The tunnels of Cu Chi are a vast interlinking network of underground tunnels that formed the centre of operations for Vietnamese guerrilla soldiers – the Viet Cong – during the Vietnam War. As well as providing concealed passages and supply routes, the honeycombed network had living areas, munitions factories and even hospitals. Dug beneath the jungles of South Vietnam, the tunnels covered some 250km at their peak.
Cu Chi Tunnels tours are a sobering reminder of the history of Vietnam and showcase the ingenuity and resilience of its people. The American War, as it’s known here, showed that the little guy could stand up and win, and resulted in a monumental shift in world affairs.
Definitely not a relaxing holiday, but if you’re looking to immerse yourself in a unique and fascinating culture, this may be the trip for you! It’s busy, you pack a lot in via a range of modes of transport. You cover a huge amount of miles (I loved the sleeper train!) but the rewards are great.
Ashley Thuong guided this trip with a huge amount of expertise and dedication. She made it exciting, enjoyable and great in every way. I loved every moment and would thoroughtly recommend this itinerary.
I am a little late in posting a review. We returned from this trip in early March, right when everything started to close down due to Covid-19. I can tell you that the memories of this trip have kept me going while sheltering in place. If you are thinking this might be the trip for you, please know that it is very fast paced with moving from place to place almost every night was quite challenging. The cycling itself was challenging based on one’s fitness level. My husband completed every kilometer, while I did about three-quarters of the cycling. A lot of it depends on the heat, but for a female in my early 50s, I found it very doable. We had the most fabulous guide and crew. I cannot say enough of about our guide Son – he was absolutely amazing – taking care of all the details while we enjoyed ourselves. There are plenty of water/snack stops with fresh fruit and amazing snacks (ginger/nuts/cookies). They take very good care of you.