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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  • Excellent tour with loads of information from the other side. Tasted crickets & local restaurant dinner amazing  more »
  • A long coach trip due to the heavy traffic but worth it. A fascinating insight into what both sides faced during the war. The longer tunnels are quite small in places, Mrs Duffers big butt only just f...  more »
  • Despite being sick during my stay I eventually got around to the cu chi tunnels and it was one the highlights of my trip in Asia altogether! I’ve never been to a shooting range before and this one on ...  more »
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  • Booked a tour out of the city which included bus transportation and water. Tickets for foreigners is 90,000 and my tour was 132,000 so extremely cheap for everything. There is a good amount of things to explore and check out and if you go I really recommend crawling through the tunnels. Not going to lie my anxiety levels rose a bit once I entered the tiny dark tunnel but its definitely an experience. The drive out took pretty long so keep that in mind. If you take the tour bus and watch the propaganda video (and are American) it could possibly rub you the wrong way but try and see it from both sides. Also, be prepared to be drenched in sweat and a little dirt from the tunnels. Bring water and hand wipes!
  • This place offered a very interesting account on how the Vietnamese population lived during the war. The guides were good and demoed the various traps that the Vietnamese used on Western soldiers. Lunch was provided. There is an option at the end of the tour to take a boat back to Ho Chi Minh, I strongly recommend people take this, it is really interesting and spectacular seeing how the population live along the river. At the tunnels there is an opportunity for people to try walking (crawling) through. This provides a really good incite into what the Vietnamese had to go through. There is also a firing range at the end of the museum for those interested (I wasn't comfortable with doing this.) We were however, required to watch an old propaganda video. I was not offended as propaganda is used by all sides in war. However, there were members of my tour group who did not appreciate it.
  • If you make the trip out here there's plenty to see with many places to walk around. Overall there is more than just the tunnels for a variety of activities. On the tunnels our guide spoke good English with a decent amount or humor mixed into the explanations of the history and the various elements on display. The time inside the tunnels was a bit shorter than expected. If you have time after taking a walk around the facilities will occupy another hour or two especially if you go for a swim in the river to cool off.
  • Very interesting attraction that is a source of Vietnamese pride in repelling the American invaders. Your guide will show you how the sprawling tunnels gave the Vietcong the advantage despite the American's firepower superiority. Be sure to try crawling through the tunnel for the best experience!
  • It's an amazing testimony to how the local villagers consisting mainly of farmers an simple village folk fought a mighty superpower to keep control of their land. Literally a story of guerilla warfare perfected to an art. Undoubtedly a story as worthy of being told as it is of being heard. Often Americans have and continue to inflict true horror upon innocent women and children terming it collateral damage. However this particular conflict in Vietnam rivaled Hitler in evil. A must see for every visitor to Vietnam

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