Vikki: Today Anouk and I visited the Cu Cui Tunnels on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh. We watched a video about the war and then got to walk around through the bush, looking at different things from the war like types of traps and ammunition, bunkers, tanks etc. We got to enter a section of the tunnels. They were about 1.3m high and 1m wide so it was a really tight squeeze for mum, but not so bad for Anouk. It was dark and really hot, and when we got out I was completely drenched in sweat - in short it was disgusting. Can't possibly imagine how people could have survived for so long in the tunnels, especially with a war going on overhead. We had the opportunity to fire AK47 guns with live ammo while we were there (if you wanted to pay for it). Not for me but was surprised by how noisy & frightening it was, just made you realise how horrendous war is.
In the evening we all went to the Water Puppet Show. The show was in Vietnamese and told local fables using lots of different types of puppets that moved and danced in the water to singing and music. We got to sit in the very front row, and sometimes when the puppets were moving really fast, we got splashed. The last part of the show was the most exciting, with a fire breathing dragon (using sparklers as the fire). A lovely way to end our stay in Ho Chi Minh.
Today on the Raj factor: When we went out to dinner, Dad had this large cockroach type bug drop onto his leg. It was really BIG and he got a fright and jumped out of his seat. That gave us a real fright and made us jump up as well, and then the staff came running to see what was happening. By this time the bug had scarpered away but the staff found it and one of them killed it (he didn't like it either).
Later Dad had a drink of Harley's passionfruit juice (best drink we've had yet - fresh passionfruit mmmmmmmm). He kept sucking at the straw but couldn't get any juice. It wasn't until we pointed out to him that he was trying to drink from the stirring stick and not the straw that he realised what he was doing wrong, you had to be there but it was a crack up!