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Cu Chi tunnels

The Cu-Chi tunnels are famous for their 250 kilometres of tunnels, an incredible underground network that was built and completed step by step by Vietminh and Vietcong from 1948 to 1968 during the 2 Vietnam wars. The idea of underground networks was born in 1945-1954, when the Viet Minh soldiers were protected by the civilians and lurked in the narrow, small dug vault, just big enough for a person with two holes to breathe. The indispensability of a systematic underground place to hide and hold the secret meeting like this for a long lasting war afterwards was the birth of the Cu-Chi tunnels. In the next remarkable war the tunnels were the important base for the Vietcong to prepare for the Tết offensive in 1968. Because of their importance in the battle, the Cu-Chi tunnels had endured attacks by the American army aimed at destroying the Vietcong's shelter. When you visit this place, you will not only have the opportunity to look back to Vietnam's wartime, but also to experience the characteristic underground facilities such as hospital, schools, meeting room, dormitories for yourself, to see the intensity of the wars and the tenacious endurance of the Vietnamese people. Furthermore, about 70 km west of the city centre, Cu Chi is located in a suburb in the middle of the forest. You can immerse yourself in the fresh air of the jungle and nature or practice rifle shooting.