Another highlight activity when we traveled to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam was the visit at the Cu Chi tunnels. During this trip, I would say history is brought to life. I couldn’t imagine the suffering these great people of a great country went through for the sake of their freedom.
The Cu Chi tunnels was the traditional way the Vietnamese used to fight against the Americans. It was their way to make surprise attacks and then vanish unobserved. The tunnels run over 200 km. Some are shallow and some are dug deep inside the hills. I was impressed on how resourceful and creative the Vietnamese were.
The exhibition was very interesting and the history surrounding the tunnels was fascinating. I learned a lot about the Vietnamese history and the Vietcong in particular. I also learned how long people lived in these tunnels, how they set traps and dismantled bombs for spare parts and scrap metal.
The tunnels are cool to see. To me, it was a unique experience when I crawled through the tunnels and I couldn’t imagine what life must have been like for the soldiers staying inside the tunnels for days with no air and light. While we were crawling, we chickened out after only going 60 meters into the tunnel.
Apart from the tunnels, there are also hospital rooms, meeting rooms and kitchens. These were used to take care of the people staying underground. You can also see bomb craters everywhere, which reminds you of what actually happened there. There is also a gunrange where you can pay to shoot using a variety of different firearms if you wish. While we were walking through the jungle, we heard shooting which actually makes the experience more real. But, we didn’t get a chance to try it because it was already dark when we finished the visit.
We booked a tour with Luxury Travel Vietnam and had a great time. The tour was very affordable and they picked us up in a bus. Our guide was good and spoke fluent English. This place was on my bucket list and I was not disappointed.
I would definitely recommend visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels while you are in Saigon if you are interested in the history of the war.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- It takes about 2 hours by bus from Ho Chi Minh to get to Cu Chi Tunnels.
- If you wish to get inside the tunnel, you can choose how far you want to go such as 20, 40, 60 or 100 metres.
- The tunnels are tight and would be cramped for tall or overweight people.
- Make sure you wear trousers.
- Make sure you take a torch with you as it is needed for the crawl on the dark.
Have you visited Cu Chi Tunnels? How far have you crawled?