We had to drive 60km and it took one and a half hours, there was so much traffic and the roads are not the best, most accidents happen on the higheay we were told, in the city people seem to weave around each other, our bus seemed to have right of way...maybe size has might!!
A young Vietnamese man demonstrated the tunnels entrance to us, they were very small
And once the top is down you cant see them. They leaves cover them and they look like the jungle floor
This is a US tank, M41, that was blown up by a land mine right here and here it has stayed. Some metal bits and wheels have been taken from it by the locals to sell.
We had the opportunity to take a short walk/duck walk/crawl through a short section of the remaining tunnel system, about 20m.
The second lots of steps down...put in for the tourists
and to think these tunnels have been widened and made higher for the Westerners to fit through, it was still a squeeze.
a side tunnel
heading for the light and fresh air, it was very hot in the tunnel, mind younit was very humid outside too.
We saw this lady making rice paper
Some examples of the Viet Cong sandals
This man was making them, they are made so the tracks you leave makes it look like you have walked in the opposite direction.
We headed back to the hotel for lunch and then did a city tour in the afternoon
The central Post Office
Beautiful inside and out, both built in the 1880's by the French. The French also taxed people on the width of the house they built, so many houses are between 5 and 10 m wide
Not the best example but the best I can find at the moment
We visited a Chinese temple
The carvings were amazing
And the incense over powering. Several people were in saying their prayers.
Our last stop was at the Reunification Palace
This building was febuilt after being bombed in the late 60's by a S I uth Vietnamese man, who was recruited and trained to be a pilot by the US, but on a bombing raid by the US he flew away and bombed this building and then went and landed at a Viet Cong airfield!!! Some poeple have complicated allegiances!!
We had a stop at the central market but didnt last long, too many people grabbing at us and demanding we buy.
I just have to show you the ceiling of the bus we were in Sunday night,
Pretty full on when you are tired!! Plus the driver played LOUD disco music all the way back, lucky it was only about 30 minutes!!
I nly a tiny bit of sewing has been happening, but hope to get to more soon.
Will finish with the welcome at the hotel
And they do.
See you later.