ll be noisy. There are board explanations of the pictures already so it’s a self-toured place. It’s suggested to read and visit rooms from left to right, same on the second floor. P.S. The whole second floor has the most brutal, gory graphic, and heartbreaking photos. I didn’t include footages in my vlog because it just breaks my heart.
- 7:30 am – 7:45 am hotel pick up (Non-Premier and Premier)
- 7:45 am meet up
- Reunification Palace
- Notre Dame Cathedral (under maintenance)
- Central Post Office
- War Remnants Museum
- Local lunch
- Travel 2.5 hours to Cu Chi Tunnels
- Cu Chi Tunnels tour
- Taste tea and sweet potatoes
- Depart for Ho Chi Minh City
- 7:00 pm arrive back in the city
Check out the Ho Chi Minh City Tour + Cu Chi Tunnel Tour here.
Cu Chi Tunnel
We traveled 2.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, sort of a city where Vietnamese dug tunnels to strategically fight back and hide from Americans during the Vietnam War.
I suggest to the local travel and tours to have this tour in the morning because it was already twilight when we ended the tour. There were a lot of mosquitos feasting on our blood already.
Anyway, I loved this tour because this lightened up my mood after visiting the War Remnant Museum. This was the forest where the Vietnamese fought back through tunnels. I experienced going inside their actual tunnels + shoot M16 for the very first time!
The most interesting and shocking part was their tunnel entrance. It was so small, for Asian size only! But they made another huge entrance for tourists to enter and experience walking inside the tunnel. When inside, it was really dark and sort of suffocating. Imagine, it was already suffocating for tourists, what more when you’re at the time of the actual war? Surviving, fighting back, and trying not to be killed. Really frightening.
I haven’t really taken many photos in our Cu Chi Tunnel because I was enjoying myself and the tour. But I did take a lot of videos that are in my vlog! Watch my vlog on YouTube, @noepetel.