Cao Dai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels,
Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City and The South
Info : Cao Dai Temple, Cu Chi Tunnels
The Cao Dai religion is unique to Vietnam and is a blend of both ancient and modern beliefs. The Great Temple at Tay Ninh is the centre of the religion, demonstrated by an exotic temple, often likened to something from Disneyland! Here followers of this eclectic religion worship saints such as Victor Hugo, Joan of Arch and even Shakespeare. A highlight of this tour is the very colourful yet formal service held at midday, which you are welcome to observe. Following the service, continue on to lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon stop at Cu Chi where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and later expanded during the American war. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare and you will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. . See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs. We recommend good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise you may get a little dirty!
We informed Experience Travel Group which countries we wished to visit and our budget and left it up to them to suggest an itinerary and organize. We actually went with all of there suggestions including a cruise up the Mekong which hadn't occurred to us but was stunning. All the travel arrangements went without any hiccups and all the guides met us when and where arranged. As we were doing different things every day (at our request) this was no mean feet. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Experience Travel for people who want a tailor made holiday in the Far East!
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