On my recent trip to Vietnam, I got to take a guided tour of an area called the Cu Chi Tunnels. Most of the tour was above ground; it was a site where local villagers had turned guerrilla and violently opposed the US army. They dug over 150 kilometers of tunnels, where many of them lived in hiding for over a decade.
|We saw a number of these bomb craters in the area.|
|One of the guides showed us this secret entrance to an underground tunnel. The "lid" was well camouflaged!|
|Guerrilla fighters created many hidden traps like this one to catch and kill enemy soldiers.|
|Notice the sharp spikes inside!|
|We got to see and even climb in an old American tank.|
|The guide explains a series of recreated traps that the |
guerrillas set for American soldiers in the forest.
Every one was ingeniously designed - and horrible
to imagine falling into.
|At last we got to actually explore one of the tunnels. That was my favorite part of the tour!|
It wasn't nearly as big as it looks in the picture - definitely not for the claustrophobic!
(Several people in our tour group chose not to go in.)
|The tunnel got even lower and narrower than this! |
Needless to say, it was pretty dark (though the camera flash lit it up nicely).
It was hard to imagine villagers living in these tunnels for so many years.
|Looking up toward an exit from inside one of the tunnels.|