How To Visit The Cu Chi Tunnels On Your Own
If you are the adventurous DIY kinda person, then visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels on your own is feasible and pretty easy. Some people aren’t interested in a group tour and are looking for a little bit of adventure, so I put together some excellent resources and information to help. This article will help you figure out the best way to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels on your own.
The Cu Thi Tunnels provide free guides for any visitors who buy an admission ticket. This means you don’t need to hire a guide, but you need to find transportation to the tunnels. You can visit the Cu Chi tunnels on your own by hiring a taxi, renting a car or Van, and the affordable option of hopping on the local #13 bus with a transfer to the #79 Cu Chi Bus to Ben Duoc.
(One of the Guides provided to you when you purchase an admissions ticket displays the traps found at the Cu Chi Tunnels)
You will need to be comfortable following some instructions found on this blog though because you will be surrounded with local Vietnamese who can possibly speak some English but you should be prepared to be the only English speaker on your way to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
In my opinion, if you are going the DIY route to visit the cu chi tunnels on your own, then I believe you are most likely not looking at hiring a taxi or renting a car.
I will touch shortly on both of those options just in case you find yourself in a pinch and missed the bus(hire a taxi) or want to go with your family or group in a bit of comfort(Car/Van Rental).
How to Visit the Cu Chi Tunnels On Your Own Via Taxi!
This option is going to be the most expensive. If you find yourself in a pinch and need to get a last minute car to take you to the Cu Chi Tunnels, calling a local Taxi Company to get a lift is possible.
I would also be very clear with the taxi company over the phone on which entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnels you want to be taken to, and if any other stops (lunch or dinner) that you wanted to make on the way. I would not leave this up to the taxi driver as I feel that would just lead to disappointment. Also your driver will most likely not speak much English, if any.
(We would like to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels at the Ben Duoc entrance, not the same entrance as the bus tours. We would like to stop at Pho Hoa for breakfast for 30 minutes, and stop at (for lunch on the way back).
Expats and most locals would agree that there are only two cab companies in Ho Chi Minh City that you should ride with, Vinasun and Mai Linh.
Here are the contact information for both Vinasun and Mai Linh, You can also use the information to get a taxi anytime not just for the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Mai Linh Taxi (10-15 minutes call before)
Hotline: 028 3838 3838
Saigon (District 1) -> Cu Chi Tunnels( Ben Duoc Entrance)
Option 1: 7 Hours or 70km (140km total) Package
4 Seats: 1,160,000 VND
7 Seats: 1,340,000 VND
Option 2: 6 Hour or 50 km (100km total)
4 Seats: 950,000 VND
7 Seats: 1,130,000 VND
***Every Extra Hour is 60,000 VND, Every Extra km is 12,000 VND***
***Tolls are not included in the price***
How would I visit the Cu Chi Tunnels on my own in a taxi?
Wake up early to eat breakfast at the hotel so we can get to the tunnels faster without stopping to eat. Book Option 1 so that I didn’t have to worry about going over km and just needed to concern myself with time. On the way back home, I would stop to have Pho for lunch or eat at one of the famous Beef Restaurants out in Cu Chi.
How to do the Cu Chi Tunnels with Car/Van/Van Limousine Rental on your own!
Similar experience and recommendation as renting a taxi. If you eat breakfast at your hotel, you can get to the tunnels a bit quicker, then possibly stop for lunch on the way back.
An Minh Car Rental
Phone (Mr Phong, Speaks some English): 0909 555 783
0913 724 238
Saigon -> Cu Chi Tunnels
6 Hour Two Way Trip Package
4 Seats : 1,100,000 VND
7 Seats: 1,200,000 VND
***100,000 VND for every hour over 6 hours***
***Tolls INCLUDED in the price***
As you can see above, the price is comparable to renting a taxi. I think personally, I would go for renting the car as I would be able to set up communication and confirmation ahead of time via email. I also like being able to call Mr Phung on the phone during the trip if I needed to.
You could arrange exactly the address you want to be dropped off at for the tunnels and then the address for anywhere you would like to stop for lunch.
Last but not least, Getting to the Cu Chi Tunnels on your own on the public bus.
The bus will take longer and not be so comfortable for most people. With that being said, it is an experience though. Your wallet and budget will appreciate you though as the cost for this 2.5 hour bus ride is 26,000 VND each way! About 60x cheaper than taking a taxi or renting a vehicle.
# 13 Public Bus to Cu Chi Tunnels
Open time: 3:30 – 20:30
Type: 46-80 seat bus
Price: 7,000 VND
Quantity: 150 trips/day
Time length each trip: 60 – 75 minutes
Time between each bus: 10 – 20 minutes
#79 Public Bus from Cu Chi Bus Station -> Ben Duoc (Cu Chi)
Open time: 5:30 – 17:30
Type: 46-80 seat bus
Quantity: 70 trips/day
Time length each trip: 45 minutes (25 km)
Time between each bus: 10 – 20 minutes
10 Steps to do the Cu Chi Tunnels on your own By Bus:
Step 1: Wake up rather early because this is a day trip. I would recommend grabbing some food and then heading off to the bus station as soon as possible.
Step 2: Pack a small bag(very small you will be climbing in tunnels) of any supplies you might need hopefully not very much, but I would recommend a book for the bus ride. You might also consider things like small towel for sweat and dirt, maybe a change of shirt, that sort of thing.
Step 3: Make your way to the Pham Ngu Lau Bus station at very end of 23/9 Park heading towards Nguyen Trai street, you can see the location in the map below along with an image of where to sit and wait.
Step 4: Get on the Public Bus #13 to Ben Duoc, You will purchase your ticket in Vietnamese Dong from the Ticket Agent on the bus!
Step 5: Read a book, take a nap, strike up a conversation with a local, or whatever tickles your fancy because you are gonna be on busses for 1.5 – 2 hours.
Step 6: Arrive at the Cu Chi Bus Terminal and look for Bus No. 79, There will be taxi drivers and motorbike drivers offering their services probably a bit too aggressively. Just ignore them, get to Bus No. 79 and buy a ticket from the agent on the bus.
Step 7. After about 35 minutes of driving the bus will come to a blue sign saying Ben Duoc (to the left) and Ben Dinh (to the right), you will be getting off 2 minutes later at the Ben Duoc entrance.
Step 8: Congratulate yourself for a mission well accomplished!
Step 9: Go into the main entrance, buy yourself an Entrance ticket and then find your way to the local cu chi building where you will watch a short introduction video. After, you will receive a guide who will show you through the tunnels!
Step 10: After experiencing the Cu Chi Tunnels, you will need to return to the No. 79 bus BEFORE 17:30, THIS IS THE LAST BUS OF THE NIGHT. Then make your transfer on the No. 13 back to Saigon!
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