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Saigon Kick

Vietnam
22 October 2009

Waking up at 0630hrs then headed for Bui Vien for the Cu Chi Tunnel Tour where we left Bui Vien at 0920hrs. In the bus our guide whose name was Joey Hoan gave us some background information about himself and Cu Chi Tunnels, and what we would be seeing there and said that we would be experiencing a 5 STAR TOUR, which for me was really a 5 Star Tour.

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First stop was the Handicap Handicrafts where handicapped individuals make all sort of items using eggshells and abalone as designs. This is also where victims of The Agent Orange are working. Was fascinated on the work that they do that we got some coasters as souvenirs, then on the Cu Chi Tunnels.

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underline much of the country. The Cu Chi Tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operation for the Tet Offensive in 1968.

The Tunnels were used by The Viet Cong Guerillas as hiding spots during the combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food & weapons caches and living quarters for numerous guerilla fighters. The role of the tunnel system should not be underestimated in its importance to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and protracting the war, eventually culminating in an American withdrawal.

I entered the first tunnel with its small opening, which I could barely fit, was dark, dump and almost 7 meters long, this is not recommended for the faint of heart. There is another tunnel which is enlarged so all tourists can experience the tunnels which is almost 250 meters long, with cool air blowing and lights, but at the end of the tunnel becomes small where you are almost crawling.

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We were back in Saigon by 1530hrs where we ate lunch at Benh Thanh (which look like Divisoria in Manila) and bought coffee and cashew, then headed for Saigon Plaza (which looks like Greenhills in Manila) where we bought a Class A copy of The North Face back packs to bring home and got other stuffs as well.

Went home to rest, then went walking the street till we reached Bui Vien where we meet up with friends and had some drinks.

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