The most popular trip out of Ho Chi Minh City is to the Cu Chi tunnels complex, where villagers once dug themselves out of American firing range. Cu Chi Tunnels is often twinned with a tour around the beautiful Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh. Not only a famous military work of Vietnam and the world, a national historical relic, Cu Chi Tunnels is also an attractive destination for tourists.
The history of Cu Chi Tunnels
Origins of the tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels is an underground defense system in Cu Chi district, 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. This system was dug by the Viet Minh resistance and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam during the Indochina War and the Vietnam War.
The multi-storey tunnel system is able to withstand shells and the weight of tanks and armored vehicles. In the tunnels, there are stoppers at the necessary points to prevent the enemy or chemical poisons from being sprayed in, and the dangerous sections also have tunnels, traps, etc. Many tunnel doors are structured into combat pegs, a very flexible sniper mound, combined with about 500 km of trenches, fortifications, and minefields on the ground that have turned Cu Chi into a legendary steel land during the resistance war. against invaders.
To wipe out this revolutionary base area, the US and puppet troops carried out more than four thousand sweeping operations, with many modern weapons and means of war; poured down about 500 thousand tons of bombs and bullets1; 480 tons of toxic chemicals of all kinds. Based on the tunnel system, Cu Chi’s army and people steadfastly held on, “an inch can’t go, an inch can’t leave”, “grab the enemy’s belt to fight”, practice close combat with sniper tactics, ambush, ambush. Making the most of the synergy of the people’s war, with three fronts of attack, military, political, and military gear, he achieved outstanding feats2 and was awarded many noble prizes by the State. With its stature and historical value, Cu Chi Tunnels is like an underground fortress, a wonder of Vietnam’s unique military art, demonstrating the resilient and indomitable will of the people of the “land” steel”, becoming a famous place in the world, a red address for national defense and security education for the people and armed forces.
The residents of the area dug individual tunnels and tunnels to avoid invasions of the invaders and as shelters for our troops. At first, each village built a separate tunnel, then due to the need to travel between the villages and communes, the tunnel system was connected to form a complex and continuous tunnel system.
Later, the tunnels expanded to many places, especially 6 communes north of Cu Chi and the structure of the tunnels and tunnels was improved to become a hiding place for forces, when fighting, they could communicate and support.
Where are the Cu Chi Tunnels located
The Cu Chi Tunnel complex is located at the two sites of Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc, outside of Ho Chi Minh City.
Cu Chi Tunnels is a “unique” revolutionary base registered in the history of Vietnam. This tunnel system was created from simple tools and bare hands of soldiers and the Cu Chi people during the resistance period.
There are continuous works with tunnels: trenches, mounds, battle shelters, tunnels for eating, sleeping, meetings, activities, military medicine, Hoang Cam kitchen… Cu Chi tunnels have entered the history of the heroic struggle of the Vietnamese people as a legend of the 20th century and became a famous place in the world.
How to get to Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh City
Only about 70 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi, you can take a bus or taxi or ride a motorbike by yourself along Highway 15 in the Northwest for just over 1 hour. Particularly for Western tourists to Cu Chi Tunnels, they can follow provincial road 6 to provincial road 15 and stop at the tourist area.
If from Hanoi, visitors can go to Cu Chi by road or plane. By road, you will follow Highway 1A to Phan Thiet, Long Khanh. Then go along Nguyen Chi Thanh Boulevard Binh Duong. This is the easiest route to go by motorbike.
If you choose to go to Cu Chi by plane, you will take a trip from Hanoi to Tan Son Nhat airport with prices ranging from 1 million to 2 million. Then continue from the airport you will hire a taxi, bus, or motorbike to get to Cu Chi tunnels.
Cu Chi Tunnels tourist attractions
Cu Chi is nicknamed “the land of steel” by the soldiers of the armed forces here established during the anti-American era. This is the miniature space of the transformation map of Cu Chi’s army and people during the 30 years of resistance war to bring independence and freedom to the Fatherland. According to Cu Chi travel experience, you only need to spend a day to visit this entire historical relic site.
Visiting Cu Chi tunnels area
Stopping here, you will directly visit the two-story tunnel system up to 120 meters long. At the same time, experience the life of the people here in the days of the war against America. The joint works were built to serve the fighting needs of the people of Cu Chi such as mounds, trenches, battle incubation, sleeping, eating, food paper storage, Hoang Cam kitchen … And indispensable rewards. Enjoy simple and delicious wartime “specialty” dishes such as tapioca dipped in sesame salt.
War reenactment area in Cu Chi
The whole scene of the bloody war of the old Saigon people is realistically reproduced in this area. Besides, this war re-enactment area also preserves models of relics and beautiful landscapes of our country such as Long Bien Bridge, Saigon Bridge, Nha Rong Wharf or One Pillar Pagoda… If you have the opportunity to visit this place, don’t forget to Save a few photos for a meaningful trip.
The delicious and attractive dishes of Cu Chi Tunnels
Referring to Cu Chi, it is hard to ignore delicious dishes that are extremely unique such as: Boiled noodles, cassava, tea dishes… Enjoy the food right in the underground kitchen in a humid space. cramped. Surely you will feel grateful for the sacrifices, hardships and needs of the heroes of the past.
Visiting Cu Chi Tunnels is the preferred choice of many tourists when coming to the South, for the purpose of discovering the culture and history, the heroic war relics of the Southern Vietnam people. It can be the admiration for the intelligence, creativity, irony fighting spirit and endurance of Cu Chi’s army and people in building and developing the system. Saco Travel firmly believes that after a tour of the “maze” in the ground, an unforgettable feeling will remain in the mind of visitors.
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