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Vietnam

Saigon/ HCMC

sunny 33 °C
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We arrive in Saigon and what a change of pace! The traffic is amazing - there are as many motorbikes in Saigon as there are people in NZ!!

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Our small tour pack is still not very interested in going off by ourselves and since we have 3 Irish in our mix we head to the pub and had a awesome night! Spent double what we usually spend in a day but what a good time :) So predictably (if we ever learned our lesson) we were not well for our first full day in Saigon and we up for about 4 hours in total. Groooan back to bed - Damn the Irish!!

Third day in Saigon and we are finally up to see some sights starting with the Cu Chi tunnels. Was pretty nervous about going down into them but we did it! Very big achievement! We only went 5 meters in but that was 5 meters plenty. It was pretty tight even though they have been widened for us western fatties we had just learned that they made sections of the tunnels purposely small so that any American solders got down there they would be stuck!!

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For lunch we could only find some Vietnamese fast food so we gave it a whirl. It was pretty tasty and you could even upgrade your burger with a side of spaghetti bolognaise :)

Back to the war history museum. A great museum – but also very sad. Agent orange and landmines have caused havoc in Vietnam. This was the most shocking as they are still paying for a war that has been over for 30 years. Some of the exhibitions make us feel a little ill…..

Decide we need to chill out on the beach for a bit and recover. Between this Museum and S21 in Phnom Penh we are forming a very bleak outlook of people.

Posted by Gaz n Shaz 00:03 Archived in Vietnam

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