Vinh Moc Tunnels Description:
In a desperate bid for survival to escape escalating bombings by U.S. war planes, villagers near Vietnam’s Demilitarized Zone burrowed directly into the costal bedrock. The massive tunnel complex they cut into the limestone near the Ben Hai River came to be known as the Vinh Moc Tunnels.
The villagers, along with aide from North Vietnamese Army engineers, carved a network of winding passageways into the soft limestone underneath their village mostly by hand. The limestone’s porous nature allowed the excavators to cut large passageways and rooms into the rock bed without building support structures.
The tunnels were cut about 90 feet into the limestone bedrock, and feature a winding network of passages that were filled with smaller chambers used for housing, cooking, and medical aide. The tunnels were also used to transport food and war materiel, and a series of wells were also dug in the tunnel complex. Between 50 and 100 families lived in the Vinh Moc tunnel system between 1966 and 1972, and around 17 children are believed to have been born inside the tunnels during the Vietnam War.
Thanks to sound construction, not a single villager’s life was lost inside the tunnel network despite near constant bombing raids over the area by U.S. forces.
In the decades after the war, the tunnel complex fell out of use. In recent years the system was reopened to the public, and converted into a walking museum that features numerous displays of what life was like in the tunnels during the war.
Best Time to Visit Vinh Moc Tunnels:
Central Vietnam’s best weather is between October and March when the temperatures are warm. May to September the weather is hotter, but frequent rain showers help keep the atmosphere cool.
How to get to Vinh Moc Tunnels:
The best way for our guests to reach the Vinh Moc Tunnels on their luxury tours of Vietnam is via our private vehicle service departing from the nearby city of Hue in Central Vietnam.
Vinh Moc Tunnels Highlights:
While war and architecture buffs are drawn to the tunnel complex for clear reasons, we recommend that our guests visit the area for an insightful look into the modern character of the Vietnamese people.
Appropriate Attire :
Western-style clothing options are fine to wear while visiting the Vinh Moc Tunnels.