At its height the Cu Chi tunnel system stretched over 250km from Saigon to the Cambodian border and was three levels deep. The network included innumerable trap doors, specially constructed living areas, storage facilities, weapons factories, field hospitals, command centers and kitchens. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience and a feel of what underground life in the American/Vietnam war must have been like. The tunnels have been widened for our benefit (otherwise we would not be able to enter them!)
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City to Cu Chi (approximate 33kilometerscycling)
Departing at 8am, we drive for roughly an hour as you leave the bustling urban sprawl of Saigon behind you. Once you have reached more peaceful roads it’s time for the cycling adventure to commence. The first 20 kilometers of cycling will take you along paved and dirt country laneways. As you glide through the countryside you will have ample opportunities to soak up the scenic surroundings. Surrounded by beautiful flora and country scenes you will feel a million miles away from the stress of urban life. Arrive at Cu Chi at around 10:30 and begin your exploration of this historical area. Construction of this amazing series of underground passages first began in the late 1940s by the Viet Minh, when fighting the French. However, it was later when the Viet Cong faced the US Army that the tunnels became truly remarkable. This underground world was primarily used as a hiding place for guerrilla fighters. However, over the years the tunnels were expanded to include communication and supply routes, living quarters, food and weapons caches and even hospitals. During your tour of the site you will have the opportunity to enter a reconstructed section of the tunnels and get a taste of what life was like for those who used them.
After lunch, enjoy a 13kilometersride through vast rubber plantations before meeting with your vehicle for the transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City around 5.00pm