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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

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?

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

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

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

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

Well organized, really intersting tour with the coolest guide!

The tour is really good. Also people who are claustrophobic can easily take part. Crawling in the tunnels is only a very small part of it. Our tour guide Vu was perfect. She is really funny, gives you loads and loads of information and always makes sure, everybody is onboard. Answered all questions thrown at her. Did the half day tour which was sufficient. Needed to catch a flight later that day but they were right on time so that everything worked out. Highly recommend the tour.

Good value for money, traveling style with lots to experience

Our transportation was amazing and comfortable. Our driver was very informative with so much to see and do all in one day. Amazing from start to finish. Wouldn’t got any better tour than this one.

Cool Experience - Your Guide Brings the Site to Life

Our guide Ken really put perspective and life behind everything we saw. Would recommend it for sure!

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Alexander Joseph, 08/26/2018

Amazing experience on this must see trip!

We can across hundreds of tour operators for the Cu Chi Tunnels. Fortunately we lucked out with our GetYourGuide experience. As advertised there was only 10 people in our group, van was comfortable and our guide (Pine) was awesome. He provided a great history of the Vietnam War and Tunnels. Highly recommend!

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by Stephen, 08/23/2018

A very good tour with Henry, to Cu Chi and the Mekong.

Great guide, well informed, excellent English. A fascinating glimpse into a bit of history, and an enjoyable trip on the Mekong. Terrific seven person Limo for transport, and a very pleasant lunch as well. Highly recommended.

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