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The Cu Chi Tunnels | Jeep Tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Most people think of the most modern and crowded city in Vietnam when it comes to Ho Chi Minh City. However, the city itself also has a great deal of historical values relating to the war against the French and American army to offer both locals and tourists. If you want to get to know more about Vietnamese history, visiting Cu Chi Tunnels is a great activity, and also one of the most rewarding things to do in Ho Chi Minh. It is 100% worth your short trip from the center of Ho Chi Minh City.

Your army Jeep and guide will meet you at your hotel and drive for about two hours to Cu Chi Tunnels.

Located about 60 kilometers to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, it is an extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels that stretch all the way to the Cambodian border. The Cu Chi Tunnels network was built within 25 years from 1948 during the war against the French. It served as a means of communication between villages and helped the Vietnamese to evade scouting French soldiers.

The tunnel network was extended over an area of 250 kilometers during the Vietnam War. Therefore, it became one of the important parts of Viet Cong fighting troops’ strategy and also the home for thousands of soldiers. Currently, about 120 km of the tunnels are preserved and work as a captivating attraction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Upon arrival, you will watch a short introductory video about the land and people of Cu Chi during the war. Visit various mantraps, the remains of an American tank and numerous bomb craters.

Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, you have a chance to witness its unique architecture and structure as well as understand why it plays an important role in Vietnam’s history.

Believe it or not, there were hospitals, schools, theatres, kitchens, all built into this extraordinary tunnel network. The entrances to these tunnels were covered with a secret wooden door and camouflage leaves above. Its size is so small that only the Vietnamese could fit in.

Although the US army had put a lot of effort, they failed to bring down the system completely. The reason is that these tunnels were built isolatedly and had different escapes out to the Saigon River, counterfeit bunkers and booby traps.

In the tunnel system, there are some special closed-door buttons set up in different places to prevent the enemy and toxic gas. The soldiers also carved unrevealed ventilation vents onto the ground and camouflaged them extremely discreetly. Also, there are many skillful deadly and dangerous traps that were arranged to keep safe for those insides.

For a long time, the Cu Chi Tunnels remains multi-tiered architecture with 3 separate levels: the first floor (about 3 meters underneath the ground), the next one (about 6 meters), and the bottom which is deeper (more than 12 meters). For safety reasons, visitors can only visit the first level and some more meters of these tunnels which have been widened.

It is said that if the Cu Chi Tunnels fell, then the Vietnamese would have failed in the war. But if the tunnels stood, they would win. It means that this tunnel network played a huge role in the victory of the Vietnam army in the war owing to their independence.

Visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, you have an opportunity to experience the real life in the tunnel. Try to taste the dishes that were previously used in the Vietnam army, such as sesame and boiled cassava, or go a little down to the dark and boundless tunnels to see the struggles, resilience, and hardships of Vietnamese soldiers in the war. (If you’d like to try out war-era guns, check them out at the shooting range at your own expense.)

Jump in the Jeep get back to the city. The trip ends at your hotel.

Optional: Leaving Cu Chi Tunnels, you will visit Mr. Mushroom’s farm & restaurant. Take a visit to the farm and get to know more about how local people use herbs and vegetables for both food and medicine. After the farm tour, enjoy your meal with fresh ingredients picked from his farm. Jump in the Jeep get back to the city. The trip ends at your hotel.


The Cu Chi Tunnels| price per person







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Price Includes:

  • Jeep with driver (one Jeep could hold 04 adults: driver + 03 passengers or driver + 01 tour guide + 02 passengers)
  • English speaking local guide (01 guide/group)
  • Drinks in Jeep (water, beer)
  • Snack
  • Entrance fees

Trip notes

  • Tour starts: 8.00 or 13.00
  • Jeep driving distance: 120km
  • Tour duration: 5.5-06 hours (without lunch) 
  • What to bring: sun cream; sunglasses; mosquito repellent; sandals or walking shoes; hat

Please note that all prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are subject to change without prior notice and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

Surcharge 50% from 22 Jan 2023- 27 Jan 2023 (Lunar New Year)

Besides these The Cu Chi tunnels jeep tour, check out our website for more day tours in Vietnam.  One of the other tours we can recommend is Saigon in Style jeep tour . All our tours are well designed and give you more insight in Vietnam.

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