To the tunnels
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February 25th, 2009 – by: siri
Once we arrived at the Cu Chi, we were then told by our over-the-top 'guide' that we had to stick with him and be walked around the site by him. We stayed with the group for a bit but as there was a bus load of us, it was impossible to have a good look at the tunnels, exhibitions and traps.
The tunnels themselves were amazing and gave a good impression of what it must have been like for the Viet Cong to spend all those years of war hiding and living in the tunnels. At one point, we got to experience the tunnels for ourselves and crawled on hands and knees into the start of the tunnels. We both got a case of claustrophobia as the tunnel turned into pitch black and was barley big enough to squeeze through. The heat and suffocating lack of air was also duly noted. Horrible!!!
We did get to have a go at squeezing into the sniper hole though. When the 'lid' of the sniper hole was first uncovered it looked impossible for anyone bigger that a 3-year old to get in but somehow we managed it. Would not liked to have spent any more than my 2 minutes in there though!
Back on the tour bus and then back to Saigon, getting back at about 4pm. Word of advice...might be easier to take the public bus to Cu Chi if you want to avoid the tourist bus and hand-holding guide plus we had no chance to get any lunch so got back to Saigon ready to eat!!
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