Cu Chi Tunnels - Top most attractive underground works in the world
- on Jan 8, 2019       By: LucyH
In 2013, the US TV channel CNN announced a list of 12 underground works that attract the most tourists in the world, including the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam. A cluster of underground works dubbed the steel land went into the heroic struggle history of the Vietnamese people as a legend of the 20th century and became a famous place in the world.
Cu Chi tunnel is dug on an area of laterite clay so it has a higher durability and less landslide. Located about 70 km northeast of Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City. This is a place to shrink the metamorphosis battle of the Cu Chi army and people in the fierce long-term resistance during the 30 years of fighting against the invading enemy to gain independence and freedom for the country, a unique architectural work located deep in the ground being constructed like spider webs, with accommodation and meeting room with a total length of over 250 km …
Who built the Cu Chi Tunnel
According to History.com, The tunnels were often dug by hand, only a short distance at a time by the Communist guerrilla troops known as Viet Cong (VC). The soldiers used these underground routes to house troops, transport communications and food, lay surprise attacks and handmade traps, after which they could hide away underground for safety. From the late 1940s, Viet Cong began digging a network of tunnels under the jungle terrain of South Vietnam, during their war of independence from French colonial authority. At its peak of the Vietnam War, the network in the Cu Chi district linked VC support bases over a distance of some 250 kilometers, from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border. For now, there are 120 km of the network maintained and open for tourists.
Locations of Cu Chi Ho Chi Minh Tunnels
Ben Duoc Tunnels: Phu Hiep hamlet, Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district
Ben Dinh Tunnels: Ben Dinh hamlet, Nhuan Duc commune, Cu Chi district
Cho Lon Bus Station: 46 Le Quang Sung, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh city
Cu Chi bus station: Xuyen A, Cu Chi district
An Suong bus station: An Suong crossroads, National highway 22, Ba Diem commune, Hoc Mon District
Transportation and road to Cu Chi tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnel is about 70 km from the center of Saigon to the Northwest, to get here you can go by taxi, motorbike or bus.
Bus 13 (option 1): Catch bus number 13 in Trong Dong, Ben Thanh, District 1 to Cu Chi bus station. From Cu Chi bus station bus number 79 to Ben Duoc tunnels or bus number 63 to Ben Dinh tunnels.
Bus 13 (option 2) Bus number 13 to An Suong bus station. From here go on bus 122 to Tan Quy station and transfer to bus number 70 to Ben Dinh.
Bus 94: Board bus 94 (Cho Lon bus station - Cu Chi bus station) in 12 Xuan Dieu to Cu Chi bus station. From there transfer to bus number 79 to Ben Duoc tunnel or take bus 63 to Ben Dinh tunnels.
Bus 04: Take bus line number 04 in Ham Nghi A, Ben Thanh market to An Suong port. Transfer car 122 to Tan Quy wharf. Finally, go to Line 70 straight to Ben Dinh.
If you travel by taxi, you just need to get in the car and say "Let us go to Cu Chi Tunnels", you will only have to spend about 1.5 hours to be here. Taxi prices range from around 500,000 - 600,000 VND / trip.
If traveling by motorbike or self-driving car: From Ben Thanh you go along National Highway 22, go to Cu Chi area turn to Nguyen Thi Rach street then go straight. Or you can go to Hoc Mon market, follow Trung Nu Vuong street, then go straight to Tan Quy intersection and continue straight for about 15km to the tunnel.
Opening hours and the entrance fee of Cu Chi Tunnels
Opening hours: 7:00 AM - 5PM
Fares to visit the tunnel ofchi chi are divided into 2 types:
- Domestic tourist: For domestic customers: Adults: 20,000 VND
- International tourist: Adults: VND 110,000 VND
Note: When going to visit the Cu Chi tunnel, you should just bring lightweight luggage, necessary items such as hats, long-sleeved shirts to prevent forest mosquitoes.
What to visit in Cu Chi Tunnel
Cuchi wildlife rescue station
Wildlife rescue station is located between Pharmacy station and Dinh station, about 1km from Cu Chi tunnels. Founded in 2006, up to now, the largest wildlife hospital in the South has saved about 3600 rare animals.
Cu Chi tunnels
This is definitely the main attraction in your journey. Here, you will experience the life of the tunnels as a war-era father, visiting, exploring every corner of the 120-meter-long tunnel system with 2 floors, eating food that people the locality used to eat when in the tunnels.
The area of war zone re-emergence
As the name suggests, this area is the place for you to see the "footage" of the entire war in this steel land. In addition, in this area, there are also famous Vietnamese monuments and landscapes such as Nha Rong, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, Long Bien, One Cot, Saigon bridges …
In this area you are not only instructed how to disassemble and disassemble the gun, but also try the shooting skill. This area attracts many domestic and foreign tourists to experience. Ticket price is 50,000 VND / person / 60 minutes.
Swimming pool area
After a while in the underground, surely you will want to immerse yourself in the cool blue water, right? So please take a walk for about 15 minutes to get to the bathing area simulating the East Sea, the ticket price is about 20,000 VND / person
Trung An fruit garden
The South is famous for its fruit garden, there is a place in the tunnels. This is the place for you to stray to a spacious, cool orchard and enjoy delicious soy fruits such as durian, rambutan, plum, jackfruit etc
Try the food in Cu Chi tunnel
Sweet potato dipped with crushed peanut used to be the only food supplied to the whole force during the war. Coming here you can not only visit the tunnel but also experience a part of the life used to happen in the Cu Chi tunnel.
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