Cu Chi tunnels are part of underground network of tunnels which were used by Viet Cong guerrillas to fight against the US military and South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War (in Vietnam they call it the American War. It makes sense, doesn’t it?). To get to the place, you can book a full-day trip with a travel agent which usually covers a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels and Cao Dai Temple (more on the temple later in my upcoming post), or if you don’t have that much time, you can just take a half-day trip instead. I myself booked the trip through the hotel where I stayed at.
This is definitely the place that you have to go if you want to find out more about the way Viet Cong guerillas lived, cooked meals (and disguise the smoke to prevent the enemies from noticing their location), traveled from one place to others without being detected, etc. You can also get the chance to walk inside the tunnels yourself (which I did). But I must warn you, they are very narrow, dark, hot and humid. The only way to go through the tunnel is by walking while squating (might not be a pleasant experience for any claustrophobic person).
Until now I am still amazed with the way those people managed to survive the war by living underground without decent foods (their main staple during the war was only tapioca) for months, even years.