Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
The Vietnamese have converted part of the tunnels used by the soldiers in the war into a tourist attraction. It is quite a long drive from Saigon but well worth a trip. When you first arrive you must sit through a presentation and film in Vietnamese which paints a very one sided view of the conflict. Interesting though. Once outside you walk across the street to the tunnels. The area is rigged with fake tripwires and land mines for your enjoyment.
Wear insect repellent!
Located approximately 30km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in Cu Chi district is the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This district is known nationwide as the base where the Viet Cong constructed an amazing underground base that extended beneath the boundaries of the American base.
The more than 200km of underground tunnels consists of many branches connecting to underground hideouts, shelters, and entrances to other tunnels. Visitors are given a guided tour to the bedrooms, meeting rooms, air-raid shelters and smokeless kitchens.
It's a long ride, but visitors should really visit the Cu Chi tunnels.
The Cu Chi tunnels are a network of tunnels all across southern Vietnam. They were constructed (Do you construct tunnels?) during the Vietnam War in 1960s - 70s. These tunnels were the main pain in the collective American backsides. The Vietnamese have camoflaged the tunnels so well that the Americans were unable to find the entrances, and so were stung by many hit-and-run attacks.
This is inside one of the Cu Chi tunnels,made bigger to fit tourists,like me. It was hot & humid,not really pleasant. It's incredible to think that they spent weeks at the time underground. These tunnels were made in 3 floors,so if the Americans bombed or found the first floor,the Vietcongs were still safe further below.
This is a guide at the Cu Chi tunnels,showing the entrance to the tunnel. It is 23cm wide and 35cm long! In the Cu Chi district alone,there were around 248km of tunnels! After ground operations against the tunnels claimed numerous US casualties and proved ineffective,the Americans turned the bombers and artillery on the area,turning it to a moonscape.
The tunnels give you an unbeleivable perspective of what conditions the people of Vietnam (as well as Americans) faced during the war. It is amazing to be able to climb through the very same passageways that were used to fight our soldiers (if you're American that is). You'll leave with an appreciation of what both sides experienced during that long conflict. One of the most fascinating things about the tour is that before being led through the tunnels (normally by a soldier who fought during the war), you are given a screening of an anti-US propaganda video on the tunnels. It is a very interesting experience to say the least.
Cu Chi Tunnel. The famous underground tunnel networks that caught many American soldiers unguarded. Brilliant military masterpiece!!! Thats how low tech fighters fight off high tech bully.
for only $9/pax, you'll get a half day (8am-2pm) tour with roundtrip transfers, tour guide, entrance fee to the tunnel, and a light snack.
Experience how the VC hid under the tunnels. Interesting but yet eerie at the same time while walking in the tunnels. Watch out for your head!
Wax statues featured prominently on the tour. These figures were here to greet us and display the uniforms of the VietCong. Wish I can wear that cloths so maybe can't recognise me...:P
This is one of the trap that they use for Vietnam war...inside of this trap all is bamboo with sharp shape, and when man fall into the trap, will suffer till death.
Finally got to Cu Chi tunnels, taking my 18 year old nephew, interesting in historic way. But the highlight still is letting of a few rounds of an AK (if your into that sort of thing.
Cu Chi tunnel was the stable resistance zone of the Party Committee Militay Zone, the command of Sai Gon, Gia Dinh, the Party COmmittee of Cu Chi district, and of all Cu Chi people.
This is where u can try all sorts of guns.Yes M16 too.Live Bullets available for u to buy n try your shooting skills!
This picture shows one of the many entrances to the underground tunnel network. The opening is tiny, barely allowing one slim person to get in.