Today’s destination is the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam. A fascinating 200 km system of underground tunnels. You can visit Cu Chi from Ho Chi Minh City on a day tour.
We booked ours with Happy Tour and we were off in a comfortable minibus to see one of the most famous battlegrounds on earth. Then we paid $6 US per person, I see now that it is $20 online with Happy Tours, but I am sure that you can still book in Saigon for a better deal. How quickly prices rise with the onslaught of tourism.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a must see destination. During the War it was the major battleground.
All of those old war movies that you watched where the US soldier ran after a rebel in the jungle only to have him disappear in plain sight…well a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels explains all that.
It was a masterful system right under the noses of the US army. The American’s knew they were there though they just couldn’t find them. Not for lack of trying however. Agent Orange, napalm and constant bombing was used to try to find the tunnel system that had eluded them. The jungle was completely wiped out and barren. It had been ruined by man, but Mother Nature’s is a strong entity and with time has healed herself and it is now lush and green.
If you really listen to your guide and forget that you are on a kitschy tour exploiting the horrors of war, you can learn a great deal about the tactics used by a people filled with strong will to defeat a more powerful enemy.
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