Love adventure and history? The Cu Chi Tunnels are a must if you’re staying in Ho Chi Minh city.

The vast network of tunnels were used in the Vietnam war from 1960-1975 and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.

They are a truly unique architectural structure – a spiderweb of tunnels, layers and caves spanning 250km.

They have now been preserved at Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh, about 70km north of Ho Chi Minh – the perfect day trip for backpackers looking for adventure!

Cu Chi Tunnels tour

– Learn about the complex structure of the tunnels and how and why they were used during the war.

– Squeeze into one of the concealed tunnel entrances… And hope someone lets you out!

– See the weapons and spike traps built by the Viet Cong

Cu Chi Tunnels - Vietnam - photo- fabulous travel guide

– Shoot M16 machine guns (you pay by the bullet).

– Climb through 100m of tunnels – the most exhilarating part of the tour! They are hot, stifling and only a meter high, but they are an incredible representation of what troops had to endure on a daily basis.

Warning: If you’re claustrophobic or have high blood pressure, give it a miss! :)

How to book

You can book morning/afternoon tours that are approx 5 hours long and cost around 120 Vietnamese Dong (approx $6 USD).

Do this at your hostel or at a travel company on the street – but remember to shop around before you buy.

The bus there takes approx 1.5 hours and includes a stop at a gallery selling paintings. All proceeds go to the victims of the

We booked with a travel company called Delta Adventure on De Tham street. The guide, Lam, was fun, informative and had great English !

You can contact them here:

Delta Adventure
267 De Tham street, Ho Chi Minh