Ho Chi Ming City ( Saigon )

Trip Start Mar 12, 2007
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Trip End Mar 31, 2007


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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Wow, early this morning Ondra and myself left for Ho Chi Ming City (former Saigon). I'll spare you the details of the trip as it was a regular bus ride. One memorable sight though was a cage of dogs on th back of a scooter. Animal lovers would have been up in arms as there were so many dogs in the cage that the poor dogs could not move.

Once we arrived in HCMC, a Canadian couple (Matt and Tash) and Ondra and myself hunted for accommodation, 30 minutes of hunting the cheapest we found was $7 USD per night. ( the most we have paid all trip ). 

Saigon city feels much more like a city that Hanoi. Big sky rises and buildings reaching up towards the sky. The people here also feel nicer, despite an increase in beggars with clear disabilities ( missing or disfiguring limbs ).  

CuChi tunnels: Wow... such an amazing place to learn about the American war ( what they call the Vietnam war in Vietnam ). the Tunnels were amazing to learn from a former Vietnam war veteran's perspective. it's amazing that for 25 years the VC could resist the USA and never give up in reunification for north and south Vietnam. I have added some pics of how small the tunnels were and the 6foot soz's trouble in crawling through them ( i would not make a good VC). In addition to building the tunnels, the VC were amazing in their use of surrounding materials to create traps and camouflage their bases. One thing which stood out was that the VC used old car tires as shoes. In addition to being cheap and reliable, the tracks / thongs could be reversed so that when the VC walked back to their base, their tracks would always point in one direction (making it impossible to track and locate their movements).

the next day, Josh and Kerri, Ondra and Myself decided to hire bikes and ride to the Mekong delta so see some floating markets. WE dubber this tour the FTTT ( fuck the tour tour ), as we were wanting to visit the Mekong without taking the easy option (a tour ).The drive to the markets took 9 hours, with 4 barges to cross the delta. Sadly this blog does not do any justice to the challenge we had to navigate and the fun in the exploration. (some roads were not on the map and were no more than a dirt road ). Throughly recommend a FTTT to future travelers :)

Soz
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