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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

Excellent tour with #1 tour guide in the world - Mr Lockie

A great experience on this tour. Not only was Mr Lockie so knowledgeable and honest with his sharing on Vietnam culture and history, he was also extremely entertaining and hospitable. He made effort to engage every single one of us at every point of the way. Will surely look for him when I'm back in Vietnam.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Bryan, 05/19/2019

Lockie - the best tour guide in Viet nam

We have been on a few trips in Viet nam. One of the crucial elements is the person of the guide. This time we experienced a very professional man. Lockie - tried to both to convey as much as possible of the information but also he managed to entertain us with some funny stories and singing by himself. I learnt more about the history of Viet nam from this one guide than from all others! Lockie was motivated to show us as much as possible in the most comfortable way which was difficult in the hot jungle environment. Lockie - number one! :)

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Artur, 05/16/2019

best trip we've had in Vietnam - thanks to the guide

On this trip we've met Lockie, the guide, who made the short trip to be full of surprises. I think he loves his job - he does it very naturally. The tunnels must be seen if you're in Saigon. The trip to the Mekong delta was very short & on the run, but we liked it this way.

Excellent way to fit in lots of Vietnam in one day!

Really enjoyed this tour, the car was very comfortable and got us everywhere ahead of schedule (unheard of here)! The two main stops provide a lot of the history of Vietnam at Cu Chi and how the people live their lives now at the Mekong River. In between there are a couple of stops for local art projects, candy makers and honey producers and while they are all opportunities for the local people to sell their wares there is no pressure and seeing how they produce these products really is an enlightening insight into the local culture. Would definitely recommend for anyone with limited time looking to fit a lot in, it was perfect for me as I was here for work and only had one day for sightseeing.

Just an awesome experience. Our guide was a Veteran of the South Vi

Just an awesome experience. Our guide was a Veteran of the South Vietnam Army, who told us a lot about the war and the circumstances at the Time

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Lukas, 04/30/2019

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