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

  The Vietkong
by MikeAtSea

Located about a 1.5-hour drive inland from Ho Chi Minh City, the Cu Chi Tunnels offer a unique and sombre experience. The drive out to the tunnels gives you a glimpse rural life in today’s Vietnam.
The busy roadway gets crowded with bicycles, motorbikes, heavily laden trucks and buses plus the occasional oxcart. Some houses en-route show the making of rice paper.
Upon arrival try and join a tour and begin with an orientation of the site, viewing a model that shows the tunnels’ layout. The welcome area includes toilet facilities and a few shops selling souvenir items and soft drinks.
The ranger will show you through the forest to one of the tunnel entrances and discover this fascinating underground complex of the Viet Cong. Work on the tunnels began in 1948. Eventually, they extended 120 miles and were used for storage, refuge, sleeping quarters, hospitals and schools. Rooms on the first level have been opened to allow visitors to share this unique experience. Entering is via narrow openings and fairly deep steps. Some of the walkways require transiting in a stooped position.

Address: Phu Hiep, Phu My Hung, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Directions: 120 km open to the public.
Phone: +84 8 3794 8767

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  • Written Nov 24, 2004
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