Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City

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. Use our Ho Chi Minh City day trip planner to visit Cu Chi Tunnels on your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This place was such an adventure for me and my son. We not only learned more about the history of this beautiful country but we get to experience and see how they defended themselves. My son had the c...  more »
  • It's a tourist hot spot. You have to visit though because nothing else will give you a full view of what the wars in Vietnam were like. Went on the morning tour.  more »
  • Our guide Kevin was super informative and flexible with what we wanted to do with our time at the Cu Chi Tunnels. We had a great morning exploring and learning about the tunnels and the war. Would hig...  more »
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  • My favorite place we visited during our stay in South Vietnam! This place is a must see. Great day trip from Saigon. Fascinating to see the tunnels that were built, how small they are, and what soldiers went through during the war. You get many chances to go down into the tunnels, but they are definitely small! I am 5'3 and had to walk hunched over and knees bent. Probably shouldn't go in the tunnels if you are claustrophobic. Our guide was great, very knowledgable and funny, his English was good!
  • I loved the visit to the tunnels, if you are claustrophobic, don't worry, the only area of the tunnels that you can fully access is a 100 meters path that has exits every 20 meters. I went in and it was very scary, as it's very small, you have to be on your hands and knees, you have a feeling of no air, and they continuously turn, so it's hard to know where the exit is, but of course a guard goes with you and guides you. If you are going to do it, don't wear light colored clothes, as you will get dirty. Even if you don't decide to do that part of the tour, which is only about 5', you can access several entrances, look at the kitchen bunker, see traps and other interesting things. Be prepared to see a lot of tourists.
  • Nice little day out. Upon arrival, you almost immediately have the opportunity to go down into the opening of a tunnel and see just how small they are. Our tour guide was great and you're encouraged to take photos. Going further, your tour guide explains how the tunnels were used during the war and explains a lot about life of the soldier's during the war. This was very interesting and our tour guide spoke well enough English. There's an area where you can fire a gun at the sites own gun range, it's expensive but worth it the experience of you haven't fired a gun before. There's a couple of gift shops and places to buy snacks. Outside, there is a restaurant near the car part. We didn't eat there but it looked descent enough. Overall it's a fun and educational day out. Would recommend.
  • As touristy as it is, I had lots of fun. Please try to crawl through the tunnels. The experience was worth it. If you're worried about claustrophobia ask you guide to recommend a shorted tunnel. They have a range of tunnels you can go through. They're lit inside too so you can see where you're going.
  • It's a great place to escape from the city centre. The atmosphere of this place is cool and comfortable as there are lots of bamboo tree that cover the ground from the heat. There are tours around the tunnels, which is pretty amazing. You'll have a homemade snack during the tour through the tunnels area. The price of food and drinks are acceptable, but I haven't tried any meals yet, so I don't know what it's like. Souvenirs are cheap, ranging from 15 000 VND to over 300 000 VND. You'll have to walk through this whole place as cars and motorbikes are not allowed, but you can rent their bikes.

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