Day 176- Cu Chi Tunnels and Ho Chi Minh City

Today after hotel breakfast, we met our guide, Ms.Hong, and drove 2 hours to the Cu Chi Tunnels. The 200km of underground tunnels were built by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War (the American War, as it is known there). 

These tiny tunnels allowed them to appear and disappear almost instantly without the Americans’ knowledge. We were blown away at how clever they were at building and disguising these underground pathways. We also couldn’t believe their abilities to stay in them for long periods of time. 

Throughout the area, there were different demonstrations! This photo is a man showing how the variety of traps worked that were made by the Vietnamese guerillas. They were horrific! 

Throughout the area, there were different demonstrations! This photo is a man showing how the variety of traps worked that were made by the Vietnamese guerillas. They were horrific! 

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This woman is making rice paper which was really cool! It looked so easy! 

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We actually went into one of the tunnels! It was only 20 meters, but I did not like how little and dark it was in there!  

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After our tour, we had some tapioca and tea! 

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Then, we got back in the car and drove back to Ho Chi Minh. There, we had some lunch at a tourist restaurant! 

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Next, we went over to the War Remnants Museum. It was incredibly powerful to read about a topic that we both learned about in school from the perspective of the Vietnamese. To see the impact the war had on them and its lasting effects. 

Next, we went over to the War Remnants Museum. It was incredibly powerful to read about a topic that we both learned about in school from the perspective of the Vietnamese. To see the impact the war had on them and its lasting effects. 

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When we finished at the museum, we got back in the car and drove to the Independence Palace! We just stopped outside of it and took some photos while Hong told us a little bit about the history! 

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From the palace, we walked through a park that was all decorated for the New Year! 

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Past the park, we saw a church that was built during the French occupation, along with the post office!

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The post office is now just a place for tourists where you can buy souvenirs and enjoy the architecture! 

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We continued to walk around a little bit and see the Opera House and other cool buildings! 

Later on, our guide and driver took us back to our hotel for dinner and the night in!