Good Morning Viet Nam

Hey Guys! Early morning rumble of motorcycles greeted us on our 2nd day of Saigon. The excursion was a motorcycle ride to the Cu Chi Tunnels, we could have taken a bus but that would have been boring so we went for the two-wheeled option! The tour began with 4 College kids (why is everybody younger than me?…) driving us to the far entrance to the Tunnels about 2 hours North. We were all pretty excited to see what the day was going to bring and we were not disappointed! First off we headed to a fantastic neighborhood coffee shop for a delicious breakfast and coffee unlike any I have ever experienced.

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The Viet Nam coffee (aka rocket fuel) is sooo good and sooo Strong just a few sips will definitely get you going! After breakfast on our way out this beautiful lady was smiling at us, so I asked her if I could get my pic with her! Next we were on to see rice paddies. The process of making rice paper was explained and I may never eat it again… JK šŸ™‚

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This is my friend aka driver (Will) who I entrusted my life with for the entire day! He spoke excellent English & we hit it off and had great conversations while dodging cars, dogs, chickens, busses, etc on the way to the tunnels, we talked politics, religion and socio-economic issues, you know all the things you are never supposed to talk to people about!!! Christina’s driver was a bit nervous as it was his first day on the job! Ya Christina was a basket case. Then we were off to regain consciousness in our butts and grab a fresh squeezed lime juice and of course swing in a hammock! (Dont judge..)

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We then rode to a rubber tree farm, where we saw the process, much like harvesting maple syrup back home.

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TheĀ tunnels of Cu ChiĀ are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.

The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.

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Tunnel model. note the 3 levels.

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We all took turns going down under. Let me tell you it wasnt built for fatties like me!

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The below pics were chilling.

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Horrific artifacts of traps and weaponry displayed. Will never forget it. We all have a different appreciation for the horrors of war after spending time at the Tunnels.

After the tour we were back on the bikes to Yep you guessed it a late lunch!

Best dang chicken!!

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Then the 2 hour ride back to the hotel where our butts were numb again but our hearts were filled with a new appreciation of Viet Nam.

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My buddy Will!

OneTrip Motorcycle excursion to the Tunnels is one to do if you want an alternative way of getting there and to hang out with a group of guys that are Safe, knowledgable and a blast to be with. We all had so much fun and learned a ton!

That’s allĀ for now. One more post coming up later on Day 3 the Mekong Delta Boat excursion.

Cheers!

Gary

 

 

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