The Cu Chi Tunnels

Trip Start Aug 26, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, December 18, 2009

In order to learn a bit more about the Vietnam War, Chris and I decided to pay a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The Cu Chi tunnels were the nightmare of American soldiers during the war.  The tunnels open to the public covered an area of 18 hectares. In total there are over 200km of tunnels.  The Viet-Kong soldiers used them to issue surprise attacks on enemy soldiers and to plant various booby-traps and landmines.  In the complex of the tunnels we got to see the way the Viet-Kong lived, the bunkers they lived in and learn some of the tricks they employed to continue to keep enemy soldiers on guard.  They used to pick up the scraps that enemy soldiers left around, like old uniforms and cigarette butts.  These were used to line the outsides of their ventilation holes so that the enemy sniffer dogs could not locate the entrances.  The Viet-Kong also had very ingenious ways of venting smoke from the cooking fires.  The smoke was also filtered through a long tunnel broken up with smoke rooms.  This long filtration system allowed for the smell and particles from the smoke to disintegrate into the ground before it reached the above-ground air and the noses of the enemy soldiers.  I must admit, the tricks they employed were fascinating and I would like to learn a bit more about the fighting that went on in the area.

We also got to try out some of the holes that they came out of to ambush the enemy.  I tell you, those Vietnamese soldiers were tiny (I almost got my hips stuck in the hole!)  We also got to crawl along about 20m of tunnel-way.  Well at least I did, Chris just checked out the bunkers and entrance holes.
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