Dan and Lu's Travels
Up early for the bus which took us about 2 1/2 hours north west of Ho Chi Minh to a buddhist pagoda. When we arrived it was 40 degrees. We spent ages looking for the toilet (the only reason I mention this is because we then found out they call it the \'happy house\' here!) Went into the pagoda, after taking off our shoes, of course. There was a ceremony about to start so there were people everywhere. The pagoda was beautiful and the ceremony was fascinating, lots of singing and chanting. Hope the photos do it justice. We stopped for lunch on the way to Cu Chi. I had spring rolls and Dan had beef and onion noodles. Delicious. At Cu Chi we watched a hard to understand video about the people of Cu Chi and their and the tunnels\' part in the war. It was in English but with an accent. The tunnels were dug before and during the war and were used to graet effect for suprise attackes against the Americans (who actually had a base at Cu Chi). They allowed the Vietnamese to come up to ground level and attack the US in their tents, then disappear before the Americans knew what was happening. They used the tunnels to sleep, cook and live in. Our guide then took us into the jungle and showed us exaples of some scary traps used. It was very humid. I couldn\'t even stand in this never mind fight a war in it. You could begin to understand how hard the Americans had it, such starnge territory and weather. Then we got to go into the tunnels. Not the real ones as they are too small for Westerners but they have made one bigger for tourists. I can\'t describe how horrific, claustrophobic and hot it was crawling through the tunnel. We stpped at a clearing in the jungle for some fruit tea and fruit, which we dipped in a chilli powder. So tired when we got back to the hotel we just slept! Random MP3 play: Shine On You Crazy Diamond while travelling through the very busy and run down outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City..