The tunnels of Cu Chi was the holy revolutionary base of Military Region Committee Saigon-Gia Dinh Command of Cu Chi District Party Committee and all Cu Chi People, where was also a versatile battle formation to front enemy and to contribute significantly to task of enemy fighting and national unity.
Located about 70 km (44 miles) to the northwest of HCMC, the Cu Chi tunnels are one of Vietnam's proudest patriotic shrines and achievements during the Vietnam War. From these hiding places, Viet Cong were able to spring devastating surprise attacks on their enemies. In fact, by the mid- 1960's, it is believed that over 200 km (124 miles) of tunnels laced the region around Cu Chi. The tunnels run up to 10m (33 ft) deep, each with a breadth of between 0.5 to 1m (11/2 to 3ft), and stacked up to three levels. The top tier could support the weight of a 50-tonne tank, with the middle layer, could withstand moderate mortar attacks. The lowest level will virtually impregnable. Located at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and straddling both Highway 1 and the Saigon River, the tunnels were of vital strategic importance.
In coming to Ho Chi Minh city, visit Cu Chi Underground Tunnel, to understand how was the long - during fight of hardship, to properly comprehended the profound aspiration: loving of peace, independent, happy and warm well-fed permanently.
CU CHI TUNNEL
Phu Hiep, Phu My Hung, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City
Ben Dinh, Nhuan Duc, Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: (84.8) 37948823 - 37948820 - 37946442 * Fax (84.8) 37948764
Entrance Fee: 90,000 VND
Transportation: 7,000 VND (Bus Ride -1.5 hours)
or $25-75 dollars (private car)