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The History of Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels

This huge network of underground tunnels in Vietnam which has been presereved by the Vietnam government and has become a popular tourist destination as a war memorial.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during the Vietnam war, and were a base of operations for the Vietnam army.

What were the tunnels used for?

What were the tunnels used for?

As well as an underground hiding spot, the tunnels were used to transfer communications, supplies, food and weapons.

As living quarters
Photo: David McKelvey@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

As living quarters

Viet Cong soldiers would also often live in the tunnels, sometimes remaining underground for days at a time.

Tunnel conditions

Tunnel conditions

Life in the tunnels was not good. The tunnels were full of dangerous animals and insects, and food, water and air was scarce.

U.S. Campaigns against the tunnels

U.S. Campaigns against the tunnels

A number of attempts were made by American bombers during the war to destroy the tunnels as they knew that the tunnels were a strong advantage for the Viet Cong.

Our insider tips

When to visit?

You can visit the tunnels throughout the year, however make sure to book a place on a tour in advance as they do get busy. You can choose from half or whole day visits.

How to get there

There is a bus from Cu Chi to Tay Ninh: Bus no. 70-1. From Cu Chi – Tay Ninh: Cu Chi station – Highway 22 – Trang Bang station – Highway 22 – – Go Dau Tay Ninh station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tour times vary, with half day tours leaving twice a day, full day tours once a day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices vary by company, so shop around!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    If you're not doing a tour, check private car/taxi prices from your location. A public bus can take 3 hours.
  • Additional information
    ** The two tourist entrances are at Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. | English-speaking guides and food options are available on site.*

What people are saying about Cu Chi Tunnels

Great experience brought to life by a local!

A very entertaining and knowledgable guide and comfortable transport. Our guide really added some interesting insights based on his own family history and upbringing. Didn't appreciate however all the "commercial" stops and practically forced to buy local products. I'm all for supporting the local communities who share their lives with us but needed serious cash to pay for the disabled persons products, tip the rowers, tip the muscians, tip the boat guy, buy honey products, buy coconut sweets... the only downside to an otherwise very enjoyable trip!

From Ho Chi Minh: Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta VIP Reviewed by Victoria, 15/04/2019

One of the best tours ever! A must for all visitors to Ho Chi Minh!

My tour guide (Sally) and driver were very punctual picking me up at my hotel. I however was late and they waited patiently for me. For the record, Sally was one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable guides I've had on any tour in the world. She made a great day even better! The facilities at Cu Chi tunnels are clean, safe and accessible. There are many exhibits and artifacts to see along the tour including multiple versions of tunnels, booby traps, a destroyed tank and artillery. There is also a live-fire gun range. Going into the tunnels themselves is not for the faint of heart! I thought I could make the full 100 meter journey but only lasted 20 meters. There is a small dining area along the trail with a variety of food and beverages for purchase. The tour is very thought provoking and guests should be respectful as it's an actual battle ground. I highly recommend this for people of all ages.

perfect tour with professional guide Long

I had a really great experience. Thank you very much. I really recommend this tour. It was possible to postpone the tour on the next day due to sickness without problems. Tourguide speaks perfectly english and it was very easy to follow him. A must do when you are in Ho chi Minh. Dont miss it.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Karin, 06/04/2019

Long was knowledgeable and entertaining!

Long did such a good job of keeping the ride interesting and educating us on how Vietnam was & is today as well as giving us an excellent tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels! We are so glad we went!

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Daniel, 02/04/2019

Excellent; our guide was so professional and really helpful

One of the best days of my holiday and most of it was down to the tour guide. She was brilliant throughout the whole day.

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