Ho Chi Minh City
I was gutted to be leaving Mui Ne especially as I fell in love with kite surfing, as we eventually arrived in ho chi Minh I just wanted to be back there, we arrived at 8pm, we never book accommodation in advance so we just look around when we get to places, anyway I have kept my cool with the S.E. Asian people constantly trying to sell us rooms, sun glasses, fruit, drugs well anything! I've loved everything, but the night we arrived here I wasn't in the best of moods!!!
So many people were shouting at us for rooms about 10 in a row at one point, we viewed a couple of rooms down back allies and we thought we wouldn't wake up in the morning so we sacked them places off!!!!!
This one women would not leave us alone pouring with sweat with my 16kg backpack on I lost it. “look can you just leave us alone” I shouted and she didn't like that and said “hey man what is your problem” !! I said “you” I just cant take big cities with cars, bikes, people everywhere mich felt the same but kept her cool and she found us a fine place for 11 bucks, so we thought!!
I had a funny turn in the room that night and was sick a lot, god knows why as I was fine the next morning and no it wasn't booze related (dad!), probably just the dog meat went down wrong!!!!!! Then we heard the loudest house music ever about 11 we realised that we were wall to wall with a massive night club!!! It was so loud that I had Coldplay on my ipod to try and get me asleep and I couldn't here as the music was so loud from the club!!! These things are hilarious the next day but at the time I could of cut the entire power off in the city and not given it a second thought!!! Ok I love dance music but not when you got to get up at 7! It carried on till 4 in the morning and me and mich were not impressed so checked right out and found a quieter place above a hair dresser!!!
As we settled into city life again we actually really enjoyed this buzzing city. Whether it be looking and the night markets, eating at streets stalls and having beers on roof terraces admiring the view of hoi chi Minh city / Saigon.
We learnt even more about the American war by visiting the war museum and the Cu Chi tunnels. We were horrified by what we saw.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters.
Connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
I had a go at crawling through a really small part of the tunnels and I couldn't believe I managed to fit thought this tiny trap door (see photos) I was under there for about 4 minutes but seemed like forever, how the viet cong spend time hiding down there in and out for 6 years ill never know. It was pitch black and the guide told us which direction to go and I had to feel my way through, I took a wrong turn and reached a dead end, im not going to lie I was terrified but I reversed and took the right tunnel and was ok apart from seeing the biggest bat I was soo pleased to see mich at the end of the tunnel!
I'm glad I kept my running up so that I was able to fit down there! Here we also learnt all about how the Vietcong made booby traps to kill American soldiers we also had the opportunity to fire guns used here such as the AK 47 we passed as it cost to much and we both hate guns, the noise they made was emensly loud and killed our ears.
All of you who know mich well knows that she hates small enclosed spaces so she gave the small tunnels a miss, but plucked up the courage to go in a bigger tunnel with lights in I could not keep up as she was so desperate to get out and all I heard was 'adsy I'm out adsy I'm out!'
Quality experience in ho chi Minh and all of Vietnam its has been a great mix of beaches and sightseeing, we have loved our 23 days here and will definitely be returning in the future!
Off to Cambodia tomorrow.