An immense network of connecting underground located about 70 km to the northwest of Sai Gon is the Cu Chi tunnels that run to more than 120 miles (200 kilometers) in total length in this area alone. With the victory scale, Cu Chi tunnel went into the history of heroic struggle of the Vietnamese as a legend of the 20th century and became famous in the world.
Learn the history of Cu Chi tunnel with student tour Vietnam
Local fighters began digging a network of tunnels in 1948 as a means of shelter from the French air attacks during the Indochina conflict. In the early 1960s, the tunnel systems gradually expanded and were of great importance to the Vietnamese communist troops in their resistance to American forces and helped to counter the growing American military effort. The movement of digging tunnels increasingly thrived, the old and the young, boys and girls participated with excitement to establish fighting tunnel. The strength of the human will was able to any difficulties. Only by means of very primitive tools including hoe blade and the bamboo basket, Cu Chi soldiers and people have made a great work with hundreds of kilometers to connect the hamlet together. At least 45,000 Vietnamese men and women are said to have died defending the Cu Chi tunnels over the course of the Vietnam War.
Understand functions of the tunnel system with student tour Vietnam
The Cu Chi tunnels is very educative to foreigners to learn about different aspects of the Vietnam war and how the culture had an influence. The network provided vital access and strategic control over the large rural area surrounding Sai Gon, over the following two decades the tunnels became a complex underground city including trenches, fighting places, hiding spots during combat, hospitals, communication and supply routes, water wells, Hoang Cam stoves, food and weapon caches, defenses and living quarters. This meant despite all the bombings in the area many of the local people could still continue to live underground. In its prime and at its most impressive the Cu Chi tunnels stretched from the southern Vietnamese capital all the way to the Cambodian border to the west, and in places was dug to 3 stories deep.
Meeting room inside the tunnels – student tour Vietnam
Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh sites – student tour Vietnam
Much of the original tunnel system was destroyed in bombing raids during the 1970s but existing parts have been restored and opened as a poignant and fascinating reminder with two differently underground displaying sites, Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh. 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 Sai Gon, has tunnel reconstructions and some tunnels have been made larger to accommodate the larger size of Western 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 have been restored and visitors may enjoy boiled cassava tuber that local fighters would have eaten during the combat time.
Entering the tunnels with student tour Vietnam
Go with student tour Vietnam to visit Cu Chi tunnels
Entering the underground tunnels, visitors are presented with a short film of the Cu Chi tunnels so that they have an understanding of how the tunnel system actually works. Then they visit network of war memorial park for a curiousness or a challenging exploration of the intrepid visitor. 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 rifle or AK-47, as well as a light machine gun like the M60.
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