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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

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 2,788 reviews

Amazing experience - would highly recommend!

The tour was absolutely amazing. We had a fantastic tour guide who was really knowledgeable in the history, culture and background of the sites we visited. She was constantly giving us information and fun facts as we were going through the tour and continuously checked in that we were all comfortable. Cu Chi was an eye-opening experience - definitely recommend going through the tunnels with the local guide as it completely changes your perspective of what the Vietnamese went through during the Vietnamese/2nd Info-China war. The visit to the Mekong Delta was also really enjoyable, with a variety of sights and stops involved. Massive plus from my side was that I forgot my sunglasses on the tour bus and was able to pick them up first thing in the morning the following day before heading to the airport! Really good service.

Day was well balanced, good pace / energy and informative. Great fun!

Steven was our host and tour guide for the day. He was brilliant, had a great energy and while he had to remain focussed to keep the day on track, he was also relaxed and able to have some fun and chat with all of us. He was very professional, he did the tour company proud and gave it a good name. On this basis we would recommend the company and day tour! Some times these days can loose energy, especially towards the end, but Steven kept us informed about what's coming next so we could keep looking forward and he was full of information throughout the day. He had an entertaining way that kept they day light and fun too. And between Steven and the driver they always made sure we had refreshments etc.

Loads of history and well organised tour

Jimmy, our guide was very nice and gave us loads of information about what happened in Cu Chi and in general about the war. His English was sometimes difficult to understand but we got the overall points and we could clearly see that he had loads of knowledge, it was just a bit of a language barrier. The tunnels are of course the highlight and although narrow, there are 6 exits so if you are feeling that you can't manage it, you can leave every 20 metres or so. I left at the 4th exit and it was very good, glad I did it and overall, we were very glad we did this tour to know more about their history. Ah, they make an initial stop in a shop where handicapped people make crafts and to use the toilets.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by

Viet was a great tour guide with a lot of knowledge and personality

Viet was a great tour guide, who shared interesting stories and perspectives both on the bus and at the tunnels. By booking online, the bus was able to pick us up at our hotel in District 1, which was extremely convenient. The tour was well worth the price, especially at the discounted low-season rate. The bus ride was longer than i expected (1.5+ hrs), but was well worth it to get a chance to see the tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels: Morning or Afternoon Guided Tour Reviewed by

Amazing experience. A must for any visitor to Ho Chi Minh.

We had a great day. Tour company picked us up on time, ensured we were looked after during trip with water, convenience stops and refresher towel. Our guide Jimmy was friendly, warm and charming...sharing knowledge and stories. Definitely worth it. Bus driver was also very good, confident and patient in crazy Vietnam traffic. A long day but a great day. Also loved the lunch and village experience.

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