Ash had to meet a manufacturer in Bangkok so it was off solo to the Cu Chi Tunnels; a complex underground system of tunnels created by the Viet Cong to hide and implement strategic attacks against the enemy during the war. To be honest, there was a bit of a war going on inside my head just entering the tunnels. Definitely not for the claustrophobic!
As I entered the tunnel, I had to shuffle to the side to make room to a couple of tourist who'd chosen to back out after going a few metres and realising the encroaching darkness was a little too much. And I couldn't really blame them. The tunnel is two and a half feet at best and at times it was a matter of getting on all fours to squeeze through. Add to this the fact that the air is stiffling hot and there is next to no vision for a good three quarters of the journey and you've got all the ingredients for a good ol' panic attack if you let it get to you.
Sliding, crawling and sweating through the dirt , it came to my attention if there was ever an army in history that could've done with the Scrubba wash bag it's the Viet Cong. Well, fortunate for me, I did have one and it was put to great use that night.
Only a couple of days ago an opportunity arose for me to meet with a large manufacturer of outdoor products, if I could make it to Bangkok.
After booking a flight to Bangkok, I left Adam to explore the tunnels and extended our challenge to cover 4 countries in 3 weeks.
In the taxi, the check in line at the airport and my meeting in Bangkok, I was met with the same question: "um...where is your luggage?". Unfortunately the language barrier prevented a detailed explanation in most of these cases. However, it is clear that not many people travel this light; or maybe they do, but they smell and everyone just ignores them.
The meeting was then followed by more walking in the heat and high humidity, dinner, 3-4 minutes washing what I wore and a well deserved early night.