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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi December 10th 2014

Cu Chi Tunnels verzweigtes Tunnelsystem, ca. 250km Gesamtlänge, benutzt von den Viet Cong und Guerillas als Basis im Kampf gegen die Franzosen und Amerikaner. mehr Info: ...anhand der Präsentation und Aufbereitung merkt man, wer den Krieg gewonnen hat...... read more
Booby Trap
Booby Trap
Eingang zu den Tunneln

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi November 3rd 2014

I had my usual chicken noodle soup for breakfast at the hotel. The morning was spent travelling to the Cu Chi Tunnels north west of the city. It really was worth going As an Aussie, our soldiers were there during the Vietnam war, but the stories told were from the perspective of the Viet Kong (the other side). It was really interesting to hear the stories from the guides. I couldn’t believe just how small and narrow the tunnels were. There was a guide that went in one, and we had the opportunity to go in another one. There was no was I was going in any of them! There was also the opportunity to fire some guns of some sort, but being anti gun, I didn't do it. Lots of other people did though and ... read more
On the way to the Cu Chi Tunnels
On the way to the Cu Chi Tunnels
On the way to the Cu Chi Tunnels

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 7th 2014

This morning we took a 0620 flight to Ho Chi Minh City, about 2 hrs. from Hanoi. We would have loved to have overland traveled between the two, but the trip would have taken over 40 hrs to traverse the distance between North Vietnam and South. Upon our arrival we hired a taxi to bring us to the Cu Chi tunnels, about an hour and a half west of the airport. Our cab driver who spoke no English evidently had never been to the tunnels, and had to ask for directions a half a dozen times on the way. We did eventually find it, deep in the midst of the jungles. We had a tour guide assigned to us named Nguyen (pronounced “win”, a name as common as John in these parts). Nguyen was dressed in ... read more
Cu Chi tunnel with Nguyen
New Year's tree

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi September 28th 2013

28th September 2013 Day 2 Mark up early to go for a run and do stair repeats?! Breakfast was a foodies heaven, fresh fruit, asian fair, french fair, whatever you want really. Picked up at 7.30 to go to Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi tunnels. Two and a half hour drive to start with, maximum speed 60km, average around 40kmph, number of horn beeps - mmmm about 10,000, and I'm sure the horn sounded louder inside the bus than out. Arrived at the Great Holy See Temple about 11.30am. Just in time for a quick walk around and then up in the galleries to watch some of the midday prayer ceremony. The Cao Dai sect is a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Roman Catholic, formed in 1927 in response to the government restricting some ... read more
The Great Holy See Temple
one of the windows with the "eye" in the centre
Filing in for prayers

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi August 12th 2013

I arrived at HCMC at 7am and the girls had already booked me a ticket for the Cu Chi tunnels. Being picked up by the bus at 8am, I tried to find my way to the guesthouse. Having no idea where I was going, I flagged a motorbike down who firstly took me to the wrong hotel. After him asking a couple of people, we finally found it. Time to spare, I changed my t-shirt (Hannah's as I was in definite need of a clothes wash), had a baby wipe wash and was fit to go. Cu Chi's were used during the Vietnam War for hiding and also routes for getting supplies and communicating. We got talked through the different traps that were laid down for the enemy, we went through one of the tunnels (baring ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi June 3rd 2013

We arrived into downtown Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon, after a bus ride through searing heat, torrential rain and floods. As we recovered our luggage from the hold under the bus, two things dawned upon us. The first being that, the doors on the bus had not been as watertight as we might have wished, when driving through the flooded towns. This mainly affected my bag, although to what extent was still unknown. Amelia's predicament was worse however. Despite the use of a raincover, the padded rear parts of the bag were completely saturated, and more worryingly, smelly. We had heard of problems like this before from other backpackers. Vietnamese people put everything they want to transport into the hold of the bus, whether it it perishable, fragile or still alive and neglect to seal ... read more
A tight squeeze take 2
Viet Cong trap
Tanks a lot

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi May 10th 2013

Today was one of the rougher days, honestly. Very emotional. I woke up with last nights' impression of Vietnam-- big bright city, cleaner than Chiang Mai, friendly people... then learned better today. I guess that is part of the experience; seeing the lights and darks, highs and lows of a city. We ate a fancy breakfast at our fancy hotel and then caught a taxi. We really wanted to learn more about the Vietnam war and have a little cultural lesson today and oh boy did we get it. First of all I should mention the taxi driver, since he was pretty influential in the tone of the outing. He was very peppy and nice starting out, and he agreed to take us to three places for 970,000 dong (about $50)- the Cu Chi War Tunnels, ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 15th 2013

Went to the Park Hyatt fancypants martini bar for cocktails in rush hour. Actually in the bar it definitely was not - people obviously had other plans for Valentines Day. Arrived in state of cardiac arrest after a taxi ride round Ben Thanh market roundabout. Tried not to shriek. Went to check out the P H pool. Pics on tripadvisor looked great, and Lonely Planet said that you can pay to use it for the day. Ms Snotty of Saigon, the receptionist (maybe I should have given my crocs a scub before attempting this) said that they have a lot of guests ( and you are clearly not one of them) and a very small pool (a lie) but I could go up and look and ask at the spa. It's on the 3rd floor, with ... read more
Competely disappears!
Airhole in termite mound
Armpit trap - one of many varieties, all horrific

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi January 1st 2013

In no particular order here are some observations of things we found to be unique about Vietnam: - Women and children wear pyjamas at any time of the day out and about. - Vietnamese coffee requires some patience as it drips drop by drop through the filter! It also has a distinct taste, kind of chocolatey and is served with condensed milk rather than normal milk much to Rach's delight. - There are soooo many local beers, literally everywhere we went seems to have at least 3 local new ones to try - The majority of the houses are quite odd looking. From the front they look fairly normal, several windows, a door, maybe a balcony. The sides of the houses have nothing, just blank walls, no windows! ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi December 8th 2012

We woke up at 5:30 am, in a mad rush to get to the tunnels before the tourists. We had decided to visit Ben Dinh and not Ben Duoc tunnels. Ben Dinh, sadly, is not part of the original networks, but made just for tourism and education (of course they pretend it's real when you visit). Ben Duoc is more remote and part of the original system, and includes a memorial temple. We decided to visit Ben Dinh because of two practicalities: there are no maps, road descriptions, or indications anywhere as to how to get to Ben Duoc, and judging by how long it took us to find the right road to Cu Chi, we thought we would spend most of the day tring to find it. The other point was the temple in Ben ... read more
Sadie and the tunnels 2
Sadie and the tunnels 3
Emeregency exit

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