Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Vietnam Holiday Two

Day two we got up bright and early (earlier than we wanted to due to the time difference) for a tour of the Cu Chi tunnels. You can look up the history behind them if you like, I'm not going to relate that here. I can tell you that it is a theme park version of the Vietnam War, which the locals call the American War, purely to distinguish that conflict from all the other wars that have been going on here pretty much continuously for 150 years or so. I got to crawl down a tunnel, interesting, shoot an M16, cool, look at improvised booby traps, horrifying and watch a grainy black and white video propaganda film. Coming to Vietnam and not seeing the Cu Chi Tunnels would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.
Back to Saigon for lunch and then a quick tour of the local landmarks. Passed out asleep from exhaustion after hitting the treadmill and woke up at 11 o'clock grumpy and sore with hunger. Discovered that most restaurants close at 10 o'clock for dinner but got a late bite to eat at the Rex hotel rooftop bar. Fed a stray cat there and went back to our hotel to sleep again.


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