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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  • Do not recommend if you are afraid of dark confining spaces. Tunnels a small & narrow, if you are a large person, will have difficulty navigating the tunnels. Glad i had a flash light with me. I found...  more »
  • Did not had much time and had to rush through the route. Different from what I expected but got a good idea of the impossible circumstances that soldiers survived in, Design of tunnels ingenious. Shou...  more »
  • We had a day in hcmc to spare so booked a tour. It is a long drive out (2hrs each way really) but tours are cheap and only vary in price according to your mode of transport and guide. Personally I thi...  more »
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  • Great tour, very informative. Best to go on your own by bus (about a $1 both ways) and have real Vietnamese experience rather than take a tour from travel agency. We went by bus 13 from ho chi Minh centre to cu chi city and then 79 to the tunnels. Very cheap and easy commute. Then brought the tickets for less than $4 each . Ticket included entrance as well as English tour guide.
  • About a 2 to 3 hour drive from Saigon but the countryside on the way is very interesting. The tunnel story and the effort that went into making was immense. The tunnels the tourists go through are just a recreation of what was done. The Ingenuity of the people to reuse and repurpose the Americans hardware is amazing. The amount if bomb craters in the area are astounding. Finished with a great lunch by the river.
  • as a Westerner I found the tunnels fascinating, they explained and you could go down some starting short , then medium, then to one that was 120 meters long, very claustrophobic, but incredible, lots of home made traps on display. lots of tourist stuff for sale like tshirts and planes.cars made from pressed drinks cans - great stuff and good prices. Warning = do not buy anything made from used bullets or shells if you are flying - though its safe it might not bee seen in the same way by airport security because of stupid terror clunts. there is a rifle range where you can choose from a range of guns and shoot at targets - great experience. I really enjoyed the trip and the visit to Cow Dung temple on the way. Vietnam is amazing.
  • Of course among the main' attractions'. It's interesting if war past is your thing. I say I have been, but I cannot actually say I watched anything great. The traps are intriguing, but there are not many to find out the manual prods them with a stick in addition to quickly moves on. Going through the tunnel is testing. They're you, small, narrow, and tight are going to struggle with claustrophobia or asthma. I rarely suffer from my allergies, but it had been on the mind of mine. I'd have been okay to proceed through the tunnels by itself, but with a string of slow moving folks in front and behind it is able to get slightly demanding with no fast escape.
  • Its fascinating to see it. But really touristic at the same time. Choose the right way to visit it. Some travel agencies ofer the tour but they just rush through it as fast as possible without real explanation. The guides at the location are great and really nice. It is expected to tip them after the tour. We also had an option to go through some tunnels but it might get scary in the dark without knowing where exactly to go.
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