The Cu Chi Tunnels
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August 15th, 2008 – by: redeye
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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