We’ve had a fantastic first two days in HCM. We spent most of our time just wandering around taking it all in and enjoying the buzz of the place. Crossing roads is quite an experience, as there doesn’t seem to be any organised system. You just have to go for it, try to dodge the vehicles and hope for the best. To add to the excitement mopeds are not just restricted to the correct direction of travel or even the road for that matter, some people like riding on the pavements too. I think Mark is quite enjoying the challenge, as he tells me it’s all a matter of timing!
We visited the War Museum yesterday. It was pretty harrowing learning about the Vietnam War and the effects of Agent Orange. Even 2 to 3 generations on.
We also did a tour to the Cu Chi tunnels which is a 200km long tunnel network hand built and used by the North Vietnamese fighters during the war. We crawled along one section of tunnels but declined the option of climbing into one of the tiny jungle hiding holes. I had embarrassing mental images of me getting stuck and having to be pulled or dug out. The photo shows how it is done by our very slim tour guide!
We fly to Hanoi tomorrow for the next part of the Big Adventure…..