Spreading below Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels connect to a broader network of tunnels that served the Viet Cong during the war against the United States. North Vietnamese fighters used the dark, insect- and disease-infested tunnels to avoid aerial attacks, hide, move troops and supplies, plan battles, and launch attacks. After the U.S. realized the importance of the tunnels to Viet Cong military strategy, it led a series of campaigns to infiltrate, bomb, and destroy them, a feat that proved largely unsuccessful. Numerous tour operators run visits to the tunnels; prepare for cramped spaces. Use our Ho Chi Minh City day trip planner to visit Cu Chi Tunnels on your trip to Ho Chi Minh City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Cu Chi Tunnels Reviews
We have read quite a lot about the tunnels but I have to say there is nothing better than an actual visit. I went in to the tunnels to the first level (20m). I wish now I had gone deeper but I have... more »
This is pretty much a must do when visiting Ho Chi Minh. The tunnels are not actually real but they give you a really good idea of how it was (although a lot easier I suspect). To be fair, in terms... more »
This place is definitely not close to Ho Chi Minh City, and you probably should (if not MUST) get a tour guide to really get an understanding of the area. This place is a remnant of the Vietnamese war, where the Vietcong used to stay when hiding from the American soldiers. The tunnel itself is staggering in scale, when you realize that it is several levels underneath the ground, and ingenious when you find out that it wasn't made with special tools. It is definitely cramped, and if you're short and lean, congratulations, it's your time to shine, since you probably will enjoy the experience better than someone who has the opposite descriptors. They have a rather cheap souvenir shop as well, where you can even purchase car tire sandals that are still in use by the Vietnamese armies today.
Was an awesome experience to learn about the Vietnam war and witness first hand what life was like during these times. There were many tunnels you were able to enter (I just did one because they’re pretty scary) and you even get to try some tapioca! Definitely recommend!
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