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    Be brave - try going in to the tunnels

    by betska Written Jul 26, 2008

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    They have enlarged the tunnel that visitors are allowed to enter. I would have hated to see how small it was for the VC. There is an exit point a little way along in case you have a panic attack. There were many on our trip that would not go in. Claustrophobics beware!

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    Why!!?

    by muddybok Updated Dec 5, 2004

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    Why here?

    No one will believe that there were bloodshed and much oppression on this very ground. No one have any clue why America must involved in Vietnam war, why 300,000 American soldiers must die in Vietnam, not to mention more Vietnamese lost their homes and life during the war.

    You can ask many questions here, but mostly without the real answers??

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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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    Wanna make a big noise?

    by Rubycon Written May 4, 2006

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    There is a firing range nearby where tourists can fire rifles and the famous AK-47. As I only "shoot" pictures and am not accustomed with the use of guns, I refrained from "killing" myself. However I was told that most of the arms are poorly maintained and that accidents have occured. So be careful

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    Bok is Viet Cong Certified!!!

    by muddybok Written Sep 13, 2005

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    Bok!!!

    I managed to squeeze through the Cu Chi Tunnel entrance, but the endurance part.... Arrrh!!!

    Construction of Tunnel
    While the bombings continue, Viet-Congs buried in tunnels, new tunnels were being built. You may wonder how come American soldiers cannot spot any newly build tunnel system until it’s out of control.

    Cu Chi people dump fresh soils from the digging into holes created by the bombing and keep the actual tunnel site clean from fresh soils dug up underground. You have no choice but to respect the level of intelligent these Cu Chi Guerrillas had.

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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    by robslacker Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Visit the Tunnel complex from the war. Very intersting both historically and factually lots of things to see from the actual tunnels to movies and bombcraters to traps.
    Plus the politically incorrect gun range hire a gun, pay for the bullets and forfill those nam war fantasies, from AKs to M16s.

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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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    Chu Chi Visitors' Tunnel

    by stanleykuan Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Entrance fee is 75000 dong, about USD 4.6 (Jan 2007).

    Joined a short half-day trip which cost USD 11. Our travel guide was come from a South Vietnam Soldier's family, but he tried not to side any parties for the history story telling - Viet-Kong and South Vietnam Soldier. On the way to Chu Chi, we stopped by a painting factory (egg shell or shell drawing). According to the guide, those people are the descendant of "Orange" victims. A medium size painting sold for USD30-40 (we found the same painting in An Dong market for USD 1.8).

    At Chu Chi, I tried the visitor's tunnel, it is about 15m long. Pregnant woman, please don't try. Also, if you daring enough, try it on your own. I followed a group of visitors, crawling in the darkness. There are some guide dim light served as guide a long the way. But you still won't know whether the tunnel is heading down and up, until you knock your head or slipped down.

    Really an unforgettable experience, must try.

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    Cu Chi Tunnels.

    by CDM7 Written Feb 5, 2014

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    In order to combat American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam war the Viet Cong dug tunnels which ran under the Cu Chi distict of N.W Saigon.These tunnels were used for housing troops,keeping supplies,laying booby traps and for mounting surprise attacks.The tunnels are situated some 40 km from Ho Chi Minh city and tour buses leave from here,and can be booked from any tourist office in town.
    This was an interesting trip and certainly taught you something about the horrors of war.While the trip down the underground tunnels were an experience it is not something everyone would like.Very narrow tunnels and quite claustrophobic.

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    Bomb Shells

    by muddybok Written Nov 28, 2004

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    Bomb Shells

    These are some remaining of mother bomb shells that dropped from B-52 at Cu Chi area and buried many Viet-cong alive underground. Even the baby bomb can explode and kill later once it impacted by knocks or ran over by vehicles.

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    Well

    by muddybok Written Nov 28, 2004

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    Well

    This is where the tunnel dwellers draw water for their usage. The wells were dug up within the tunnel system; therefore the American soldier cannot contaminate the water supply and definitely frustrate the American generals to the maximum.

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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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    Tunnel Entrance

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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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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    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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    Co Chi Tunnels

    by roamingaussie Written Jan 31, 2008

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    This place is amazing to visit and i recommend it to anyone who is at least bit interested in the vietnam war. once u see the tunnels themselves you will be shocked as to what they had to go through.

    i actually walked/crawled through one of the real tunnels and i can tell u it was an experience u wont forget. pitch black with just enough room to move makes u really appreciate open air.
    A MUST DO.
    Your best bet at doing this is prob through a guided tour. they know almost everything n show you some amazing stuff.

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