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floating market on the Mekong

We arrived in Saigon after a short bus ride from Mui Ne.  It is just as crazy as Hanoi traffic-wise but it has a few more sidewalks which is really helpful on the "walking tour of the city".  We did the walking tour that was outlined in the lonely planet, starting with breakfast at Pho 2000 where Bill Clinton ate in 2000 (oooh-ahhh- there are pictures everywere).  Pho is a noodle soup that is delicious, they eat is for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We visited the art museam, the national museum, and the reunification palace.  We also found the best vietnamese food we have had in this whole month (we ate there 3 times!).

Our second day we headed for the Chu chi tunnels.

Just before panic set in at the Cu Chi Tunnels
  They have widened the sample tunnels for westerners but it is so small and I have to admit that I freaked out and couldn't do it.  There were so many people in there and it was hot and claustrophobic.  It still makes me panic to think about it!  Luckily there were lots of other things to do at the tunnels!

The next day we headed out on a three day tour of the Mekong which ended in Phnom Penh.  We spent most of the three days on boats checking out the landscape, villages, local economy, and some temples.  We had lots of nice people on our tour and had some good nights out in some strange towns.  At one view point you could see both Vietnam and over into Cambodia- our brilliant tour guide pointed out that all of the land in Vietnam was cultivated but that on the Cambodian side "they wasted their land" (ie nature!).  In Vietnam it is all about the money it seems.  The Mekong is basically an environmental nightmare with all of the aquaculture, pesticides, over fishing, lack of septic systems, etc. Needless to say we did not sample any of the "fresh water" seafood.

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floating market on the Mekong
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