Cu Chi Tunnels – Day 57

You can’t go to Ho Chi Minh and not visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Pronounced like Gucci. This massive underground network of tunnels in the Cu Chi District, only part of an even bigger tunnel network underlying much of the country, served as the Viet Cong’s base of operations during the Tet Offensive in 1968. 

The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnamese War, launched by the North Vietnamese on the evening of January 30, 1968, the Tet holiday (Vietnamese New Year). The Battle of Hue was part of the Tet Offensive campaign. It was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the War. I read online that the during the communist occupation of Hue, thousands of Vietnamese people were massacred. No museum or tour here has mentioned any deaths other than those caused by Americans, or of Americans. Vietnamese soldiers were awarded by how many Americans they killed. Really interesting perspective and presentation of information. 

 

Model of typical tunnel towns

 
The tunnels were almost like an underground city. There were weapons storage rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, hospitals, hangout rooms, meeting rooms, you name it. All designed small enough for a Vietnamese soldier to fit, but not an American soldier with all their gear. And booby traps everywhere of course (that’s what I said! booty traps!). No one person knew the extent of the tunnels. Not even the commander, for fear of spies, as this would have been a crucial blow to the Viet Cong had they lost the tunnels. The Americans knew about the tunnels and were always trying to infiltrate and bomb them, but were not successful enough. 

Here are some photos from the tour. I doubt the tunnels we climbed in were the real ones… I think the real ones were so small you’d have to crawl through them on your stomach. But the ones they made for tourists were still cool to experience. 

 

Little crater caused by a bomb


 

 

Can you spot the tunnel entrance??

 
 

Right there, obviously

 
   
 
   
 
 

Air inlet to tunnels disguised as a rock. Or maybe as a termite hill..

 
 

One of the aforementioned booby traps.

 
 

What awaits below

 
  

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One thought on “Cu Chi Tunnels – Day 57

  1. OMGosh! You could have gotten stuck in those tunnels ! And you think the actual ones were smaller? Once you get through the entrance, does it open up below? I bet the rest of those tourist did not get in! Did Coop fit? Ha! … It is sad about all the anti American propaganda, when the Americans were indeed trying to help S.V. With their freedom from Comm. wonder what would happen if America stopped supplying the world with food and all those billions, yes billions in aid. I miss you. Stay safe. Arrivederci! πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ’–πŸ™

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