Located 60km from Ho Chi Minh city, Cu Chi is now considered a heroic district for its role in the Vietnam War. It is legendary for its tunnels system of over 220km and is a popular spot for both Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
The peaceful rural rice paddy scenery contains ducks and water buffalos swimming in the rivers alongside the road. Visitors will find it hard to imagine the destruction, damage and defoliation all over the area, caused by bombing and mines when Cu Chi was a "Free Target Zone ". The remnants visitors will see show Cu Chi still has evidence of the fierce battleground that took place there and visitors will see the remnants.
From Saigon we will head northwest to Cu Chi Tunnels, one of very few monuments remained from the Vietnam War. 200km of the tunnels, dug by hand and inhabited by the forces of the Vietnamese guerillas, are beneath the ground here and stretches from nearby the Cambodian border to the edge of Saigon, even covering a place that once was a US airbase. We can listen to our guides’ introduction about the traces, exhibits, old weapons here or crawl by ourselves several dozens meters inside the tunnel to get the real feeling of what the War had been in this land. Gradually we will find out the reason why Cu Chi is a symbol of the ingenuity, loyalty, hard work and determination of the Vietnamese.
Return to Saigon late afternoon.