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Cu Chi Tunnels are a bridge of Cu Chi District and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi Tunnels are part of an enormous war museum in Ho Chi Minh and they offer visitors a sneak-peek at the underground life of Vietnamese soldiers back in 1948.

Cu Chi Tunnel model in 1948
Cu Chi Tunnel model in 1948

Cu Chi Tunnels is also like the purpose of other museum with keeping the memorable, violent war and the pride of Vietnamese. The site has over 120 km of underground tunnels that is so deep with trapdoors, living areas, kitchens, storage facilities, armoury, hospitals, and command centres.

After the war against the French, Vietnamese soldiers dug deeper the tunnels and comprised effective air filtration systems, which helped them survive the Cu Chi carpet-bombings.

Cu Chi Tunnel system
Cu Chi Tunnel system

It is now one of Ho Chi Minh’s most iconic attractions for foreigners even Vietnamese from other cities. The first time you enter this tunnels you will be interested in the atmosphere of this tunnel. Moreover, it has plenty of choices for you to do.

Expats experience the small Cu Chi tunnel
Expats experience the small Cu Chi tunnel
Expats experience the big Cu Chi tunnel
Expats experience the big Cu Chi tunnel

A popular option is following the narrow routes of the underground tunnel to discover and widen your knowledge about the war. Before entering the underground tunnels, travelers watch a short film of Cu Chi Tunnels so that they understand how the tunnel system works. Parts of Cu Chi Tunnels are also cemented and widened, so that the crawl is less harrowing than it would have been in the past.

A big tunnel underground
A big tunnel underground

The government preserved the 75-mile (121 km)-long complex of tunnels at Củ Chi in order to turn into a war memorial park with two different tunnel display sites, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. The tunnels are a common tourist attraction, and visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system.

Booby traps in Cu Chi tunnel
Booby traps in Cu Chi tunnel

The Ben Duoc site contains part of the original tunnel system, while the Ben Dinh site, closer to Saigon, has tunnel reconstructions and some tunnels have been made larger to accommodate tourists. In both sites low-power lights have been installed in the tunnels to make traveling through them easier, and both sites have displays of the different types of booby traps that were used.

Booby traps in Cu Chi tunnel
Booby traps in Cu Chi tunnel

Underground conference rooms where campaigns such as the Tết Offensive was planned in 1968 have been restored, and visitors may enjoy a simple meal of food that Viet Cong fighters would have eaten.

Above-ground attractions include caged monkeys, vendors selling souvenirs, and a shooting range where visitors can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.

Shooting range in Cu Chi tunnel
Shooting range in Cu Chi tunnel

There are emergency exit points every 10 metres for safety to serve the customers with high services. Do note that the 100-metre crawl through the underground tunnels may be unsuitable if you have breathing difficulties, especially people with asthma. The Cu Chi Tunnels also host a shooting range.

The cost for firing an M16 rifleis priced at VND 35,000 per bullet, with a minimum of 10 bullets. There’s a restaurant serving meals that the underground soldiers had to live with years ago.

The Cu Chi Tunnels are an hour’s drive from Ho Chi Minh City. There are tour operators that can arrange for a half-day tour for 825,000 VND upwards. You can invite your family and friends to widen your knowledge if you are a lover of history.

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 17:00

Location: 45 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City

Tel: +84 28 3794 8830

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