Time: From 07h30 - 17h00
At 07:30 Depart from your hotel for Cu Chi tunnels. Another name of Cu Chi is “Steel land”. It’s where the army troops of the VC concealed themselves during the Vietnam War. The tunnel systems were created by locals over 20 years. This huge construction was a habitation for village people in the wartime. With 3 levels of depth, it was never discovered by the US during the war despite its proximity to Saigon.
After the Cu Chi tunnels, we drive to Tay Ninh province for Cao Dai temple. Join Cao Dai followers to arrange their daily noon mass for half an hour. Lunch at a local restaurant and return to Ho Chi Minh City.
Cu chi tunnels built over a period of 25 years that began sometime in the late 1940s during the war against the French. The excavations were used mostly for communication between villages and to evade French army sweeps of the area. When the National Liberation Front (NLF) insurgency began around 1960, the old tunnels were repaired and new extensions were excavated. Within a few years the tunnel system assumed enormous strategic importance, and most of Cu Chi district and the nearby area came under firm guerillas’ control.
Throughout the course of the war, the tunnels in Cu Chi proved to be a source of frustration for the U.S. military in Saigon. The US and Australian tried a variety of methods to detect and infiltrate the tunnels but all were met with failure. Large scale ground operations involving tens of thousands of troops were launched. They ravaged rice paddies, bulldozed huge swathes of jungle, and villages were evacuated and razed. The Americans also sprayed chemical defoliants on the area aerially and a few months later ignited the tinder-dry vegetation with gasoline and napalm. By a strange twist of fate, the intense heat of the napalm interacted with the wet tropical air only to create cloudbursts that extinguished the fires. The guerrillas remained safe and sound inside their tunnels.
Caodaism is the third largest religion in Viet Nam (after Buddhism and Roman Catholicism). "Cao" means "high"; "Dai" means "palace". Caodai refers to the supreme palace where God reigns -- that is the Kingdom of Heaven. The word is also used as God's symbolic name.
Caodaism is a syncretistic religion which combines elements from many of the world's main religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, as well as Geniism, an indigenous religion of Viet Nam.
Their main religious center is in Tay Ninh, about 60 miles (100 km) North West of Saigon. They currently have 7 to 8 million followers in Viet Nam and about 30,000 members elsewhere, primarily in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.
Ngo Van Chieu, a civil servant of the Cochinchina government began to receive messages from a spirit called Duc Cao Dai, whom he believed to be God. After three years of studying and worshipping God, he shared his spiritual discoveries with others in Saigon. At the end of the year At Suu (1926 CE), Cao Dai instructed a small group of mediums to found a new religion. Caodaism was formally founded on 1926-SEP-26 by a group of 247 disciples.
TOUR PRICE PERSON :
11 PAX UP
- Admission fee
- English speaking guide
- Transportation (pick-up and drop-off at hotel)
- 01 Lunch (Vietnamese meal)
Personal expenses (not mentioned above)