Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam in the eyes of foreigners

Cu Chi tunnels are known as the "land of steel" in south of Vietnam. When you come here, you can not only explore the mysterious underground tunnel, but take part in entertainment and taste the dishes existing only in Cu Chi tunnels. Here is our information if you want to experience this unique heritage dating back to the Vietnam War that expresses the determination of the people for independence of the country.

Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam

Cu chi tunnels: What is it?

The current remains of the Cu Chi tunnels are a very famous historical revolutionary site that is located in the town of Phu My Hung of Cu Chi district and at 70 km of the center of Ho Chi Minh City, in the northwest. The tunnels are truly a wonder extending over 200 km long with branches spreading like a spider web. This system was started to be built from the 1940s and was used by the National Front for the Liberation of South of Vietnam to attack Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City while and until the end of the Vietnam War.

Cu Chi tunnels are the system of tunnels that zigzags underground. From the "spinal column ", there are numerous branches that connect with each other or separate following the topography of the land surface. There are several branches that spread to the Saigon River in case of emergency...

The Cu Chi tunnels were deep enough to resist to cannon bullets, and weight of tanks, armored vehicles ... The deepest parts could stand up to small bombs. There are sections which consist of two three-stages whose connections have secret traps.

In the Cu Chi tunnels, there are walls to stop the enemy or toxic chemicals sprayed by the enemy. There are narrow passages. So you have to be small and light to pass. Along the tunnel, there are discreetly hidden ventilation holes on the ground, countless doors for fighting, shooting…which are very flexible. In important parts, there were traps with sharp bamboos, nails, mining...

Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam

The US military and the South of Vietnam’s army constantly attacked the Cu Chi tunnels system through means: bombs, water pumping in tunnels, gas...but thanks to the parts of the tunnel that could be separate, so the tunnel has not been destroyed so much. The US military has adopted several measures to detect the input (camouflaged) and air ventilation (usually located in the middle of the bushes). The most effective method was the use of dogs. Initially, there were some inputs and ventilation holes that have been discovered by dogs that can smell human scent. However, later the fighters of the Cu Chi tunnels used the American soap to stop the detection.

With the victory, the value, the exploits obtained by the sacrifices and efforts of the local population, Cu Chi tunnels were recognized by the Ministry of Culture of Vietnam as the Cultural and Historic Vestige of the Nation.

The Cu Chi tunnels attracted rapidly the attention of everyone, local and foreigners. Cu Chi is a traditional meeting place for generations of Vietnamese people and admiration of international friends.

Since peace has been installed, there are thousands of travelers without distinguishing complexion, social status, the ideology, the nation ... like politicians, soldiers, generals, philosophers, writers, journalists ... who visited the Cu Chi tunnels with emotion and admiration for this heroic land.

Cu Chi tunnels in the eyes of foreigners:

A German politician said: "For years, I doubted the struggle of the people of Vietnam. How a small country could withstand these terrible wars? But after coming here, after passing through the 70m of the tunnel, I can answer that question. "

Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam

18 of November 2015, while the visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the young sailors of SSEAYP boat came to the Cu Chi tunnels. Sol Wiratchai Pongkok (A Thai people) said: "I am very excited, impressed by the picturesque sites of Vietnam. I can not believe how people and soldiers in Vietnam were able to create the Cu Chi tunnels during the war ... ‘

The afternoon of November 6th 2015, during the official visit of Vietnam, the President of Iceland and his wife chose Cu Chi tunnels as the destination in Ho Chi Minh City. Here, the President of Iceland and his wife Dorrit Moussaieff expressed admiration for artificial tunnels and spent unexpected surprises, from one to other. Mrs. Dorrit Moussaieff was determined to try the underground tunnels. Their guide had advised the sections reserved for European travelers but she decided the original tunnels. She admitted that it was a memorable experience and the extraordinary life was here.

Among the 500 most attractive tourist destinations on the planet announced by TripAdvisor, the Daily Mail has chosen a list of the most interesting places, including the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam. Daily Mail said: Nothing can certify the strength, the perseverance of the Vietnamese people as the Cu Chi tunnels. This legendary system was formed from the period 1946 to 1948, during the war of resistance against French colonialism.

More than 250 km of underground tunnel are interlaced where there are sections with ten meters deep with countless hatches to create the elements of surprise. The tunnel system is unique in the world, including clinics, many rooms, kitchens, storages, offices...

Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam

Nilikuta Shani is one of American students having the origin of New Zealand. During her visit on site of the last year in university, she had the opportunity to come to Vietnam and visited the Cu Chi tunnels, the War Museum and many other places. But perhaps with Shani, Cu Chi is place of many impressions:

'' The heat, darkness and oppression were the first feeling when I went down in the Cu Chi tunnels. Born at the end of the Vietnam War, I have heard that this bloody war through books, documentaries or information found on the Internet. However, I am still curious about the strength of Vietnamese soldiers of that time. I am looking forward to meeting one of these soldiers that some newspapers call "soldiers of Uncle Ho". Perhaps this is the main reason I came to the Cu Chi tunnels, proof of the heroic struggle of people of this small country located in the Southern Hemisphere.

World Geography has considered the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam as one of 10 most spectacular underground monuments, including the underground city of Montreal in Canada or the salt mine of Wieliczka in Poland… As I study the history, I had the opportunity to visit these sites. But for me, personally, perhaps, Cu Chi tunnels are more touching that is not only a spectacular underground tunnel, but also the proof of a fierce but heroic war of the people of this country.

When I kept going in depth inside, I felt like I was moving from one circle to another. The air became thinner and breathlessness appeared slowly. At that moment, a thought seemed to appear: I'm just a visitor who is only passing. So how people felt while living here? Each discovery of Cu Chi tunnels lasts a few minutes or an hour. But if we live in it, especially in the very small places where we can not stand ... I did not dare imagine the scenes.

After I crawled through a small door, a narrow tunnel section, I went into a complete underground village with kitchens, dormitories, meeting rooms, hospitals.... During the war (1954-1975), thousands of Vietnamese soldiers hided in the Cu Chi tunnels of 250 km long. This "Village" has never been discovered or destroyed despite being suffered from the bombs of the enemy. This unique tunnel is certainly not reserved for those who fear being held in tight spaces.

The Cu Chi tunnels are an underground defense system, located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City. Works began in 1940 during the war against French colonialism and are at the end of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Currently the tunnels are a tourist destination that attracts travelers to learn more about a historical period of Vietnam. With a total length of 250 km, Cu Chi tunnels have unique architecture in shape of underground network. The life of Vietnamese soldiers began but could end also in tunnels. This was the place to eat, sleep, hide, fight, and make plans and more. After the terrible American bombing campaigns, the local population could not have food, water, even fresh air for weeks ...It is true to say that the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam are real legend in the World…’’.