Start your half day tour to ben dinh tunnels the right way with an up close and personal history lesson on guerilla warfare. Climb into the underground cu chi tunnel system that played a crucial part in the war and imagine what it would have been like to eat, sleep, work, cook… even go to school underground as a conflict raged above.
Cost USD per person
Children 6-11 years
Children 3-5 years
Children under 3
Free of charge
Modern air-conditioned private vehicle
Lunch at Pho Hoa with a local beer or soft drink
Cu Chi tunnel entrance fee for specified stops
Professional English-speaking guide
2 bottles of mineral water per person
What’s Not Included
Drinks, meals and any other incurred expenses, that are not mentioned above
At 7:30 am leave the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to explore Vietnam underground tunnels – one of the relics from one of the most significant local historical events in recent memory.
Journey 1.45 hours west towards the Cambodian border. Before arriving at the Cu Chi tunnels (Ben Dinh tunnels), we’ll visit with some local friends and gain an insight into local life in the area, both past and present. Learn about their lives, culture, and customs and get an insight into the recent past through local eyes.
The location of the Cu Chi underground tunnels was of significant strategic importance: they’re at the end of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trails, and within striking distance of the southern Vietnam capital. Initial construction started in 1948 when the Viet Minh required somewhere to hide from French air attacks, and by 1965, the Cu Chi tunnel complex was estimated to consist of 200 km of underground tunnels. It included, hospitals, schools, meeting rooms, kitchens, and sleeping quarters. Life was difficult for the inhabitants, and to protect against outside intruders, booby traps were laid throughout the complex.
Today, the Vietnamese government have preserved approximately 75 km of the Cu Chi tunnels as a memorial park, and in some areas the tunnels have been widened and low powered lights installed so that tourists can now fit through the complex.
Your local guide will take you on a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you’ll learn more about the conditions the people lived in, the hardships they faced, and the amazing ingenuity employed to maintain life in the tunnels. We walk past huge bomb craters – evidence of the heavy bombing campaigns in the region during the Indochina conflict, discover hidden entrances right beneath your feet, wander past tiny little chimneys in the ground that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens, sample some of the simple cuisine that local fighters would have survived on, and have an opportunity to venture into the tunnels and explore the complex.
You’ll end this historical Cu Chi tunnels half day tour with a greater understanding of the local impacts of the conflicts of the 20th century.
Arriving in the Ho Chi Minh and enjoy our late lunch at Pho Hoa/Pho Phu Vuong/Pho Phong Cach – possibly best-ever Vietnamese rice-noodles soup with beef or chicken. Around 1:30 pm at your hotel in Saigon where our Cu Chi tunnels tour ends.