Cu Chi Things to Do

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    Assorted Multi Use Bunkers

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    they have many half underground bunkers specially made for tourist here at cu chi as the real cu chi tunnels is a further 1 hour drive away at the benh dinh area (where most of the locals visit). The Cu Chi tunnels supports a small museum of photos and artifacts, as well as an extensive outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers (hence the multi purpose bunkers). the experience is dirty and claustrophobic. Underground conference rooms where campaigns such as the Tết Offensive and the Iron Triangle offensice were planned in 1968 to 1971 by the US Army and the ARVN.

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    End of Tour at Bivouac Camps!

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    Dining Hall, they served tapioca with rice wine!
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    At the end of the tour, you may visit the dining hall area (they have several bivouc area tent camps for athe hordes of tourists coming and going to the cu chi tunnels) and try the steamed tapioca that was a Cu Chi staple. Souvenir hawkers also abound here plus they have sweet potatoes and vietnamese tea as refreshments to the tourist as to make you sample the basic meal of the cu chi guerillas basically eat.

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    Firing Range in Cu Chi (2)

    by machomikemd Written Sep 15, 2012
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    Party two of my cu chi firing range tips with more pictures of the shooting range and the stall selling the live bullets (the're not blanks!).

    There is also a shooting range in the middle of the tourist site where, for $1.45 or 25,000 VND per bullet (for the old guns like the garand rifle, browning m-30 machine gun, m-60 machine gun, etc. For the newer rifles like the M-16, AK 47, AR 15, AK 74, etc, the price of a bullet is 35,000 VND per piece. you can buy a minimum of 10 bullets to be able to fire these weapons (the weapons use is free and they are locked tight in a tripod in the shooting range) you can try your hand at firing anything from a shotgun, M-16 Rifle to an AK-47.

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    Firing Range in Cu Chi (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 15, 2012

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    This will be a two part tip with more pictures of the shooting range and the stall selling the live bullets (the're not blanks!).

    There is also a shooting range in the middle of the tourist site where, for $1.45 or 25,000 VND per bullet (for the old guns like the garand rifle, browning m-30 machine gun, m-60 machine gun, etc. For the newer rifles like the M-16, AK 47, AR 15, AK 74, etc, the price of a bullet is 35,000 VND per piece. you can buy a minimum of 10 bullets to be able to fire these weapons (the weapons use is free and they are locked tight in a tripod in the shooting range) you can try your hand at firing anything from a shotgun, M-16 Rifle to an AK-47.

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    Beware of Fixers

    by elhombre30 Written Feb 5, 2012

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    As you pass by the famous tourist area in Pham Ngu Lao street, you will see several travel agency alongside. They have pretty much the same tour rates for Cu CHi tunnel. Regular rate is 6USD per person inclusive of tour guide and round trip transportation. Entrance to the Cu CHi tunnel is exclusive which is payable upon arrival at 4USD.

    Fixers are usually found in the streets with placards offering tours at a higher rates for commission. It would be best to look for a travel agency with office.

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    Travel Agencies

    by elhombre30 Written Feb 5, 2012

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    As you pass by the famous tourist area in Pham Ngu Lao street, you will see several travel agency alongside. They have pretty much the same tour rates for Cu CHi tunnel. Regular rate is 6USD per person inclusive of tour guide and round trip transportation. Entrance to the Cu CHi tunnel is exclusive which is payable upon arrival at 4USD.

    Fixers are usually found in the streets with placards offering tours at a higher rates for commission. It would be best to look for a travel agency with office.

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    VISITNG HERE !!! FIRE A KALASHNIKOV AK47

    by DennyP Written Oct 14, 2011
    ONE OF MANY BOOBY TRAPS DISPLAYED HERE PUNJI STICK
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    Visitors can , and many do when visiting the Tunnels at Cu Chi Military Complex , Fire live ammunition from a Kalashnikov AK 47 rifle , This rifle was the weapon of choice used by the North Vietnamese Liberation Army in their fight agains US and Allied forces....These are very reliable and were then., the most popular weapon used by the northern army..
    The cost of the chance to fire one of these is not cheap ,and is closely controlled by an army officer..

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    American Tank

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    This American M-41 tank had its tracks blown off by a Vietnamese bomb and so was left abandoned and is shown off as a piece of war booty. It is believed to have been destroyed by a delay mine in 1970.

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    Traps

    by Willettsworld Updated May 3, 2010

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    We were shown various types of home-made traps and weapons that were used in the tunnels against the Americans. The tunnels were often rigged with explosive booby traps or punji stake pits. The two main responses in dealing with a tunnel opening were to flush the entrance with gas or water to force the guerrillas into the open, or to toss a few grenades down the hole and “crimp” off the opening. The clever design of the tunnels along with the strategic use of trap doors and air filtration systems rendered American technology ineffective.

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    Tunnel Entrance

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    Can you guess where the entrance is?
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    After watching a propaganda film and being shown a cross-section model of the tunnels, we were then shown a typical tunnel entrance, although it wasn't open and well camouflaged under dirt and leaves. A guide then lifted the entrance hatch which you just couldn't see beforehand! Very affective. He then got into it and demonstrated how they close it after they climb down inside. The entrance is really small so only slim tourists can have a go themselves which make for perfect photo opportunities.

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    Propaganda Film

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    When we first arrived at the Cu Chi Tunnels, we were shown a black and white propaganda film about the tunnels effectiveness against the Americans and how the local people lived in them. Next we were shown a cross-section model of the tunnels that showed the different levels of the tunnels and the rooms off them and what they were used for.

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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    Set around 35km from central Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels earned legendary status during the American War. A massive network of underground tunnels and chambers, Cu Chi, in its entirety, stretched for over 250km from Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border. Few sites bear stronger testament to the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong's will to defeat the Americans (and the French) than these tunnels.

    It's a little realised fact that the Cu Chi tunnels predated US involvement in Vietnam, with the first tunnels being dug after the end of World War II in the late 1940s. In the following decades the system became more comprehensive and the tunnels and chambers more elaborate. The US tried first to attack the tunnels from within by sending soldiers down into the tunnels to fight their way through. These brave soldiers, operating under dual disadvantages of their size and not knowing the territory, endured a horrific fatality rate. When that was shelved, the generals decided to attack the tunnels from the air, first defoliating land then bombarding it with heavy bombs, including weaponry specifically designed to collapse the tunnels. Through all of this the tunnel networks survived. It wasn't until the late 1960s when American B52s carpet-bombed the area that substantial sections of the tunnels were finally destroyed.

    Despite all the bombings in their town, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their lives beneath the soil, where they slept, ate, planned attacks, healed their sick, and taught their young. Some even wed and gave birth underground, but over 10,000 lost their lives here. I went on a tour with the Sinh Cafe whose offices are in the Pham Ngu Lao backpackers area of Ho Chi Minh City and it cost me 136,000 VND (about $8 including lunch) which also included a trip to the Cao Dai Great Temple at Tay Ninh but you still have to entrance fee of 80,000 VND. When we arrived we were shown a black and white propaganda film and then our guide showed us the hidden entrances to the tunnels and various traps and home-made weapons that were used. The tunnels are extremely small with an average height of between 1m and 1m 30 so, being as I'm 6ft 2" (185cm), there was no way I was going down! You can also fire various weapons such as an AK-47, M16, M60 or Magnum 44 where each bullet costs between 20-25,000 VND but for a minimum of 10 bullets.

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    various gates to the tunnels

    by globetrott Updated Apr 20, 2009

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    There were various entrances to the tunnels, some of them leading to the right place, some of them getting the enemy into a trap, so it was almost impossible for the enemy to get into the tunnel-system. There were no maps about these good and false entrances, but all Vietcong new them by heart.
    After the Vietnam-war the americans were able to study the tunnel-system and to construct a bomb against it, while they had no chance to do so during the war.

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    puppets will show everyday life in the jungle

    by globetrott Written Apr 15, 2009

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    Puppets dressed in the uniforms of Vietnamese soldiers are to be found in many places in the open-air-museum of Cu Chi and in some of these cases it is hard to tell from the distance, wether it is a puppet or one of the museum-guides, who are dressed that same way.
    b.t.w. the one in my main picture is a puppet, sitting on the left !

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    paper made of rice

    by globetrott Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    The Vietcong could produce anything in the jungle and inside of their tunnels, rice-paper is one of these things and you will be shown by a young lady how easily and fast it is produced. The rice is cooked first and then backed. It will be roasted in the pan in the back of my photographs more or less like a pancake, while beeing covered by a matress.
    At the end it is put on the straw-matress in front of my pics in oder to dry and for taking it out of the pan the lady uses a special round tool,so the paper would not stick on her fingers, very clever !

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