Jen and Ric's Itinerary travel blog

A trap you dont want your foot falling in to

More bamboo sticks of falling death

Ric in one of the many sniper holes (tight squeeze)

Crater made by a B52 bomb. Both big and yet small.

With updated technology, the posts are coming thick and fast. Or is it that HCMC is providing us too much to talk about?

Yesterday we did a half day tour which most people do. The Cu Chi Tunnels are a series of tunnels under the area known as Cu Chi Village (duh?) used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war. The inspiring thing is that they started building them years before as they have had several wars leading up to the invasion of the Americans. Essentially, by the time they got there, the tunnels stretched over 200km and were centred less than 50km away from the main base of the americans!!

We paid a visit through the forests and saw what had been done, including craters made by bombs (which apparently strengthen the tunnels made mostly of clay), special hidden air vents for the tunnels and the many many exits and entrances they needed.

Our guide was a 60 year old vet of the South Vietnam army, so he had some things to say and half (if you could understand him).

The highlight of the visit was actually going through some of them, which was considerably tight. Neither Ric nor Jen are the largest people out there but it was a tight squeeze (beware all claustraphobes). It was only 35m long but it makes you wonder how they lived like this. Well worth a visit

Today, we planned a visit to a local waterpark called Dam Sen. Now, Jen and Ric have scoured the south west of England for all the water parks it has to offer (of which there are several, including one we went to in Newcastle) and by far this one was the best. You would have thought that a country that is described as a poor country would not have these extravagances or that they would be mistreated or un-kept, but you would be oh-so very wrong. All the floors/slides/pools were extremely clean and all the other visitors (of which there werent that may) were well behaved and quite friendly. We went on a slide called the "Boomerang" as you sit in a 3 person rubber ring and go down a slide that is shaped like a boomerang (ie you go down one side, then up the other and back again etc), being 3 person we got another couple to take turns with us. Everyone was saying hello, practicing their English we suspect.

The park included all our favourite slides from all the English ones we have seen including some new ones, such as a slide where you go face first on a mat (safety was everywhere in the park as well and this ride was no exception). We would have missed this park if it hadnt been for the map we got from our taxi company (Lonely Planet gives no details on how awesome this place was and we fear most people will probably miss it because of this).

To top it all off, the cost of getting a bus right outside our hotel to the park, park entrance tickets, a snack with a drink (each), a later lunch with a drink (each) AND our bus back to our hotel cost a staggering no more than £12. We just hope that all the staff are getting paid enough to live and that the park will keep on with its high standards.

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