Discover Cu Chi Tunnels - Ho Chi Minh
The Chu Chi Tunnels are one of the most popular sights to see in Ho Chi Minh City, especially for backpackers. Here, you can observe the famous tunnel system of the Cu Chi freedom fighters. It’s a very interesting tour to experience, especially if you’re a curious traveller that wants to get to know Vietnam’s history up close and personal. For that kind of learning experience, Trip Guru suggests you visit these tunnels and learn about the Indochina wars.
To explore the complexity of the Cu Chi tunnels, you need to be brave and crawl in the dark for a few long, nearly claustrophobic tunnels—you can either do the 100-meter length, specially widened for travellers or at any time you feel as if the walls are closing in on you, you can escape every 20-meters and return above ground. Outside the tunnels, there is a secluded woodsy area that hides these tunnels from view. There are also displays of well-maintained wartime uniforms and you can get to see some grisly tunnel traps. You can also get the unique opportunity to see a tunnel that wasn’t modified in any way—it was small and short, perfect for the Vietnamese but difficult to squeeze into for invaders.
You can also get a chance to live-fire some weapons that were used during the actual conflict at a nearby gun range. You can also get the chance to walk through the jungle, where you can see craters formed when the American B-52 bombers dropped explosives. For the tunnel traps, these were created to specifically injure the legs of enemies, and that anyone unfortunate enough to step into one was in for a world of discomfort and pain, especially as the goal of these traps were to use the body’s weight to collapse, impaling them. These experiences are both exhilarating and terrifying, and is a glimpse into the difficulties of people during the Vietnam war.
To get to the Cu Chi tunnels, take bus #74 from Ben Thanh market to An Suong bus station. From there, you can look for another bus to the Ben Duoc Cu Chi tunnels. For the best times to visit, try to go in the morning, around 7:30am, or 1:00pm to avoid too many tourists arriving from their tours—they usually visit around 10:30am, 11:00am or 3:30pm.