Cu Chi Tunnels is a favorite destination in Saigon to experience of many tourists. For purposes of making your Cu Chi journey smooth and convenient, here are some tips for a cheap, enjoyable journey to Cu Chi tunnels as follows.
Introduction about Cu Chi Tunnels
Cu Chi Tunnels is one of the most favorite Viet Nam tourist destinations and in the top 7 of “unlikely” tourist place in Southeast Asia and in the top 6 of manmade structures in the world.
Cu Chi tunnels location: the tunnels is located in the suburb of Saigon. They were built during the war against America (the Vietnam War) with the stretching tunnel systems of over 200 km. This historic monument is being used as a war museum that is very famous for both Vietnamese and foreigner tourists.
Cu Chi tunnels map (dulich9)
Cu Chi Tunnels is about 70km from the center of Saigon to the Northwest. You can travel to the tunnels by bus, motorbike or taxi. Here are some suggestion routes within the Cu Chi tunnels opening hours.
Cu Chi tunnels price: 110.000 VND/adult (~5 USD).
Cu Chi tunnels: How to get there?
- To Ben Duoc Tunnels:
+ From Ben Thanh, take the Bus No.13 (Ben Thanh – Cu Chi Route) to Cu Chi Bus Stop. From Cu Chi Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 79 (Cu Chi – Dau Tieng Route) to Ben Duoc Tunnels.
+ From Cho Lon Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 94 (Cho Lon – Cu Chi Route) to Cu Chi Bus Stop. From Cu Chi Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 79 (Cu Chi – Dau Tieng Route) to Ben Duoc Tunnels..
Inside the tunnels (kyluc)
- To Ben Dinh Tunnels:
+ From Ben Thanh, take the Bus No. 13 (Ben Thanh – Cu Chi Route) to An Suong Bus Stop. From An Suong Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 122 to Tan Quy Bus Stop. From Tan Quy Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 70 to Ben Dinh Bus Stop.
+ From Cho Lon Bus Stop, take the Bus No. số 94 (Cho Lon – Cu Chi Route) to An Suong Bus Stop. From An Suong Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 122 to Tan Quy Bus Stop. From Tan Quy Bus Stop, take the Bus No. 70 to Ben Dinh Bus Stop.
Besides, you can get there by taxi. It will take you about 1.5 hours and cost you about 500.000 to 600.000 VND per trip (23-27 USD).
As experience of travelling to Cu Chi Tunnel, travelling by bus is the most convenient and the cheapest way to get to Cu Chi; however, you may miss the chance to visit the wildlife rescue center, and other interesting things on the way to Cu Chi.
You can rent a motorbike in Cu Chi with the cost of 50.000-100.000 VND/ day (2-5 USD) to discover Cu Chi Tunnels on your own.
Tourists really like this moment in the tunnels (instagram/ djuliahalim)
What is in and around Cu Chi Tunnels?
You will explore Cu Chi tunnels map with every single nook and cranny of about 120 meters long and 2 floors.
Cu Chi tunnels model (wikipedia)
The interesting thing is that after finishing the tunnel journey, you will have chance to enjoy the dioscorea persimilis bulbs, cassava bulbs with sesame and salt mixture, or enjoy free drinking water on a Hoang Cam – styled stove.
Memorable moments at the tunnels (instagram/ birdgetmatheson)
Enjoy cassava bulbs at the end of journey (instagram/ _bich_tram)
In addition, there are several types of foods and drinks in the area, but you shouldn’t buy because the price is quite expensive without many choices.
This is one of zones you shouldn’t ignore because it offers you a full review of the war as well as cu chi tunnels facts.
War-imitating Zone (du-lich-kim)
Behind the hall, there are the reconstruction sites of monuments and landscapes in Vietnam such as the One Pillar Pagoda, Saigon Bridge, Nha Rong Wharf, Long Bien Bridge,, Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Islands, etc.
This is the most favorite site with the Cu Chi tunnels cost of 50,000 VND/60 minutes (over 2 USD). Price per bullet is 3.000 VND (1.5 USD), a 1 AK cartridge belt consists of 25 bullets, 20 bullets for M16 and 7 for pistols.
Gunfire Zone (instagram/ nishai)
The East Sea-Imitating Swimming pool
You can enjoy the cool water here after being sweaty of sightseeing the tunnels and gunfire zones. It will take you about 15 minutes to the swimming pool from the tunnel. The Cu Chi tunnels entrance fee for this zone is 20,000 VND/person.
Trung An Orchard
You can visit the Trung An orchard to enjoy fresh fruits. Specially, there is a hut in the orchard which is extremely suitable for family picnic or friend picnic.
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station
202/10 Nguyen Xi Street, Ward 26, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station (dulich9)
The station cares for many species of rare wildlife and is the only station in the South of Vietnam that can handle this mission.
The station is always open for visitors but you should contact in advance to get the guidance.