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Cu Chi Tunnels and Countryside Tour by Luxury Speedboat
"In the morning meet your guide and small group upon hotel pickup and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Ho Chi Minh Pier. From here travel comfortably by luxury speedboat to Vietnam’s famed Cu Chi Tunnels. Settle into soft furnishings aboard the high-quality speedboat while your captain effortlessly navigates the shallow jungle-fringed canals leaving a small wake that minimizes any impact on the local environment. Speed away from the crowded city toward the countryside while you relax aboard the boat and observe life along the riverbanks. Your informative guide points out homes on sti and unlimited refreshments with local fruit are served on board.Upon arrival at Cu Chi your guide leads you through the historic site
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Half-Day Afternoon Cu Chi Tunnels Tour
"This afternoon depart for Cu Chi tunnels a 1.5 hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Your tour guide will give you an overview introduction of Cu Chi and its legendary history. An documentary film about the tunnels tell you how about the tunnels histories and how fierce the war did happen i hospitals kitchens and crawl under the tunnels. After that travelers can try delicious manioc which is the main food for guerillas in Cu Chi during the war. Visitors can try to fire off an AK47 or MK16 or machine guns at the nearby shooting range. Leave Cu"""Located 37 miles (60km) from Ho Chi Minh City
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Half Day Cu Chi Tunnels Tour from Ho Chi Minh
"The Cu Chi Tunnels a network of tunnels stretching over 250 km have proven to be one of the most famous and historical aspects of the Viet Nam War. The tunnel system was created in 1948 to assist the Viet Minh as they fought the French for independence. Digging and building of tunnels continued over the next 25 year kitchens storage weapons factories field hospitals and command centers. The tunnels could house thousands of people who lived almost entirely underground for years. There
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Phuoc Dien Tam Bao Temple.

On our trip to Tay Ninh and Cu Chi we also visited a lovely Buddhist temple in Chau Doc. Chau Doc is best known for a massacre. On July 11 1957 anti-Diem insurgents stormed a bar in Chau Doc and killed 17 people who were drinking inside.The victims were tied up and then machine gunned. The crime was apparently carried out by communists opposed to the Diem government.

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IreneMcKay
Jul 07, 2013

Cu Chi Tunnels

Our day trip to the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh also included a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Viet Cong fought against the Americans in the Vietnam War. To fight against their enemy they created a series of hidden underground tunnels from which they could launch sudden, surprise attacks. Life in the narrow, extremely claustrophobic tunnels was very unpleasant. Air, food and water were scarce and the tunnels were infested with ants, poisonous centipedes, scorpions, spiders and rats. Most of the time, guerrillas would be in the tunnels by day working or resting and then come out only at night to search for supplies or engage the enemy in battle.During times of heavy fighting the Viet Cong could be underground for long periods. Malaria was rife in the tunnels.

The tunnels are so narrow that they have now been widened for tourists. Despite my claustrophobia I went into the tunnels. Big mistake. My God I was relieved to get back out. Several horrific traps laid out by the Viet Cong to kill or capture American GIs are also on display. I found this area quite fascinating in a macabre sort of way.

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IreneMcKay
Jul 07, 2013

The tiny tunnels of Cu Chi

An easy daytrip from HCMC is Cu Chi tunnels, scene of the underground resistance to American occupation during the war. You can crawl through the tunnels, learn about life inside and even fire an AK47.

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deeper_blue
Feb 25, 2012

The Cu Chi tunnels.

The Cu Chi tunnels are located a little outside Saigon and they are one of the most interesting things you can visit in Vietnam i think.
It´s really facinating to see how the Viet Cong digged their way under the enemy and for most of the war sat right under their butts just to come out at night and shoot at them.
They have enlarged some of the tunnels so that even a westerner can fit in them and you can go down there to get a feel of what it was like to live there like the Vietnamese soldiers did during the war.
You can visit the tunnels on a day tour from Saigon and you have plenty of operators offering the trip for a very decent price.

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Oct 20, 2011
 
 
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Cu Chi by speedboat with Saigon River Express

Saigon River Express offers VIP speedboat tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels - the Mekong Delta - and jungle canal tours around Saigon. This is the service that was recommended as part of "Three Perfect Days: Saigon" in United Airlines inflight magazine and has been recommended in many other international publications. With a fleet of brand new speedboats and providing five star service - Saigon River express offers the most exciting way to see the best attractions around Ho Chi Minh City. Even a sunset tour around Saigon involves exploring narrow jungle canals with a village made of bamboo and thatch as well as visiting a spectacular floating Temple. This is definitely a must for any visitor to Saigon. http://www.saigonriverexpress.com

ianfogg
Feb 09, 2011

Underground warfare

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 & 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. For more information and pictures of Cu Chi why not visit my Cu Chi page below:

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Willettsworld
May 03, 2010

CU CHI TUNNELS

THE FAMOUS TUNNELS AT CU CHI WERE FIRST BUILT IN THE LATE 1940'S AND USED DURING THE WAR WITH THE FRENCH. BUT IT WAS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR OF THE 1960S THAT THEY REALLY CAME INTO THEIR OWN.
CU CHI IS ABOUT 40KM FROM SAIGON AND THERE WAS ABOUT 250KM OF TUNNELS.
THESE RAN FROM THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CAPITAL TO THE CAMBODIAN BORDER.
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LIVED AND FOUGHT IN THESE TUNNELS..AND IN A LOT OF CASES DIED IN THE TUNNELS. THE VC BUILT SECTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION..HAVING MEETINGS AND PREPARING FOR BATTLES. ALL THIS WAS DONE IN A LABYRINTH OF TUNNELS BUILT OVER SEVERAL LEVELS. EATING WAS DONE DEEP IN THE TUNNELS AND THE SMOKE FROM FIRES DIVERTED TO THE SURFACE WELL AWAY FROM THE MAIN TUNNEL COMPLEX.
THE TUNNELS TOURISTS CRAWL THROUGH HAVE BEEN ENLARGED BUT ARE STILL VERY CLAUSTROPHOBIC.. AND THESE ARE 5 STAR TUNNELS !!!!
THE AIR SUPPLY FOR THE TUNNELS WAS GOT THROUGH FAKE TERMITE MOUNDS ON THE SURFACE...THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FOUGHT IN THESE TUNNELS REALLY WERE OF A SPECIAL BREED..A VC SOLDIER COULD CRAWL FROM CU CHI TO SAIGON IN UNDER THREE HOURS !! A DISTANCE OF 40KM.... MAKES YOU THINK.
THE US ARMY TRIED EVERTHING TO DESTROY THE TUNNELS AT CU CHI BUT ONLY EVER MANAGED TO DESTROY A FRACTION OF THEM..TOWARDS THE END OF THE WAR AMERICAN B-52'S CARPET BOMBED THE TUNNELS AND THE AREA AROUND THEM.
THESE BOMBING RAIDS HAD LITTLE IMPACT AND AS WE KNOW AMERICA FINALLY LEFT.
THE DEATH TOLL ON THE VC TUNNEL RATS WAS VERY HIGH.. SOME 10,000 WHERE KILLED AND THE AREA AROUND CU CHI SAW SOME OF THE HEAVIEST BOMBING RAIDS IN THE HISTORY OF WARFARE..
WE BOOKED OUR TRIP TO CU CHI THROUGH SINH CAFE IN SAIGON. THE TRIP COST $6 PER PERSON..ENTRANCE TO THE TUNNELS COST A FURTHER 70,000D.
IF LIKE US AND WANT TO FIRE AN AK-47 THIS WILL COST EXTRA.. $1.30 PER BULLET, AT A MINIMUM OF 10 BULLETS.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO BRING A CHANGE OF T-SHIRT WITH YOU AS YOU CAN GET QUITE DIRTY DOWN THE TUNNELS FROM ALL THE RED CLAY.. PLUS A TORCH FOR THE TUNNELS WOULD BE GREAT.. I DIDNT HAVE ONE AND BANGED MY HEAD QUITE A FEW TIMES..OUCH !!
DONT WORRY IF YOU FIND YOU CANT COPE IN THE TUNNELS, THERE ARE PLACES WHERE YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO GET OUT IF IT ALL GETS TOO CLAUSTROPHOBIC AND HOT. ALL IN ALL A VERY GOOD HALF DAY TRIP..WOULD BE A SHAME TO MISS OUT ON WHAT IS A BIG PART OF VIETNAM HISTORY.

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wanderingbilly
May 27, 2008

Cu Chi Tunnels

Located in the district of Cu Chi, about 1.30 from Ho Chi Min, the Cu Chi Tunnels are part of a network of tunnels stretching as far as the Cambodian border and used by NLF guerrillas to hide from the French Army first and then from the American Army.

There was everything in the tunnels: homes with kitchen, hospitals, weapons, food... and each tunnel entrance was well concieved and protected by a rudimental deadly trap, thanks to its poisonous spikes. Tunnels were built on three levels, with direct underground access to a river, and two generations of Vietnamese people have lived in these tunnels.

The tunnels were longer than 200 kilometres and air vents were needed... as you walk around, look for the termite mounds: they used to disguise the air vents. Of course the American Army did know of the tunnels, and a clear sign is the bombs dropped on the site (you can see them) and the presence of destroyed US Army tanks... still, the tunnel system could not be won. Only small upper parts were destroyed, but people moved down the lower levels and tunnels still continued to exist.

Some short stretches of tunnels are possible to visit, although they have been restored and made somewhat larger to accomodate foreign tourists... and yet, they are still hot, in pitch darkness annd extremely narrow and claustrophobic.

As there is no public transportation to the tunnels, the cheapest way is to visit them on an organized day trip, or else you can rent a taxi for half a day. Entrance (2007) was 55000 dongs.

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Jul 16, 2007

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David vs Goliath

A derelict shell of a M-41 American tank lays solemnly in the midst of Cu Chi jungle. I tapped on the metal of the tank and you'd know that with toughness, it was made to protect the personnel that were within. But with a small weapon like the Rocket Propelled Gun (RPG) used by the Viet Cong, the tank was totally vulnerable.

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Aidy_p
Apr 27, 2007

I Fired an AK-47!

At Cu Chi, you can get to try your hands on most probably a China-made AK-47. Each bullet will cost you USD1.30, and you'd need to purchase a minimum of 10 bullets. I did not want to spend USD 13 on just firing bullets. So it was fortunate that there was this German girl, Patricia from Koln, Germany, who wanted to try out as well. So we split the bullets among ourselves. It's loud even with mufflers. Truthfully, plugging in your fingers into your earhole work much better. That is if you're not the shooter!

Well, if you are a weapons afficionado, then you might like to read on.

I had tried out various weapons like the American-made M-16 and the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) that fires 7.62mm rounds, shot-guns and Singapore-made SAR-21 and Ultimax-100 to name a few.

I was pretty excited to try out the AK-47 as I've heard so much about it. Moreover, this weapon was an icon of the communist nations while the M-16 was the icon of the allied forces.

I really love the feel of the M-16 and it was my "wife" for 2 1/2 years of my life. Easy to handle, extreme accuracy to more than 500m.

Wrapping my hands on an AK-47 felt really great. cocking the weapon, I co-ordinated my aiming using the front-side and rear-side aperture. Took aim, and fired one round. Estatic! It was really smooth and you could see the dust rising up as the bullet struck the target board and ploughed into the sand pit behind. Cool!

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Aidy_p
Apr 26, 2007

Something vietnameses are proud of...

Sinh Cafe's Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Half day trip. Around 2 hrs of bus ride from Sinh Cafe office to Cu Chi Tunnels. Bus is small, and if u have long legs, good luck to you. At Cu Chu Tunnels, u will get to see... err... tunnels (what else??), bobby traps, war-related stuff and so on.

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Smallprawn
Sep 24, 2006

Cu Chi Tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels are a far-reaching network of Viet Cong tunnels which run for nearly 200 miles used in the American and French Indochina war. The tunnels are designed to have complete facilities which range from kitchens to printing presses and even street signs, all of which were used to assist the National Liberation Front (NLF) military.

Location: About 75 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City.

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Aug 27, 2006

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