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

Saigon & Cu Chi tunnels Knowing that we had an early start the next morning, we made our way to the centre of District 1 for a few beers and some food. Having met people from all over the globe, this was the first time in Saigon that we met fellow British people. This was mostly due to the weekend’s football being shown everywhere in the District. After several beers, Aston Villa failing to win, and the world’s smallest pizzas, we made our way to watch some live music before calling it a night. The following morning, we were picked up at 8am for the hour’s drive to Cu Chi, the town where the tunnels that bear its name were started. Our guide gave us an interesting description of the history of Vietnam, or rather, its ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi April 3rd 2011

We arrived in Saigon around 11. We bought tickets for the island of Phu Quoc in South Vietnam, we had to pay 52 $ for two tickets with bus and boat, and we had to leave the same night at 10. A bit expensive. After this, we decided to go see the Cu Chi tunnels just outside the city, we shared a taxi with an Australian couple that we had met on the bus from Cambodia. The tour out there was okay, but we had to turn around a couple of times because the driver didn't know the way. We saw a lot of their weapons and homemade traps, which where quite brutal. One of the tunnels was bigger than the tourists, so the tourists could try walking around in them (Western people take up a ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi March 30th 2011

Cu Chi I saw a show on Cu Chi a while back and wanted to visit the place before we left. Tien borrowed a SUV and six of us loaded up to go out to the village. It's about 45 minutes outside of Saigon and was a VC village back during the 50's (when the French were still around) and into the 60's and 70's when the US was fighting over there. The main issue with Cu Chi was that it was over 75 miles of tunnels! The US tried bombing the place and later on an Aussie soldier decided to try exploring the tunnels. Initially the US thought the tunnels were short, small sections but an Aussie soldier decided to explore one and after 4 days his group came out and let everyone know how ... read more
luan, yang, huong, hang
chris and luan
artillery

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi March 28th 2011

Caro: On the first day in HCMC we were woken up by a bl**dy cockerel at about 4am, the joys of staying in a backpacker hotel I guess. After Highlands coffee, the essential for a day of sightseeing, we set off and headed to the market. We weren't there long as we were harassed to death and I still haven't found any bloody leggings! Impressions of HCMC: it seems to be quite western in some places , certainly in comparison with Hanoi but it is clean, busy and you could get anything that you had ever dreamed of (ranging from tropical fruit to birds , drugs women and ust about everything else you could imagine! We decided to follow the walking tour as recommended by the good old Lonely Planet, this took us past the museums, ... read more
Ho Chi Min Meeting Chairman Mao
Notre Dame Catherdral
Guy Sleeping

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 12th 2011

Even after a grand total of 4 weeks in Saigon, Karen and I had still somehow managed to miss Saigon’s most popular tour; The Cu Chi Tunnels. Located a 90-minute bus ride from Saigon it can be done in a half-day tour leaving Saigon at 8 AM and returning by 2 PM. This tour can be booked at any one of the thousands of tour agencies in the city. As our friends, Zuby and Dina had not been and wanted to do so we took the trip together. All tour companies quote their prices in US dollars and you are well advised to pay in that currency. If you pay in Dong the agency will calculate based on the current black market exchange rate regardless of the fact that the official rate is lower For Example: ... read more
Obligatory Photo
VC At Rest
Booby Trap Demo

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

Visiting Saigon is like going to a rave on serapax. You just cant keep up and your never going to. The entire giant city is on meth. Its like watching a dvd on fast forward and you're part of it. Arriving in communist countries is always a drama, especially when just a few hours ago you were swimming in the andaman sea trying to straighten up enough to actually get on a plane. When your first meal in a country is rubbery snails, a tub of smuggled yoghurt and half a bar of smuggled chocolate and your mini saigon hotel room is the size of a cell at pentridge jail but with the added view of a vietnamese laneway filled with 126,000 motorcycles busy doing something from dusk til dawn, you are forgiven for having misgivings. ... read more
Cluster bombs
Guess I must qualify as Vietnamese
Giant....stuck and not happy

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi February 5th 2011

We got up early for an 815 departure. Edward, Tom, and I were taking a tour offered through our hostel and, because of the distance we would travel, it would take all day. Our tour had two destinations: The Cao Dai Temple and the Cu Chi Tunnels. We drove for a few hours through the beautiful countryside and reached the Cao Dai Temple around 11 am or so. Well, not exactly. We got a flat tire half a kilometer from the temple and had to walk the rest of the way; I spent the entire walk wishing our tour guide would tell us why this temple was significant culturally or historically, but all I got was, "The service starts at noon and you need to be quiet for it and we'll leave at 12:40." Helpful. The ... read more
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi January 17th 2011

Wednesday 1-5 Today we headed into the Cu Chi Tunnels. Cu Chi is a small agricultural city outside of Saigon. During the Vietnam War, the gorilla fighters from Cu Chi set up an extensive underground tunnel system to evade and attack the U.S. military base, which was only a few hundred meters away from the tunnels. It’s easy to see why the U.S. had no hope of infiltrating the tunnels and defeating the Viet Cong in this area – the gorillas were hard core & the tunnels are insane! The tunnel system extends for an area of about 200 km. There are three levels below ground: 3m, 6m, and 10m. As visitors, we were allowed to go inside a 200m stretch of tunnel @ 3m below ground. Hard core! The tunnels were widened for tourists and ... read more
Cat Fits in the Tunnel
Rae Fits in the Tunnel
View Inside the Tunnel

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi January 12th 2011

This morning we woke up and got to the travel office at around 7:30 to wait for the bus. 20 minutes later we walked with our tour guide to another office a few streets away where the buses met. This office was literally across the street from our hotel -- we could have had another hour of sleep! Anyways, after some confusion when other buses came to take people on other tours, we were on our minibus/minivan at 8:20. Our first stop was the standard in Viet Nam -- a visit to the Handicapped Handicrafts store. All of the tours stop at these places (we did going to Ha Long Bay too), but this one was pretty neat because here their specialty is with egg shells so they have a more difficult process to go through ... read more
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close-up on the boat
close-up on the house

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » Cu Chi November 23rd 2010

An early start this morning. I was up and downstairs for breakfast, god all those stairs are a killer. I think we were picked up. The Polish lass that was staying at the hostel was also going on the trip. I'm sure the pcik up involved us being lead to the main street and onto the bus. I think it was a minibus. Then we spent a while driving around different parts of the city to pick up more people. One bloke proper kicked off with the tour guise for no real reason. Yes it's annoying having to pick everyone up, but for God's sake the tour cost you like $4. If it bothered him that much he should over forked out for a private car and driver. Dickhead! Anyway, back to the trip. We basically ... read more
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple
Cao Dai Temple




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