The Cu Chi Tunnels

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Original tunnel entrance
The district of Cu Chi lies 70km North of Saigon and houses an immense network of underground tunnels which were of great strategic importance during the Vietnam war.  These tunnels have been preserved and, in recent years, opened to tourists.

Wanting to avoid the over touristy experience, we decided to take a local bus to the Cu Chi around lunchtime, and give the organised tours a miss.  It was a great decision because, despite the stares, laughs and occasional look of disapprovement from the locals, it was cheaper ($1 return; organised tours were $6) and it got us there in the afternoon when all the tourists had already left.  The entrance fee to the tunnels includes a free tour guide who is able to show you around the site and relate the story of the Cu Chi Guerillas.

The story is an amazing one.  An immensely complex network of tunnels dug by a peasant people, with simple hand tools and a great deal of ingenuity.  Several successful campaigns were waged by the NLF using the tunnels as a base of operations, perhaps most notably the Tet offensive of 1968.

The US fought back and launched several major campaigns to destroy the network and eradicate the guerillas.  They were all unsucessful.
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Original tunnel entrance
Original tunnel entrance
Entrance to Cu Chi Tunnels site
Entrance to Cu Chi Tunnels site
Temple on the site
Temple on the site
Area map
Area map
Tunnel map
Tunnel map
Model of part of the tunnel network
Model of part of the tunnel network
Close up of three chambers in model
Close up of three chambers in model
This entrance point has been widen…
This entrance point has been wide…
Original entrance when closed
Original entrance when closed
I just about fit...
I just about fit...
Crawling through a tunnel
Crawling through a tunnel
Water well within the tunnel compl…
Water well within the tunnel comp…
Ventilation shaft disguised as ter…
Ventilation shaft disguised as te…
Booby trap
Booby trap
Ouch
Ouch
Mock up of operations chamber with…
Mock up of operations chamber wit…
Oh yea, the tunnels are full of ba…
Oh yea, the tunnels are full of b…
This one is sleeping
This one is sleeping
Bombs dropped by B-52s
Bombs dropped by B-52s
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