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Vietnam War & Tunnels

After today I want to go & buy Vietnam war movies and watch them after finding out more about the war here that happened in the 70's. We Grabbed a bakery item down the road for breakfast as we caught the 8am bus to visit the Cu Chi war tunnels. It was 70km and takes 2hrs to get there. The guide on the bus told us that the Cu Chi people were on the side of the North Vietnmese and the Americans were based in Saigon very close by. The Cu Chi built 220km of tunnels built 3, 6 and 10m underground. On the area above the ground above the tunnels they put landmines and bamboo and metal spiked booby traps. They told us how they successfully manages to live underground.

At the Firing range we got to choose a weapon to fire & Nath wanted the M16. The sound of many guns ( AK 47's & machine guns) was actually painful to your ears.We then shot 10 rounds which cost $20US.

Then it was time for the tunnels and Nath and I fought our fear of claustraphobia. The tunnels we got to go down in were widened for Westerners and were no where near as small as the ones the Cu Chi people lived in. We let everybody else go first so that we had a clear path of escape if we started to panic!!!! We only did the 20 metre section ( the shortest) rather than the 100metres!! We got back to HCMC at 1:30pm and grabbed a couple cyclo drivers to take us around for a couple hours for $11 for both of us. We went down to the Saigon River and saw so many ships in the Port and looked at the Bonsai Gardens. We visited the War Remnants Museum which was only $1 admission fee. Read and saw so many horrifying accounts of the war. The effect of Agent Orange being sprayed has caused so many birth defects even still today. We headed to the night markets in the pouring rain although there was not much to buy we stopped and had a great dinner at a street stall. Nath had Squid and I had prawns and it was really good.

Our Guesthouse alley

Our Guesthouse alley


More alley activities

More alley activities


Pham Ngu Lao Lane

Pham Ngu Lao Lane


Guide demonstrating how  they got in & out

Guide demonstrating how they got in & out


Entrance to Chu Chi Tunnels

Entrance to Chu Chi Tunnels


A girl in our group trying it

A girl in our group trying it


Another type of trap with metal spikes

Another type of trap with metal spikes


Bamboo spiked booby trap with trapdoor

Bamboo spiked booby trap with trapdoor


US tank

US tank


More weaponry

More weaponry


And another

And another


Bombs

Bombs


Nath holding his ears

Nath holding his ears


Machine Gun

Machine Gun


Me & an M16

Me & an M16


Nath and the M 16

Nath and the M 16


Westerners entrance to tunnels

Westerners entrance to tunnels


Nath you can do it!!!

Nath you can do it!!!


This is a face of controlled panic!!

This is a face of controlled panic!!


Yes its over!

Yes its over!


Cyclo ride

Cyclo ride


Jaws boat on the Saigon River

Jaws boat on the Saigon River


Bonsai Garden

Bonsai Garden


More cool trees

More cool trees


A 300 year old Bonsai

A 300 year old Bonsai


More Cyclo ride

More Cyclo ride


Colourful street scene

Colourful street scene


War Remnant Museum

War Remnant Museum


Our Guesthouse

Our Guesthouse


My feet

My feet


Dinner at street stall

Dinner at street stall


Yummy squid & prawns

Yummy squid & prawns

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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