Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Mekong Delta Daytrip

    by ErwinKoo Written Apr 10, 2014

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    This tour was arranged by Impresstravel .Departed from our hotel ,the Liberty Central about 7.30 am ,a quick stopover at the Mekong Rest Stop and Dai Dao Temple,located at Thanh That My Tho. The Mekong Delta is located on the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City.We reached the pier, found that there's a few shops selling souvenirs ,and T shirts . We board the speed boat ,a short interesting journey across the Mekong river to an island delta of the Mekong ,created by deposit materials brought by the river.
    Took off at the island's pier ,walked a bit to the center of the island.
    Along the way again we saw souvenir shops.Then we arrived to a some kind of Hut,in here, we sampled snacks , sweets and tea ,made by the settlers of the island ,in form of the coconut products and candy. They showed us the snake and scorpion alcoholic drink available for purchase.Further inside, we are shown the fabrication of coconut candies on the island's factories.Then we arrived on a hut where we sat ,and sampled the fruits of Vietnam , a nice experience because while we're eating , some pretty Vietnamese girls sing a traditional song for us accompanied by live traditional music.Later we board the human paddled longboat and cruised the Mekong River Delta.
    After sampling the fruits ,its noon time and we were brought to the island's restaurant, we sample the Vietnamese lunch, about 4 or 5 dishes in total , served by a beautiful Vietnamese girl, she even made us the traditional Fried Fish rice paper spring rolls on the spot ( as pictured). This attraction is worth to try , and all the people we met over here were very friendly!

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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    I went to see this on a tour combined with the Cao Dai holy see temple. The Tunnels are 1.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh city. Admission is not included in the price of the $7us tour. The admission price is 70,000dong.

    First, you watch an interesting video, then you are taken around and shown the various areas and shown the booby traps, old american tank and other displays.
    Lastly, you can go down the tunnel.
    I was there on a hot 35 degree day and found the tunnel stifling hot, not much room to move and a queue of hot people in the tunnel probably made it hotter! The tunnel is dark, narrow and not high, you have to bend right over if you are a westerner.
    As an asthmatic, I was gasping for breath three quarters of the way through, so I exited at one of the many exits we were told about before heading down. Hardly a person made it the whole way on that very hot day.
    This was an interesting tour.

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    Must see: Cu Chi tunnels

    by annase Updated May 6, 2013

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    We booked a trip to the Củ Chi tunnels (Viet Cong resistance during the Vietnam war) through our hotel (Bich Duyen Hotel). We opted for transport by boat along the river to take us there and return by bus. The price was very reasonable, about 20 dollars (which included the entrance to the tunnels) if I remember right, whereas as many companies online would have charged much more. My partner and friends were seriously considering a trip by speed boat that would have cost about 100 dollars per person and I said no to that. I'm glad I did.

    I very much enjoyed the trip even though there is nothing nice about the war in itself. The propaganda video they showed us in the beginning was pretty interesting. Let's say that it glorifies the resistance movement quite a bit. The best part of the trip was our awesome guide Mr Bin, who is a Vietnam war veteran himself and fought with the Americans against the Viet Cong. He was absolutely hilarious and kept smoking countless of cigarettes one after another, not giving a damn about the 'no smoking' signs.

    The network of tunnels at Củ Chi is over 121 km long and it has been turned into a war memorial park by the government. The tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction, and visitors are given a chance to enter parts of the tunnel system. I decided not to use the opportunity since I felt claustrophobic about going underground into the tunnels.

    Some tunnels have had to been enlarged to accommodate the Western tourists (Vietnamese folk is rather small!), while low-power lights have been installed in several of the tunnels to make travelling through them easier.

    Above-ground attractions include a shop selling Ho Chi Minh souvenirs as well as a shooting range where visitors can fire a number of assault rifles, including the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun such as the M60.

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    Experience the Cu Chi Tunnel

    by theguardianangel Written Sep 9, 2012

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    We booked a one day tour to the Handicapped Handicrafts shop, Cu Chi Tunnel and Cao Dai temple through our sweet "Auntie" of the hostel. A one day out of Saigon tour costs 7USD each of us, entrance fee to the Cu Chi tunnel excluded which is 72,000VND and children below 12 yrs old can go inside for free. I believe the tour is very affordable because if you have to do the tour by yourself, the expenses will be greater- a few transfer of bus rides will cost more than 7USD plus the fact that the places are near the border of Cambodia, the travel will be tiring.

    Cu Chi Tunnel is 60km away from Saigon which is very popular among the locals and foreign visitors. It’s amazing how the locals managed to build an underground facility where it served as hideout during the war. The kitchen, trap doors, storage facilities, sleeping areas… all of these are here. We tried to get through tunnel and it’s very small!!!!! Beware if you are claustrophobic, you may not like trying it. Honestly, I don’t feel well being in small spaces… but I just tried the tunnel so I can have an idea how it felt living in a very tight place for a moment. My imagination again suddenly popped out of nowhere like something just bombed a few meters away from the tunnel. I know that those times of war isn’t that good and I admire the Vietnamese of their bravery to stand on their own.

    Our English speaking tourist guide showed us various traps and how these worked. It’s very deadly! I believe no one may live if someone accidentally tripped over it. You can also try to fire guns- machine guns or whatever you call it (I don’t like guns). One of our friends liked to try it and since she paid 250,000VND for 10 bullets, the rest of us got the chance to try it too though I don’t like it… it’s free so I did. There are also souvenir shops- 1 inside and outside.

    I recommend that you wear pants when you go to visit this place since this place is a forest that a number of insects may bite you. It’s a good thing too that it didn’t rain on that afternoon or else we will all get muddy going back in Saigon.

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    Crawling into the past

    by Siebevanwijk Updated Jul 10, 2012

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    We visit Cu Chi tunnel enroute to Mekong Lodge in Cai Be, Mekong Delta. The tunnels were amazing and I couldn't imagine how people lived here in the past. Some were enlarged, well ventilated for tourists to crawl but not recommended for those with claustrophobia. Also many people tried to put themselves into a hole for shooting but consider your shape before getting into it as my friend caught trouble going out. Mekong Lodge is also a must after Cu Chi.

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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Lunch at Cu Chi

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012
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    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 minutes drive away from the complex. The Restaurant is named Ben Nay (Emerald of the Iron Triangle) is one of the most popular restaurants for the tour groups, big and small and private, who had lunch included in the tour package. The restaurant sits in an island in a pristine river in the Cu Chi District and you have to cross a bridge to go there. They serve Sumptous Southern Vietnamese Cuisine either in set lunches or buffets. the drinks are not included so you must order your own drink.

    According to their website:

    Apoetic romantic, landscape and a peaceful, quite space ...

    Only 32km from the hustle and bustle of Saigon and 7km from the famous Cu Chi tunnels, something quite different is waiting for you. After visiting the tunnels, Ben Nay Restaurant is the place to rest and enjoy fine Vietnamese cuisine.

    Located on a small island surrounded by the flow Lang The river, in the midst of green rice fields, Ben Nay Restaurant is endowed with a view of poetic, romantic nature and a peaceful, quite landscape. Visitors to Ben Nay can enjoy the specialties of Vietnamese food while watching flocks of white storks flying to their nests over rice fields stretching as far as you can see.

    The menu is selected to suit the taste of local guests as well as foreign visitors, with Vietnamese, Western, Chinese dishes, and - of course - fresh seafood. As a special treat, tourists can enjoy the pastoral dishes of Vietnam's southern waterways.

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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Inside A Tunnel

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 29, 2012

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    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.

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Firing Range

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

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    No Visit of the Cu Chi Tunnel is Complete without going to the Firing Range specically if you are a gun entusiast. There are many kinds of Weapons you can fire like the iconic AK-47 Assault Weapon, The M-16 Assault Rifle, The M-30 30 caliber Machine Gun, The 50 Caliber Machine Gun, M 1 carbine and more! you just have to buy bullets at the nearby souvenir stall to shoot these guns. bullets are priced 20,000 VND per bullet if you are using the Machine Guns or 35,000 VND per bullet if you are using the AK 47 and other assault rifles. these are live bullets as you must hit targets beyond the shooting range!

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Vietcong

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 29, 2012
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    Around the Cu Chi Complex are various dioramas depicting the Vietcong (also known as the Naltional Liberation Front Guerrillas), they are the southern component of the regular People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN, the North Vietnamese Regular Army), the enemies of the US Army and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN, the south vietmamese army). You can pose with the mannequins here and see the way they dress, they fight and live during those times.

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Booby Traps

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012
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    The Vietnamese were the masters of assymetric warfare!

    they know that they cannot fight the US Army frontally in a conventional war, so they devised various kinds of booby traps (less the explosive kind, unlike the Middle east where more IED's are used) designed not to kill instantly but to maim American Soldiers since having many wounded in your mist will slow down any army. Various kinds of Booby traps are displayed here at the Cu Chi Tunnels that if you are the recipient of it, you will have lots of pain! Various Booby traps were laid everywhere in this labyrinth of Cu Chi. If you were an American soldier squeezing through, the floor would suddenly give away to these lethal pits. The Viet Cong knew exactly which areas to avoid in the complex of tunnels.

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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: factories

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 29, 2012
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    Sine the military and food supplies coming from the Ho Chi Minh Trail are frequently being bombed, the enterprising Viet Cong Guerillas at the Iron Triangle made small factories inside the tunnels to salvage used bomb shells, artillery shells, bullet casings, used rubber wheels and more and they built them into rubber sandals for walking, improvised explosive devices, traps, cooking utensils and more. There are several dioramas of these mini factories that are located above ground here at the Cu Chi Complex.

    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:Various Tunnels 2

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012
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    More pictures of the Various Tunnels that is around the Cu Chi Area.

    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 rats".

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Various Tunnels

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012
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    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 rats".

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Orientation

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

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    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.

    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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    At the Edge of Ho Chi Minh Trail: Entrance

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

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    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), 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.

    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.

    Visitors first watch a war-era propaganda film that's so over-the-top it's fun. The sight 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. Wear your "play clothes" if you choose to get down in the temples; the experience is dirty and claustrophobic. 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 and try the steamed tapioca that was a Cu Chi staple.

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