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    Overview:

    About 70km away from the center of Ho Chi Minh City to the northwest, Cu Chi Tunnel is known as a smart and creative underground defense system of Vietnamese. 

    It had been built from the 1940s in the Indochina War. At the beginning, the system was just simple and short tunnels to store secret documents and weapons or use as secret bunkers of Vietnamese soldiers in enemy’s territory. The tunnel network of Cu Chi became legendary during the 1960s for its role in facilitating Communist guerrilla troops (Viet Cong or VC) in order to combat better-supplied American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. In this period, the network had been continued the expanding and finally completed the "backbone"(Main Street) tunnel through the six communes in the north of Cu Chi with branch tunnels. Surprisingly, all of these great works were done by Vietnamese with very simple tools such as hoe blades, bamboo dustpan and bare hands only.

    The interconnected tunnel system is about 250km long with three floor levels. Soldiers used these underground routes to house troops, transport communications and supplies, lay booby traps and mount surprise attacks, after which they could disappear underground to safety. After early surprise, American realized the fighting force coming from underground so that they determined to destroy the tunnel system with many strategies such as pumping water into the tunnels, using “rat” army (small size soldiers) to attack the tunnels, using Becgie dogs to raid/track the tunnels, using motor vehicle to destroy the tunnels and sowing grass for terrain clearance.

    Today, Cu Chi tunnel has been turned into a war memorial park with two different tunnel display sites, Ben Dinh (“Bến Đình”) and Ben Duoc (“Bến Dược”). As the symbol of the tenacious spirit of the Vietnamese in the battle to protect the homeland, Cu Chi tunnel are one of the most popular tourist attraction during a trip to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Contact:

    * Website: www.diadaocuchi.com.vn

    * Tel: (+84)  83 7948 830 - Fax: (+84) 83 7948 761

     

    Opening time:

    Weekdays and Weekends (Including Holidays and Lunar New Year Days)

     

    Opening hours:

    + Morning:   07:30 AM – 12:00 PM

    + Afternoon: 13:30 PM – 05:00 PM

    Length of visit: 2-3 hours

     

    Fee:

    * Tunnels System:

    + Adult: 90.000 VND/ person

    + Children: 45.000 VND/person

    * The Stimulation Area of Cu Chi Liberated Area:

    + Extra Fee: 20.000 VND/person

     

    Tips:

    - Entrance fee already included English Speaker Guide. 

    - Transportation: 

    + By local bus: The cheapest way to get to Cu Chi Tunnel.

    + By bike: Rent a bike to get there if you are familiar with Asia traffic.

    + By taxi:  A good choice for a small private group. 

    + By Boat: River travel tours are available from Bach Dang Wharf to Cu Chi Tunnel.

    - Cu Chi Tunnels includes two separated sites: Ben Dinh Tunnels and Ben Duoc Tunnels, which tourists are offered a similar program tour. However, Ben Dinh Site is more popular to foreign tourists as tunnels have been enlarged comparing to the ones in Ben Duoc Site with remained original small and narrow size with many branches leading off.

    - You should follow your guide's instructions as going down the tunnels system or you might get lost which would be quite scary.

    - The war historical place might be NOT suitable for children. Parental guidance is recommended.