Cu Chi Tunnels
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January 31st, 2010 – by: domnicella
It turns out the reason why people only post those pictures is because those are the only two things that are photo worthy. The rest of the time you're led around a well-trod loop through the trees, stopping to "admire" mannequins in Viet Cong gear or shoot horribly loud guns (How soldiers don't go deaf during war I'm not sure -- even with earplugs.
There's a video at the beginning, telling about how the horrible Americans bombed women and children and the abundant food supply and disturbed the otherwise happy Vietnamese, ruining their lives, and how the Vietnamese were awarded honors for the most Americans or dogs killed (that's how the Americans tried to find the entrances to the tunnels, by using dogs to sniff the trail) and what an honorable and patriotic thing it was to brutally kill as many people as you could. I realize the aim of the game is the same everywhere, but I suppose I'm used to the more ambiguous sugar-coated names for military awards, using terms like "honor" or what have you.
In fairness, when I look back and think about it, the mannequins were used to show how the Viet Cong carried out their day-to-day lives during the war, how they prepared food and made weapons and adapted to life in claustrophobically small spaces below ground. At the time though, you're being led around going what exactly is going on here? And why are there SO MANY mannequins?!?
The tunnels were all the way at the end of the tour, and you're allowed to crawl through one that's been enlarged to accommodate the western girth. And by "western girth" I mean fit trim people.
The reviews seem to be the same from others I've since encountered. Neat to see the tunnels? You bet. The bizzaro world theme park and gun range? A bit out of place.
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