27/12/2010 - 08/01/2011 32 °C
I've just realised that it was last year that I updated my journal...
Since Halong Bay we’ve travelled down Vietnam and we’re now in Ho Chi Minh city or Saigon, whatever you prefer to call it.
First stop was Hoi An, a really pretty town that definitely has the best food in Vietnam and also some of the cheapest beer! It’s the place to get clothes made, I didn’t as my bag is so full already (I still have a ski jacket from China that is turning out to be really hard to post home), Jay did get some trainers made for £10!
The town is on the Thu Bon River delta so it’s very flat, we hired bikes for a couple of days and cycled around rice fields and little villages in the surrounding countryside and on to the beach which was lovely and quiet. I really liked Hoi An and I think I could have just stayed there.
After Hoi An we headed to Nha Trang hoping for some nice beach time, there was a sandy beach but the sea was too rough to swim and it reminded me a bit of a Spanish resort, we only stayed there a couple of days. We did visit the massive white Buddha while we were there...
In Saigon we’ve visited the War Remnants museum, this is mainly a photographic exhibition of the atrocities by the Americans during the Vietnam War, with photos taken by US/UK photographers out with the troops. It’s a pretty horrific tale, and although one-sided we learnt a lot about the war.
We also visited Reunification palace, the old presidential house which has been kept the same since the end of the war. I think the best part had to be the war room in the basement complete with big red button to press! And a leftover helicopter on the roof:
Today we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels that the Viet Cong lived and fought in during the war, they has hospitals, schools, weapons factories and kitchens underground. Jay just managed to squeeze into the entrance of one of the original tunnels.
There were 100s of kilometres of tunnels but there’s only 100 metres open, and that’s been enlarged for us westerners to crawl through and not get stuck! It’s still pretty narrow, hot and uncomfortable in there and I couldn’t imagine trying to live down there.