The Saigon River Tunnel. The first tunnel built in the city of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Thu Thiem tunnel called, which flows under the Saigon River. It is the most modern tunnel in Southeast Asia

Saigon River Tunnel

A few days ago it opened the first tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City, the Thu Thiem tunnel (Tập Thủ Thiem), also known as the Saigon River tunnel (tập Sài Gòn song Đường).

the city of Saigon, with 8 million people and 6 million motorcycles, need mobility solutions, therefore, they have just finished the construction works tunnel Thu Thiem that connects the center of Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, District 2.

This tunnel has 2 special features: is the first tunnel built in Ho Chi Minh city and also a tunnel that opens way below the bed of the Saigon River
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Thu Thiem Tunnel in Saigon
Thu Thiem Tunnel in Saigon

Thu Thiem Tunnel Ho Chi Minh City


Location Saigon River Tunnel


Ho Chi Minh City ( Vietnam) tunnel is just beside the Torre Bitexco, the skyscrapers of the city, specifically in the Vo Van Kiet Street.

Tunnel data Ho Chi Minh City


Thu Thiem tunnel was opened officially on 20 November of the year 2011 and opened to traffic on November 21, 2011.
The tunnel has 6 lanes, 3 in each direction, where 2 lanes are unique to motorcycles and the 4 remaining lanes, for the movement of cars and trucks. In the interior of the tunnel speed limit is 60 km/h.
The Saigon River Tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon River Tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City

Dimensions of the Saigon River Tunnel

Thu Thiem tunnel measuring 9 meters high and 33 meters wide. The total length of the tunnel is 1490 m.

Tunnel Constructors

The construction work of the Thu Thiem tunnel in Ho Chi Minh City were carried out by four Japanese companies:
  • Obayashi
  • Taisei
  • Kumagai - Kajima
  • Toa

Security in the Saigon River Tunnel

Tunnel has been endowed with several safety measures, including a permanent endowment of 90 firefighters, 10 fire trucks, emergency exits 38, 20 surveillance cameras, 41 speakers to inform of any kind of incidence and recent advances in firefighting.

Tunnel Trivia Ho Chi Minh City

  • The Saigon River tunnel is the tunnel of more modern South-East Asia.
  • It has been designed to withstand earthquakes of 6 degrees on the Richter scale.
  • The life of the Saigon River Tunnel is 100 years.

Photos Saigon River Tunnel


As the first tunnel built in Ho Chi Minh City, and travel below the riverbed Saigon Saigon residents crowd to drive their motorcycles inside the tunnel to see what it feels like to be inside a tunnel and crossing the river below.

Tunnel in Vietnam
Tunnel in Vietnam

Families with children, adolescents and other Vietnamese characters venture into the tunnel of the Saigon River and walking in both directions, so traffic jams are frequent, like some kind of breakdown or minor incident with the bikes inside the tunnel.

The first tunnel built in the city of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)
The first tunnel built in the city of Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)

source

Vietnamese newspaper article Tuoitre.

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