And like the sands of a 24-hour glass, day 5 of our trip has reached its end.
> Up at 7.10am so that we would be down at breakfast at 7.30 and ready to go by 8pm. Picked up by TNK tours at 8.05am.
> 1.5 hour ish drive through Saigon outskirts to Cu chi tunnels - where the South Vietnam communist army, 'the Vietcong' operated from during the 'American war' as it is called here, or the 'Vietnam war' as it is called elsewhere. Was very interesting. They had expanded the tunnel size for tourists but Matty was still unable to keep on his feet but managed to crawl through 40m of cramped tunnel!
> Another hour drive to Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh. Was a really pretty and large building with lots of eye pictures (see cover photo for this blog entry). Our guide told us that the left eye is connected to the heart and that is eh symbol. Reading the information on the walls, the religion was founded in approx 1926 by a Frenchman, a Chinese man and a Vietnamese, and the religion is sort of a mix of Catholicism and Buddhism and perhaps something else.
> Lunch at an eatery in Tay Linh. We both had fried rice and a couple of beers.
> 2.25 hr drive back to HCMC. Lots of rain. Generally roads have quite a lot of potholes so can be very bumpy at times!
> A quick read and a shower. Van had a quick chat to her ma.
> Off to get SIM card top ups then to Ben thanh market for dinner. Had another pho Bo but also found out (van googled) that this is typically breakfast for the Vietnamese! Note - pho Bo is a beef noodle soup.
> explored the nightlife at bui vien. Had a few beers and did some people watching then called it a night.
Have really enjoyed HCMC. Last day here tomorrow before we catch a night train through to Nha Trang.