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Cu Chi Experience - Small Group Tour

Experience the world of the Cu Chi Freedom Fighters with a visit to the famous tunnel system. This network of over 200km of tunnels became legendary during the 1960s when they played a vital role in the American War. In their heyday, the tunnels were functioning underground cities.

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City behind, a 2.5 hour journey west towards the Cambodian border will bring you to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. This network of underground passages was built during the Indochina conflict, to act as a clandestine base from which the Viet Cong could operate. The location was of significant strategic importance - at the end of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail and within striking distance of the southern Vietnam capital.

Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks and by 1965, the tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200kms of tunnels. It included hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants and to protect against outside intruders bobby traps were laid throughout the complex.

Today the Vietnamese government have preserved approximately 75 kilometres of the tunnels as a memorial park, even widening some tunnels and installing light so that western tourists can now fit through the complex. Your local guide will take you on a fascinating trip around the tunnels where you learn more about the conditions people lived in, the hardships they faced and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels.

Walk past huge bomb craters - evidence of the heavy artillery campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens and even sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on.

Experience Includes

  • Guided visit to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Walk through part of the tunnels and learn what subterranean life was like
  • Village stop to get a local insight into Vietnamese life
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

Front entrance of the Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris St, District 1 (next to Notre Dame Cathedral)

Start times

7.30am.

Duration

5-6 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • To ensure a more personal experience, the group sizes are limited to 12 passengers.
  • Please note there is a minimum age requirement of 6 years in order to participate.
  • Dress standard: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.