Today, people are probably swept by the busy and modern life that they sometimes become stressful and tired. Coming a place like Cu Chi in order to breathe fresh air and visit beautiful sceneries, participate in exciting activities would be a great guide. Actually, Cu Chi is so attractive with a numerous visiting destinations and leisure sites. Tourists do not only explore mysteries on the ground, they also make an excursion on lake reproducing East China sea or join in entertainment.
The best time to travel to Cu Chi
Cu Chi belongs to Ho Chi Minh city, it also has two seasons: dry and rainy season. In Cu Chi, tourists will see that its space is covered with sunshine and so cool wind, hence it is suitable to visit all times during year. However, tourists are recommended to visit here in dry season to discover completely Cu Chi Tunnel.
Things to do in Cu Chi
Visiting Wild Life Rescue Station in Cu Chi
Established in 2006, Wild Life Rescue Station is known as the biggest hospital of animals in the south. If tourists have a plan to visit here, it will be better to contact with agents for welcoming and guiding. Coming here, tourists will firsthand see many animals that may leave tourist amazing impressions.
Sightseeing Cu Chi tunnels
Getting on boat along Sai Gon river to Cu Chi tunnels will be an exciting and wonderful experience. However, It is reasonably expensive, tourists could have other choices to go to Cu Chi tunnels by car, bus or motorbike. After buying ticket, tourists will walk or take a tramcar to reach Ben Duoc temple. Ben Duoc’s gate is covered with tile roof and curved design like village entrance. Ben Duoc temple was built to memorialize the significant contributions of the soldiers and people who were killed in the Saigon- Gia Dinh region during the anti-American and anti-French fighting. For tourists are interested in studying history, this is a good chance to know more about Vietnam’s long history of struggle to be independent. Tourists also find the feelings of airy and quiet but hallowed and monumental space. To move Ben Duoc temple, tourists will travel to the tunnel area where appeals not only the veterans but also the young and tourists. Before visiting tunnels, tour guide will introduce about the entire struggle of Cu Chi people and pattern of tunnels by means of videotapes. All tunnels is 200 kilometers long, nevertheless, tourists can visit only some of them. Travelers who want to explore the tunnels have to creep through the heat and dark tunnels and experience suffocating feel when passing tunnels might be unforgettable memory. To bend down, crawl on ground even and move along tunnels, tourists will gradually see Hoang Cam kitchen, dormitories, meeting room, hospital…All reproduce hard and creative underground life in history.
Visiting on lake
Hiring a Kayak boat along lake reproducing East China sea, tourists will be impressed by contemplating Vietnam’s island such as Bach Long Vi, Con Dao, Hoang Sa, Truong Sa, Phu Quoc,..etc. All islands are arranged harmoniously will certainly make tourists pleased.
After exploring the underground city, participating in shooting paintball will be another dramatic sensation. Tourists can hire clothes and guns in stores near Cu Chi tunnels, then people will dispose the troops and fight as the real soldiers. In this game, tourists can both relax and understand more about war and Vietnam’s historical struggle.
It is wonderful to take off clothes and swim in water after a paintball battle making the whole body tired and exhausted. It takes tourists about 15 munities to walk to swimming pool. In spite of walking a long way, tourists may not feel tired because they will view natural scenery on roadsides, birds flying or squirrels running freely. When coming to swimming pool, tourists may see that it is worth going to. Tourists will wallow in the cool clean water blending with beautiful nature that brings fantastic feeling.
Eating special food in Cu Chi
If tourists go to Cu Chi in early morning, they should drop in a famous restaurant in Hoc Mon, 7km far from An Suong flyover to enjoy Minh Quy pork vermicelli. This restaurant has opened for over ten years and just sales in the morning. A bowl of pork vermicelli looks very ordinary but tourists will realize its special flavor when eating. It is not enough if tourists do not enjoy a delicious grilled beef- special food in Cu Chi. Enjoying a very delicious dish in the cool and peaceful atmosphere will be memorable. Also, tourists should enjoy ‘nuoc mia sau rieng’ (sugar-cane juice with durian) – a famous juice in Cu Chi.