Cu Chi Tunnels-25th November
25/11/2013 - 25/11/2013 37 °C
So the other day (days are passing so quickly and they are blending into one) my friend Hanh, took me out to the Cu Chi tunnels for the day on her motorbike. Even though it is around 50kms away it takes almost 2 hours by motorbike to get there in the Saigon traffic and the 40km/60km speed limits.
It is pretty incredible, in the Cu Chi area alone there are 120km worth of networks of tunnels and visiting tells the story of how the American troops were clearing and poisoning the ground above forcing the Cu Chi people to move their lifes underground as well establishing a transport connection for the Viet Cong.
The people living in the tunnels built houses -kitchens living and sleeping areas, hospitals, schools, bomb shelters, weapons factories and meeting and planning rooms for troops over the three levels. The bombings by the Americans above the ground left deep craters and would destory the upper floor so the people needed to be able to evacuate deeper to evade this. The third level gets down to 10-15m below the surface with the first level only 3m below.
This is a typical entrance to the tunnel. The tiny hole. I thought I would be able to fit, but this guy on our tour managed to squeeze in so I think I probably would fit.
They have opened up the entrances for tourists but the tunnel itself is a squeeze. I could not imagine living under there for a period of time. The temperature is soaring and complete darkness while moving between rooms.
The lady travelling through in front of me is slightly shorter than I am and check out how much she has to bend down to fit through. This is one of the bigger sections of tubing. Incredible that they fit.
Nearby this section of tunnels is the memorial pagoda celebrating the many people who were casualities of the war. However photos are forbidden here. I managed to sneak a few outside.
The booby traps they used for the Americans to avoid being found.
Hanh and I even visited the shooting range here and did target shooting with the guns from the war. At least no kick back like Dad's guns.
-photos to come. Hanh has the copy.