Today, Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City is not only a special national monument but also a famous tourist attraction, serving tens of millions of domestic and foreign visitors each year. And find out details about these tunnels, please refer to the article we have summarized below.
Cu Chi Tunnels on top of impressive underground tourist destinations
The Cu Chi Tunnels were built in an area of heavy guerilla resistance, known to the Americans as the Iron Triangle, from a system of tunnels originally constructed as hiding places and links between villages in the 1940s by guerillas fighting against the French. The red soil in the is was hard and compacted and ideal for digging tunnels that didn’t collapse. In the gap between French occupation and the arrival of the Americans the tunnels fell largely into disrepair, but the area’s thick natural earth kept them intact and maintained by nature.
The Viet Cong enlarged the tunnel system in the 1960s and began hiding entire military units in them and used them as the command center for guerilla activity in an area that became strategically important. It was a fortunate stroke of luck for the Viet Cong that the South Vietnamese government constructed many “strategic hamlets” near Cu Chi, which provided the guerrillas with new recruits and support and means of spying on their enemy.
Cu Chi Tunnels, explore underground ruins
The historical origin of Cu Chi Tunnels – the pride of Vietnamese people
Cu Chi has long been famous around the world for its intricate network of tunnels, tied to the glorious history of the southern land. Cu Chi Tunnels is currently one of the alluring sights attracting both domestic and foreign tourists.
Cu Chi Tunnels is a defense system in the ground in Cu Chi District, which was implemented by National Liberation Front for South Vietnam in the Indochina War and Vietnam War. The tunnel system includes numerous clinics, rooms, kitchens, storage, office, and system of the underground. The tunnels own a length of about 200 km and ventilation systems are disposed of in the bushes, avoiding the observation of the enemy. Located at the end of Ho Chi Minh Trail, Cu Chi Tunnels were established on the land known as the “iron land”, which has long been one of the most popular sights in almost Ho Chi Minh City Tours.
The system of multi-tiered tunnels multi-layered complexity currently remains unchanged as the war period with the secret hatch covers and tunnel entrances connecting underground passages among the basements together. In the tunnel system, there are special closed-door buttons in different places which are used to prevent the enemy or toxic gas. On the length of all tunnels are carved the unrevealed ventilation vents onto the ground and are extremely discreetly camouflaged. In addition, tunnels and underground paths are arranged with numerous smart and skillful deadly traps in combination with dangerous traps.
Tourists enjoy the experience of visiting the tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels currently preserves about 120 km long and gradually becomes a captivating attraction in Ho Chi Minh City. Tourists to the tunnels have a chance to experience the life in the tunnel through trying to taste the dishes previously used in Vietnam army, such as boiled cassava, sesame… Go down to dark and boundless tunnels to understand the struggles, hardships, and resilience of Vietnam army.
Not only attracting domestic tourists, but the tunnels also received a huge interest from foreign friends. After experiencing themselves for the life in the underground in wartime, you will understand the reason why the tiny Vietnam country gained its independence and victory and Cu Chi, a poor land could cope such 21 year-uninterrupted difficulties. In particular, the presence of tourist guides in wartime costume right in the bushes or at any turns makes tourists feel like to be lived in the time of the real Cu Chi battle. Going to Cu Chi Tunnels, tourists will have an opportunity to witness and ascertain 2 main attractions. Ben Duoc Tunnels: Saigon – Gia Dinh Army Base has been conserved in Phu Hiep Village, Phu My Hung Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City; and Ben Dinh Tunnels: Cu Chi Army Base has been conserved in Ben Dinh Village, Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu Chi District, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam or foreign tourists after visiting Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh are admired and proud of Vietnamese people. Discovering history and wartime, what are you waiting for?