The journey to the Cu Chi Tunnels was about an 1 hr 1/2 to 2 hour bus ride from the hotel, so we set off at 8am so that we could get back to the hotel with plenty of time to grab something to eat before our journey that evening.
The Cu Chi tunnels were built by the Vietcong resistance fighters and are an amazing set of underground tunnels which were built over a 25 year period, during French rule in the late 40s and finished in the late 60s.
They were used as shelters and to aid fighting during the Vietnam War. The tunnels and entrances were extremely small, so that the American Soldiers could not gain access if they were discovered, as the Vietcong soldiers were a lot smaller than the Americans, mainly due to the lack of food available because of the war.
It was really incredible to see the survival techniques they used and developed, including the homemade traps and weapons, which were made from unexploded American bombs. These bombs were often used in carpet bombing attacks, dropping in their hundreds, some never exploded, and these were used to make bombs, ammunition and metal weapons.
I didn’t go down into the tunnels as I’m quite claustrophobic, but I did manage to take a picture of the entrance hole which was quite small bearing in mind this entrance, along with the tunnel, has been doubled in size to accommodate tourists.
Once we had finished at the Cu Chi Tunnels, we headed back the city to grab food and explore a bit more. We located a local bakery and tried out some of the delicacies there, which involved lots of sweet bread with savoury toppings.
We then made a quick visit to the indoor markets, and when I say quick it was about 20 minutes before we got too hot and bothered and had to leave. We stopped by the street food market grabbed ourselves some juices/coffee and chilled in the shade for a bit.
Soon it was time to head back to the hotel. Chilling for a while, we then went to grab a local burger for an early dinner. I opted for a fish burger which was very yummy.
Then it was time to head to the train station for our overnight train to Nha Trang. Rocking up to the station, I was dreading what we would find when we boarded our train, but it didn’t turn out to be that bad. The 4 bed cabins were very compact but looked clean enough. The toilets may be a different matter come the morning.
Check out day 11 to see how the journey went.