CU CHI TUNNELS: GUIDE TO CU CHI, HO CHI MINH CITY

 - 

Visiting Cu chi Tunnels tourist area is a special travel experience that is worth trying. Cu bỏ ra Tunnels is about 220 km long complex of underground defense system, located in Cu bỏ ra district, 70 km northwest of Ho chi Minh City. It is considered a heroic structure for its role during the Vietnam War resistance lớn the US Forces.

Bạn đang xem: Cu chi tunnels: guide to cu chi, ho chi minh city

Cu đưa ra Tunnels

Today, Cu đưa ra Tunnels is not only one of the most famous historical sites in southern Vietnam but also a popular tourist attraction in Ho bỏ ra Minh City for both Vietnamese và foreign visitors. At Cu đưa ra Tunnels you can immerse yourself in the history by visiting the narrow tunnels.

The guide to amazing day trips from Saigon can be found here: Best Places for Day Trip from Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

Facts about Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

You should be aware that there are actually 2 different sites of Cu đưa ra Tunnels that are open for public, Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. These two sites provide different experience to lớn travelers.

Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

Ben Duoc Tunnels

Ben Duoc Tunnels is a site that is larger than Ben Dinh Tunnels. It was the base of the buổi tiệc nhỏ Committee also serving as the Headquarters of the Saigon-Gia Dinh military zone. Ben Duoc Tunnels is less touristy because it is farther away & takes about 30 minutes longer lớn reach it.

Ben Duoc Tunnels are the best example of the original tunnels where you can get the realest experience of the conditions during the war.

Address: Phu Hiep Hamlet, Phu My Hung Commune, Cu bỏ ra District, Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Ben Dinh Tunnels

Ben Dinh Tunnels was the base for the Cu đưa ra District buổi tiệc nhỏ Committee. Ben Dinh Tunnels is more popular between tourists because most of the tours choose lớn come to lớn this place which is closer khổng lồ Ho chi Minh City.

Tunnels at Ben Dinh were pecifically adapted lớn tourists. These tunnels have been greatly enlarged for tourists visiting them.

Address: Ben Dinh Hamlet, Nhuan Duc Commune, Cu đưa ra District, Ho đưa ra Minh City

Cu bỏ ra Tunnels Entrance Ticket Prices 2020

The entrance fee at Cu đưa ra Tunnels sites is different. Cu đưa ra Tunnels entrance ticket prices in 2020 are the following:

Ben Dinh Tunnels: 110,000 VND per person Ben Duoc Tunnels: 90,000 VND per person

You will also have lớn pay an additional 20,000 VND fee for a guide unless you"re on a scheduled tour.

Opening hours

Opening hours of Ben Dinh Tunnels & Ben Duoc Tunnels are the same as both historical sites are open from 8:00 khổng lồ 17:00 daily.

Check out our Ultimate 4 Day in Ho đưa ra Minh city Itinerary that will take you through Saigon"s highlights such as Cu bỏ ra Tunnel và much more!

Activities at Cu đưa ra Tunnels

There are many things you can vị at Cu bỏ ra Tunnels.

Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

After arrival at Cu chi Tunnels, a short documentary film about the tunnels will explain you about the history of tunnels, how the tunnels were constructed & how fierce the war was in the area.

The best part of the visit is that you will also navigate through the maze of tunnels. You will experience the underground life during the war & understand how tough life in the cramped tunnels was, will learn how to survive the war & things such as weapon workshops và booby traps used against American soldiers. You will see bunkers specially designed as living areas, field hospitals, meeting rooms, weapon factories and kitchens.

Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

In addition khổng lồ visiting the tunnels, there are also many other interesting activities around Cu chi Tunnels for tourists khổng lồ enjoy such as shooting sports and playing paintball, swimming, boating on the lake or biking around the area. The đứng top activities at Cu đưa ra Tunnels that shouldn’t be missed are as follows.

Shooting Gun

At the nearby shooting range, you can not only be instructed on how lớn disassemble the gun, but also test your shooting skills. You can try to fire off an AK47, M16 or machine guns for great experience.

Enjoying Viet Cong Food

One of the most interesting things when discovering Cu chi Tunnels is that you will be able to try the delicious manioc, jungle tea, and snake wine that were the main food of Viet Cong during the war for years.

Trung An Fruit Garden

Cu đưa ra District is trang chủ to several fruit gardens và the most popular of them is Trung An Fruit Garden with an area of 40-hectare. This is the place for you to lớn get lost in a spacious, beautiful orchard và enjoy wide range of delicious fruits like durian, rambutan, plum, guava and jackfruit.

Visiting Cu chi Wildlife Rescue Station

If you are an animal lover, you can combine your trip with a visit to Cu đưa ra Wildlife Rescue Station, located just about 1 km from Cu bỏ ra Tunnels. This is the place that is taking care of animals rescued from the illegal animal trade in Ho đưa ra Minh City & the surrounding region in Vietnam. Up to now, it has saved about 3600 rare & precious animals.

Update: Be noted that Cu bỏ ra Wildlife Rescue Station is currently closed indefinitely.

How much time lớn spend at Cu chi Tunnels?

Normally, it can take you about 1 day if you want to explore every corner of Cu bỏ ra Tunnels và enjoy various activities in Cu bỏ ra area. However, for a short visit, you will need about 3-4 hours lớn visit the underground tunnels, take photos, learn about the history and enjoy the cuisine.

Xem thêm: Loa Bass, Sub Bass Là Gì ? Những Điều Bạn Cần Biết Về Âm Trầm Trong Âm Nhạc

How to get to lớn Cu chi Tunnels

If you want lớn visit Cu bỏ ra Tunnels from Ho bỏ ra Minh City, you can get there by bus, taxi, motorbike và even by boat. You can also join one of Cu bỏ ra Tunnels tours to make the trip worry-free.

Joining a Tour

If you only have short time for visiting Cu đưa ra Tunnels, taking a tour is highly recommended. Most of travelers choose khổng lồ take a tour to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels because this way of getting there is really convenient. Most of tour agents offer the same tour from Ho đưa ra Minh city to Cu chi Tunnels but prices can be quite different, depending on the agent & services provided. You will easily find a half day tour for around 350,000 VND per person. Booking the tour online is often the best option as online travel agents such as KLOOK usually offer additional discount from the price you would be paying directly.

You can join this Cu chi Tunnels Half Day Tour and discover the hidden underground world of Vietnam"s complicated network of tunnels.

ิ๊Bus

Cu đưa ra Tunnels Half Day Tour Itinerary (Morning)

8:00 khách sạn pick up

9:30 Arrival at Cu đưa ra Tunnels

Exploring Cu bỏ ra Tunnels

Walking past bomb craters

15:00-15:30 Returning back at Ho đưa ra Minh City

By Public Bus

Public bus is the cheapest way for getting from Ho bỏ ra Minh city to Cu đưa ra Tunnels. If you will be departing from Ben Thanh Market lớn Cu chi Tunnels, you can take a public bus No. 13 (Ben Thanh - Cu Chi). Another way, is taking a public bus No. 94 (Cho Lon - Cu Chi) which departs from mang lại Lon Bus Station và goes all the way lớn Cu chi Bus Station. Normally, the bus leaves every 30 minutes và the bus ticket price for a one-way journey is 7,000 VND per person. The journey by bus from Ho chi Minh thành phố to Cu bỏ ra takes about 1 hour & 30 minutes, depending on traffic. 

Public Bus

At Cu chi Bus Station, you need to transfer to a public bus No. 79 (Cu bỏ ra - Dau Tieng) và go straight khổng lồ the Ben Duoc - Cu bỏ ra Tunnels. The bus costs 6,000 VND and it take about 30-45 minutes lớn get lớn the site of Cu chi Tunnels. The bus will drop you off at Ben Duoc Temple, from where you just need to walk about 100 meters lớn get to lớn the tunnels.

The total travel time from Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị to Cu đưa ra Tunnels by bus is around 2 hours and 15 minutes but can be significantly longer depending on traffic conditions and waiting time.

By Boat

There are different companies offering excursions lớn Cu đưa ra Tunnels by boat. When choosing this way for getting to lớn Cu đưa ra Tunnels, you will start your trip from Ho đưa ra Minh city by taking a speedboat from Bach Dang or tan Cang Port và traveling all the way khổng lồ Dinh Pier at Cu bỏ ra Tunnels. The boat will be cruising along Saigon River and you will be served with fresh seasonal fruits và soft drinks while admiring the beauty of the natural surroundings và local lifestyle on riverbanks. Travelling by boat from Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels takes about 1 hour to lớn 1 hour 30 minutes.

Boat

You can take a Saigon River speedboat tour from Ho đưa ra Minh city to Cu đưa ra Tunnels and learn more about this fascinating historical site by joining The History of Cu đưa ra Tunnels by Luxury Speedboat tour.

By Private Car

Another stress-free way to travel comfortably lớn Cu chi Tunnels is by a chauffeur-driven private car. When choosing this way, you will be transferred from your khách sạn to Cu chi Tunnels in an air-conditioned vehicle by an experienced driver. You can choose the vehicle to lớn suit your group form size so this is an ideal choice not only for individuals but also families & larger groups. You can make your own personalized itinerary for the day visiting surrounding areas as well. The cost of a private car is varying and depends on the kích cỡ of the chosen can.

Enjoy a hassle-free trip to lớn Cu bỏ ra Tunnels by booking a private car here: Ho chi Minh Private oto Charter.

By Motorbike

Motorbikes are the most popular mean of transportation that many local people choose for traveling in Vietnam. If you are traveling alone, see yourself as an adventurous person & feel lack of freedom when traveling by public transportation or taxi, then renting a motorbike và driving to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels will be the perfect choice for you. It also lets you visit less touristy tunnels at Ben Duac.

The route from Ho đưa ra Minh city to Cu chi Tunnels is not bad. Along the way, you will have a chance khổng lồ see some amazing countryside views, rubber tree plantations, rice fields and occasional water buffalos. The price of motorbike rental in Saigon is about 100,000-150,000 VND per day.

By Taxi

Taking a taxi is the most convenient option, which is chosen by many people, as taxis are generally always available around the city. Traveling from Ho đưa ra Minh city to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels by taxi is convenient và comfortable way for getting there but can also be the most expensive option. Xe taxi fare from Ho chi Minh thành phố to Cu bỏ ra Tunnels starts from 600,000 VND for one way trip. It takes about 1 & a half hour khổng lồ get there from District 1 by taxi.

Taxi

There are also xe taxi scams you should be wary of, so make sure lớn refer lớn one of reliable taxi companies in Ho đưa ra Minh City such as:

xe taxi Mai Linh (green and white cabs) xe taxi VinaSun (green & white cabs) taxi Vina (bright yellow cabs)

Hotels near Cu đưa ra Tunnels

Most tourists only spend half day or 1 day at Cu đưa ra Tunnels. If you really want khổng lồ stay there overnight, it is possible to lớn find a homestay near Cu chi Tunnels but you need to contact locals by yourself. Room rates range from 150,000-300,000 VND per night.

Alternatively, you can kiểm tra for a hotel in Cu chi District, which is about 10 km away from Cu đưa ra Tunnels. This option is recommended for self-driving travelers who come there by a motorbike or car. This area is a great base for exploring Cu chi Tunnels or spending time outside the city while being surrounded by nature.

Hotels in Cu chi District:

Les Hameaux de l"Orient

Thanh Thuy

Les Hameaux de l

Tips

One of the highlights at Cu đưa ra Tunnels is that you get an opportunity to lớn walk along the tunnels, so this site is not recommended for those who are claustrophobic and don"t like small places.

In order khổng lồ make it easier to move around the tunnel, you should wear dark colored comfortable clothes và sneakers. It can get dirty & dusty.

It is advisable to lớn bring spare clothes to change afterwards, because it will get hot & sweaty.

Go there early in the morning as it helps to lớn avoid worst of the traffic and crowds.

Besides visiting Cu đưa ra Tunnels, consider going khổng lồ Mekong Delta as these are two of the top attractions lớn escape from Ho chi Minh City. You can combine them into one full day trip by joining Cu đưa ra Tunnels and Mekong Delta Day Tour from Ho chi Minh. You will get a chance lớn enjoy the cruise along My Tho River (Mekong Delta) và visit a local coconut candy workshop as well.

Xem thêm: .Shs Là File Gì ? Hướng Dẫn Đọc File

Saigon boasts its rich history and culture that are depicted through numerous museums and art galleries of the city that can be discovered in the danh mục of Best Museums in Ho chi Minh City.