Check out this YouTube video for a glimpse of Cu-Chi Tunnels…
When many think of Vietnam, they are reminded of the war that took place long ago. But, it is often forgotten by the locals since they are surrounded by such mesmerizing landscape and bustling environment. But, it is also fascinating to learn about their history and culture. Part of this is to visit the Cu-Chi tunnels in Vietnam. 70 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City in the district of Cu-Chi, is a network of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam War of 1959-1975. These small tunnels were used for military soldiers to hide inside during combat. The tunnels served as living quarters, communication routes, delivering supplies, food and weapon storage and even hospitals for the guerrilla fighters (Viet-Cong).
The Cu-Chi tunnels are 250 km long and 3 levels deep with dark narrow passages, the diameter is extremely small. The entries to the tunnel are really tiny (almost the size of the circumference of a thin Man’s body) and hidden under leaves. Only 2 sites of the tunnel still exist: Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc, the rest have been demolished. Cu-Chi tunnels are recognized internationally as engineering marvels.
Life in the tunnels during the war was extremely difficult. You could almost imagine and feel how difficult it could be by actually going inside and seeing for yourself. Besides the harsh conditions, these tunnels helped Vietnam to defeat the US Army with the many surprise enemy attacks which ended the war.
Tourists who visit Cu-Chi tunnels can have the chance to actually enter inside the tunnels and get the real experience!