May 26th 2008
Published: June 4th 2008
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In the 60's and 70's, Saigon was bustling with commerce and business. It was the cultural center and the capital city of South Vietnam. Already heavily influenced by the French in terms of culture and style, the city had an air of a French provincial town with a Vietnamese twist. Saigon was dubbed the "Pearl of the Orient" by the foreign press. The city was alive with activities and cultural diversity that rivaled any Asian city at the time.- Vietnamtravelkey.com

We crawled through tunnels today at the Chu chi tinnels just outside of Saigon . We also got to participate in a different tourist attraction shoting AK 47 just buy the bullets and shoot! not something you hear about every day!

Tomorrow morning we will leave Vietnam behind take a bus to the border where we will walk through no mans land into Cambodia. In Cambodia we will board another bus.

" I can't say what made me fall in love with Vietnam - that a woman's voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colors, the taste, even the rain. Nothing like the filthy rain in London. They say whatever you're looking for, you will find here. They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived. The smell: that's the first thing that hits you, promising everything in exchange for your soul. And the heat. Your shirt is straightaway a rag. You can hardly remember your name, or what you came to escape from. But at night, there's a breeze. The river is beautiful. You could be forgiven for thinking there was no war; that the gunshots were fireworks; that only pleasure matters. A pipe of opium, or the touch of a girl who might tell you she loves you. And then, something happens, as you knew it would. And nothing can ever be the same again. "
Thomas Fowler- The Quiet American 2002

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