Imagine spending your days living in underground tunnels and only being able to come out at night when the sun sets - that is what the people of Cu Chi did nearly 50 years ago during the Vietnam War. This underground maze played an important role in the Viet Cong's resistance against the American forces. It was not only used as a place to hide but also as makeshift hospitals, kitchens, and living quarters.
Before the war, Cu Chi used to be a fertile land with an abundance of forest and tropical fruits. After suffering from chemical poisons, napalms, and B-52 bombs, the region turned into a vast, empty field that was full of ashes, but the brave and local people stayed to fight for their freedom. They built a fishbone underground system to hide and connect houses and villages together. On the surface, countless traps and mines were placed, making it hazardous for the Americans to come near. Are you curious about how the Viet Cong soldiers got around? Save that question for your local guide on our incredible tour!
Did you know that Cu Chi Tunnels are always among the top three most-visited attractions in Ho Chi Minh City? Indeed, it is a great place to learn about the history of the place that is considered vital to the result of the Vietnam War. If you have always been curious about the guerrilla fighting strategy, there is no better place to witness their tactics in action than Cu Chi.
Think of Cu Chi Tunnels as a historical park. History buffs would be thrilled just by wandering around and reading the descriptions. What if you want to have meaningful conversations or more insights from a local perspective? What if you don't have time to spend on research but still want to make the best out of your time here? What if you are desperately looking for that one and only trip that does not take you to souvenir shops?
This is why we are here.
You will get to experience yourself the extensive, complicated underground network that Cu Chi is famous for. The original length of this network is about 250-kilometer, stretching all the way to the Cambodian border. During the Vietnam War, people built a special system to pump air into the tunnels in which they live, breathe, and cook!
Now, a portion of 100-meter length is open for visitors who want to get a glimpse of what life underground was like. Channel your inner warrior and conquer this underground maze as fast as you can! Crawl, jump, wriggle: do whatever it takes to help you survive.
Thrilling activities on the ground will also impress you as a fun and educational experience. You can watch a documentary film served as a quick introduction of the Cu Chi Tunnels. There are exhibitions of the booby traps, tanks, and weapons that were used during the war. Eye-opening is what travelers usually say as they watch our local guide show them how the traps work in action.
Next, you can also see simulations of shoe-making and weapon-making processes. Take a quick rest and enjoy the taste of Cu Chi specialty dish 'tapioca with sesame salt' and a hot cup of tea. For those who feel more adventurous, head to the shooting range where you can fire real AK47, M16 rifles or M60 machine guns!
Two of the most common concerns about taking a Cu Chi Tunnels tour are touristy shops and inattentive local guide. Those who choose to take the trip on their own will have to bear with the logistics of arranging a car or take the 3-hour-long bus.
Traveling should not put you in a dilemma between two unfavorable options. With Inspitrip, you can sit back and enjoy a totally pleasant ride on air-conditioned cars. Thoughtful itineraries were designed to maximize your experience, such as the combo tour that includes a visit to the famous Napalm Girl village.
Most importantly, our local guides are Vietnam War veterans and history experts who can bring tremendous values to your trip. Feel free to ask them questions and expect meaningful answers in return. Satisfy your curiosity now!
"Pine was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and friendly guy. Would highly recommend"
"Very informative for a first time visitor to Vietnam"
"Good guide, good grip."
"Jackie was wonderful! He is so knowledgeable about the war and history and shared so many incredible stories with us. He goes really deep and spent much more time with us than any tour. We could ask any question and he..."
"His engagement and sharing his own history makes it more exciting and the warmth and caring for others make me safe to be on this trip ‘alone’"
"Sally was a terrific guide with the perfect mix of humor and information. Highly recommend her!"
"The war tunnels were very interesting and our guide Tony knew a lot about it and likes a joke now and then. Very good tour"
"I wanted to see the tunnels at Cuchi and The Mekon for the first time ever. This tour accomplished that plus a couple of other visits en route. It was a long and full day from start to finish a lot was packed in to the..."
Totally! The Cu Chi Tunnels will give you a lot of insight and knowledge about the Vietnam War, because several military campaigns took place here during that time. History buffs will be delighted with all the cool facts told from a local’s perspective, as well.
For the simply curious souls, there are documentary films, shooting, exhibitions of weapons and booby traps, underground maze, and countless other activities. All are even suitable for children.
Good news … the Cu Chi Tunnels are best visited all year-round! It is the most crowded in the afternoon. For a private tour, you can pick a flexible departure time in order to avoid the tourists. Be careful on rainy days, however, as the tunnels can get a bit muddy.
Yes, for sure. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a history theme park where you can simply walk around and discover it for yourself, by yourself. It is located about 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City and takes about an hour and a half to get there by car. You can also take a local bus, but it would take about three hours to get there.
There are two places where you can experience the tunnels: Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. Ben Duoc is further from Ho Chi Minh City and tailored for local tourists. Ben Dinh is closer to Ho Chi Minh City, and the tunnels have been enlarged for international tourists. Please make sure that you know which tunnels you want to visit.
The easiest way to explore these tunnels is to select one of our many experiences. Transportation, entrance fees, and other logistics will all be taken care of. Plus, a highly knowledgeable guide, who is either a Vietnam War veteran or a history expert, will provide you with invaluable insights. If you are more interested in understanding the historical background rather than merely looking at displays, why hesitate to book with us?
A one-way trip takes about an hour and a half drive from the city center. People usually stay at the tunnels for about two to three hours. The total duration of the trip, including travel time there, is about six hours. If you travel by bus, the trip can take eight to nine hours in total, depending on traffic and the bus schedule.
You can research the Vietnam War and the role of Cu Chi Tunnels in the war prior to the trip. That way, you can make the most out of your discussion with your local guide. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes in order to crawl into the underground tunnels and insect repellent. Most importantly, be open-minded and ready for an adventure!
We have lots of options for you, from private to small group tours and more.
Most importantly, the tours are all crafted by our carefully selected local guides. In addition to having expert knowledge, they are passionate about bringing the most satisfying experience to you, as well as promoting sustainable tourism. What could be better than that?