Posted by: Googie | February 27, 2010

The Cu Chi tunnels

Early next morning, Golan, the Australian couple & I boarded our bus to the Cu Chi tunnels. First we were taken to a small scale industry where handicrafts were being produced by handicapped people. The stuff on display was quite fantastic, but it was just another overpriced tourist trap, and nobody bought anything.

The Cu Chi tunnels were quite an amazing experience. The tunnels were made by the Viet Cong to escape from the American bombings and to conduct guerilla warfare against the American soldiers during the Vietnam war. Portions of the tunnels that were still intact had been widened to allow tourists to enter them. Despite the widening, the tunnels were extremely cramped. We got cramps just walking a 60m stretch. One gets so much respect for the VC who not only built these underground mazes, but also spent weeks within them.

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One of the entrances to the tunnels

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Can you spot the not?

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Who says it can’t get sunny inside a dark tunnel?

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Golan, Lisa & Peter

I had already spent more time in Saigon than I’d wanted, and still there was so much more to see in Vietnam. So I wanted to postpone my flight to the US, but it couldn’t be done till Monday 😦
So I booked a flight from Saigon to Hanoi, thus skipping the whole central portion of Vietnam. But this means that I’ll have to return to Vietnam one day.

In the evening, we met up with Lisa & Johanna (from Switzerland) for dinner; and then proceeded to the Cage club, where a couchsurfing meet was on. It was definitely not the best couchsurfing meet I’d been to, because one could hardly have a conversation over the loud music. We were out of there within half an hour, and back in our rooms.

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The crazy buffalo near our room – ugly building, but a superb landmark

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