CU CHI Tunnels

The tunnel complex was amazing, there is over 150 miles of tunnels between 10 feet and 30 feet underground. They had hundreds of people living and working all underground. They showed how they used to use American bombs and other ordnances to make their own bombs and ammunition – very resourceful. The entrance and exits of these tunnels were nuts, they would have been about 12 inches wide by 24 inches long the one I hopped in was not this big and I struggled to make it back out (bulky westerner).  You can just see my face in the picture.  The various booby traps that they used and they were horrific, some would have been so painful it makes you shudder just thinking about them.

They had a rifle range there and you could fire about 10 different guns, I decided to have a go at an M80 10 shots. I can’t believe how loud these shots were, they were deafening, can only imagine having to fire one of these day in day out.

Next I went in the actual tunnels, well a widened one for all the westerners, but even with the larger size it was hard going – pretty much a very low squat or crawl.  It was extremely tight and surprisingly stuffy and very claustrophobic!

After play Charlie, it was time to head back to Saigon pick up my bag and figure out the train situation.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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3 Responses to CU CHI Tunnels

  1. Mom says:

    I’ve read about those tunnels. Keep up the good work. I enjoy the pictures and your comments.

  2. Alice says:

    Jake says that is a really cool gun!

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