Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City (1 day)
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Cu Chi Tunnels & Ho Chi Minh City Tour
Cu Chi Tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district, 70 kilometres north-west of Ho Chi Minh City.
They are part of a much larger network of tunnels of around 200km in length, well known nationwide and worldwide.
The Cu Chi Tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the American War in Vietnam. The tunnels are between 0.4 – 1m wide, just enough for a person to pass through by bending or crawling. However, parts of the tunnels have been modified to accommodate visitors.
The upper soil layer is between 3 – 5m thick and can support the weight of a 60 tonne tank and the damage from light cannons and bombs. The underground network provided meeting rooms, sleeping quarters, command rooms, hospitals, and other social rooms.
A visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels provides a better understanding of the prolonged resistance war of the Vietnamese people and also of the persistent and clever character of the Vietnamese nation. Since 1988, two sections of the tunnels have been open for visitors.
Ho Chi Minh City, formerly well renowned as Saigon, is situated in the southern part of Vietnam.
The wide Saigon River, which takes a huge turn from the east of Saigon, links the city with the sea. The city has a special charm, with its essentially French colonial character. The city’s colonial villas, wide avenues and a lively cafe society remind you of the days of French domination.
Over decades Ho Chi Minh City has experienced a spectacular change in its cityscape. The once low-rise landscape of the city’s central area, District 1, is now marked with shining skyscrapers including high-rise apartments, international hotels and companies. This bustling, vibrant, industrial hub of the nation is the biggest city of Vietnam as well. Saigon is also the cultural centre and economic capital of the country.