Jul 29, 2012

Cu Chi Tunnels Vietnam

The tunnels of Củ Chi are a large network of underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City Saigon), Vietnam that made up to more than 250 km in total length, 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.



The tunnels were dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940s, and further expanded during the Vietnam War in the 1960s to provide refuge and a defensive advantage over the American soldiers. During war and bombings in their town, the peoples were able to continue their lives beneath the soil, where they slept, ate, and planned attacks.

They US recognized the advantages that the Viet Cong held with the tunnels and accordingly launched several major campaigns to search out and destroy the tunnel system. Operation Crimp began on January 7, 1966, with B-52 bombers dropping 30-ton loads of high explosive onto the region of Củ Chi


HTGT
Cu Chi located about 40 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam. There are many tour packet to Cu Chi tunnels from Ho Chi Minh. Tour operators on Ho Chi Minh will quote from USD40-70/person. It will be cheaper for group tour.






If you're making the trip independently, hop on bus 13 from the Ben Thanh bus station. The last stop on the route is Cu Chi. Bus fare is 7,000 VND, and the ride is about 1.5 hours. When you arrive at the Cu Chi bus station negotiate a motorbike driver for the 20-minute ride to Cu Chi tunnels for around 100,000-200000 VND return (pay attention as starting price could be 200,000 VND or more)

Before reaching the site during the trip from Ho Chi Minh, you will see rubber plantation along the way.



Like Indonesia and Malaysia, Vietnam also is an exporting country for natural rubber.


rubber latex



THE SITE
The 75-mile (121 km)-long complex of tunnels at Củ Chi has been preserved by the government of Vietnam, and turned into a war memorial park.



parking area


Open daily 9am - 5pm
Admission: VND 90,000


Weapons gallery show a collection of rifles used in vietnam war




Entrance gate




Ex-bunker , to show tourist a brief history of Cu Chi tunnels including video of vietnam war


A model showing a typical section of the Cu Chi tunnel system. Inside the tunnels there were headquarter, dormitory, storage depots, kitchen and first aid station. Each entrance equiped with trap


simple tool to dig the tunnel


barely visible and camouflaged


The US soldiers had difficulty finding any Viet Cong guerillas, the operation was a frustrating experience. Enemy were present in tunnels beneath their feet, the difficulty was  finding the entrances.


the tunnel sections at this site have been made wider and taller to accomodate tourists




The tunnels are a popular tourist attraction, and visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system. Some tunnels have been made larger to accommodate the larger size of Western tourists, while low-power lights have been installed in several of them to make traveling through them easier and traps have been clearly marked.

Consider your body before getting in as some had difficulties getting out and had to crawl to the exit point.


A ventilation shaft




self made weapons gallery


They can made mines from ammo they took from their enemy.




And the weapons were distributed thru tunnels




How did Viet Cong survive with limited foods?. They made and brought rice paper that could last for days.


A dried food made from rice and as thin as paper




Another food they ate during war are traditional tapioca. In Indonesia, it is called Singkong or Ubi Kayu.



SUMMARY
Interesting and historical site.
You can rent a room in any hotels in Ho Chi Minh city stay and visit Cu Chi tunnel in one day.




Reference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cu_Chi_tunnels
http://wikitravel.org/en/Cu_Chi



Video - Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam War Underground Tunnels

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