Day 14: Cu Chi tunnels - group tour (B)
Pick up at your hotel from 7.45 – 8.00AM:
Located 60km from HCMC, Cu Chi is now a popular spot for both Vietnamese
& foreign tourists - the network of over 200km of tunnels became
legendary when they played a vital role in the War. In their heyday, the
tunnels were functioning underground cities including numerous trap
doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons
factories, field hospitals, command centers & kitchens.
Today, ducks and water buffalos happily co-exist in the rivers along the
side of the road. However, the peaceful rural rice paddy scenery belies
the area’s violent history. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the
destruction, damage & defoliation over this whole area, caused by
bombing and mines. There is plenty of evidence of the fierce battle that
took place here during the 1960s when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone".
Start our tour in the morning, before entering the tunnels visitors can
watch a short introductory video showing how the tunnels were
constructed. You will spend the next hour exploring the tunnels.
Afterwards, enjoy tea, cassava (guerrilla’s food during the war). Return
to Sai Gon.
Accommodation: Sunflower hotel or equivalent