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The Cu Chi tunnels are a network of more than 200 km of underground tunnels near to the city of Saigon in Vietnam. They were famous as a unique defense hold against the American military during Vietnam war.
Here you can see a typical entry point to one of the tunnels.
Click on the image below to see me entering the tunnel through this entry point. This was the original opening size, made so most Americans would not be able to fit through. Only three of us tried to fit.
The Vietcong designed many innovative traps for the American soldiers to encounter. Most of them involve hidden trapdoors blending in with the ground.
Click on the image below to see this particular trap in action.
The tunnels have a variety of entry points some hidden and not some not. These were all strategic and caused confusion for the American soldiers. It would seem that the Vietcong would disappear and reappear in many different places. This would also cause their numbers to seem expanded. Their ability to move about underground would have almost seemed magical to the American soldiers above ground. But not magical in a good way.
We were told that tanks destroyed where usually buried to be made into bunkers.
The entry of this tunnel would have been made larger for the tourist. But the tunnel itself was authentic. I made my way through this one and was very happy not to encounter other people inside.
These huts built into the ground apart from the roof for water drainage were hard to see from any distance.
Thank you for joining my visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam.
Click on the image below as I look for the nearest exit. The tunnels continue on with many exit/entry points throughout. Although we were told these were authentic dimensions, I have no doubt many tunnels were much smaller. Also, although there was not much lighting, there was some intermittent lightning and they would have had none. Seemed like an ant farm for humans, with chambers and features within, although I didn’t seen any.
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