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Cu Chi tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels

The Cu Chi tunnels were a stronghold of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, and provide modern visitors with a fascinating insight into the era.

During the 1960s, when war broke out between the United States and Vietnam, the Viet Cong resistance fighters in the south of the country built a vast network of tunnels across the country. The tunnels gave them the perfect means to shelter from US troops, transport supplies, store weapons and pass on messages, and its thought that they contributed greatly to the eventual victory of the North Vietnamese.

The tunnels stretched for hundreds of miles along the length of Vietnam, and today you can visit a small section of the network at Cu Chi, in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. The Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc sections of the tunnel have been preserved and enlarged to allow more adventurous modern visitors to crawl through and experience conditions first hand. Those less inclined to tunnel life can learn about their history and the Vietnam War in general above ground, as recounted from the Vietnamese perspective.

A visit to the tunnels provides a stark insight of the challenges of existence both for the Viet Cong and the US military charged with taking control of the region.

Cu Chi tunnels

located in Ho Chi Minh City

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