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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi March 17th 2007

Fri 16th Fay wan't feeling well (not all due to hang over) so Becky and I rose at 7 to get our tour bus to the Cu Chi tunnels where the local Vietnames hid and lived in a series of tunels. (I just went to Petes blog to try to get a great informative description but he didn't visit!). The visit started with the usual bus stop at the local craft shop. Once we had arrived at the tunnels we watched a video which was increadably anti american, calling them all sorts- I cant remember the exact words but it made me say to becky did they really just say that? (There were a large number of Americans on our bus). Unfortunatly the video wasn't that clear and our guides pronunciation of English was incomprehensible so ... read more
Tunnel entrance
See Saw trap with big spikes to fall on
Termite hill covering air holes

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi March 7th 2007

Went out to the Cu Chi Tunnel complex today. This is about a 2 hour bus ride from Ho Chi Minh City. The complex is a re-construction of the tunnels used in the war with a fair bit of glossing up for the tourists. We watched a film on how the Cu Chi farmers were transformed into guerillas by day and rice farmers by night. We then went out and viewed some tunnels. They are very small and even the one built wider for tourists was a bit tight. Good fun and worth doing. We saw typical field kitchens with special chimneys to hide the smoke, man traps and bomb making. Back to town and some more shopping. I found a great market selling 'authentic reproduction' army gear and so pick up some things for my ... read more
Seafood Claypot

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi March 3rd 2007

Returning back to our hotel in Saigon after our trip to Mui Ne, the first thing we did was book our US $5 day tour to see the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Cao Dai Temple. We awoke early the following morning, as the tour departed at about 8.15am. Our tour guide was so cute. A Vietnamese man about 60 years of age, who had worked as a translator for the Americans during the Vietnam War. From the aisle of the bus, he spent a bit of time x00guidingx00, and a lot more time talking about how there are no winners in wars, the pointlessness of the Vietnam War and how people should talk to resolve their differences, not use violence. At about 11.45am we arrived at our first destination, the Cao Dai Temple in ... read more
Inside the Tunnel
More Crazy Traffic
More Crazy Traffic

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 23rd 2007

The day before we flew to Phu Quoc we had fun taking a trip to see the Cu Chi tunnels, our tour guide was the same guy we had on our Mekong river tour to Cambodia. These tunnels near Saigon where started during the resistance to the French and expanded to hundreds of kilometers during the American War. We saw lots of interesting things and got to crawl through some of the tunnels.... read more
Cam on a destroyed U.S. tank
Cam in a destroyed U.S. tank
Ethan in the tunnels

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 13th 2007

Greetings Fellow Perfusionist', After Saartje and I had successfully negotiated a trade deal between Vietnam and long time enemy China we felt we deserved a little time to see the sites just outside the city. And so it was that we made our way (again) to our good friends at the Innoviet tour company to organise a trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels about 70kms from Saigon. We assembled outside the company orifice (bad joke but Sarah wanted it in there) at 7.30am and met with our guide, Em Toan and two pommie geezers named ...I can’t remember but we will call them Bertie and Agnes. We made our way to Benh Tanh Bus station and boarded a bus bound for Cu Chi. Innoviet give you the real experience so we traveled like Vietnamese on ... read more
VC in the trenches...
Rusting and Silent
Sarah and Toan

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi October 31st 2006

I was looking forward to today as we were heading for the notorious Chu Chi Tunnels. On our way to the tunnels we first stopped at a temple that practiced the religion Cao Dai. Here we learned a bit about Cao Dai, which is an amalgamation of nationalism, mysticism and oriental beliefs; namely Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. I guess if you can't actually make up your mind which religion you would like to follow then this one is a happy medium, perhaps conjured up by an indecisive Libran. We were welcomed inside as the ceremony was getting underway. Visitors stood on the balconies that surrounded the walls and quietly watched the proceedings, which amounted to lots of chanting. I was slightly confused by a statue of Mary Magdalene that I had spied at the alter, which ... read more
Worshipers in and around the Cao Dai temple, Vietnam
Inside the Cao Dai temple, Vietnam
Our guide making us laugh; Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam




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