Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels also known as “Iron Land of Vietnam” is the 250-km- underground network constructed in 1947, serving as a secretly hiding place for local people and supplying weapons, facilities, field hospitals and traps in Vietnam-American/French war. With the unique construction and technique, Cu Chi tunnels were firmly standing against bombings during the war and today, the system has become an appealing tourist attraction arresting a huge number of visitors.

Situated around 70km away from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi tunnels is conveniently reached by using taxi, motorbike or bus depending on different tastes. Traveling by bus is known to be the cheapest way, but a motorbike is much more prevalent due to its practical characteristic and also tourists driving motorbikes can stop by some stunning spots on their way.

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                                      Cu chi tunnel

What to see

First stop should be the outdoor museum. If you are keen on traveling back to that period of time to have a general concept of how things going on, this area is a must-see location which presents sightseers with impressive models, magnanimous documents illustrating a lively and truly historical battles of Vietnamese people in the war. It seems to be an honest picture of how fighting in the Vietnam war was like. Additionally, behind the hall is the set-up of Vietnam’s famous tourist attractions throughout the country from the North to the South comprising: Hue, One pillar temple, Sai Gon bridge, Long Bien bridge, Hoang Sa-Truong Sa archipelagoes, etc.

After that, tourists can head to the most impressive tunnels network which comprises living quarters, kitchen area, bomb shelter and ordnance factories, etc. Experiencing the tunnel network or in other words, experiencing the history that no history book can afford to describe undoubtedly guarantees travelers the best highlight of their trip to Cu Chi. It is because you are going to explore this wonderfully worldwide well-known spot – the showcase remainder of Viet Cong tunnels. Doing a tour in Cu Chi tunnels, crawling through this system with low oxygen, darkness, humidity, and heat, hearing the real shots going off at the background promises to bring sightseers back to the past time.

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                   Working Office in Cu Chi Tunnels

The section available for tourists is 120m in length and designed larger with two floors suitable for foreign visitors’ size, alternatively, travelers can also get into the tunnels via one of the concealed entrances. Inside the tunnel, it gets quite dark, humid and stuffy in spite of several air holes is dig around the network demanding the local people an incredible courage and energy to overcome and spend years of living there. More interesting thing is that after finishing your discovery, travelers will be offered conventionally daily food that Vietnamese people ate during the war, which are yam, cassava with sesame and salt, water without charge next to Hoang Cam stove. You might be interested in the typical kitchens in Vietnam war called “Hoang Cam” which has tunnels dug out to prevent smoke coming out from the ground so that the enemies cannot notice their location. Besides, tourists will have the opportunities to see with their own eyes tanks, bombs, tricky death traps, weapons and essential things used by Vietcong on their daily basis underground during the Vietnam war.

If you are into discovering the history under these dark tunnels then the sound of shooting weapons will bring you back to reality. The shooting area- a shooting range available for visitors who wish to crack at shooting an AK47, M16, M30, M60 and other weapons used in the war with $2USD per bullet.

Lastly, leave out all the adventurous time underground or loudly shooting sounds and give yourself some chilling time to visit Ben Duoc – a complex including an original three-arched-entrance gate, a 9-floor tower, shrines and monumental halls. Right here, tourists can burn some incenses in commemoration of heroic martyrs who sacred their lives for the motherland.  Nevertheless, the complex is quite far from the underground system, visitors are advised to take an electric car to get around which is incredibly cheap.

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                                  Ak tranning

Furthermore, tourists can also consider Cu Chi Life Rescue station as a bonus stop on the way back from Cu Chi tunnels. The station is founded in 2006 and regarded to be the largest “hospital” of wildlife animals in the South of Vietnam. Notwithstanding, travelers are advised to book their place in advance in case they are not allowed to get into the Life Rescue station.

What to eat

When visiting Cu Chi tunnels, three must-try specialties that visitors cannot miss out on includes:

–    Roasted beef which is highlighted as the typical food in Cu Chi, tourists are recommended to get to Xuan Dao restaurant which is a small one that can easily fit your budget. The beef is chosen from the steer which brings the dish a unique taste and pleasant smell definitely driving taster crazily.

–    Pig’s feet noodle should also be on your list which is not greasy at all but deliciously buttery taste of a big piece of pig’s feet combined with thin white vermicelli, regional herbs and perfectly seasoned kicking up the flavor that eaters cannot help.

–    A glass of sugar cane and durian mixed juice certainly sounds really strange to tourists. When it comes to Sai Gon or especially Cu Chi, this kind of drink is a dispensable juice that you get to try out because you cannot find it anywhere in the North. As its name, the juice is made of sweet sugar cane juice is mixed with tasty durian flavor and added some ice cubes to form a yummy refresh drink for the summertime.

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