Ho Chi Min City

Trip Start Jan 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 29, 2007

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Friday, May 11, 2007

HCMC gave us a wet welcome. After we found a sweet place to stay, we quickly grew an appreciation of Saigon City.  Our first mission in the city was to sort our exit plan to Cambodia out. It became apparent that we couldn't exit Vietnam in the manner we had planned (due to the fact we didn't have our visa's sorted), so we decided to sort it the next day (why do today what can be put off till tomorrow eh!!). Instead we managed to book a tour to Cu Chi tunnels.  A quick history lesson: most people know a wee bit about the Vietnam war and it's likely that you've heard about the Viet-Kong using an extensive tunnel network.  That was a slight understatement because in the Cu Chi area, there is approximately 250 km's of tunnel connecting one side of the province to the other.  These tunnels were so well designed that they even had entries and exits into American bases.  Whilst walking around the tunnel grounds we had the option to fire several weapons which Shaun eagerly took the opportunity to fire a Kalashnikov (AK 47).  At the end of the tour we were given the opportunity to crawl through a reasonable section of the tunnel network that had been slightly modified to accommodate for the size of westerners.  It was hard work going through these tunnels for about 1/4 an hour; we couldn't imagine what it was like for the Viet-Kong. The tunnels were tiny even though they had been enlarged, Shaun's head was scraping the ceiling the whole way and his shoulders were against both walls in the amazing heat and humidity the tunnels contain. After our tunnel tour, we got dropped off at the War Remnants Museum in HCMC.  This place was a huge eye-opener for us as they had incredibly graphic photo images of the Vietnam War.  Unlike our history books, the museum showed us the war from the Vietnamese's perspective.  This was similar to our history as it was considerably biased, but when you combine the two stories together it's easy to see both sides of the story and that neither was innocent of atrocities.  After a heavy history lesson, we walked back to our district to book our Mekong-Delta tour to Cambodia.  Sadly the next morning we said goodbye to HCMC.
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