Cu Chi is located in the northwest, 70km from Saigon. In this article, we will share the experience of visiting Cu Chi tunnels if you intend to come to this historic land.
1. How to get to Cu Chi Tunnels From Saigon
Bus: You take route 13 from Ben Thanh to Cu Chi Market and take route 79 to Ben Duoc tunnels. If you go to Ben Dinh tunnels, you take route 13, get off at An Suong bus station, take route 122 to Tan Quy intersection, then take route 70.
Cars, motorbikes: Go in the direction of An Suong – National Highway 22 and follow the directions to Cu Chi tunnels.
2. Entrance Ticket Price
Tickets to visit the tunnels are pretty cheap, only 20,000 VND; if you visit the re-enactment area of the resistance base, the total ticket price is 40,000 VND. In each hall and some tunnels, there will be a guide staff.
The unique thing is that all the staff wear military uniforms, beard sandals, ponytail hats, women wear black bazaars and bandanas, looking very attractive and friendly.
The tunnel area with a system of tunnels nearly 200 km long, is designed extremely complex, interlaced, one tunnel with the other such as the command cellar, kitchen, infirmary, resting cellar, first aid cellar, well water… 3-4 floors deep, even connecting to the Saigon River.
With the continuous connection plus the most necessary conditions for survival, the Cu Chi tunnels are no different from an underground city.
3. Attractions in Cu Chi Tunnels
Ben Duoc Tunnels: Entrance fee is 20,000VND/Vietnamese and 80,000VND/foreigner. Here, you will see the Tam Quan gate, the stele house, the 9-story tower, and the unique and massive main temple. In particular, you will be able to manually light incense sticks in the memory of the national heroes of Vietnam, who have fallen on the resilient land of Cu Chi.
Ben Dinh Tunnels: In addition to visiting the tunnel system, accommodation, activities, meetings of the leaders of the Cu Chi District Party Committee, weapons manufacturing tunnels, homemade weapons display houses… here There is also a system of interlaced trenches.
Wildlife Rescue Station: This is a place to rescue and treat stranded or sick wild animals before returning them to the wild. The rescue station is located between Dinh wharf and Duoc pier, about 1km from the Dao area.
Since its inception, the station has saved about 3,600 animals of different rare species. Therefore, please take some time to visit and feel these animals and at the same time better understand the work of wildlife guardians.
Some other attractions: tunnel hall showing documents about the Vietnam war, weapons manufacturing tunnel, first aid cellar, tunnel picture exhibition area. The yard of American weapons seized by Vietnam such as guns, grenades, bombs, mines, artillery…
Some souvenirs you can buy and take home are products made from used bullet casings to make planes, helicopters, keychains, or Vietnamese army costumes, especially slippers. It looks simple but is very durable and cheap.
4. What to Eat When Visiting Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Beef: Unlike beef in other regions, Cu Chi heifer beef has a soft, natural sweetness and a slight milk aroma without any complicated processing steps.
Cu Chi rice paper: Cu chi thick rice paper is dried, baked, broken down to eat with blood pudding or boiled meat, fish salad. In dishes such as roasted pupae, stir-fried mussels, pickled papaya, etc., rice paper is a food ingredient and a spoon for scooping, which is very convenient.
Cu Chi cassava: from tapioca, Cu chi people can process a lot of delicious and attractive dishes such as tapioca with cotton, banana soup with tapioca,…etc.
Hopefully, you will have a convenient and fun trip to Cu Chi tunnels with family and friends with the above information.
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