The Cu Chi Tunnels
A sprawling network of tunnels spanning nearly 200km, The Cu Chi tunnels expand from close to the border of Cambodia to the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
The tunnel system also included hospitals, schools, dormitories and strategy rooms. The scale of the network was underestimated by the French and the Americans during separate wars.
An invisible, impregnable fortress, the Cu Chi tunnels, withstood most attacks the earth above the tunnels was able to support the weight of a 50-ton tank and the damage of light cannons and bombs.
The tunnels would also become home to entire families of people, some families living in the Cu Chi tunnels for 5 years! Most Vietnamese people would have to live on one meal a day of Yuca root.
The American forces were so frustrated at not being able to discover the extent of the tunnels, that they resorted to the most extreme measures.
The US used napalm and Agent Orange, turning the land above the tunnels into a moonscape, Eventually the entire Cu Chi area was declared a free fire zone, where American soldiers had orders to kill anything that moved.
Visiting the Cu Chi tunnels today
The tunnels today are used as one of the main tourist attractions of Vietnam. To give visitors a real sense of what is was like during the wars.
The tunnels are between 0.5 to one meter wide, just enough space for a person to walk along by bending or even by crawling. However, parts of the tunnels have been modified to accommodate visitors.
There are various ways to get to the Cu Chi tunnels, taking the bus is the cheapest way.
But taking a trip to the tunnels by boat is the most unique way, please click the link below to discover how;
Cu Chi tunnels by boat – Something a little different