Saturday 3rd March, we visited the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels 60km outside Ho Chi Minh City. We had a really good guide called Joseph. He was very informative and told us his mother died protecting him from an American raid where they dropped Napalm bombs but he did suffer quite extensive burns. He also lost both grand parents in this raid. We also had the opportunity to fire live ammunition from a choice of weapons that were used during the Vietnam war, M30, M60, M16, Car15 and the AK47. We chose the AK47.
The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon),Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam war, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped achieve ultimate military success.