CU CHI TUNNELS SAIGON: A ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR A DAY

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Are you wondering how lớn get to lớn the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels outside Ho chi Minh City? Should you take a tour or try lớn get there by yourself?

The Cu chi Tunnels Tour was one of our highlights when visiting Ho bỏ ra Minh City in Vietnam. We had mixed reactions from friends when we mentioned that we were planning a visit to the tunnels. Some said ‘that it was too touristy and a waste of money, others enjoyed the experience and recommended that we visit. We always go with our instincts and in this case, as always, our instincts were right.

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Our Cu bỏ ra Tunnels guide will assist in giving you options on how lớn get lớn the Cu đưa ra Tunnels. Whether you go on a tour, on your own, by local bus or by speedboat you vì have khổng lồ plan your journey well in advance. Although it is only 46 km from Ho chi Minh City, that 46 km could take you up khổng lồ 3 hours depending on traffic và road conditions.

Throughout our 2 months of travel from North to South Vietnam, we had been brushing up on our history of Vietnam. From the War Museum in Hanoi to the Walk of Revolution Tour in Hue & adding the War Remnants Museum in Ho đưa ra Minh và now the Cu đưa ra Tunnels, we had a clearer understanding of Vietnam’s turbulent war history.

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Contents

3 Cu chi Tunnels How to Get There7 Our Cu bỏ ra Tunnels Experience8 Going Down The Tunnels11 Essential Visitor Information for Ho chi Minh

Our YouTube đoạn phim of the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

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Cu bỏ ra Tunnels How to lớn Get There

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Inside the Cu đưa ra tunnels

Cu đưa ra Tunnels Location Map

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Saigon khổng lồ Cu đưa ra Tunnels

Address of Cu bỏ ra Tunnels: Đ. Tỉnh Lộ 15, Phú Hiệp, Củ Chi, thành phố hồ chí minh 733814, Vietnam

Getting to Cu chi Tunnels by Local Bus

From Ben Thanh Market take Bus #13 khổng lồ Cu chi Bus Station.

From Cu đưa ra Bus Station take Bus #79 khổng lồ the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels.

From mang lại Lon Coach Station take Bus #94 khổng lồ Cu chi Bus Station.

From Cu bỏ ra Bus Station take Bus #79 khổng lồ Cu bỏ ra Tunnels.

NB:

The journey will take around 2.5 hours & costs VND26,000 (USD$1.00).

Entrance Fees to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

Ben Dinh VND 110,000 (USD$ 4.80)

Ben Duoc VND 90,000 (USD$3.90)

Getting lớn Cu đưa ra Tunnels by Boat

The tour takes around 6 – 7 hours. You take the tốc độ boat up the Saigon River for an hour. At the Cu đưa ra Tunnels, you will visit the traps used & have the opportunity lớn crawl through some of the tunnels. For an extra charge, you can shoot an M16 rifle at the shooting range.

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Why Choose A “Get Your Guide Tour” Over vị It Yourself

Heavy traffic & traffic jams are the ‘norm’ in Vietnam, it is a major consideration if you are thinking of visiting the Cu bỏ ra tunnels yourself. One thing for certain is that we did not want to bởi vì a bus tour with a 50 seat capacity touring bus full of other tourists. We wanted a tour that was smaller, around trăng tròn people maximum. We wanted a guide that was knowledgeable & who could give us the Cu chi tunnels facts, figures & history.

Every khách sạn and travel agency in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố sells Cu chi tunnels day tours either half-day or full-day. The one question we had with so many tours available, how could we tell one tour from the other, were we getting a guide or just a driver with some knowledge and where could we read the latest reviews about the tour.

We have used Get Your Guide many times throughout our travels & we felt comfortable using them again for this tour. We could read the latest nhận xét and we knew up front what was included & what was not.

Duc was our guide for our Cu bỏ ra Tunnels half-day tour. Duc was a guide for Vietnam Adventure Tours & run tours on behalf of Get Your Guide. He was a great guide, funny và knowledgeable.

We were guests of Get Your Guide & as always our opinions are our own.

Opening Hours of Cu đưa ra Tunnels

Opening Hours: 8 am lớn 5 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Cu chi Tunnels

What were the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels Used for?

During the War of Independence in the 1940s communist forces began lớn dig a tunnel complex by hand. The tunnel complex grew in the 1960s with the presence of the Americans during the Vietnam War.

The Viet Cong used the tunnels as sleeping quarters, weapon rooms, a command centre, a hospital và a communications và supply route. There was even a theatre and a music hall built.

How deep are the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels?

There are 3 levels. Secret doors enabled the Vietcong khổng lồ get in and out via secret stairwells.

The first level reaches 3 – 4m deep.

The second cấp độ reaches 5 – 6 m deep.

The third cấp độ reaches 8 – 10m deep.

How did the Viet Cong Dig The Tunnels By Hand

The tunnels were dug a short distance at a time by digging with their hands. They had no equipment available lớn use.

How far are the Cu chi Tunnels from Ho chi Minh City?

There are two sites for the Cu chi Tunnels. Most of the tours (our Get Your Guide tour included) visit the Ben Dinh site which is located 50 km from Ho bỏ ra Minh. The second site, Ben Duoc, is around 60 km which can add another hour of travel.

What is the difference between Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc?

The tunnels at the Ben Dinh site have been reconstructed và enlarged whereas the tunnels at the Ben Duoc site still are mostly original & there are fewer tourists there. There is the opportunity of firing an AK47 và other rifles at Ben Dinh (this is not included in the price of the tickets, you have lớn pay extra for the bullets).

How long are the Cu chi Tunnels?

The tunnels are 250 km in length & reach the Cambodian border.

What were the ‘tunnel rats’?

The tunnel rats were the names given lớn the Americans who were given the task of going underground to lớn locate the enemy troops and find any booby traps. Only the smallest of Americans would be suitable for the job.

How long bởi vì you need at the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels?

It takes about 2 hours khổng lồ see the Ben Dinh Cu chi Tunnels complex.

What vì you wear to lớn Cu Chi?

You need lớn wear comfortable clothes that will get dusty & dirty especially if you climb into the tunnels. Bear in mind that you will be crawling on your knees in the tunnels so long trousers are recommended. We would also recommend sneakers or shoes that are covered in.

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Our Cu đưa ra Tunnels Experience

Our Booking Experience

We booked our Get Your Guide Morning Cu đưa ra Tunnels Tour online. Within a few hours we received confirmation from Vietnam Adventure Tours with the details:

pick up time from our hotelgroup kích thước 22 personsair-conditioned busEnglish speaking tour guideWaterEntrance FeeTapioca

The tour excludes:

travel insurancepersonal expenseslunch

Lamphat Handicap Lacquer Company Visit

All tours lớn Cu bỏ ra Tunnels include a visit to lớn the Lamphat Handicap Lacquer Company. Vietnam is famous for its lacquerware that dates back to lớn the 3rd & 4th centuries. The lacquerware was being produced by handicapped Vietnamese who were war victims who still wanted khổng lồ be able to work & earn a living.

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The process of creating Vietnamese Lacquerware

We were shown around the company and explained that 16 coats of duck eggshells và 24 coats of mother of pearl were used in the quite detailed process that goes through trăng tròn stages.

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Laying the delicate eggshells into the pre-drawn pattern

The eggshell is then coloured by the artist from natural mineral pigments that have been mixed with chemical dyes.

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Painting the eggshells with a mineral pigment và chemical dye

The lacquerware is polished, varnished, polished and then the final shining process takes place. The over products are beautiful. They create bowls, plates, pictures và more. If you are interested in purchasing lacquerware whilst in Vietnam, a visit khổng lồ Lamphat is recommended, not only are you getting an original you are also helping the handicapped people earn a living.

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The final product

The traffic was very heavy after we left the Lamphat Handicap Company on our way to lớn Cu Chi.

We had time to lớn watch a movie about the War & the Cu chi Tunnels whilst in traffic jams

Our guide took this time to show us a movie about the Tunnels.

Modern Main Entrance at the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels where you purchase tickets, drinks and a small shop

On arrival at the Cu bỏ ra Tunnels, we were a little surprised. We did not expect a modern building that included the ticket sales and a siêu thị and then a long undercover walkway to lớn get to the tunnels, we were thinking of something a bit more rustic. Luckily, our tickets were included in the price of our tour, so we did not have khổng lồ queue.

After wandering through the tunnel we headed towards a maps that showed the layout of the 250 km of tunnels. Duc explained to lớn us each region.

Cu chi Tunnels Map

Map of the layout of tunnels at Cu Chi

There is also a diagram of what the tunnels looked like underground.

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How the spider website of tunnels looked like

There were many small groups in front of us. At times we did have to wait for a few minutes until the previous group moved onto the next section.

Cu bỏ ra Tunnels Trap

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This is one trap you would not want to lớn walk over

Definitely, this one is a ‘booby trap’. Kiểm tra out the spikes.

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The Vietnamese were smaller than the US troops và were able to fit into much smaller spaces. They used these holes as lookouts. They fought the GIs (as they were called) during the evening, they had an advantage they knew the terrain.

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Holes were so small that the GIs could not fit in or even locate where they were.

It was not easy to get into the tunnel hole or get out of it.

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Duc our guide showing how difficult it was to get in and out of

Examples of Traps Used by the Vietnamese

Swinging Up Trap

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Swinging Up Trap

Rolling Trap

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Rolling Trap

Shooting Range

You can hear the shooting range before you see it at Ben Dinh. There are regulations, you have to lớn be over 18 years of age and in good health. Each bullet works out lớn USD$2.00 and you have lớn buy them in sets of 10.

Pro-Tip:

There is a coffee shop near the shooting range. It is very noisy, but it is where the groups wait whilst some of the group members try their hand at shooting.

Going Down The Tunnels

Well, we were a little nervous. If you have high blood pressure or a fear of confined spaces it is not recommended khổng lồ enter. Duc explained that at certain distances there is an opportunity khổng lồ climb out. We lasted lớn the first escape passage, finding it very hot và claustrophobic. About một nửa of us ‘baled’ at the first opportunity và at the end of the tunnel only 2 remained. The tunnels became smaller & towards the end, they were crawling along on their stomachs. Give it a go!

What did the Vietnamese Eat Whilst in The Tunnels

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The diet of the Vietnamese in the tunnels – tapioca with a spice mix và tea

Food was short during this time, the Vietnamese ate Tapioca. Tapioca is the starch that is extracted from the roots of the cassava plant. During the tour, we were able lớn taste the tapioca which came with a spice that livened up what could have been a very bland dish. Tea was also served with the tapioca.

After we had our small snack we headed back to lớn the bus và the long traffic jams back into Ho chi Minh City.

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Where lớn Stay in Ho đưa ra Minh City

During our time in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, we stayed in two different properties both located centrally in District 1. If you stay in District 1 you are within walking distance to the major sites in Ho đưa ra Minh City.

The 5-star luxury Pullman Saigon Centre khách sạn is located at 148 Đường è Hưng Đạo, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1, hcm 070000, Vietnam.

The hotel offers luxury accommodation in the heart of District 1 with a swimming pool, gym, good WiFi và their Urbane Lounge & the Mad Cow Wine & Grill that offers excellent views over the city. The hotel is in walking distance to Bui Vien Street, nicknamed ‘Backpackers Street” which is full of bars and restaurants. It is perfect for families, couples và solo travellers. Breakfast is included.

You can read our nhận xét here.

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We also stayed at the 4 star A25 Boutique Hotel located at 55/29 Lê Thị Hồng Gấm, Phường Nguyễn Thái Bình, Quận 1, hồ nước Chí Minh, Vietnam. The khách sạn is located in District 1 and offers comfortable accommodation, with a rooftop swimming pool with views, gym, good WiFi & breakfast is included. It is a popular mid-range khách sạn and we would recommend booking in advance.

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NB

The Get Your Guide Tour will collect you from hotels in District 1.

Essential Visitor Information for Ho bỏ ra Minh

Getting In 

Ho chi Minh’s tung Son Nhat International Airport is the largest in Vietnam. It is located 6 km North of District 1.

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