Welcome to day 21 of our trip, where we’ll be exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most important historic sites in Vietnam. Used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War, the Cu Chi Tunnels offer a glimpse into the guerrilla tactics and resilience of the Vietnamese people during the war.
In the morning, we’ll have a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, which are located about 40 kilometers northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnels are a vast network of underground tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong during the war to evade the American forces, transport supplies, and launch surprise attacks. The tour will take us through some of the tunnels and show us the various traps, bunkers, and weapon caches used by the Viet Cong fighters. We’ll also have the chance to see some of the weapons and equipment used during the war.
After the tour, we’ll have lunch at the Cu Chi Tunnels, where we can sample some of the local cuisine and take a break from the heat. We can also browse the souvenirs and handicrafts sold by the local vendors.
In the afternoon, we’ll have some free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City on our own. We can visit some of the local museums and art galleries, such as the Museum of Vietnamese History or the Fine Arts Museum, which offer a fascinating insight into Vietnamese culture and art. We can also take a stroll around the city center and admire the colonial-era architecture, or visit some of the local markets and try some of the street food.
If we’re interested in learning more about Vietnamese culture and history, we recommend some optional activities that we can add to our itinerary. We can visit the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, which is home to many endangered species, such as gibbons and sun bears, and learn about the conservation efforts in Vietnam. We can also take a cyclo tour, a traditional mode of transport in Vietnam, and explore the city from a different perspective.