The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the...
The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.
Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels
Duration: ½ day
Depending on your hotel location you will either be picked up or you’ll need to go to our meeting point to start your cultural and historical adventure! Please see your voucher for specific details.
Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese & foreign tourists alike. The 200km network of tunnels became legendary because of their vital role in the war. In their heyday, the tunnels were fully functioning underground cities including numerous trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffaloes happily co-exist by the rivers along the side of the road, the peaceful rice paddy scenery masking the areas violent history. Visitors find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage & defoliation throughout this whole area, caused by bombing and mines.
There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that took place here during the 1960’s when Cu Chi was a
"Free Target Zone".
The trip to Cu Chi will take approximately one and a half hours by bus.
Upon arrival, before exploring the tunnels, you will have some short introduction followed by introductory video about how the tunnels were constructed and how the people survived in the harsh conditions of the wartime. We then spend some time to explore the remaining area and tunnel systems which includes the special constructed living areas with kitchens, bedrooms side by side with other martial facilities like storage, weapon factories, field hospitals and command centers helping those who lived inside the tunnels to meet their basic needs. Besides this, there are many hidden trap doors and dangerous traps within the maze-like tunnels for security purpose during the war. Afterwards we serve special tea and cassava (guerilla’s food during the war).
You’ll have some spare time to relax or for those who want to try, shooting real shooting guns. We then return to Saigon for lunch and to finish the trip.
The prices stated on our website is the morning trip and includes brunch back in Ho Chi Minh City. The morning tour departs 7.30-8am and ends after brunch (simple lunch) in Ho Chi Minh City at around 2.30pm
The afternoon trip departs at 12.30pm and is ends in Ho Chi Minh City at around 7.30pm, no lunch included. The price is $23 p.p.
Please be aware that pick up is only included in certain areas for District 1, like Bui Vien, De Tham and Pham Ngu Lao, in all other cases you'll need to go to the meeting point. The voucher with pick up details will privide this information.