Kim Yen Hotel
Travel Blogs from Ho Chi Minh City
... Sometimes Americans would find their way into the tunnels and follow a Vietnamese soldier, but as the tunnels got smaller and smaller, the Americans would get stuck. We also saw how the Vietnamese used their hunting traps for animals to trap, injure, and kill Americans. These were extremely torturous traps with sharp bamboo sticks at first, and then later the use of materials from American ammunitions found around the area.
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... the end we purchased them from a lovely lady in the park on the way back to the hotel. Another quoted us d120 for a singlet and then promptly dropped when we told her we could get them at another stall for d 50 000. Clearly some just like to try their luck. The only thing we didn't manage to buy at the market was Báhn Xeo (pancake mix). So, after dumping our stuff in the hotel and having a little rest we asked our hotel owner where we could find it. After ...
We swiftly went through customs at about 8am but accidentally left Willy behind as our passports were fast tracked. We arrived in HCMC at about 11am in the sweltering heat but luckily Willy had arrived too. My first authentic Vietnamese meal was Bún thit nu'ó'ng (boon tit noo) - a salad and noodle mix with spring rolls and beef/pork on top. After getting rejected from Eco hostel and Saigon backpackers we found a cool dorm in a place called Suite Backpackers Inn ...
... more day. So the next morning we headed out and went to a travel shop to sort out our route through Vietnam and after that we walked over to the War museum. This sure is an extensive museum that portrays a very graphic view of what was going on during the war but also gives lots of insight to the rest of the world's reaction. It was very interesting but you probably want to dedicate at least a couple of hours to see it all and you should be prepared before you go ...
... to withstand harsh conditions and their will to survive is amazing.
Our tour guide, Tai, described the ingenuity of the tunnel system with pride. He seemed practically gleeful as he showed off his people’s cunning in concealing the tunnels and constructing simple but deadly booby traps. In fact the whole tour had the tone of, "And here is yet another way we out-witted the Americans and their expensive weapons with our cleverness ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking