Vinh Moc Tunnels
Our long ride from Cu Nam bought us a day off to go explore the Vinh Moc tunnels. This impressive tunnel network was built to avoid the American bombing runs during the Vietnam war. Rather impressively the locals moved their village up to 30 metres underground building bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The tunnels are big in comparison to the more famous Cu Chi tunnels but were still a bit small for Sam and I.
We hired motorbikes for the day and made our ride to the tunnels a little more interesting by running out of fuel. My bikes fuel gauge claimed I had over half a tank but my bike spluttered to a standstill.
Sam went to get some fuel while I stood around and got some confused looks. Lesson learned: check the actual tank when on dodgy old motorbikes.
When arriving at the complex we bought a cheap ticket (30k VND) but surprisingly we weren’t offered a guide. However, once inside we met a little chap near the museum who seemed keen to show us around. If we understood correctly this guy was actually born in the tunnels. He guided us through the tunnels using mimes to explain the various areas – including the toilet. He fitted perfectly in the tunnels as we walked awkwardly trying not to hit our head.
We quickly arrived at the tunnel exit by the sea which, the Americans believed, was used to supply the North Vietnamese garrison on the island of Con Co. This hindered the Americans bombing runs further north.
If you’re in this area its definitely an interesting little trip. Though its probably not one for those who are claustrophobic.