About ninety minutes from Ho Chi Minh City, one comes to the Cu Chi tunnels, an immense network of connecting underground tunnels. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.
We’re exploring the area with a guide who fought during the Vietnam War, though most guides here are young, born well after the conflict. There are displays showing the various types of booby traps the Viet Cong had constructed along with a shooting range if you want to fire an M-16 or AK-47. There is also a 100 meter section of the tunnel one can explore, which gets narrower as one progresses, though there are exits every 20 or so meters for those who find the experience a little too claustrophobic. My wife braves the first 20 meters, though I stay above ground.
Photos taken March 2014 (Nikon D7000).
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