"Vinh Moc Tunnels" Tinh Quang Tri Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The tunnels at Vinh Moc are a testament to human tenacity. Like the tunnels in the south at Cu Chi, soldiers and civilians took to the underground, literally, digging over a mile of tunnels from 1965 to 1966 to support Viet Cong troops and confound U.S. battalions at this strategic position near the line of north-south demarcation. Around 300 people lived here from 1966 until 1972. An estimated 7 tons of bombs were dropped per person living in the Vinh Moc Tunnels. The initial complex took 18 months to excavate some 6,000 sq. m (64,583 sq. ft.) of red soil that had to be carefully dispersed, usually at night to avoid surveillance, and buried in the nearby sand of the beach. Up to 20m (about 70 ft.) below the surface, multilevel tunnels formed a real community haven, with "living rooms" for families, a conference and performance room, a small cinema, a field hospital, clean facilities, and kitchens complete with elaborate systems to dissipate the smoke of cooking fires. The longest consecutive period that anyone stayed down them was 5 days and nights and some 17 children were born in them.

Unlike the Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon, these are much bigger and are between 1.6m and 1.9m high which meant that I, being 1.85m high, could walk along them without too many problems (something I simply couldn't even try at Cu Chi). If you can fit, it's still probably not a great idea to go down if you suffer from claustrophobia!

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  • Written May 10, 2010
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