Full of 'underground city' guests in Ho Chi Minh City In HCMC, people flocked to the Reunification Day

Thanh PhúcApr 09, 2024 at 14:29

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During the holiday season of 30/4 - 1/5, many families and groups of friends have started planning their trips. In addition to natural destinations or entertainment activities, historical destinations are also interested.

In particular, there is a destination dubbed "underground city", far from the center of Ho Chi Minh City. HCMC is about 70km, attracting a large number of both domestic and foreign tourists. The destination in question is Cu Chi tunnels, located in Phu Hiep hamlet, Phu My Hung commune, Cu Chi district.

This tourist spot has a total length of up to 250km, has 3 different depths, the highest floor is about 3m from the ground, the middle floor is 6m from the ground and the deepest floor is up to 12m. This is one of 6 famous man-made works in the world today. Besides, Cu Chi tunnel tourist area is also in the top 7 most exotic destinations in Southeast Asia.

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At the end of 2015, Cu Chi Tunnels were officially recognized as a Special National Historical Site. In fact, if it comes from Ho Chi Minh City. In HCMC, visitors will have many different paths to reach the ruins. These routes are convenient and easy to travel, visitors can choose the means to suit their personal conditions and preferences, from motorbikes, cars or coaches.

Not only is Cu Chi a special national historical site, Cu Chi tunnels have also been honored as the 6 most special man-made works in the world. Or the famous CNN of the US once praised this place as "One of the most interesting tunnels in the world". It is no coincidence that this destination impresses visitors and international media so much.

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According to information on the website of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, Cu Chi tunnels were formed during the resistance war against French colonialism of our troops and people, the period from 1946 to 1948. It is completely manually dug underground by troops and civilians, used for the purpose of hiding and hiding weapons.

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In the beginning, each village in the area built its own tunnel. Later, the demand for travel and communication between villages and communes increased, so the troops and people decided to connect the tunnels to form a continuous and complex system like spider webs. In total, the tunnel system of Cu Chi tunnels is up to 250km long.

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The inside of the tunnel is full of structures such as trenches, food storage, kitchens, wells, living rooms, offices, infirmaries and even soldier effigies. These help to recreate realism and create a special look, emphasizing the elaboration of this one-of-a-kind "underground city".

Coming to Cu Chi tunnels, visitors will be able to visit, admire historical artifacts, and learn more about stories imbued with historical knowledge, associated with the monument from the early days of its formation. Most especially, visitors can also experience as a citizen, a real wartime soldier, living in the "underground city".

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Specifically, in the 250km long tunnel, visitors will experience going down and moving in 1 short section. According to visitors who participated in the experience, the hatch and the entire underground path to move and live are very small. "The passage is very small, with a characteristic smell and cold moisture of the soil. The feeling of getting through the hatch and coming down here is really strange and different. At first, I had a bit of difficulty breathing, after getting used to it, I felt better because people also create air circulation lines even if it is only very small", male tourist H.M.Duc (26 years old, from Hanoi) shared.

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Another visitor also commented that the space below the tunnel is very dark, with only dim lights, flashes and there will be guides and directions for visitors. However, it was these "difficulties" that made the guests, both domestic and foreign, understand more about the hardship and resilience of our troops and people during the resistance period.

For visitors who are afraid of confined and narrow spaces such as female tourist N.T.Tu (28 years old, from Hanoi), you can visit the space above the tunnel and experience other activities such as s.hooting, swinging. The dense forest area above the tunnel is considered as an open-air museum, displaying historical artifacts such as tanks, stretchers of wounded soldiers...

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Not only Vietnamese tourists but also foreign tourists are extremely interested in the experience of living underground in Cu Chi island. In the last session of 2023, the Party Committee of Cu Chi Tunnels Relic Area announced that the unit has welcomed over 1 million visitors to visit and experience. In which, the number of foreign visitors accounted for more than 40% with 438,060 arrivals.

The keyword "Cu Chi Tunnels" (English for Cu Chi tunnels) has become a keyword posted in many videos by foreign tourists on social networking platforms. Also according to local tour guides, at peak time, Cu Chi tunnels can welcome more than 5000 tourists and mainly foreign visitors.

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After finishing the journey, visitors can also enjoy cassava and leaf juice - a wartime staple dish as to fully experience a day living in the tunnels. Currently, visitors can choose to explore Cu Chi Tunnels in 2 forms: buying tickets at their own expense and buying available tours with accompanying guides.

The relic area is open from 7:00 to 17:00 every day of the week and the entrance ticket for retail visitors is 35,000 VND/Vietnamese tourist; 70,000 VND/foreign visitor. If ordering a tour including shuttle bus, guide, the cost will be from about 400,000 VND / tourist or more depending on the time and other accompanying services.

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