I didn’t have time for the Mekong Delta in HCMC. It was either Mekong Delta or Cu Chi tunnels. I already went to a floating market and plenty of boat trips in Chiang Mai and Bangkok so I chose Cu Chi tunnels instead. Although Ive heard Mekong is 100 times better and different to the floating market.
The Cu Chi tunnels is something to put as a must see on your travels- it is certainly a tourist attraction but it gives you so much insight into the Vietnamese/American war.. It makes you realise how lucky we are every single day!
The tunnels have been doubled in height and width to allow for us tourists to go through.. Most of the people on my group didn’t even enter the tunnel because they felt claustrophobic. Im only 5ft 2.. (Ok fine, 5ft 1!) and it was still a tiny tunnel for me too! I crawled my way though it. Only about 20 metres long and when I came out i felt sweaty and gross.. These people lived here for 30 years!!!! We couldn’t even handle 5 minutes in a larger space!! (FINE! Im a little over 5ft GEEZ!)
We learnt how they made traps.. And let’s just say I don’t want to get in any of their bad books!
We even learnt about their ‘hospital’ and how they would look after the injured.
We learnt how they would cook and hide any smoke, we even got to try their staple diet. Boiled cassava with peanut powder.. It’s actually quite nice, but not for a meal every day for 30 years!
Our tour guide put on a video for us en route to the tunnels.. It’s a very one sided video and to be honest I couldn’t see the screen well. I fell asleep after a heavy night at Chill bar so I can’t comment much! But you have the opportunity to watch the video at the tunnels as well.
I didnt know this was part of the itinerary and I found it very hard and disturbing to see. But when travelling and doing excursions in Vietnam you will realise, this is always part of your itinerary.
There are victims of Agent Orange at these centres making souvenirs and crafts that you can buy to take home and the money goes towards the centres. Whether or not you buy anything- it’s an eye opener into some of the horrific things that happen to families during the war. You will find it hard to avoid these places when you’re part of an organised tour.
I was truly impressed by the efficiency, organisation and value of these tours and the Cu Chi tunnels is a must see experience in learning the history of this amazing country! Traps, food, life in the tunnels is what you’ll learn about- and our amazing guide Tommy was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
When you travel- are you there for the history & culture or just to enjoy the views and relax?