We eventually made our train from Nha Trang to Saigon. It wasn't the nicest train in the world and thankfully Dave waited until the morning to tell us how many cockroaches he had seen and that he had seen them crawling in Dans hair!! Once in Saigon we spent a couple of days seeing the sights. We took a motorbike each to the war museum which was hugely depressing. The museums main display was on war crimes committed by the Americans. They were not shy in displaying photographs of dead and tortured bodies, many of which included women and children. They also had a display on the aftermath of agent orange and the effects it had not just on those directly hit by the chemical, but of those children born to those who had been hit. This included jars full of pickled malformed babies! I didnt know if I was going to be sick or cry!
We then went to the Cu Chi tunnels. We were shown how they built the tunnels and how complex they were. We got to go through some specially adapted ones to fit western tourists which Dave still couldn't get through. The tunnels were an extremely tight squeeze and very hot and truly highlighted what the guerrillas had to go through for the 20 years they lived in them. We were then shown the different traps they used to kill and injure the Americans. These traps were very brutal and ironically were made from the shards of bombs dropped by the Americans.
After our stay in Saigon we took a bus down to the Mekong Delta where we spent 2 days crossing the border by boat. It was a really relaxed border crossing with no difficulties, and was a really pleasant journey. Once in Cambodia we were taken to Phenom Penn.
Since being in Phenom Penn we have visited the genocide museum (S-21) and the killing fields. S-21 was a school which was taken over by the khumer rouge and turned into a prison used for torture. We were shown around the prison by a woman who was 13 at the time and lost both her brother and father. We were shown the tiny cells in which the prisoners were kept and the different forms of torture used. There were so many photographs of the prisoner's, both alive and dead, it was horrific. The killing fields were just as harrowing, here we saw the mass graves of those killed. We were shown how brutal the killings were by paintings and signs. For example there was a tree by one of the mass graves which they would throw babies and small children against to kill them. All amongst the graves were items of clothing and bones, teeth, shoes etc from the dead. At the entrance is a tower full of just some of the skulls recovered. Its difficult to take in just what went on there.
On a lighter note Dave's face is falling off! He complained of small blisters on his forehead on our first night in Phenom Penn but they have since turned into what can only be described as melting flesh wounds. Hes been to the doctor where they said it was sun burn, which is strange because its only 2 curved lines. Its not bad enough that were refusing to go out with him in public, yet, but, we do insist he wears a hat!
We went out last night for a really nice meal and I was given a free bear with mine, a bit dubious about it a checked the exp date and it turned out to be 2003, later that night I saw the beer again and the rest of my dinner, the things I go through for free beer!