During the late 1940s, communist forces began digging a network of tunnels under the jungle terrain of South Vietnam, during their war of independence from French colonial authority. At that time, tunnels were often dug by hand, only a short distance at a time and is used only for the personal purpose of the local such as hidding and store foods. As the United States increasingly escalated its military presence in Vietnam in support of a non-Communist regime in South Vietnam beginning in the early 1960s, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops (as Communist supporters in South Vietnam were known) gradually expanded the tunnels. At its peak during the Vietnam War, the network of tunnels in the Cu Chi district linked VC support bases over a distance of some 250 kilometers, from the outskirts of Saigon all the way to the Cambodian border.
During the American War in Southern of Vietnam, the Cu Chi Tunnels has turned into a dead trap for America soldiers with lots of bobby traps, and landmines along with its complex tunnels system that's allow the VC and Cu Chi Fighters to fight upper handedly with maximize mobility in order to cause fear into enemies' heart with a famous saying: "Viet Cong is seen no where but they are everywhere"
Nowadays, part of the tunnels system is opened for tourist to go, explore and admire its out-of-mind tunnels system. So many stories to be told and things to see and feel, a tour to Cu Chi Tunnels will sure be one of the activities that you should not be missed when going to Ho Chi Minh City. See you there!
Cu Chi Tunnels Tours Team