Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos
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

Read more >

Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Classic Vietnam is the perfect introduction to the country, taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of this spectacular destination.

    Classic Vietnam

    Cruise on Halong Bay, visit floating markets on the Mekong Delta, see ancient kingdoms come to life in Hue, and relive war history in Saigon. Classic Vietnam is a fantastic two-week introduction to the country, covering all the best sights from north to south.

    Read more >

    Classic Vietnam is the perfect introduction to the country, taking in the diverse cultural and scenic highlights of this spectacular destination.

Other suggested History

View more >
  • The DMZ and Vinh Moc tunnels

    The DMZ and Vinh Moc tunnels

    The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), also known as the 17th Parallel, was the site of some of the fiercest and bloodiest battles during the Vietnam War.

    Read more >

  • My Son ruins

    My Son ruins

    The most significant remnant of the once-powerful Cham Dynasty can be found at My Son, a short drive from Hoi An.

    Read more >

  • Dien Bien Phu

    Dien Bien Phu

    The scene of the decisive battle of the First Indochina War, Dien Bien Phu is synonymous with the defeat of the French colonial powers in Indochina.

    Read more >

  • Duong Lam village

    Duong Lam village

    Not far from Hanoi is Duong Lam, a rural village in the northern Red River Delta famed for its well-preserved traditional architecture.

    Read more >

  • War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace

    War Remnants Museum and Reunification Palace

    Learn about Saigon's fascinating combination of colonial, post-colonial and post-Vietnam War history through its architecture and museums.

    Read more >

  • Cyclo ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter

    Cyclo ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter

    Discover the '36 streets: a warren of narrow alleys packed with street food stalls that make up Hanoi's Old Quarter.

    Read more >