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The History of Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels

This huge network of underground tunnels in Vietnam which has been presereved by the Vietnam government and has become a popular tourist destination as a war memorial.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during the Vietnam war, and were a base of operations for the Vietnam army.

What were the tunnels used for?

What were the tunnels used for?

As well as an underground hiding spot, the tunnels were used to transfer communications, supplies, food and weapons.

As living quarters
Photo: David McKelvey@flickr (CC BY 2.0)

As living quarters

Viet Cong soldiers would also often live in the tunnels, sometimes remaining underground for days at a time.

Tunnel conditions

Tunnel conditions

Life in the tunnels was not good. The tunnels were full of dangerous animals and insects, and food, water and air was scarce.

U.S. Campaigns against the tunnels

U.S. Campaigns against the tunnels

A number of attempts were made by American bombers during the war to destroy the tunnels as they knew that the tunnels were a strong advantage for the Viet Cong.

Our insider tips

When to visit?

You can visit the tunnels throughout the year, however make sure to book a place on a tour in advance as they do get busy. You can choose from half or whole day visits.

How to get there

There is a bus from Cu Chi to Tay Ninh: Bus no. 70-1. From Cu Chi – Tay Ninh: Cu Chi station – Highway 22 – Trang Bang station – Highway 22 – – Go Dau Tay Ninh station.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Tour times vary, with half day tours leaving twice a day, full day tours once a day.
  • Is it expensive?
    Ticket prices vary by company, so shop around!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    If you're not doing a tour, check private car/taxi prices from your location. A public bus can take 3 hours.
  • Additional information
    ** The two tourist entrances are at Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. | English-speaking guides and food options are available on site.*

What people are saying about Cu Chi Tunnels

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 4,768 reviews

WOW! What an unbelievable experience. We got picked up from our hotel then travelled to the cu chi tunnels. Along the way our guide Nim told us about the history of ho chi minh and vietnam! It Was very interesting. The tunnels were an amazing experience. Again Nim had plenty of knowledge and experience for us. We had a beautiful lunch along the saigon river and then went to the mekong delta. The distance between the 2 places wasnt an issue as it gave us chance to have a nap! We went to unicorn island and had honey tea, coconut candy and we travelled down the river on rowing boats. Nim was a fantastic guide and very funny. He answered all of our questions perfectly. We were glad to have paid a bit extra to have a smaller group (there was 7 of us) as it felt more personal and less rushed. We cannot stress enough how good the tour was! Would 100% recommend!

I arrived in Ho Chi Mihn City with a bad case of food poisoning. I spent two of my three days in the city recovering, so on the last day I decided to book this tour to make the most of my final day in the city. Mario was a great tour guide and I really got a great bang for my buck and time on this tour. There are some parts that feel a little touristy and cheesy, but overall it's a fun experience and I learned a lot.

We were lucky because we booked the "cheap" version and got the "luxus" version instead. All in all it was quite nice and interesting to see. however, the boating tour through the Mekong delta was not what I expected. It could have been longer and less crowded. I also expected a longer boat ride and nicer surroundings.

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Mr Phu was awesome. So informative and he made the tour flow so well. The bus is luxury- Really nice to travel in. Feel like we got a real feel for the places we went. But... Don’t think it needs the horse ride part. It was too hot for the horses and they were very skinny.

Excellent in every respect. Ethan the guide was great and everything went According to plan from the pickup to the boat ride, tunnels and lunch. Ethan passed on masses of knowledge and was a great guide. If you only do one trip out of Saigon, do this one with Kim Travel.

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