Take a speedboat to the Cu Chi Tunnels
The Viet Cong tunnels at Cu Chi, outside Ho Chi Minh City, have long attracted visitors interested in learning some of the sobering facts about life during the Vietnam War. However, with nearly 9 million people now living in the city, traffic has become an increasing problem on the highway to Cu Chi and it the drive can take well over 2 hours. We are therefore recommending that all our clients wishing to visit the tunnels instead do so by speedboat from a jetty in the centre of the city. Private and shared speedboats are available and the enjoyable journey is just an hour, taking you on a scenic route on the river out of the city, past lush countryside, before mooring up right next to the tunnels to commence your guided tour. Drinks and fruit are served on-board the speedboat.
This vast network of tunnels, stretching for over 150 kilometres, was built by the Viet Cong in the battles for the South. The tunnels are a sobering insight into the dedication of the Viet Cong who virtually lived in the narrow and claustrophobic tunnels whilst the war raged. Nearby, a chilling demonstration of the traps and weapons that were used against the Americans is given. The Cu Chi tunnels have been widened in places for visitors, however they can still be dark, hot and claustrophobic inside so please bear this in mind if you do not like enclosed spaces.Back to experiences in Vietnam