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Jan 31, 2013 - Exploring Ho Chi Minh City

We rose by 6. We have a busy day ahead of us. We had a great sleep since the mattress and pillows were not rock hard! A 90 minute bus ride took us to the Cu Chi tunnels. It was fascinating. The tunnels were built in 3 levels with ventilation, wells for water and led to the Saigon River if escape was needed. The Cu Chi people developed this network of tunnels over 20 years. They stretched as far as Cambodia. There were meeting rooms, kitchens, triage areas and many more other special rooms. This created an effective network for waging...

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Jan 18, 2012 - International Asiana Saigon

Hot In the now peaceful and prosperous suburb of Saigon, we visit the Cu Chi tunnels. Built over a period of 25 years beginning in the 1940s to sabotage the French occupiers, the tunnels are marvels of engineering, stretching from Saigon to the Cambodian border, for 75 miles. The tunnels were built on three levels, 7,15 and 25 feet deep. and included living areas, storage facilities, weapon factories, field hospitals and kitchens. The Viet Cong soldiers lived in the tunnels for years, exiting only at night. Camouflaged areas had holes to...

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May 6, 2011 - Cu Chi Tunnels

About 9 miles northwest of the city is the small town of Cu Chi that is celebrated for its elaborate tunnel system built by the local people as hiding places and a means to support the war for freedom. The Vietnamese have used tunnels for centuries but these were particularly created starting back in the 1940s in the struggle for independence from the French. Numerous similar tunnels exist around Vietnam, dug from the hard clay earth found in Vietnam, but Cu Chi is the most elaborate system and most widely known. This tunnel system's...

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Aug 30, 2010 - The Cu Chi Tunnels and a Weird Religion

Pick up time 7.30 am for our day excursion out to the Cu Chi tunnels and a temple. Unfortunately Vicki was very unwell this morning and wasn’t able to come with us. Long drive firstly through morning peak hour which was very entertaining for us all. Just a sea of motorbikes and cars moving around the roads like a choreographed dance. No horns honking, yelling or shouting like we would would most likely happen at home. Hit a snag though at an intersection with some roadwork over a bridge so we had to turn around and go back where we came...

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Jan 1, 2010 - Visit to Cu Chi Tunnels

We awoke early and set out on the 1.5 hour drive to the Chu Chi tunnels. The trip was definitely worth it because the tunnels, which stretch about 260km deep underground, were unbelievable. The tunnels, as many of you would know, were a key strategic device used by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. During our tour our guide Ngoc finally revealed that his father had fought with the VC during the war - but many of us had already guessed this given his strong patriotism and loyalty to anyone from North Vietnam. Ngoc is a great guy though...

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Aug 28, 2009 - Cu Chi-Bangkok

Altra levataccia, l'ennesima, speriamo l'ultima. Ci aspetta una giornata di quelle epiche. Alle 8 prendiamo il bus che ci porta in un paio di ore ed un migliaio di buche ai tunnels di Cu Chi. Cosa sono? l'arma che ha consentito ai Vietcong di vincere la guerra. Una rete di tunnel strettissimi lunga 200 kms, con all-interno cucine e camere da letto. Impressionante, davvero. E poi abbiamo provato anche noi a muoverci in questi cunicoli. Esperienza claustrofobica, ma divertente. Vi diro' anche che a me sarebbe piaciuto provare a sparare con i...

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Mar 15, 2009 - Cao Dai Temple/Cu Chi Tunnels

In Saigon there are tons of tour agencies, so you have your share of tours you want to do around the areas. Jamie and i found a 1 day tour that included the Cao Dai Temple and Cu Chi Tunnels for only $7. The bus ride to the temple took a little over 2 hours and we were able to witness the 12 noon service. Very colorful place with a variety of religions all rolled into one(Buddhism/Taoism/Hinduism/Islam/Christianity). Prayer worship is 4 times a day and is usually consisting of older people. The priest that represent the different parts of...

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Jul 5, 2008 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

- In the morning we took care of our last minute tailor appointments. I now own some new really cute silk skirts and dresses, 2 new jackets, 2 pairs of paints, etc.... And they all fit perfectly! - Then, we boarded a plane to Ho Chi Minh City. Overall, I like it much better than Hanoi. That is probably because it is not nearly as hectic. There is actually room for pedestrians to walk safely on sidewalks and there are also real stores, instead of just small family-run shops that sell very few things. - On our first day, we took it easy. It...

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Jun 29, 2008 - Ho Chi Minh City

Hei igjen... Lenge siden sist... :) Jeg har ikke orket aa skrive paa noen dager fordi vi har vaert paa farta, og saa har jeg liggi rett ut... Jeg veit ikke helt hva det har vaert, men jeg begynte aa bli daarlig tidlig igaar... Blei bare vaerre og vaerre utover dagen, besvimte flere ganger midt i byen og kunne ikke ete... Ingen andre har vaert syke, saa jeg har da synes utrolig synd paa meg selv... Veit ikke helt om det var matforgiftning, eller bare dehydrering, men veldig vondt var det i allefall! I gaar og i natt har jeg liggi med kjempe...

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Jun 21, 2008 - Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

We flew out from Da Nang, but not without having to walk across the bridge to our bus because road construction had closed the road to the island where the hotel was. It was pretty funny seeing our luggage arrive from the hotel to the bus by motorbike! Saigon is noisy, but the traffic is very controlled by comparison with Hanoi, even though they say that there are more that 3 million motorcycles in this city. The streets are wide, and it could be any 300 years old European city populated by Vietnamese! We ate tonight ate a street cafe -...

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Feb 24, 2008 - Ho Chi Minh City

We arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (although that is the correct name, it is used interchangably with Saigon) about 4pm so we had time to walk about before supper. There are 8 million people here and 3.3 motorbikes so traffic is something else. Crossing the streets in Bangkok was a breeze compared to this. Vietnam is a communist country but there is plenty of free enterprise, one can travel anywhere and the atmoshere is very upbeat - no soldiers driving about with guns, etc. Since this trip can be booked in sections, 3 of our group leave us...

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Jan 27, 2008 - Ho Chi Minh City - a.k.a. Saigon

I didn't think it would happen but yes, Bruce actually did get into the swing of this beach thing. I had a great photo of him crashed out in a lounger under a beach-side palapa (don't know what they call them here, so palapa will have to do), but it seems to be missing in action. I asked him if he had figured out how to delete pictures in the camera and he did look kind of blank about it, so I do believe that he didn't sabotage it and I must have accidentally deleted it when editing out photos. Anyway, our last day in Mui Ne we booked a...

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