Today we had booked on to a day for taking us to a Cao Dai Great Temple in the morning and in the afternoon to the Cu Chi tunnels, left over from the Vietnam war.
The temple was about a 3 hour drive away, so plenty of time to get a nap in, although every time a motorbike got in the way (which was a lot) the horn was given one looong beep. The religion of Cao Dai was created in Vietnam in 1926 and is a mixture of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, native Vietnamese spiritualism,
Christianity and Islam. They believe that there is one eye which watches over us from heaven. The temple was so colourful. Tourists were allowed into the back to watch a ceremony. All along the walls inside are eyes watching them.
After lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant (successfully eaten with chopsticks!) we visited the Cu Chi tunnels. This is a huge network of tunnels that were dug by hand by the people of Cu Chi, and at one point during the war there were 16,000 people living in them. We had a short video (a slightly biased one) introducing us to the history and there was also a model on the network. There are 3 different levels, all connected and all booby trapped incase the enemy were to get inside. Some of the tunnels have been widened now to allow tourists to crawl through, but there was one that had been left at its original size. It looked so tiny, but we but we did fit in just about. They showed us some of the ways in which the enemy was tricked with various traps. Lots of horrible looking spikes! The last bit was a 100m section of tunnel that we could actually walked/crawl through. This was the section that had been widened but it was still very small. After an awkward crawl/shuffle through that we were sweating even more that usual, very toasty down there.