Yesterday afternoon, following our splendid morning at the Reunification Palace, we met our tour guide and private driver in the lobby of our hotel and started the 2 hour drive to Cu Chi. Along the way our guide “Quan Ting” better known as Kevin, gave us the low down on the tunnels, the Vietnam war and the ruthless abilities of the Viet Cong.
Mum and Dad asked a lot of questions while I listened and stared out the window at the rapidly changing landscape. Within the space of about 30 minutes the city had vanished and was replaced by roadside stalls, shacks and forest. People were selling anything from clothing to fruit to giant plush toys the size of a toddler.
When we arrived at Binh Duoc, the only people around were Vietnamese and there weren’t many of them either. We had chosen to go to these particular tunnels as they aren’t for western tourists and have been kept almost exactly as they were 40 years ago. We watched a video before our tour explaining the tactics of warfare and how the “little devil beasts” aka Americans, attempted to destroy the land with poison.
After the video we walked through the jungle and Dad and I climbed into the entrance of the tunnel, a tiny trapdoor about the size of Dad’s belly. I made it through much easier. We were taken through a series of tunnels into underground bunkers where the Viet Cong had established hospitals and living areas. The vast system was fascinating and is surely the reason they were unable to be defeated.
The guides here are very proud of their heritage and the fact that they ran the Americans out of Vietnam.
The tour ended with our guide Kevin sharing some local fruits with us and a long drive back to the city. He recommended a great restaurant for us and that’s where we had dinner before returning to the hotel.
Until next time,