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Southern Vietnam war history tour

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A day tour for the adventurous history buffs amongst you, this trip will explore the Cu Chi Tunnel that stretched out more than two hundred kilometres! Discover the network of tunnels that housed the Viet Cong guerrillas in the Vietnam War and learn a whole host of interesting facts about life in Vietnam both in the past and modern times. Then, we will head to the Napalm Girl Village which will uncover some striking images that will remain with you as you learn about the history and current status of the local village.

Destinations included:
Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel - Napalm Girl village - Ho Chi Minh city

Southern Vietnam war history tour

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Perfect for those wanting a snapshot of Vietnam’s military past and the Vietnam War

Get an overview of the military operations of the Viet Cong

Understand what the Cu Chi tunnels were for and how the Viet Cong used them for their operations

Explore Vietnamese life up close, spending time with a local family

Stop off at the village of Kim Phuc

Our trip begins with a 2 hour drive close to the border with Cambodia, where we will find the famous Cu Chi Tunnels. On the way, we stop of and spend some time with some locals, learning about the local customs and history. You will have the opportunity to chat to the local people for a real learning experience.

Onwards towards the Cu Chi Tunnels reveals the strategically important location into which the tunnels were dug. The tunnels are near the end of the infamous Ho Chi minh Trail, allowing for artillery strikes against the South Vietnamese Capital. The Tunnels were initially constructed in 1948, when the Vietnamese anti-colonial resistance, the Viet Minh, required shelter from French air strikes, and the tunnels had been expanded since then to measure roughly 200km of underground routes. Within these extensive tunnel networks, one could find all necessary facilities to support the troops, including hospitals, kitchens, meeting rooms and sleeping quarters. Life in these difficult and cramped spaces was made even more precarious as booby traps were built into the tunnels to protect from outside intruders. To preserve this heritage, the Vietnamese government has preserved a 75 km stretch of the Cu Chi tunnels as a reminder to the past and a new tourist attraction. The Tunnels have been given low powered lighting to imitate the real life conditions of the war times, however, the tunnels have had to be widened to allow for tourists to safely fit through them.

Your local guide will accompany you through a fascinating tour of the Cu Chi tunnels, where you will experience the real life conditions of the people who had taken residence in the tunnels. The difficulties the troops faced in the tunnels as well as the ingenuity that was employed to allow for existence of life in the tunnels. We will witness the scars of heavy bombing of the area that are still evident by the huge bomb craters left in the landscape, discover cleverly hidden entrances right under your feet, glimpse at the intricate tiny chimneys that dispersed smoke from the underground kitchens as well as taste the food that the fighters survived on and get to explore the tunnel complex itself.

The tour will then proceed to the village that became infamous as the Napalm Girl village; we will visit the temple that gave refuge to the girl, as well as talks with some of the residents who witnesses the bombings will be on the itinerary. Local cuisine will be served for lunch in the village.

Optional choice: If you would like to have a more authentic Cu Chi tunnel experience, then why not take a tour of the Ben Duoc tunnel which is less frequented by tourists than the Ben Dinh tunnel.

Note : In reality, there are two different tunnel systems in Cu Chi area; one for the locals called Ben Duoc, and other more popular one known as Ben Dinh, where most foreign tourists are taken to by travel companies. Ben Duoc is the most real life like tunnel system in the Cu Chi tunnel systems, unaltered for the western tourists, this section of the tunnels are not frequented as much. The Ben Duoc tunnels, preferred by the local visitors, present the realities of the day to day struggles of the Vietnamese troops under ground and the ingenuity and skills that were employed to build these underground system of Mazes.

What’s included

Hynam’s live English speaking guide

Private transfer with A/C

Lunch in a restaurant

Entrance fee and ticket

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