Cu Chi Tunnels

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Just 70 kilometres northwest of Saigon lies one of the most fascinating historical sights of Vietnam’s recent conflicts. The beginnings of the Cu Chi tunnels date back to Vietnam’s struggle for independence from the French, but it was not until the American War that the tunnel network was widely expanded to cover a total distance of some 250 kilometres.

A small part of this network has been restored and opened to visitors to cast a fascinating light on the lives of the Cu Chi guerrillas and their hideouts. Join TUI for a visit to Cu Chi where we’ll take you underground to experience a glimmer of the conditions in which these people lived and fought. If climbing through the tunnels holds no appeal, try sipping green tea and munching on some cassava – a guerrilla staple – in an underground. Many artefacts and recreations are also on display to give visitors an idea of the conditions, suffering and determination of the local people in their conflicts.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

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One of Asia’s most vibrant and welcoming cities, Saigon (as it is still popularly known) is a cultural melting pot with something to offer every traveller. Join TUI to discover the many faces of this city – our home in South East Asia.

District 1 is the best place to start with its many historic French-built landmarks – the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Hotel de Ville to name but a few. We visit the remarkable Cu Chi Tunnels where the Viet Cong hid during the Vietnam-American War, the former Presidential Palace, and the sobering War Remnants Museum. We’ll introduce you to the enormous variety of exotic local produce at the sprawling Binh Tay Market in Cholon, the city’s bustling Chinatown, and nearby the colourful Thien Hau Pagoda. Visiting Saigon while it passes through a remarkable and rapid phase of transformation will fascinate and delight. Above all, experiencing the heartfelt warmth and humour for which the Saigonese are renowned will stay with you long after you’ve departed for home.

In recent years Ho Chi Minh City has transformed into a city offering visitors a fantastic abundance of shopping, dining and nightlife. Explore the many new shops and boutiques of a rejuvenated Dong Khoi Street – the famous Rue Catinat of the French elite in the colonial era – where fine silks and tailored clothes, hilltribe crafts, Vietnamese antiques, ceramics and embroideries vie for the attention of visitors. Or take a browse through nearby streets and the central Ben Thanh Markets for imitation designer labels and modern fashions, jewellery, CDs, luggage, and an array of local products – all amazingly cheap. Finish the day with a Vietnamese feast at one of our favourite restaurants, or perhaps try one of the city’s delectable French or Western eateries. There’s a gastronomic treat awaiting every taste bud and every budget. And if you’re in the mood for a boogie, party on at a city bar or nightclub – Metropolis, Monaco, or the infamous Apocalypse Now are a must.