Entrance fee to Cu Chi Tunnels to increase to VND35,000

HCMC - The fee to enter the Cu Chi Tunnels, one of the most well known tourist attractions in HCMC, will increase from the current VND20,000 to VND35,000 per adult from January 1, 2021, following a resolution passed by the HCMC People’s Council on adjusting the historical site’s entrance fee at a meeting on December 9.

Two tourists visit the Cu Chi Tunnels – PHOTO: VNA

People with disabilities, children under seven years of age and those serving in the armed forces are entitled to free admission, while poor people, students and those between seven and 16 years of age can enjoy a 50% discount on the entrance fee.

Explaining the rise in the entrance fee at the Cu Chi Tunnels, the HCMC People’s Council said this would help increase revenue, resulting in better conservation at the historical site.

The decision on the increase is also in line with the inflation rate and has been taken after checking the entrance fees at other attractions such as the Ngoc Son Temple and the Hoa Lo Prison.

Cu Chi Tunnels, some 70 kilometers northwest of HCMC downtown, is a complex of more than 200 kilometers of underground tunnels that served as hospitals, hideouts and shelters during the wartime.

The tunnels were dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940s and were further expanded during the American War in Vietnam in the 1960s to provide shelters and a defensive advantage over the American soldiers.

The site was recognized as a national special relic site by the prime minister in 2015. It is visited by over one million tourists every year.