Near Saigon you will find the Cu Chin Tunnels. You should explore the tunnels when you get there, and there you will see why the Vietnamese fighters were one-step ahead of the Americans.
Usually the tourists can reach the tunnels through bus. Don’t get there for the New Year because only a few operators will be working at that time.
When you reach the site, you will see a movie showing the Vietnamese brave and strong, and also the Americans. This shows how proud the people of the region are that they won the war and also of the way they won it.
After the movie, the guide shows the tourists the entrance of the tunnel that is 20 centimeters by 30 centimeters. The entrance is covered by a lid that is camouflaged by leaves. All the tourists can fit if they aren’t oversized.
The tour doesn’t stop there. The tourists can see the traps that are built with a lot of bamboo spikes and iron. One souvenir that catches the eyes of the tourists is the souvenir trap that cuts into the leg and needs to be carried by the victim so that later it will be removed. The tourists can also see an American tank that was conquered by the Vietnamese soldiers during the war.
Naturally the most important part of the tour is the visiting of the tunnels. Now the tourists are allowed to crawl inside and the majority takes advantage of this possibility. The first tunnel has been modified so that the tourists can fit inside, even the fat ones. In case you get inside the tunnel, you can experience the heat and the sweating that the soldiers experienced.
Even though the tunnel has been adjusted, the tourists have to crawl or bend. When you get to the second tunnel you can’t bend anymore, you need to crawl and the heat and sweating is the same.
Overall, you will be impressed by the tunnels and you get to see the war from another point of view, the one of the Vietnamese. A lot of people cannot understand how they were able to win the war, but if they take a look at the tunnels they will see that the army didn’t focus only on brute force.
Instead they developed fighting tactics, including the tunnels and the traps that represented a great advantage for them. Also let’s not forget about the fact that the soldiers were highly motivated by the fact that they wanted to protect their country.
In case you are interested in the war and different strategies, then you should take a trip here. The tunnels aren’t far from the city, but you can expect the traffic to be hectic.