The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.
The 121 km-long complex of tunnels at Củ Chi has been preserved by the government of Vietnam, and turned into a war memorial park with two different tunnel display sites, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. The tunnels are a popular tourist attraction, and visitors are invited to crawl around in the safer parts of the tunnel system. The Ben Duoc site contains part of the original tunnel system, while the Ben Dinh site, closer to Saigon, has tunnel reconstructions and some tunnels have been made larger to accommodate tourists. In both sites low-power lights have been installed in the tunnels to make traveling through them easier, and both sites have displays of the different types of booby traps that were used. Underground conference rooms where campaigns such as the Tết Offensive were planned in 1968 have been restored, and visitors may enjoy a simple meal of food that Viet Cong fighters would have eaten.
Above-ground attractions include caged monkeys, vendors selling souvenirs, and a shooting range where visitors can fire a number of assault rifles, such as the M16 rifleor AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.
To visit the Củ Chi Tunnels, it is recommended to do it through a tour. The prices for a tour are different, but you pay a maximum of 20 $.
The tour prices will almost always exclude the entrance fee to Cu Chi Tunnels of $4.90 / 110000 VND. This is payable direct to the staff once you arrive at Cu Chi Tunnels.
- Monday: 07:00 – 18:00
- Tuesday: 7:00 – 18:00
- Wednesday: 7:00 – 18:00
- Thursday: 7:00 – 18:00
- Friday: 7:00 – 18:00
- Saturday: 7:00 – 17:00
- Sunday: 7:00 – 18:00