Vietnam Trip! [ Day Two ] *(^_^)*
(I know it’s too late to blog this and I’m so sorry. :D )
For the second day of our trip, we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). We were staying at a hotel in Mui Ne, so we had do drive to Ho Chi Minh. It was really far, so when we got there, it was already lunch time. Yeay food! :3
It was a really nice place. The restaurant was near a river, so there’s that bridge. While we were eating, we saw ducks. Hahaha. :D After that, we headed off to the Cu Chi Tunnels. :3
Cu Chi Tunnels. These tunnels were used by the Vietnamese to hide (in the war times). The entrance are camouflaged so the Americans wouldn’t find it. We were just walking around when Steven (our guide) stopped and told us that there was an entrance right around this spot:
Amazing, right? If really look at it, you’ll see it. You’re supposed to put leaves on the cover before going down and covering it again. (of course). Somebody showed us how to do it:
My sister and I tried it and it was fun. In the picture, my eyes were closed when the cover was above me because I didn’t want dirt and leaves to get in my face, but when I started to squat I opened it. :)
After that, we were shown a documentary film about the Cu Chi Tunnels. How deep, how they lived, stuff like that. It was amazing, but it’s black and white and obviously really old, but still interesting.
After this, I don’t really remember which stuff we visited first so I’ll just go ahead and blog randomly.
We went through this tunnel! As you can see (in the second picture), it’s really small. In the first picture, you’d think that it was bigger because I was able to stand up and all, but no. There was just a part where you had to go down, hence the large space. It’s actually really small so you had to crouch. It hurts in the back and the thighs. There are small lights so it’s not so dark. :)
I didn’t really notice the time, so I can’t say how long we stayed in there. Since we took lots of pictures, I’ll say that we stayed longer than we normally should. Some of the people with us decided to stay outside and wait for us at the exit, and they claim that they heard our voices because we were all being very loud. Hahaha. It was very hot inside, so when we got out, we were thankful for the wind. Hahaha. Such a fun experience. :D
Unfortunately, we were so busy taking in the awesomeness of the Vietnamese, we weren’t able to take much pictures. (but I’m still gonna blog about it)
- Hoang Cam’s smokeless stove
You’d think that they wouldn’t be able to cook because they’re staying in the tunnels. They just redirected the smoke so that it wouldn’t lead the Americans to where they were hiding. Their enemies can see the smoke, but it doesn’t lead them to the entrance of the tunnels. The Vietnamese covers the hole with burnt leaves (if I understood correctly). Haha so amazing. :D
- Recycling American’s bombs
They used the gunpowder and the other stuff to their advantage. They formed metal spikes that they used for the traps. Cool, huh? (the following pictures are not mine. I just found them on google.)
(L to R: Rolling Trap, Window Trap, Folding Chair Trap, Swinging Up Trap, Fish Trap, See-saw Trap, and the Clipping Armpit Trap)
There was another trap called the Door Trap but I couldn’t find a good picture. Hahaha. :D These traps are so amazing!
- Wearing slippers backwards
They made their slippers from old tires, and it was made in such a way that it could be worn backwards. Whenever the Americans followed their footprints (rather, slipperprints. hahaha), they wouldn’t be able to see the entrance of the tunnels because the Vietnamese wore the slippers backwards, which just confused their enemies. =)))
- How can they breathe normally?
The tunnels are a couple of meters underground. (There are are three levels, each one deeper than the other.) The tunnels that we went through were made wider and bigger to accommodate tourists. They have their little air holes so that they can breath normally. It’s build in such a way that even when it rains, the water can’t flow through their air holes. They are also near the Saigon River so they can get their water there. (they have a well inside the tunnels).
Our trip to the Cu Chi Tunnels are so interesting and amazing! We learned so many things about Vietnam’s ingenuity. They were so smart! It’s really, really great. ♥
By the time that we were finished, it was time to eat dinner. We ate at this pretty restaurant:
The food is really, really delicious! The shrimp, the spring rolls.. oh how I love their spring rolls! ♥ The place is really nice and the food is great. We all had this drink that I wanted to have, and it was yummy. It was a great way to end the amazing day! :>