Cu Chi Travel Guide

  • Tunnel entrance, demonstrated
    Tunnel entrance, demonstrated
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  • One of the many traps set by the Viet Cong
    One of the many traps set by the Viet...
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  • Destroyed American tank
    Destroyed American tank
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Cu Chi Things to Do

  • Cu Chi Tunnels.

    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...

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  • Enter the tunnels

    Scary? yes. It was hard to breathe inside. Imagine when you were in the war living inside those tunnels. It is miserable. :(Entrance is 15.000 dong. There will be a small lecture about the war before you go to the tunnels. It is your choice if you want to get inside or not. I tried and I never had a hard time entering since I am a 5 ft. small girl....

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  • Vietnam War museum

    Vietnam War museum at Cu Chi you can see all about the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, also known as National Liberation and American soldiers and Vietcong (often abbreviated to BC, and according the NATO alphabet pronounced as Victor Charlie) was a communist resistance and guerrilla group in South Vietnam at the time of the...

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  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    After the end of World War II, Vietnam was again a colony of France: French Indochina. Opponents of the French regime, the communist Viet Minh fighters, which began with the digging of a tunnel complex northwest of the capital, Saigon. After the battle of Dien Bien Phu, the defeat and departure of the French troops heralded, these tunnels by the...

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  • Assorted Tunnels and Bomb Craters (3)

    final part my tips with more picturesWalking around the complex, you will be shown many kinds of tunnel entrances and ventilation shafts that are camouflaged as ant hills. most of the tunnel entrances can only fit an average vietnamese so that the US army commisioned skinny and slim troops plus the troops of the south koreans and thais and...

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  • Assorted Tunnels and Bomb Craters (2)

    part two of my tips with more picturesWalking around the complex, you will be shown many kinds of tunnel entrances and ventilation shafts that are camouflaged as ant hills. most of the tunnel entrances can only fit an average vietnamese so that the US army commisioned skinny and slim troops plus the troops of the south koreans and thais and...

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  • Assorted Tunnels and Bomb Craters (1)

    Walking around the complex, you will be shown many kinds of tunnel entrances and ventilation shafts that are camouflaged as ant hills. most of the tunnel entrances can only fit an average vietnamese so that the US army commisioned skinny and slim troops plus the troops of the south koreans and thais and australians to go and fight inside as "Tunnel...

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  • Tunnel Sytem, VC versus Tunnel Rats!

    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...

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  • A Destroyed ARVN M-41 Tank

    Don't believe the propaganda that this was a destroyed American Tank, This is a destroyed ARVN (South Vietnamese Army M-41 tank) since the US Army supplied most of the Equipment of the ARVN during the Vietnam War and this tank was destroyed in one of the 3 major Iron Triangle offensives during the Vietnam War that all ended in failure as the...

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Cu Chi Restaurants

  • Classic South Vietnamese Cuisine (2)

    part two of my Ben Nay tips with more pictures aroundon a revisit to Saigon in 2012, we decided to include lunch on the revisit to the Cu Chi Tunnels since my last time at the Cu chi tunnel was in 2007. After the brisk and sweaty walk around the hot and humid areas of the Cu Chi Tunnel Complex, It was time for Lunch at the restaurant about 10...

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  • Classic South Vietnamese Cuisine (1)

    This will be a two part tip with more pictures around on a revisit to Saigon in 2012, we decided to include lunch on the revisit to the Cu Chi Tunnels since my last time at the Cu chi tunnel was in 2007. After the brisk and sweaty walk around the hot and humid areas of the Cu Chi Tunnel Complex, It was time for Lunch at the restaurant about 10...

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  • snacks and refreshments

    You will be able to get snacks and refreshments in Cu Chi - museum and in any case you will get a taste of Maniok, a vegetable that is similar to a potatoe : you will also get some dip of peanuts with it, that tastes really great and they will also serve rice-wine when taking a guided tour through the Cu Chi-museum. There is a covered area where...

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Cu Chi Transportation

  • The Drive to Cu Chi

    being on a personalized tour of the cu chi tunnels this time around. the travel time from downtown saigon in district one is about 46 minutes only (40 kilometers away) as compared to more than 1 hour for a big tour bus and you can have your own sweet time exploring the area with your own personal tour guide (but the cost is a lot expensive than a...

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  • how to get to Cu Chi

    From Sai Gon / Ho Chi Min City it is a distance of about 30-40 minutes to drive to Cu Chi and you will pass through lots of interesting small villages along the way.I have done this as a halfday-excursion organized by "Saigontourist" for our cruiseship. They provide airconditioned buses and we also got half a litre of bottled water plus a...

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  • walking through the museum

    Walking through the Cu Chi tunnelmuseum is really easy : the ground is flat and small paths will take you through the area of the famous Vietcong- tunnelsystem. Even for wheelchairs this openair-museum is no big problem.Only when you want to enter one of these tunnels, where you are allowed to creep through, you better check for yourself, wether...

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Cu Chi Shopping

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  • Souvenir Shops at Cu Chi (2)

    Part two of my tips with more pictures of the souvenir shops around the Cu Chi Tunnel AreaThere is a number of souvenir shops around the cu chi area that sells everything from rubber sandals to local crafts made from bullets and scrap metal from the thousands of unexploded ordinance hanging around the area. plus other assorted kitschy items like...

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  • Souvenir Shops at Cu Chi (1)

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures of the souvenir shops around the Cu Chi Tunnel AreaThere is a number of souvenir shops around the cu chi area that sells everything from rubber sandals to local crafts made from bullets and scrap metal from the thousands of unexploded ordinance hanging around the area. plus other assorted kitschy items...

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  • nice and cheap souvenirs

    This souvenirshop is at the exit of the Cu Chi-tunnel-museum, next to a restaurant and the washrooms. My favorite souvenirs were the airplanes made of beercans and the small rikshas, but they also had exotic butterflies, woodcarvings,souvenirs of Ho Chi Min and emblems of the Vietcong etc. Prices were really cheap, as almost everything in...

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Cu Chi Local Customs

  • the only tools to build the tunnels

    The only tools to build the tunnels were such a small shovel and such a basket to carry away the material, that was dug out of the tunnels. Of course it was a big advantage that the soil around of Cuchi is only soft mud and they were able to easily throw all of the mud into the closeby Saigon-river, so it would disappear the easy way.And then they...

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  • sandals made of car-tyres

    Like in the former times of the Vietnam-war there is a production of sandals in the Cuchi-museum and you will be able to see how they were produced. You will be able to buy them, maybe as a special souvenir. They had all sizes of sandals, unfortunately the larger ones were not on stock, but just shown on the display in the "jungle-shop" (see my 2nd...

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  • recycling of the remains of war-relicts

    The Vietcong were also perfect in recycling all kinds of remains of the war, bombs that did not explode, broken vehicles that were left back by their enemies etc. In these photographs you will see how the Vietcong soldiers were taking them apart and producing their own weapons with the new materials.

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Cu Chi Warnings and Dangers

  • Small Tunnels

    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! If you can fit, it's still probably not a great idea to go down if you suffer from claustrophobia!

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  • Crawling the tunnels-the ultimate kick?

    Crawling the tunnels can be dangerous. The tunnels are very small (Height 120cm, width 80cm) which is not much, especially for "big and tall" Westerners. Whilst the risk of getting stuck may be fairly small, it is not recommended for claustrophobic people. Furthermore I would not advise people with asthma or heart problems to use them. One of the...

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Cu Chi Tourist Traps

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    by iblatt Written Sep 6, 2008

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    I was surprised and dismayed to find a tacky "souvenir shop" and a touristy shooting range in the midst of the Cu Chi Tunnel site.
    The Vietnamese Army who is running the site should be more sensitive to the values associated with Cu Chi and to its heritage. It would be much more appropriate to keep the place as a war memorial to the many thousands who were killed there, or just suffered miserably during the war years, instead of trying to sell cheap military-style souvenirs to tourists and cajole them into playing soldiers and trying their luck with an AK 47 or an M 16.

    Unique Suggestions: Your bus tour will give you free time in the shop and shooting range, whether you want it or not. Simply don't buy!

    Fun Alternatives: You can use the toilets in the shop, they are clean!

    Would you buy a hand-grenade shaped after shave? Do these tacky toys honor the dead in Cu-Chi?

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Cu Chi What to Pack

  • Wear Comfortable and light Colored Wear

    Th Cu Chi Tunnels is located in a jungle area and is hot and humid for most of the day and hence, it is best to wear light colored shirts and walking shorts instead of jeans. having a comfortable footwear such as rubber shoes or crocs or sanuk or flip flops is better then wearing boots or leather shoes as the terrain here is so uneven and hard....

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  • Make sure you can pass through

    Travel light If you feel like crawling thru the tunnel system, just wear old clothes , as you will be sure to get dirty and sweaty. Better bring additional clothing to change afterwards. Cheap gloves and some kind of knee protection would be good as well as firm shoes Humid tissues as well as a towel for cleaning up after crawling are essential....

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Cu Chi Off The Beaten Path

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    by Dolevm Updated Sep 27, 2010

    On the way to the Co Chi site there are some rubber trees plantation. One can stop and see how they harvest the rabber latex from the bark of the trees . 2 minutes after your stop children from the area will come and will try to sell you a necklace of the tree seeds.

    Rubber plantation Extracting the latex Tourist with a necklace
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  • Walk inside a Tunnel

    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...

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  • Cu Chi Tunnels Admission Prices:

    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....

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  • At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail:The...

    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. The drive to cu chi tunnels is bout 1 hour with no traffic. The tunnels actually have two areas,...

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