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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi January 18th 2012

Yesterday we went to Cu Chi tunnels. It was dark in the tunnels, also small and long. We saw a movie about the war. There were people shooting guns but kids were not allowed. The day was good because i went on a speed boat.... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi December 16th 2011

hey guys, these pictures are from our tour at Ch Chi tunnels, they were very cool! Here is some info about them we found on the computer: The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968. The tunnels w... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi November 20th 2011

Before we came to Vietnam, one of the things we really wanted to see was the site of the Cu Chi tunnels. It's only an hour in a taxi from Binh Duong so a group of 5 of us went of exploring for the day. Wikipedia has a lot of information about the history of the tunnels. There are actually two sites, fairly close to each other, and very similar. The first one we went to was Ben Dinh and we were horrified at the number of tour buses and enormous groups of tourists. It was not what we had expected! Nevertheless, we continued on into the jungle and were soon entering an underground hut to watch an informative video. The tracks continued deeper into the jungle and before long a Vietnamese soldier popped up out ... read more
Tight squeeze
Chilling out
Deadly man trap

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi October 14th 2011

Cu Chi Tunnels I was wondering how I could choose which travel agent to book through as they were all over the place and there were a gazillion of them. Realized later on, that it was best to ask your hotel. The owner of our hotel, Mr. Ly (Guest House is called Ly, so I am guessing that’s his name and he didn’t speak much English) was very helpful and booked us for a half day trip to Cu Chi for usd 5 each, although he had to call his son of 12 yrs to deal with us as he didn’t speak much English. Early morning I had to get up even though I probably am the worst person to get up early, feeling quite grumpy. Came down to the lobby and saw few other people ... read more
trap
Entry/Exit point
Dummy Soldiers

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi August 23rd 2011

Nothing can prepare you for Ho Chi Minh city in my opinion! I am nuts about travel research before going on holidays and knew Ho Chi Minh was known for it's motorbikes, but jumping in our cab at the airport we were gobsmacked at the bikes riding inches away. Hundreds of them! As I write this the beeping noises are still stuck in my head. Ho Chi Minh traffic is CRAZY! I dreaded the idea of crossing a road. We spent the day resting and then went out to book a tour for CuChi the next day. We were dreading the first intersection and sure enough, the moment came pretty quickly. Just as we were about to cross, a local told us to follow him. With hearts beating out of our chest and quiet prayers to ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi July 18th 2011

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is a huge metropolis of constantly flowing and honking motorbikes, tall buildings and vendors. People do everything on the sidewalk here. You see people cooking, eating, washing dishes, fixing motorbikes, cutting hair, sleeping. Even though the city was renamed Ho Chi Minh City after the war and there’s a huge statue of Ho Chi Minh in the center, everyone still calls the city Saigon. Must do's in Saigon include Fanny Ice Cream, the Ben Thanh Market and one of the many roof top bars. If you have a stomach for war images, I hear the War Museum has plenty. Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam but it’s not the capital and in the past it wasn’t part of Vietnam. The population grew dramatically during the war because the city was ... read more
Ho Chi Minh statue
The sea of motorbikes
Entry to a tunnel at Cu Chi

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi July 10th 2011

The Cao Dai religion is a newish one, having started in 1926 as a mash-up of various existing systems, such as Confucianism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. There are about 2 million adherents and are found only in South Vietnam. Though they sided with the Americans during the American war, they are still allowed to practice their religion, as they have. The restaurant we stopped at for lunch used fanciful tree houses as the eating area.... read more
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple architectural details
Cao Dai Temple architectural details

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi July 10th 2011

The Cu Chi district of Saigon was infiltrated with a massive tunnel system that extended over many hundreds of square kilometers during the American war. It was the Vietnamese response to US air power. The Americans used repeated B52 bombing campaigns and turned the entire area, just 30 KM from their main Saigon air base, into a waste land, but to no avail. The three levels of tunnels ended up at the Saigon river, which served as the last refuge for guerrillas when ever the Americans put tear gas into the tunnels. The tunnels were brilliantly engineered and disguised. Bamboo poles located every 10 meters served as air shafts and were disguised as termite hills on the surface. Cooking smoke was directed 100 meters away from the cooking bunkers to disguise the source. Over 10,000 guerrillas ... read more
Ventilation shaft disguised as a termite mound
Tunnel entrance (widened)
Tunnel entrance (widened)

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi June 8th 2011

my repeated confirmation of pick up this morning have fallen on deaf ears. reception call at 8.45am to say the bus is here to pick me up, yet they had told me the trip starts at 2pm? they apologised profusely. i was ready in 5 mins, but no brekkie. bussed out to Cu Chi with a good brief history on the way. watched a wee video on how the tunnels were built - with a wicker basket and a trowel, and lots of elbow grease. its pretty amazing - 200kms of tunnel. there were 3 stories of tunnels from as little as 3 metres to 10 m deep. the original crawl spaces were tiny, big enough only for a vietnamese and not a normal sized westerner. I have a photo of the trapdoor entrance which is ... read more
War Remnants Museum
American Soldier carries a corpse
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi June 2nd 2011

Today we went on a tour to Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels. The bus picked us up at 8 am and we drove to the town of Tay Ninh. Tay Ninh serves as the headquarters of one of Vietnam's most intriguing and indigenous religions; Cao Daism. Cao Dai temple was built sometime between 1933 and 1955. Prayers are conducted four times a day. Women enter the temple through a door on the left side. Once inside they walk around the outside of the colonnaded hall in a clockwise direction. Men enter on the right and walk around the hall in an anticlockwise direction. The area in the centre of the sanctuary is reserved for Cao Dai priests. I pulled up a little history on Cao Daism off the internet. This is what ... read more
On the way to 12:00 mass
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple




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