I already promised myself that i need to post the final part of my Saigon trip just before this coming AidilAdha or else i’ll drag it too long from the day i came back from there. For the 3rd days of the trip, we opt for a Chu Chi Tunnel Trip (pronounced as Ku Chi) since it’ll be one of those compulsary places that you need to go once you get your feet in Saigon. The trip cost us approximately around ~USD 4 / USD 5. I couldn’t remember much since i got lost track with the currency. Hehe. The trip started early in the morning around 8am and will come back to the hotel approximately around 2pm. Not to forget the bus will drop at one of the disabilities centre (Me and my sis believe that a small percentages of those disabilities ppl are being affected by Orange Agent) which produced the best traditional art product in Vietnam on our way there . And it cost you the bomb! Hehe. But mum still insists to buy something from there since she said those things is much more expensive in Aseana and other places. They claimed that there’re imitations to their product out there in the market.
We’ve been given around 45 minutes to do a short visit and shopping there. We then continued the journey to Chu Chi Tunnel for another 30 minutes. It took us about 2 hours to get there. And not to forget, we enjoyed the view very much. With the paddy fields around, tomb in the middle of the paddy fields, cloudy sky and others.
Once reached there, we got ourselves the entrance tickets since it was not included in the tour. Oh ya, the tour guide of the day was Aung. He knew the Chu Chi Tunnel very well since he used to be one of the telephone operator for the US Army. That means, he was one of the local peoples working with US Army having war with the Viet Cong. So, imagined how old he is now.
Our path way to the Chu Chi Tunnel. We are know going towards the 1st manhole that to be discovered.
The staff showing us on how to fit the body to the manhole. This is not the original size of the manhole. This has been changed to suit the average size of ppl nowadays. The size used to be smaller than this since most of the Viet Cong are much more smaller those days.
You can even try the gun out here. M16, AK47, you name it! This are all the original gun used by the Viet Cong and US Army those days during the war.
Original bomb collected during the war. Along the way they will serve you “ubi kayu” and tea. You can try these at the canteen area of Viet Cong. Not to forget, i did experienced the journey going through the tunnel as well. As mentioned, it has been renovated twice the size to fit the size of the peoples. As for me, i can actually squad inside the tunnel. Agak besar. But a lil bit stuffy and dark.
We wrapped up the whole journey by watching a video documented by the local government on the activities of Viet Cong and on how they constructed Chu Chi Tunnel. It was such a journey for me especially to see how they survive for living. Amazing!
We continue our journey back to Saigon town and we decided to complete the day by visiting the War Remnants Museum. Just a lil’ info, all those places of interest can be actually reach by walking from one place to one place. Just get a complete map of the town from the hotel receptionist and here we go!
You can find all those photographs well documented during the World War. Very very well documented. Need to have some guts see all those real photos hung on the wall.
The external area of the museum. You can find all those US army jet, vehicles that has been used in the battle and others. Real one!
And we did passed our lunch. Its almost tea time. Mum is making some noise. Hehehe. And we opt for Halal@Saigon. Owned by Malaysian. A lil bit expensive since it situated in Dong Khoi Street and its very easy to spot it. Facing Sheraton Hotel.
The rest of the day we did some shopping at the Dong Khoi Street area. To be specific at the Lucky Plaza. A factory outlet! Worth buying guys! I continued the final days by visiting a few other places in the itinerary the next day before with did the final shopping at Ben Thanh Market. We did visited the famous Asian Cathedral (nice architectural design), the Saigon General Post Office (still operated and designed by Gustav Eiffel, the same designer of Eiffel Tower) and the Opera House.
I definitely loved Saigon and i’ll plan for another trip to Hanoi.
* Got myself a good stuff which i really longing for – A 50L deuter backpack, a crumpler camera bag and a north face raincoat! Yeay.
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