After our trip to the cathedral, we hopped back on the bus and went to the Củ Chi Tunnels. They are huge, expansive network of underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The tunnels we saw are part of a much larger network of tunnels that cover much of the country. The tunnels were created by the Viet Cong to allow them to hide during attacks and over time, they became more expansive and were actually built so that the Viet Cong could live down there in hiding.
The methods they devised for hiding the tunnels and hiding themselves were very elaborate. First we saw an entrance to the tunnel system. As we were standing around our guide, he stopped talking, bent down and removed the lid to the tunnel system. It was completely hidden and we would have not been able to find it had he not pointed it out.
The the guide got in the tunnel and showed us how they replaced the lid once they were entirely in the tunnel. After they showed us, a few people got a chance to go inside for themselves. It was very narrow and Cody and I passed on the chance.
Next we stopped at the tiger trap. They set various types of traps all over the area. Our guide showed how it worked. When a tiger (or person) walked over the trap, the door swung and the animal fell into a pit with large spikes.
Then we went to see the weapons and vehicle exhibits.
Next, we were brought to the tunnels. We were allowed to go inside the tunnels but didn’t have to, which was good for Cody. He tried, but just couldn’t do it. It was so small and constricting in there that I even began to panic a little and had to take a picture so I could see ahead in the pitch black tunnel. I really have no idea who people lived in those tunnels. I suppose people can do amazing things during war.
Overall, it was a great day. We learned a lot and our guide was fantastic. Everyone going through the Mekong Delta, please visit the Củ Chi Tunnels. You will not be disappointed.