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Cu Chi Tunnels popular tourist attraction in HCM City

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Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground defense tunnels built by locals and resistance forces from 1946 to 1968 in the district of the same name, have become a popular tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Cu Chi Tunnels popular tourist attraction in HCM City hinh anh 1Inside the network (Photo: VNA)

HCM City Cu Chi Tunnels, a network of underground defense
tunnels built by locals and resistance forces from 1946 to 1968 in the district
of the same name, have become a popular tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh City.

Constructed with rudimentary tools, the network was originally simply
structured short paths used to hide resistance forces, documents and weapons,
and support communication, each of which was built separately by a village in
these communes. To meet the need for communication between villages, these
paths were later linked, forming a complex interconnected network. By 1965,
some 200 km of tunnels and 500 km of surrounding combat trenches were dug,
which were turned into a system of crisscrossing tunnels with three floors. The
top floor is about 3m deep; the middle floor, 6m deep; and the bottom floor,
8-12m deep with numerous trenches. Inside the tunnels are functional areas such
as dining rooms, meeting rooms, first-aid rooms, film screening rooms, and
kitchens where Hoang Cam stoves (a stove which can diffuse and dissipate smoke
from cooking) were used. The network has exits open to the Saigon river and a
secretly-covered ventilation system.

The tunnels were
built in a lateritic soil-clay area and were thus strong and long-lasting and
could withstand the power of heavy weapons. Stairs between floors have lids
that go to secret vaults. The shelter’s entrance was camouflaged with leaves.
The paths inside the tunnels are different sizes but are normally wide and high
enough for only one person walking bent over.

The tunnels were
formed thanks to the efforts of thousands of soldiers and locals in Cu Chi,
who, despite regular attacks by the enemy, carried huge loads of clay and dug
channels with simple tools such as hoes and shovels. Many sections of the
network were dug over and over again due to the destruction by the bombs and
tanks of the enemy, reflecting the resilience and creativity of the Cu Chi
people during the resistance war.

The tunnels played an
important role in major battles, including the Tet Offensive of 1968 and the
Great Spring Victory of 1975.

Visiting the tunnels in 1975, Cuban Minister of Culture Armando Hart Davalos
wrote “Only men of bravery and honor could understand Cu Chi. The imagination
and culture of Vietnam transformed it into a sacred place and into one of the
greatest legends of the century.” This is only one of thousands of expressions
of admiration by foreign friends visiting the site.

Given its original architecture and historical value, the People’s Committee of
Ho Chi Minh City is compiling a dossier for UNESCO’s recognition of a world
heritage for the Cu Chi Tunnels.

After 1975, the tunnels were preserved, becoming
a revolutionary historical relic where visitors can explore its original
architecture and imagine the tough fight and lives of locals and soldiers
during the war.

At the tunnels, visitors are astonished at a systematic network, which was
built by hand. They can also visit the Cu Chi liberated area which simulates Cu
Chi during the period of 1960-1975. The area is like a miniature southern
village which nestles near a green bamboo forest with the daily life activities
of the locals. There are also other places of interest such as a temple
dedicated to Ben Duoc fallen heroes, a weapon display section, and an East Sea
simulated lake. The site also showcases three models representing the country’s
northern, central and southern regions, which are One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi,
Noon Gate in Hue, and Nha Rong Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City.

Visitors to the tunnels can experience transplanting rice and catching fish or
do activities such as shooting and biking. They will also have chances to taste
local specialties, including boiled cassava, a traditional dish in Cu Chi
during the war.

According to the Cu
Chi Tunnels management board, the site annually welcomes around 1.5 million foreign and domestic
visitors, including state-level officials from different countries./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/cu-chi-tunnels-popular-tourist-attraction-in-hcm-city/247418.vnp

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New products, services needed to reach tourism targets

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To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 1Visitors to Hanoi on a bus tour (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – To realise the targets of attracting 110 million tourists and earning some 650 trillion
VND (27.5 billion USD) in revenue this year, Vietnam is recommended to develop
more products and services to offer new experiences to visitors.

The
VNDirect Securities JSC held that the aviation and tourism industries will
record breakthrough growth from 2023 thanks to the strong recovery of
international markets.

The
number of foreign arrivals in Vietnam is predicted to completely return to pre-pandemic
levels by next year 2024 and be equivalent to 118.9% of the 2019 figure, before the COVID-19
broke out, a year later, the Lao dong (Labour) daily reported.

The
UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently also forecast the international
tourist number may reach 80 – 95% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023.

The
Vietfoot Travel company said the country’s tourism sector, including travel and
event planning firms, will have opportunities to bounce back and soon regain
its 2019 growth trend.

Vietnam
welcomed 871,200 international arrivals in January. It targets 8 million foreigners for this year.

New products, services needed to reach tourism targets hinh anh 2Foreign tourists visit the Old Quarter of Hanoi by pedicab. (Photo: VNA)

Despite
a surge in the tourist number since the year’s beginning, the sector is still
facing difficulties and challenges.

Lao
dong quoted General Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
Nguyen Trung Khanh as saying that due to impacts of the global economic recession
and domestic socio-economic changes, travellers’ purchasing power has decreased
and they tend to curb spending on middle- and high-end services.

To
achieve the set targets, many experts recommended the sector develop new products
and services, diversify and improve the quality of services, and increase
experiences to meet tourists’ demand.

They
added travel businesses should also increase communications and promotion
activities, stay updated with market trends, and ensure security and safety of
destinations. It is also necessary to enhance tourism connectivity among
localities to attract more domestic and international visitors./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/new-products-services-needed-to-reach-tourism-targets/248002.vnp

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Unique products needed to boost HCM City’s tourism

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Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector is continuing to recover strongly and posting many impressive results. The city’s efforts in improving product quality and creating new offerings have given the sector a boost, but limitations remain that need to be addressed for the city to become an appealing destination, especially for international visitors.

In the heart of modern, bustling Ho Chi Minh City, the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine boasts an older appearance. For more than ten years, the museum has offered an interesting experience to visitors, showcasing a collection of more than 3,000 precious artifacts relating to traditional Vietnamese medicine from the Stone Age to the present.

However, there are few opportunities for visitors to engage in activities to learn about traditional medicine or receive health advice. The museum is therefore not widely known among visitors to the city.

“One district, one tourism product” is the new mantra from Ho Chi Minh City to expand tours and offerings. 20 districts have announced typical tourism products so far.

However, while there are unique and well-known destinations such as Cu Chi Tunnels and various monuments and attractions in the city centre, newly-launched products are only prominent in certain areas. 

Insiders liken travel resources to baking ingredients. Ho Chi Minh City has many ingredients, but there is a shortage of bakers and few ways to make delicious cakes, or unique tourism products. 

Analysts have suggested that the city adopt a clear development strategy and goals and position itself as a must-see destination based on unique offerings and key brand values, so that it is not simply a transit point./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/unique-products-needed-to-boost-hcm-citys-tourism/247973.vnp

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HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam

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As a result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences for travellers in Vietnam.

HCM City’s tourism products among top unique tours in Vietnam hinh anh 1Travellers in a Vespa tour in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City – As a
result of Ho Chi Minh City’s unceasing efforts to diversify tourism products, several
has been listed among the top 20 unique tours promising interesting experiences
for travellers in Vietnam.

The list was announced by the
Vietnam Record Organisation (VietKings) last month.

Among them, a tour gives travellers
a chance to try working as a physician and learn about traditional medicine at
the Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in District 10.

The private museum, opened by the FITO
Pharma Co.Ltd, features more than 3,000 precious objects related to traditional
medicine of Vietnam, including herb slicers and grinders dating back some 2,500
years, a collection of books with over 100,000 pages in total written in Han (Chinese)
and Nom (old Chinese-like script of Vietnam), and hundreds of valuable
remedies.

Another tour in the list is a dining-in-the-dark journey at Noir Restaurant,
where tourists can enjoy delicate tastes and structures of dishes completely in
the dark with services provided by well-trained visually-impaired waiters and
waitresses.

It brings about not only dining
experiences but also a chance for exchange between the abled and the disabled.

Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, Director of the HCM City Tourism Department, said that
since 2022, the southern metropolis has reaped success in the programme
developing one typical tourism product for each district. The department has also
been striving to reform products so that the city can become a must-visit
destination.

Efforts have proved fruitful, she
noted, adding that HCM City now boasts more than 60 tourism products, including
30 new ones of local districts and Thu Duc city./.

Source: https://en.vietnamplus.vn/hcm-citys-tourism-products-among-top-unique-tours-in-vietnam/247958.vnp

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