Bring it On Saigon!
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I woke up early for the whole-day tour that I booked, grabbed some baguette and waited at the tour office.
Then came the guide and asked me to hop in the minivan. There were seven of us, plus the driver and the guide, a couple of Aussies and a group of friends from
I was hoping to get some sleep as I was not able to sleep well last night; I blame it on the coffee. But this guy from
The trip to
It was when we arrived in
I did not know much of the Cao Dai religion, except that their religion is the unification of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
The worshippers were separated by gender - men on the right while women on the left.
What I like about the temple is that they let tourists view and even photograph their ceremony.
After witnessing their rites, our journey to Cu Chi Tunnels continued. I was really excited this time as this was one of the reasons why I went to
So there we were at the Cu Chi area.
Our guide explained to us how the Vietnamese guerillas attacked the Americans through the maze of tunnels, leaving the Americans bewildered where the Communist guerrillas came from and where did they go.
I later learned that most of the tunnels have collapsed already and just a small portion has been preserved. And for the benefit of western tourists, a small section of the network of tunnels has been enlarged so that they’ll fit into the tunnels. The original tunnels were built narrow, making it difficult for the big Americans to crawl into them.
The whole group went inside the tunnel, though I did not finish the entire tunnel as I was sweating profusely already and beginning to feel claustrophobic, making it hard for me to breath. Three of us got out on the first exit while others continued.
We were treated with some tea and cassava after our tunnel crawling.
Aside from the tunnels, there are other displays in the tunnel, like native low-tech weapons and booby traps that were effectively used by the guerillas.
There is also a shooting range where visitors can fire a rifle, a real AK-47. I did not try this one as it’ll cost me USD1 for a single bullet. :) Holding the real thing was enough for me.
Tired from the tour, I slept the entire journey back to
All in all, it was a fun day �" I learned a new religion, explored the Cu Chi tunnels, hold an AK-47, gulped some