Day 3 - Ho Chi Minh city

Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Nov 06, 2012


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Flag of Vietnam  , Ho Chi Minh City,
Sunday, September 30, 2012

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7am start today! Left the hotel with the group and had breakfast (mushroom omelette). We took a 1.5 hr coach drive to the Cu Chi village.

The tour guide on the coach was absolutely hilarious! The first thing he talked about were the motorbikes! He said the reason all the women wear masks and cover up during the day is due to sun exposure! The Vietnamese men like their women very fair...skin bleaching is very common here. I looked more closely and the women really do cover up as much as possible....a hoodie, mask and gloves in 30 degrees....I saw a little girl dressed that way as well. R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S!! Light skin is also considered attractive in India and I'm so glad this strange mask phenomena never reached there. He said in Ho Chi Minh no motorbike means no girlfriend and compared it to the west where 'no money = no hunny!'.lol lol

The Cu Chi tunnels were scary. I went into it and lasted 40m...9minutes. It's was dark and narrow and I found it so difficult to breathe. Vietnamese soldiers lived there for 9 years during the war. There were examples of booby traps that were used by the Vietnamese guerrillas during the war. I truly hate anything to do with war...it's remnants are a horrifying reminder about how cruel humans can be to each other. The Cu Chi village used to have a population of 16,000 people 30 years ago...now the population is 4000.

On our way back to the city we stopped at a lacquer factory run by the government providing employment to the disabled after the war. The lacquer work was amazing but the pieces were too expensive. I fell in love with a painting and asked the price...24,000USD! Well at least I have good taste ;) I'm attaching photos of the factory work to this post.

After lunch we headed to the Ben Thanh markets....very expensive and the stall owners were very pushy and rude. Needless to say I did not buy anything from the markets. Lol!

We are leaving for Nha Trang by the sleeper train in an hour so will let you know how that goes!
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Priti Vyas on

At least I will be fine there because they will think I am from Africa. How racist can they be?

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