Your day trip will begin at the travel office and take you to the Reunification Palace, which served as the official residence of the President of South Vietnam from its construction in 1863 to the end of hostilities in April 1975. It is highly recommended that you pay a visit to the Old Central Post Office as well as the War Remnants Museum, both of which are outstanding specimens of French colonial architecture. After touring City Hall, if you feel like you need a break, go over to Ben Thanh market, where you can purchase almost everything you could possibly want.
Because of its well-known tunnel system, the district of Cu Chi, which is located around 60 kilometres from HCMC, has been a popular tourist destination in recent years. During the War, this network of tunnels, which totalled over 300 kilometres in length, was of critical importance. In their heydey, the tunnels were like underground villages equipped with living quarters, storage facilities, weapon workshops, field hospitals, command centres, and even kitchens. In other words, they had everything a community needs except a grocery store.
At the present time, it is possible for ducks and water buffalo to cohabit in the rivers that are located next to the highway. The peaceful rural scenery of rice fields in the area belies the region's violent history. Visitors may have a hard time conceptualising the level of destruction caused by bombs and mines throughout the whole of this area. In the 1960s, Cu Chi was designated as a "Free Target Zone," and during that time period, it was the site of intense conflict. There are several artefacts and ruins that testament to this reality.
Before we begin our descent into the tunnels, we will begin the day by seeing a short video that provides an overview of the tunnels' development. You will go much farther into the tunnels in the next hour. After the battle, settle down with some tea and cassava and enjoy some downtime (the staple diet of the guerrillas). It is imperative that you make your way back to Saigon.