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    The tunnels of Cu Chi

    by elbe Written Feb 14, 2003

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    Original sized tunnel entrance

    Favorite thing: Cu Chi is a must for Vietnam travellers. From these tunnelsystem the Viet Cong fought the battle against the Americans. Althought sometimes it seems a bit like a Vietnamese kind of Disneyland it offers you a small view into one of the most interesting parts of the Vietnamese War (which is called the American War in Vietnam). It's hard to imagine how people must have lived in this tunnel-system. Today there are still some guides who were born in the tunnels and haven't seen daylight before the war was over!

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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Orientation

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Before embarking on the actual 90 minute tour inside the cu chi complex, you will enter one of the huge semi undeground huts where you will be shown a 10 minute video in black n white about the "evils of the Vienam war, particularly on the cruelty of the US military in waging war on the vietnamese people and the victory of the cu chi people against the US Army in the Vietnam war. There are also color coded maps around the Area that shows which are viet cong controlled, american controlled or disputed.

    Fondest memory: ust 65km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerillas used to attack Saigon. As a result the whole area became a "free fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies since It is part of the "Iron Triangle". But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas -- an effective network for waging guerilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S.-held, Vietcong-held, or in dispute.

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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail:The Iron Triangle

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Cu Chi District was known as the Iron Triangle and was located near Saigon, the capital and hence the US Army and the ARVN launched 3 Major Offensives to root out the Vietcong and the Regular PAVN forces in the Iron Triangle area but without success.

    Fondest memory: The drive to cu chi tunnels is bout 1 hour with no traffic. The tunnels actually have two areas, the touristy and recently made Benh dinh and the actual tunnels in Ben Duoc, further away. Most of the foreign tourists like us go to the nearer tunnels while locals prefer to go to the actual tunnels at Ben Duoc. You can book a half day tour at the tour companies in Saigon and the price will be $ 60 if lunch is included and if a private tour with car and $ 40 if in a big tour bus and without lunch.

    Just 65km (40 miles) northwest of Saigon, the Cu Chi area lies at the end of the Ho Chi Minh trail and was the base from which Ho Chi Minh guerillas used to attack Saigon. As a result the whole area became a "free fire zone" and was carpet-bombed in one of many American "scorched-earth" policies since It is part of the "Iron Triangle". But the residents of Cu Chi took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas -- an effective network for waging guerilla warfare on nearby U.S. troops. The U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division was just next door, and there are detailed maps denoting land that was either U.S.-held, Vietcong-held, or in dispute.

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    Cu Chi Tunnels Admission Prices:

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Admission to the Cu Chi Tunnels is currently priced at 80,000 VND (about $ 4) and after paying the tickets (if you are not part of a tour package whether the big tour group or the small private tour group), then you will walk along a long semi underground tunnel going to several semi underground huts for the brief video about the war in cu chi. Upon Arriving at one of the Orientation Bunkers, Visitors first watch a war-era propaganda film and then you proceed to a guided tour of the huge outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers.There is also a shooting range where, for $1.35 to 1.75 per bullet, you can try your hand at firing anything from a shotgun to an AK-47. At the end of the tour, visit the dining hall made from several bivouac tents and they offer you free rice wine, hot tea and cassava root crops, which are the staple foods of the PAVN and the Vietcong in this area then.

    Fondest memory: Address: Ben Suc, Cu Chi District, Thanh Po Ho Chi Minh, VN

    Directions: Ben Suc, Cu Chi District, Thanh Po Ho Chi Minh, VN

    Phone: (848) 7946442

    Website: http://www.cuchitunnel.org.vn/

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    Walk inside a Tunnel

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    Favorite thing: you can walk in an enlarged tunnel in the Cu Chi Tunnel area and the tunnel runs for 50 meters in all with several side exits for those who suffer from claustrophobia from walking in this darkened tunnels. If you don't have phobia for confined spaces, you can get inside a tunnel since they have one enlarged tunnel so that the big and bulky tourists can go inside these tunnels. Inside is a complex of ups and downs and mazes, there are dark areas too and several tunnel exits for the faint hearted. the length of the tunnels are 50 meters if you go the full mounty. So that you can feel what it was in a tunnel during the war, either as a vietcong or as a tunnel rat.

    Fondest memory: you must have the courage to go inside the tunnels and not suffer from claustrophobia!

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