HCMC / Saigon to Cu Chi (DIY)

Cu Chi Tunnel

HO CHI MINH CITY | Down the Secret Passages of Cu Chi Tunnels

“There are buses in Park 23/9 that ply the Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi route for only 7000VND (0.30USD). Look for the bus numbered with 13 on the right side of the terminal, near the gate where buses depart. Travel time is about an hour and a half but depends on how frequent the driver will pick up passengers along the way. From Cu Chi Bus Station, hop on another bus having the number 79 and route Cu Chi – Dau Tieng. Travel time from the station to the tunnels is about 45 minutes and the fare is 6000VND (0.25USD).”

RJD Explorer | 2017


DIY Cu Chi Tunnels, Local Styles

“Once you get to Cu Chi Tunnels, you’ll need to make your way down the street. It’s confusing because there’s no signs or markers explaining where to go. There should be a ticket booth on the left side selling entrance tickets for 90,000 dong. It’s a little pricy, but you’re paying for two different entrance fees as well as an english guide for the tunnels. Keep walking down the road and you’ll eventually see temples.”

Bitten Escapes | 2015


DIY Trip to Cu Chi Tunnels

“Also, it’s not really a part of the tunnel but is actually made for heavily built tourists. Tunnels and entrances were bigger while Ben Duoc is the exact opposite in terms of visitors and tunnel size. When I went there, I found only few foreign people and more local visitors as the tunnels here are smaller. Tell the driver to drop you off at Ben Duoc.”

One Lonely Traveler | 2015


Public bus to Cu Chi tunnel from Pham Ngu Lao – DIY

“Before heading off, make sure to write the names of the places you’ll be going to in a piece of paper, meaning written in Vietnamese alphabet. In our case, nobody understood us despite our desperate attempts. We even had to do charade but to no avail. Also, know the basic phrases in Vietnamese such as “How to go there”, “Which bus goes to this or that”, “Where is the restaurant”, etc… or you’ll find yourself, like us, just staring at each other. They don’t even understand when we try to ask “BUS 13” for example, so I had to write down the no. in my arm and show it to them. So they know how “13” looked like and understood us but not when you say “Thirteen”.”

Jeepney Setter | 2015


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