Introduction to Cu Chi Tunnels
About Cu Chi Tunnels:
Cu Chi Tunnels is an underground defense system in Cu Chi district, 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. This system was dug by the Viet Minh resistance army and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam during the Indochina War and Vietnam War. The tunnel system includes an infirmary, many rooms, a kitchen, a warehouse, and a working room, and an underground tunnel system, is about 250 km long and has ventilation systems at the location of the bushes. Cu Chi Tunnels were built at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, on land known as “steel land” to praise the resilient defense will of the people and soldiers here. During the 1968 Tet Offensive, the Southern Liberation Army departed from this tunnel system to attack Saigon.
Things to do in Cu Chi Tunnels:
Visit the re-enactment of the liberated military zone: When coming to Cu Chi Tunnels, tourists can also visit the recreation area of the Cu Chi liberated place to learn about the house architecture, life, activities, and fighting of Cu Chi’s army and people in the period from 1961 – 1972.
- Explore the Rice Paper Village: This is a long-standing traditional craft village in Cu Chi and all types of rice paper here are handmade so the traditional flavor is retained. When visiting, tourists will be able to try making rice paper themselves, this is an interesting experience that you should try when visiting Cu Chi Tunnels.
- Try shooting and real gun shooting: Both Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc have shooting areas for tourists who want to experience live fire. Mandatory requirements when participating in the game are that you must be in good health and over 16 years old. This is the most popular area and many tourists always want to participate in shooting here.
- Visit the booby trap exhibition: In the war against America, primitive weapons played an important role, in breaking the enemy’s will to invade. We often see homemade weapons – the fear that Vietnamese people have for invaders. Some traps that terrify enemies are tiger traps, fish traps, and wing traps.
- Crawling through Cu Chi Tunnels: One of the primary and most interesting activities you must participate in when coming to Cu Chi tunnels is exploring the tunnels deep underground. Here, you will be able to recreate all the activities and wartime life that Vietnamese people experienced. Going through the tunnels is also quite interesting and suitable for those who like to learn about history.
Visit Ben Duoc Temple – Cu Chi Tunnels: Ben Duoc Cu Chi Temple is a place to commemorate the great contributions of revolutionary soldiers, heroic Vietnamese mothers, and many other compatriots. This place is designed as a harmonious architectural complex, both storing memories and conveying Vietnamese national identity.
- Try warzone food – tapioca: When visiting Cu Chi Tunnels, tourists will try ancient war dishes and heart-touching stories about the Vietnam War.
- Watch the history document film of Cu Chi Tunnels: Watching documentaries about the war will help tourists better understand the history, culture, country, and people of ancient times and gain more Vietnamese historical knowledge.
The activities at Cu Chi Tunnels are extremely interesting and should be experienced. When coming to Cu Chi Tunnels, in addition to the experience of sightseeing and discovering history as well as learning more about war stories, there are also other extremely interesting activities that you can refer to in the article below.
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Cu Chi Tunnel is suitable for whom?
Cu Chi Tunnels is always an attractive destination for world tourists and this place welcomes many tourist groups every day. Cu Chi Tunnels are suitable for solo travelers, group tourists, families, and children. Tourists who love history want to learn more about the culture and history of Vietnam during the war and want to participate in recreational activities can visit Cu Chi Tunnels. However, there are some tourists you may have to keep in mind before visiting Cu Chi Tunnels:
Tourists have health problems
- Elderly people: when visiting Cu Chi tunnels, visitors have to walk quite a lot and perhaps it is not suitable for older visitors because walking for a long time will cause bone and joint pain as well as get tired faster.
- Tourists with high blood pressure and heart disease: going under the tunnels in small spaces will cause difficulty breathing as well as stress due to the cramped and dark space. Stress can cause high blood pressure that affects your health and can cause cardiovascular symptoms. The underground space is quite low in the air, which will cause difficulty breathing, as well as mentally unstable visitors who may be afraid when crawling through the tunnels.
- The tourist has a tall figure: Another note when crawling through the tunnel is that visitors who are too tall may not be able to fit into the tunnel, so please consider before participating.
- Those who are allergic to the weather: The weather in Cu Chi Tunnels is quite hot and sunny as well and there are many species of mosquitoes living here, so when visiting, you should apply enough sunscreen and anti-mosquito cream. And remember to wear a hat to avoid getting sick.
- People who are afraid of narrow spaces: Because the space inside Cu Chi Tunnels is quite tight and underground as well as dark, people with fear of confined spaces will not be suitable to crawl into the tunnel. This symptom will cause nervousness, anxiety, and difficulty controlling your emotions, so if you are suffering from this disease, always consider it when visiting.
Not suitable for those sensitive to war themes
Although Cu Chi Tunnels is a tourist attraction that attracts many tourists, it is not suitable for everyone. Cu Chi is a land heavily affected by war and is a historical site that is not for tourists who are sensitive and feel shaken by the somewhat bloody past here.
Cu Chi is home to many different types of traps such as tiger traps and traps made with rudimentary weapons but are full of danger and if you are not careful, falling or stepping on them will cause death. , the US military was terrified. These are narrated and not for the faint of heart and this is also a sensitive topic that not everyone can understand and absorb quickly. Although war movies are emotional, they also cause many mixed opinions because of the sensitive and pitiful images that make some viewers uncomfortable.
Cu Chi Tunnels are quite noisy and hot
This is a pretty hot place in the afternoon and on summer days, so if you want to visit, go early in the morning. In addition, there is a shooting range in Cu Chi Tunnels, so gunfire is quite noisy and can cause trouble for tourists who prefer quiet. If you go on holidays or weekends, the number of visitors to Cu Chi Tunnels will be very crowded, so it is best to go on weekdays to avoid being annoyed by the noise and crowds of tourists.
Is the Cu Chi tunnel really worth the experience?
Cu Chi Tunnels provide insight into the war
A visit to Cu Chi Tunnels brings a new perspective on interesting and touching historical knowledge. The Vietnam War was too fierce and since ancient times the Vietnamese army did not have modern or advanced weapons. Cu Chi Tunnels are considered to be quite well-built and difficult to be detected by enemies. With only rudimentary weapons such as hoes and shovels, the Vietnamese army dug shelters day and night. This was the strong will and patriotism that made the fighting spirit extremely high. From just small people, a massive underground labyrinth was created and a complex was created for resting, sheltering, and meeting underground troops.
In addition, Cu Chi Tunnels also denounces war crimes with the restoration of exhibitions and wall paintings about the brutality of the American military during the war, which is not for the faint of heart. Before the land of Cu Chi was brutally bombed, it was fertile land with many trees and succulent fruit gardens. When the war broke out, this land became tragic and lost its vitality. it’s inherent.
Journey back in time to learn Vietnamese history
Cu Chi Tunnels are always among the top places to visit in Ho Chi Minh City and indeed, this is a historical relic that bears the mark of time as well as the pride of the Vietnamese people. Tourists who love history may be attracted by old stories about war and stories about life and activities under the Cu Chi Tunnels. The experience of crawling through a tunnel is the most realistic experience of knowing the circumstances and feelings of ancient Vietnamese soldiers.
Thrilling activities on the ground will also impress you as a fun and educational experience. You can watch a documentary that quickly introduces the Cu Chi Tunnels. There are exhibits about booby traps, tanks, and weapons used during the war. Open your eyes when being introduced to the rudimentary but somewhat dangerous traps of the Vietnamese army that make the US military afraid and haunted.
Cu Chi Tunnels is an impressive construction of the century
Although it has gone through many ups and downs and suffered heavy destruction from war, Cu Chi tunnels are still a solid and extremely impressive structure because this place is extremely well preserved. Almost everything remains intact, from household utensils, traps, and underground rooms that are still intact despite being tinged with time. With a 250 km long tunnel system, inside the tunnels are full of works such as trenches, food warehouses, kitchens, water wells, living rooms, offices, clinics… connected like a spider web. turned Cu Chi into a solid base for our army and people in the resistance war against the US.
Today, the tunnels have been ranked as a special national historical relic, an interesting destination attracting a large number of domestic and international tourists to visit and learn about the war history of Vietnamese people and soldiers
Cost to visit Cu Chi Tunnels
The entrance fee for Cu Chi Tunnels is extremely cheap and worth experiencing because after visiting, you will gain a lot of useful knowledge and experience many activities such as shooting real guns and visiting traditional rice paper craft villages. tradition and make rice paper yourself. In addition, tourists can also visit Ben Duoc Temple, which is also a famous historical relic at Cu Chi Tunnels. Tourists are encouraged to take a tour to save time, and money and receive specific instructions for each tourist destination at Cu Chi Tunnels.
However, in Cu Chi, there are quite a few tourist traps and many tourists have been scammed and felt disappointed when coming here. Therefore, choose a reputable travel company and experience less touristy places in Cu Chi. Some benefits when tourists choose to visit Cu Chi Tunnels on a tour are that in addition to not having to spend a lot of time buying entrance tickets, there will be an air-conditioned tourist car to take them throughout the trip. The tour guide is enthusiastic and speaks 100% English. In addition to experiencing tunneling at Cu Chi Tunnels and shooting real guns at the shooting range, tourists will also visit Rice Paper Village and make traditional rice paper. This is an interesting experience and in addition, tourists will enjoy strange local specialties that are not available anywhere else, such as tea and tapioca. At the end of the trip, you will visit the memorial temple, which displays many autographs about the war and commemorates the soldiers who died in the war. Going to historical sites requires a guide to avoid wasting too much time, getting disoriented, and not knowing where to go, as well as avoiding tourist traps by fraudulent travel companies and gaining perspective. new, new experience with Cu Chi Tunnels. The tour cost is too cheap compared to the experience it brings to visitors and is a place to visit if you have the opportunity to visit Vietnam.
Time to visit Cu Chi Tunnels:
Cu Chi Tunnels operate every day of the year including holidays. Cu Chi Tunnels are best visited all year round! It is most crowded in the afternoon. You can choose a flexible departure time for your private tour to avoid tourists. However, be careful on rainy days (June and July) as the tunnel can get muddy.
Cu Chi Tunnels is a tourist destination worth visiting not only because of the practical experience of history but also for tourists to experience many attractive outdoor activities. If you have the opportunity to visit Vietnam, don’t forget to visit Cu Chi Tunnels to learn more useful knowledge during your trip! In addition, tourists will have a completely new experience, visit places that few tourists know about in Cu Chi Tunnels, and have unforgettable memories here. For detailed information about the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, please contact AN Tours Vietnam for advice.
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