We have had two fab days in the southern city of Saigon. We had a dreadful bus journey over night and arrived at 5am. The city however was already buzzing with scooters everywhere, so despite the lack of sleep we felt reinvigorated. We immediately booked on a tour to the Cu Chi tunels, a stronghold of the Viet-Cong during the Vietnamese war. We got to try out the original miniature entrance holes that were no bigger than a sheet of A3 paper! We saw booby traps used by the troops and were shown their lethal design. The highlight of the day was crawling through the maze of underground tunnels, they were small, pitch black and hot as a sauna that it became unbearable after just a few minutes!
On the second day we visited some sights of the city including the local market where we bought some souvenirs. We then went to the Reunification Palace, which was stormed by tanks marking the victory for the vietnamese in the war. Our last stop was the sobering War Remnants Museum, home to exhibitions of war relics and graphic displays of the horror of warfare (see our latest album for a small flavour of what was on display at your own risk!).
Saigon rounds up our time in Vietnam and we have really enjoyed our time here, If only we had more time. We are off to Cambodia tomorrow so we will catch up with you there.
Dale and Liz xxx