Ho Chi Minh is an interesting city with lots to do. Every city we travel we look for the top things, the “must do” things on the list while visiting. Angkor Wat was the #1 for Siem Reap, Cambodia and on many lists the Cu Chi Tunnels are # 1 for Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
There is so much War history in this city and it would be quite easy to do every post about this. It is interesting too because the history accounts you see and read here are very much anti-American. ( Glad once again that I am CANADIAN) I know now why the guys from the hotel that picked us up at the airport had big smiles and were very happy we were from Canada.
The Cu Chi tunnels are a huge network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh city, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of this country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations in 1968.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.
These tunnels are an elaborate underground community made up of 250 km of tunnels and chambers below the city. The tunnels were dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940s, and further expanded during the Vietnam War. Despite all the bombings in their town, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their lives beneath the soil, where they slept, ate, planned attacks, healed their sick, and taught their young. Some even wed and gave birth underground, but over 10,000 lost their lives here.
Today we took a boat ( decided on this rather than a bus tour) up the Saigon river to Cu Chi and saw first hand. We were able to go underground and see for ourselves how life must have been…not too pretty! They even widened these narrow tunnels when they opened it up for tourists. I can’t imagine…
There is also a shooting range at the site where you can choose your rifle, buy 10 rounds…35,000 Vietnamese Dong/bullet and fire away. Of course David had to do this. And hearing all the shooting at the range while doing the tunnel tour made it seem very realistic.
We enjoyed a wonderful trip on the boat, breakfast, fruit and drinks and an authentic meal at the dock before heading back to the city in the afternoon.
Another GREAT adventure!