The US’s tourism website ‘Thrillist’ has named Viet Nam’s Vinh Moc tunnels among the undiscovered attractions in Asia.
According to the website, during the Viet Nam War, villagers dug these tunnels by hand, desperate to hide from heavy bombing. There are kitchens, wells, and rooms here where families lived underground for years. Today, along with the former Demilitarized Zone, the tunnels can be explored on guided tours.
Vinh Moc tunnels are located in Vinh Thach commune, Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri Province. It is a steel fortress which helps Vinh Moc army and people fight against severe raids of the US troops in the war between 1965 and 1972.
The underground tunnels were dug from 1965 to 1967. The tunnel network’s total length is nearly 2km, structured into three floors with the first 13m beneath the ground, the second 15 m, and the third, 23m. The main inner axis is 2,034m long, 1-1.2m wide, and 1.5-4.1m high. The two side cliffs are molded into small temporary houses every 3m.
Other rankings on the website’s list include Tatev monastery (Armenia), Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Bhutan), Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (Brunei), Irrawaddy River (Burma), Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeau (Cambodia), Rock Column Forest (China), Kasar Devi/Crank’s Ridge (India), Komodo National Park (Indonesia), Yoro Park/Site of Reversible Destiny (Japan), Viengxay Caves (Laos), Mulee Aage Palace (Maldives), Putra Mosque (Malaysia), the Flaming Cliffs (Mongolia), Annapurna Circuit (Nepal), Banaue Rice Terraces (the Philippines), Old Airport Road Food Centre (Singapore), Taepyeong Salt Farm (the Republic of Korea), Jathika Namal Uyana (Sri Lanka) and Salawin National Park (Thailand).