Cu Chi Tunnel – Discover the best-kept underground secret

      Cu Chi Tunnel which is among the top seven particularly interesting spots in Southeast Asia and in the world’s six extraordinary artifacts, become the must-visit destination for both domestic and international tourists. This great monument is being used as a war museum for younger generation and history buffs to explore more well-kept secrets that American soldiers did not research throughout very long period of war time.

Cu Chi tunnel map
Cu Chi tunnel map
  •           Fact about Cu Chi Tunnel

          Located approximately 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnel is home to miniature battleships and creatives of the army and Cu Chi residents throughout 30 years of war time against US and South Vietnam forces. Specifically, this place is the all-round defensively subterraneous systems which lengthen more than 200km of tunnel as wider as spider consist of all kind of basic living conditions such as underground hideouts, trench shelters, military medicines, food storages, wells, conference room, Hoang Cam kitchen, sleeping quarters etc.

Medical area in Cu Chi Complex
Medical area in Cu Chi Complex

          Historically, created by Viet Minh initially, Cu Chi tunnel is a common way of different tunnels provided protection from superior during the Indochina War, formed from the period 1946-1948. At that time, the local communes dug short and simple structure tunnels used to hide, conceal documents and weapons. At that time, each village built its own separated tunnels but afterwards, due to the need to travel between the village by tunnels, the system was connected to form a zigzag and expanded web of tunnels. In the period 1961-1965, above the ground, the Cu Chi people also dug a dense traffic belt connected to the tunnel. The systems contributed enormously to the important offensive assets on Saigon’s doorstep.

A typical subterraneous family room inside Cu Chi Tunnel
A typical subterraneous family room inside Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Useful information

          These days, there are two main sections opened for tourism activities, namely Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc to offer poignant memories of extreme hardships of war. Therefore, tunnels in those two areas have been widened in size but still close-fitting and definitely bring visitors the true feeling about what it must have been like for the soldiers living and operating here. In fact, Ben Dinh is the more popular parts which is about 90 minutes driving from Sai Gon while Ben Duoc has its more authentic feel related to demanding periods of Viet Minh and Viet Cong army. A number of travelers shared their thought when they were first time coming there  : “ The ambiance at the tunnels resembles that of a bizzarde war based theme park” because it still look like a desolate and tranquil area before an aggressive attack break out.

Ben Dinh - Cu Chi Tunnel
Ben Dinh – Cu Chi Tunnel
Ben Duoc rural scenery
Ben Duoc rural scenery
  1. When should we get to Cu Chi Tunnel?

       Weather is considered as the most vital factor that influence visitors’ underground tour in Cu Chi tunnel. The dry season ( start at December to April ) is the perfect time of visiting this tunnel with the temperature about 28 degree on average. Thus, our tour will possibly avoid the discomfort stickiness of showery day. However, on Monsoon season( the rest months) tourists are able to experience a half tour depend on a particular day. The tunnel still works as usual even on rainy day just since rain can not make it flooded inside. Do not miss this fascinating site just because of the weather.

  1. Thing to know before go to Cu Chi Tunnel
  • This site is a must for history buffs.
  • Getting down into the ground is involved in itinerary. If If you’re prone to claustrophobia and high-blood pressure, consider giving this one a pass and just go sightseeing above ground.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.
  • Highly recommend to bring headlamp.
  • Don’t forget to bring insect spray to fend off mosquitoes.
  1. What can we do in Cu Chi Tunnel?

        There are a whole bunch of activities you can join at the Cu Chi Tunnel such as discover the area, get down into underground, watch documentaries, contemplate war exhibits, explore traps, capture some nice photos, and of course,must shoot a gun like a Vietnamese troops !

Once in a lifetime experience beneath the ground in Cu Chi Tunnel
Once in a lifetime experience beneath the ground
  • Exploring the closely-guarded underneath world.

        This is the most interesting thing that tourists want to experience when traveling Cu Chi. This place has the same structure as the tree roots hotel in the Doraemon series. It is also considered one of the 10 most attractive underground works in the world.

Cu Chi tunnel entrance
Cu Chi tunnel entrance

        Which make visitors most intrigued is that after going out of the cellar, the will be invited to taste boiled tapioca (cassava, manioc) with grounded peanuts, salt, sugar and coconut – the daily scarce cereal that Vietnamese dwellers and Viet Cong soldiers ate during a long time of difficulty and drink water on the kitchen Hoang Cam – the most uniquely creative idea to hidden American military aircraft. While eating, do not forget to imagine about how incredibly hard the Vietnamese went through ( excavated the super notoriously narrow tunnels, shelter in the cramped and slimy on rainy days at the same time as US soldiers were hunting down on the ground) to win the victory against American army. Such horrendous difficulties as well as historically enlightening !

Cu Chi specialty after going the tunnel
Cu Chi specialty after going the tunnel
  • Shooting range

          There are available activity on both tourist serving part ( Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh). In order to take part in, you must be older than 16 and have a good health condition. Guests will be involved in disassembling guns, fake combat with paint guns and shooting sports defense. The price of tickets to the shooting area is 50,000VND / 60 minutes service fee. Each bullet costs 3.000VND / tablet, 1 AK cartridge has 25 capsules, M16 is 20 capsules and 7 guns.

Shooting area in Cu Chi Tunnel
Shooting area in Cu Chi Tunnel
  • Replay war zone

        This is one of the attractions in the Cu Chi Tunnels you should not miss to see the entire war in this area. Besides, in the rear of the hall is the area of famous relics, famous landscapes, famous landmarks in our country such as One Pillar Pagoda, Sai Gon Bridge, Nha Rong port, Long Bien bridge, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa island.

A soldier is making rubber sandal from real rubber tyre
A soldier is making rubber sandal from real rubber tyre
  1. Entrance ticket prices

     Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM everyday, including Sunday!

     Entrance ticket:

  1. Ben Dinh: VND 110,000/ pax
  2. Ben Duoc: VND 90,000/ pax

Travel tips

          Tours will usually follow the policies and regulations of the local army management. Different tours will also arrange to not be affected by each other. If you go individually, it will be easy to get lost in places where the delegates have booked. And going with a package tour will also ensure that you do not violate the rules. So anyway it’s best to go on a tour.

          A travel agency with stellar reviews online is Asianway Travel. They provide both the car and speedboat options to the Cu Chi tunnels and these tours include so much more in their itineraries than just going down the ground. Check them out here. Experiencing in Cu Chi Tunnel will definitely become your highlight of the whole Vietnam and Mekong delta trip.

Cu Chi Tunnel – Discover the best-kept underground secret
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