Day Trip To Ben Duoc tunnels & Incredible Cao Dai Temple
ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY:
Vietnam Backroads offers you original Ben Duoc tunnels further away from Ho Chi Minh City, the original one. Ben Duoc is about 70 km from Saigon, while Ben Dinh tunnels are 46 km from Saigon only. There are two sites as the headquarter command centres where travellers can visit one of the sites. Ben Duoc tunnels are most foreigners love to see, more ruined bases, much longer actual tunnels, more remains of battles ring by the jungles, and tranquil river. Visit the real tunnels, spend more time at leisure, and avoid crowded buses.
- Ben Duoc tunnels
- Cao Dai temple
Day trip to Ben Duoc tunnels & Cao Dai Temple
8:30, your guide and diver will meet you at your hotel for a fantastic day to visit the incredible Cao Dai temple before the followers attending their noon mass at the holy temple. Just a coupe of hours by car, you will be at the Cao Dai Temple around 11: 20 am, you have much time for photos endless and walk around compounds to see more sites.
Cao Dai is an indigenous religion encompassing Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism. Followers of the religion hold several documents as holy, and they have to wear the long dress at noon to pray. This belief practice began in 1921 when a man received a vision of the Divine Eye, a powerful symbol of Cao Daism. Most followers are white at noon mass, and the pope, archbishop, cardinal, and priest are colourful. After the noon mass, you continue travelling through the compound and make some stops, visit more sites before your lunch at the best restaurant in town.
The vehicle transfer takes you through lush farmlands, idyllic villages, and rubber plantations to Ben Duoc tunnels in the afternoon. The Head Quarter and also the command centre of the underground network tunnels of more than 250 km. The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network and were used for hiding and fighting during combat and served as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches, and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were important to the Viet Cong in their resistance to enemy forces and helped counter the growing American military effort.
Arrive at the Be Dinh tunnels around 3:00 am, watch a documentary film, then explore the renowned fighting tunnels on foot, traps, bunkers, trenches and experience crawling a piece of the underground tunnels. Then return to Saigon by vehicle in the late afternoon.