The complex of Cu Chi tunnels is a destination not to be missed in Ho Chi Minh City. It is a huge network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City, and a part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.
Located about 30km northwest of central Ho Chi Minh City, off the road to Tay Ninh town, the Cu Chi tunnels were the place of many military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operation for the Tet Offensive in 1968. This complex provided vital access and strategic control over the large rural area surrounding Ho Chi Minh City, including hospitals, defense and living quarters. Much of the original tunnel system was destroyed in bombing raids during the 1970s but existing parts have been restored and opened as a poignant and fascinating reminder.