Best tips for catching the bus to the cu chi tunnels

If youare in Ho Chi Minc City and looking for a day trip, then look no further thanthe Cu Chi Tunnels. They are one of Ho Chi Minch City’s mosticonic attractions & well worth the visit.Coupled with a visit lớn the War Remnant Museum & you’ll be well onyour way to a memorable history lesson about the Vietnam War.

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Kitchen in the Cu Chi Tunnels.

The CuChi Tunnels consist of a vast & ingenious network ofunderground tunnels, wells, and disguised air vents and doorways. Connecting living & cooking areas, storagefacilities, hospitals, command centers and riddled with hundreds of trap doors,they played a strategic role in the resistance of theViet Cong soldiers during the Vietnam War & helped them tocontrol a large rural area around Ho Chi Minc City.
Diagram of the Cu Chi Tunnel system.

Located just northwest of Ho ChiMinc City, this extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels covers 75 miles ofunder underground area & stretches all the way khổng lồ the Cambodian border. Built over a period of 25 years, the initialconstruction began in 1948 during the war against the French. Originally only a small network of tunnelsconnecting villages, the system was expanded massively during the Vietphái mạnh Warand helped the Viet Cong covertly move supplies và troops around thearea.
One of the many pillboxes in the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Althoughthe Cu Chi Tunnel Complex covers 75 miles of underground area, you can onlytour two sections; the Ben Dinch and Ben Duoc.These two sections are similar, but provide different experiences tovisitors. Where Ben Dinch is aimed attourist, Ben Douc is more of an authentic experience. In both places you will have the opportunity towatch a đoạn phim on the lives of the Viet Cong and locals during the war (this isactually not optional), explore the tunnels on a guided tour, explore the grounds(exhibits, displays of traps, bomb craters, etc.), eat, drink sugarcane juice,and shoot guns (yea you read that right; see below for more details).
Replica of a rotating trap door và spikes.

Ben Dinch is the closest (50kmfrom Ho Chi Minh City) và is where most of the tours from Ho Chi Minch City go,but you will not find the same unique experience as you will in Ben Douc. Due lớn the fact that most of the tour buses gothere it has made this location a bit more a tourist trap, with higher prices,more hawkers, & of course more tourists.Some of the tunnels at this location have sầu also been enlarged to ‘foreignersized’ to lớn accommodate tourists.
The tunnel entrance is disguised when closed. Can you see it?
Jade entering one of the tunnel entrances.

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Ben Duoc, on the other hvà, isslightly further (70km from Ho Chi Minc City), but is a better experience in myopinion. Because it is further away itis not as touristy as Ben Dinh. When wewent, it was only four of us total during the tour. You will also get a more authentic experienceand gain a great admiration for the Vietnamese who lived here, while you crawlon all fours through these tiny underground tunnels. You vị not spend your whole time in thetunnels and each exhibit can be accessed through a staircase, so if you areuncomfortable or feel that you are to lớn big for the tunnels you can still seeeverything.
Ben Duoc Temple.

There is also a temple at BenDuoc, built in 1993, in memory of the Vietnamese killed at Cu Chi. On the grounds is also a nine-storey towerwith a flower garden at the front. Because it is a temple you should only enterif you’re dressed appropriately.

Travel Tips

You can see how short the tunnels are with Jade sitting in them.
Staircase leading into lớn the tunnels for easier access.

·There is no dress code for the Cu Chi Tunnels(unless you visit the temple), but wearing clothes that you bởi vì not mind gettingdirty is a good idea, as you will be crawling underground.
·Tourists with claustrophobia và high-bloodpressure are not advised to make an attempt to go in the tunnels. You can stillenter the larger dug out exhibits by stairs and see the tunnels from there.
The bullets for each gun aresold in sets, và each mix has 10 bullets of the same type. The price list forthe different types of bullets (not sets) are:
Thereare many ways of getting lớn Cu Chi Tunnels depending on the experience you arewanting. As mentioned above sầu you can catchone of the many tours that will take you by bus or motorcycle (depending onyour choice of tour) khổng lồ Ben Dinc. Thesetours can be found at any of the tour agencies in the backpacker’s district. There is also the option of taking a boat tourif you would lượt thích, but it is fairly expensive sầu.If you have sầu your own wheels you can also drive sầu yourself và see a littlecountryside along the way. Google mapsis accurate to lớn the location of the tunnels và can give you good directions tothe one you want khổng lồ visit and will take 1.5 – 2 hours.
Thecheapest of all the options is of course taking the public bus. This is a bit longer, at about 3 hours (oneway), but only costs 27,000 VND/1.22 USD round trip. To vì chưng this you will want to lớn catch bus #13from the Công viên 23/9 bus station located near the backpacker’sdistrict. This bus should cost 7,000VND/0.32 USD and will take you to the Chu Chi bus terminal. From here you will take bus #79 to thetunnels for 6,000 VND/0.27 USD. Toreturn you will just repeat this process in reverse. Keep in mind that on the return, bus #79stops running at 5:30pm và #13 at 9:00pm.If you miss the #79 bus, like we did, there are other buses that you cantake lớn get baông chồng to lớn Ho Chi Minh City, but you will have to lớn piece it togetheryourself depending on the time of evening.

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