Which Tunnels Can You Visit?

Ben Duoc tunnels touristy spot

(Ben Duoc tunnels touristy spot-source from @christinadaliani)

There are the Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc sections. Ben Dinh was the base for the Cu Chi District Party Committee, while Ben Duoc (the bigger scale network) was the base of the Party Committee also serving as the Headquarters of Saigon – Cho Lon – Gia Dinh zone and military zone.

The Ben Dinh entrance is closer (around 50 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City) and can be a more convenient option for you, but it does not provide the same quality of experience. If you only have a half day to visit the Cu Chi tunnels though, then this is likely your only option.

In the other word, Ben Duoc (around 70 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City) would be our recommendation if you have time. Because it is further out from the city center, you will be able to see more of the countryside, and also experience non touristy section of the tunnels.

How to Get to the Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh?

cu chi tunnels half day tour 2020-the war zone

(The war zone-source from @lizzethmarcos)

Cu Chi Tunnels motorbike or car

You can of course rent a motorcycle or a car yourself for the day and drive yourself to the Cu Chi tunnels. While this is fun and exhilarating, we do not recommend it – mostly because you will miss out on the awesome things on the way! So you should take a tour, but only the right kind. Hear is our recommendation:

  • Try avoiding big bus tours because it is unlikely that those tours make stops on the way to the Cu Chi Tunnels. You will be surrounded by 50 people and that will kill the vibe.
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Cu Chi Tunnels by Boat

If you are interested in the waterway route, there are a couple of boat tour services offering service to the Cu Chi Tunnels such as the Cu Chi tunnels by one way Speedboat and Bus or Saigon River Tour. Les Rives is also another common name you hear that offer a full boat experience to the Cu Chi tunnels.

Cu Chi Tunnels on Your Own – by Public Bus

You only need to catch two buses in order to get to Ben Duoc. First, take the bus #13 from 23-9 park (nearby Pham Ngu Lao – the backpacker area) to Cu Chi bus station. Then transfer to Bus #79 headed to Ben Duoc. The total traveling time this way is roughly two and a half hours and the price will be about 26,000 VND (just over 1 USD).

you should go early in the morning so you have enough time to explore before the buses stop running for the day. Return bus #79 stops running at 5:30 pm and #13 at 9 PM. Please clarify plan it well!

Opening/Closing Time and Entrance Ticket Prices

Ben Dinh tunnels touristy spot

(Ben Dinh tunnels touristy spot-source from @j9tphotography)

Both Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc entrances have the same operating hours, however, have different entrance fees. They are open during rainy season (May to November), and there will be no flooding inside the tunnels, however your experience will be a little less comfortable. You will get even more muddy than usual. During Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year which falls during late January or early February), the tunnels are still open. You don’t have to worry.

Opening hours: 8 am to 5 pm every day, including Sunday!

Entrance ticket:
Ben Dinh: 110,000 VND/person
Ben Duoc: 90,000 VND/person

What to see in the Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi tunnels shooting range

(Cu Chi tunnels shooting range–source from @vietnamdirtbike)

There are endless things you can do at the Cu Chi Tunnels: explore the area, go underground, watch documentaries, see exhibits, explore traps, take photos, and of course, shoot a gun!

When you enter, you will immediately be shown a video showing the lives of the Viet Cong and of the locals in the villages nearby were during the war.

Shooting Range

Both Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc have shooting ranges for tourists to practice a few rounds. The catch is that you must be in a good health condition and at least 16 years old to be able to partake in this activity.

The bullets are sold in sets, and each set has around 10 bullets of the same type. Here is the price list for different types of bullets sold:

  • M16: 35,000 VND/1 bullet (1.6 USD)
  • AK 47: 40,000 VND/1 bullet (1.8 USD)
  • Machine gun M60: 40,000 VND/1 bullet (1.8 USD)
  • Garand: 30,000 VND/1 bullet (1.4 USD)
  • Machine gun M30: 30,000 VND/1 bullet (1.4 USD)
  • CARBIN: 25,000 VND/1 bullet (1.1 USD)

Give it a go and see if your aim is good!

Travel Tips

  • There is no clothing code for the Cu Chi Tunnels, however wear breathable clothes that you do not mind getting dirty as you will be going underground.
  • A comfortable pair of sneakers is a good idea as you will be walking around quite a lot onsite.
  • Sunblock, bug spray, and insect repellent are great to have in your bag.
  • Tourists with claustrophobia and high-blood pressure should not make any attempt to go in the tunnels. You can still enter the larger dugouts however if you wish.