Ho chi, cuchi and Mekong

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ho Chi Minh is a bustling place - like Hanoi it's swarming with scooters but it does feel a little less chaotic. We have a look around the Cuchi tunnels where the Vietcong were based in South Vietnam and our experience is enhanced as we have a Vietnamese war veteran (Mr. Vin) guiding us - it almost feels like he's going to break down in tears some times. He was on the south Vietnamese / American side during the war and was then a prisoner after the war. He gave a good balanced and sometimes moving account of the war. It was funny hearing him shout 'bullshit' in an American accent when explaining certain things. The tunnels are very claustrophic but interesting. We visit the war museum after which is very North Vietnamese biased. The area showing the victims of agent orange is harrowing.

We also go to the Mekong delta area. Having seen the Mekong river at different stages of our travels it seems quite fitting to see it near it's end. We go to Can tho which isn't the greatest of places - but is the nearest town to the floating markets. The floating markets were not as cute and picturesque as I imagined - a lot of the boats were motorized. I suppose this is more realistic for a working market. It is quite cool meandering through the Mekong Delta backwaters in a small boat though. 
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