Finally got to check out Vietnam's famous Cuchi tunnels. Even went inside it!
We got to see loads of traps the vietnamese had against the americans.
A very historical visit! =)
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More on Cu Chi
The Cu Chi tunnels, which were more than 250 km long and three levels deep, were important for the Viet Cong victory over the Americans as they allowed the Viet Cong to control a large rural area around Saigon. Today the remaining tunnels have become a major tourist attraction giving the visitor a unique experience of what underground life in the American war was like.
The district of Cu Chi was the most bombed shelled, gassed, defoliated, and generally devastated area in the history of warfare. It was declared a "free fire zone" which meant that artillery fire fell on it at night, and that bomber pilots were encouraged to drop unused explosives and napalm on the area before returning to base. In essence, anything that moved was considered a target and blown away.
While U.S. forces relied on artillery support from fixed "Fire Bases," the Vietnamese used their tunnel system to move their artillery around, making it difficult for the U.S. troops to locate them. In one tunnel complex in Cu Chi the U.S. found two 105 field pieces in perfect working condition. They would be stripped down outside, taken into the tunnels and assembled during the day for maintenance, stripped again, and then taken back through the tunnels to be reassembled in a new location outside and used the next night.
These are only a few of the stories of the tunnels of Cu Chi. Today the tunnels still stand, proof that the determination of the people - and not technology - can determine who wins a war.
City Tour Stops:
1. Independence Palace - Place where the president used to live, now moved to Hanoi.
2. War Museum - Portrays the Viet-Am War from Vietnam's perspective, quite depressing to relive the huge impact of the war through the graphic photos.
3. Handicap's Handicrafts - inspiring to watch disabled folks do such beautiful products!!!
4. Post Office - people actually take time to sit down and write letters, cool phone booth.
5. Notra Dame Cathedral
6. The City Hall
All about the traveling Queen who wanted to share with the world the little and great discoveries that have brought her joy.