Well folks, time to say Tạm biệt (goodbye) to Vietnam. On their last day in Ho Chi Minh City, Kim and John explored the Chu Chi tunnels with Urban Adventures tours. ****check out the video on our Instagram ….you can find it on the menu here…..John went down the narrow tunnel!***
The tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels that are part of a much larger network In Vietnam.
The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. The tunnel systems were of great importance to the Viet Cong in their resistance to American forces, and helped to counter the growing American military effort.
John and Kim were able to go into part of the tunnels. They are extremely small and narrow….and this is after they widened them for tourists! It is hard to believe that people lived underground for 20 years. They really enjoyed this tour as they learned more about the war and what the people were willing to do to have their independence. The people were very resourceful, recycling American bombs, tires and scraps into traps and their own weapons. No matter how you look at it, war is hard and there are no winners.
Prior to the tunnels, as part of the tour, the group stopped at a family home and watched a demonstration of how to make crispy rice cakes….this is not Kim and John’s first rodeo! Lol, I think they are getting good at this! The owner also had an enormous pet pig that loved to get attention and food. She started grunting as soon as they got there!
Back to Ho Chi Minh City….in the evening Kim and John went to a cultural show at the opera house, which was awesome! Then, they found a local craft beer pub, where Kim had a flight of beers….she gives it two thumbs up! Three of the samples were passionfruit, dragonfruit and jasmine.
Cheers! Or as they say in Vietnam…một, hai, ba, vô!
The night before their final day, they enjoyed a parting beverage with their tour group. They went to the Eon Heli Bar…..52 floors up!
And folks, we can’t end this post without a food picture….this was the last thing Kim had inVietnam…right across the street from their hotel. Coconut ice cream at Ca-Rem. Kim thought it was good, and interesting…..they had sticky rice and corn niblets as add ons…..
That’s all for now….Kim and John are making their way from Vietnam via -Hong Kong-Vancouver-Calgary-Saskatoon….sounds exhausting!
Have a pawsome day! 🐾 🐶