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Cu Chi Tunnel & Tay Ninh A Day Trip
The Cu Chi Tunnels are located approximately 30 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in Cu Chi district. This district is known
nationwide as the base where the Vietnamese mounted their operations of the Tet Offensive in 1968. Cao Dai is an attempt
to create a perfect synthesis of world religions. It is a combination of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Hinduism,
Geniism, and Taoism. Established in the Southern regions of Vietnam in the early 1920's, the religion was officially codified
in 1926. The functioning center of Cao Daism is located in the Tay Ninh province.
In the morning we will leave Saigon for the Cu Chi tunnels, otherwise known as the 'Iron
Triangle' or 'Iron Land'. On our way there we will drive through pleasant countryside; rubber
plantations and rice paddies. Before entering the tunnels, we will see a short introductory
video showing how they were constructed, followed by an exploration of the maze of
tunnels, some of which have been widened to allow tourist access. Also on display are
various mantraps and the remains of an American tank as well as numerous bomb craters
made by 500lb bombs dropped by B52 bombers.
Next we drive to Tay Ninh near the Cambodian border. This is home to the unique Cao Dai sect whose patron saints include
Joan of Arc, Victor Hugo and Winston Churchill to name but a few. This religion is an odd mix of Buddhist, Taoist,
Confucianism and Christianity. Join Cao Dai worshippers for their daily noontide ceremony where hundreds of worshipers
attired in lively red, yellow blue and white, chant religious hymns. Lunch and return to Ho Chi Minh City.