The area of Cu Chi was one of the most pro-communist districts in the far south; indeed the VC used the tunnels to organize the 1968 Tet Offensive. During the American War, the entire area of Cu Chi has designated a free-fire zone and was heavily bombarded: you can still see numerous craters caused by 500 pound B52 bombs.
It was this persistent bombing campaign that drove many of the residents of Cu Chi together with the Viet Cong underground. Originally the tunnels had been created as far back as 1948 to help combat the French. Now they were rapidly expanded to include innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers kitchens, and even schools.
Today the remaining tunnels of this intricate network have been widened to accommodate the larger western frame and have now become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience of what underground life in the American war must have been like and a deep appreciation of the courage and ingenuity of the Vietnamese people
7.45 – 8.00 am: Pick up you at the meeting point, start to the downtown of Ho Chi Minh for touring along the famous Dong Khoi street, passing by the Opera House, Town Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral & central Post Office and Independent Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon: We are heading to Hoc Mon District to visit Cu Chi Tunnels, is 70 kilometers Northwest of downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The Cu Chi Tunnel system had been created a long time back, from 1948 to assist Viet Minh in the combat with French.
Back to the hotel in the late afternoon.
– Air-conditioned car
– English speaking tour guide
– Entrance fees and 01 water bottle/pax
– 01 Lunch (standard option is not included)
– Drinks and tips
– Travel insurance
– Personal expenses