Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City
Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Spreading below Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels connect to a broader network of tunnels that served the Viet Cong during the war against the United States. North Vietnamese fighters used the dark, insect- and disease-infested tunnels to avoid aerial attacks, hide, move troops and supplies, plan battles, and launch attacks. After the U.S. realized the importance of the tunnels to Viet Cong military strategy, it led a series of campaigns to infiltrate, bomb, and destroy them, a feat that proved largely unsuccessful. Numerous tour operators run visits to the tunnels; prepare for cramped spaces. Add Cu Chi Tunnels and other attractions to your Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary using our Ho Chi Minh City vacation planner.
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Good experience for young and old. Our twin boys loved talking with the guide and learning about the background and the facts. Going into the tunnels was a good experience and although these were made... read more »
GRowing up in the 70s Vietnam war was a topic. Watching movies about the war in the 80s was common. Being actually there were it happens, visiting the exhibition, crawling through the tunnels, seeing ... read more »
Certainly worth a trip to gain a brief insight into this horrendous war although now very much geared towards tourists. I'd recommend a tour as it is two hours from HCM which you can book easily - we ... read more »
This visit was done with a private car and guide. On the way there, the guide showed us some films about the war, on his Tablet. The visit was a good complement to the War Remnants Museum visit. The underground tunnels are a marvel of ingenuity. A must see.
Go to Handicapped Handicraft at same time with a private tour. We got Tom(sp) as our guide from the Rex Hotel. We took as to the lacquer factory which is employment for the victims of agent orange. Beautiful work and not a factory knock off that you get sticker it to buying in the city.
This is the second time to visit. Tour Guide Mr. Vinh's telling story is very interesting. I'm impressed his story more than tunnel. But tunnel itself is nice to see. If you try to go under ground, you need to be shaped up. At 1999, we couldn't go inside of tunnel. And no DVD show. Facilities are improved.
It's a tourist trap, so if you can swing it, get a private car or taxi to get there when they first open (7am). Otherwise you'll be rushed through on a large tour bus. Most tours don't include the 110,000 VND entrance fee, so have cash ready. They really push the automatic weapon shooting range which costs you 30-40,000 VND per bullet and you must get a minimum of 10 bullets. All that aside, it's a very interesting place.
An interesting historical site from the Vietnam War and a good ilistration on what US and ARVN armies were facing while facing the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. The tour and displays are very pro northern propaganda so you need to take everything you learn with a grain of salt.
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