Start the day by delving into the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital base during the wars and a fascinating piece of Vietnam’s history. Pick up from your hotel in the morning and head to this 200km underground network of passages, chambers, and living quarters. An energetic guide will explain how it all worked, and why these tunnel systems were so important during Vietnam’s most turbulent years. The journey there and back is an activity in itself, taking you through classic southern Vietnamese countryside. Then lunch back in the city.
Time to explore Vietnam’s southern metropolis. Start by exploring the heart of Ho Chi Minh City by delving into the striking Reunification Palace. This is the former presidential palace and is one of Vietnam’s most storied pieces of architecture. Then head to the Post Office, a colonial-era masterpiece, before gawping at the Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral’s red bricks make it a unique structure in Vietnam. Visiting the War Remnants Museum is an important activity when visiting Ho Chi Minh City, as it details the atrocities of war and the human spirit to rebuild in the aftermath. After this sobering experience, you’ll return to your hotel.