In the Nam

Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2012

Flag of Vietnam  , Hồ Chí Minh,
Saturday, December 10, 2011

Well well well, if I didn't know we was traveling on the oherside of the world.... I did now. Ho Chi Minh seems to have a slap in the face you're here now feel to it.

We got here in the evening from Manila, Philippines. Had a few hours to burn in Manila so went to watch Twilight 2nd from last one, in the poshest cinema ever. Had our own sofa with a wall around it, a little buzzer to get your popcorn and drink delivered! No cameras allowed though had to leave them or the battery at the front, Elle asked if she could just get a quick pic but a no go.

We stayed at a pretty decent place Madame Cucs, just up the street from the main bars which where we got brekkie and dinner (fruit and toast, noodles and lovely Vietnamese spring rolls!). About the 7th floor which was a bit of a lug every night and morning, but the owner was good she moved us to the 3rd. Think she fancied me.
Spent a day looking around, trying to settle in which was a little hard. Had a few hours and a few beers in one bar on the net looking at what to do and how long to stay.

We went to the Cu Chi tunnels on a day trip, massive tunnel systems the Vietcong use to use which ultimately won them the war. A good day out, learning the life in the tunnels and how they made their home made bombs. The traps were interesting, you wouldn't want to fall into one of them! Very gruesome. We both got to shoot an AK47, only 10 bullets each as they were priced like gold dust!
Going threw the tunnels was cool, we both went threw the larger ones but Elle didn't want to go threw the original sized ones. So I tackled them alone, at one point I did worry that they were going to get too small.
We had some tapioca and tea to finish the day off and got dropped back into Saigon.
Managed to sneak in the War Remnants Museum on the same day an all.
This place was very eye opening, I know the traps they had were pretty bad but what Agent Orange (herbicide and defoilant) did to the Vietnamese people no wonder they wanted revenge. Lots of pictures of birth defects and stories of the horrors of the war. Good to see it all but glad to get out of there, just a feeling that you didn't want to look at the pictures especially when there was Vietnamese people around you.

That was about it for Ho Chi Minh, I feel like we haven't done it justice really and want to go back. We have to anyway as we missed out on 1/3 of Vietnam as a whole in the end.

Our first encounter of sleeper buses, very cool! Seats have been replaced by beds at 90* angle with your feet tucking under the person in fronts head.
We are on this bus to get to Mui Ne, a little beach town a few miles north.
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