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"Cu Chi Tunnels" Out of Saigon - Cu Chi Tunnels Tip by Blatherwick

  Me in the Cu Chi Tunnels
by Blatherwick

The tunnels at Cu Chi were originally constructed by the Viet Minh during the war against the French in the 1940s. The Americans happened to stick a base right on top of them during the 1960s. During this time the tunnels were expanded and the tunnels extended from the Cambodian border to within 30 km of Saigon. In this district there were over 200 km of tunnels. Air operations made this one of the most bombed places on earth.

There are actually two sites. The Ben Dinh area has a visitors centre, where you can watch a video of the activities in the area during the VN war with the usual hokey music and sad sack commentary.

From the video you move to the tunnel area. Here we are shown the different traps that the VC used. We are shown how the VC used to disperse their smoke that would come from the kitchens. We were able to see B-52 bomb craters and a destroyed US tank.

The Ben Dinh tunnels have the real deal tunnels in addition to the ones for us larger westerners. I saw a chick about 110 pounds go in one of the real ones and back out immediately. There was no way I was going in. The touristy ones are hard enough to duck walk through.

The Ben Duoc tunnels are what I visited in conjunction with the trip to the Cao Dai Temple. The only real difference is that these tunnels have been renovated for westerners and the relatively new (1995) Monument of the War Martyrs is nearby. Plus you don't get the destroyed tank but you do get a stripped Huey.

At the end of both tours you can shoot AK-47s or M-16s if you like. $1 a bullet.

Address: Cu Chi
Directions: Tours for Pham Ngu Lao District are $4 for both a half day and the full day that is combined with the Cao Dai Temple.
Phone: +84 8 3794 8767

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  • Written Oct 4, 2004
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