MEET CU CHI TUNNELS AND THE MEKONG DELTA- 21 IMAGES TO INSPIRE YOUR NEXT OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN SAIGON

I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City past midnight. I woke up at 6am to prepare for my tour to Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta. Here are 10 photos to inspire your solo travel to visit this off beaten path!

LIMOUSINE SCENE

This tour comes with a limousine which I didn’t know when I booked for $74.5. It took us an hour maybe from Saigon to Cu Chi Tunnels.
We had a stop over at an Art Gallery.
Vietnamese Art is well crafted.
There was even a coffee shop in this gallery! Vietnam is home of the best coffee in the world!

CU CHI TUNNELS SCENES

The Cu Chi Tunnels gave me a glimpse of the War. It was built by fighters as a base which the Vietnamese Soldiers could operate.
We were able to go into a tunnel that was 100m long and was a tight squeeze. The tunnel had been made bigger for us tourists compared to what the Vietnamese soldiers had use and it was hot and sweaty in there. For the most part I bent over and some areas I had to crawl through to finish it off. The experience of being underground is insanely tight and claustrophobic. Unreal! A brilliant story of how the Vietnamese soldiers pulled it together and survived! Impressive and heart wrenching at the same time. An eye opener!
The Tunnels spanned more than 250 interconnected meters. The Vietnamese soldiers basically lived underground alongside livestock, only coming out at night to look for water and supplies. It was said that babies were born inside the tunnels and never saw daylight until post war.
Since Vietnamese soldiers didn’t have guns back then, they made booby traps during the war against the Americans.
Since the tunnels were so small for the Americans to enter, they used dogs instead to sniff and hunt Vietnamese soldiers in the tunnels. The Vietnamese soldiers then created traps for the dogs.
We had some Vietnamese Tea and Casava first before we headed to Mekong Delta.

LUNCH SCENES

From here we headed to a large outdoor restaurant to fancy a typical Vietnamese lunch which consisted of whole fish, sticky rice balls, soup, spring rolls, green veggies and fruits to finish off.
Vietnamese cuisine is heavenly! I’ve always been curious of what it tastes like. So this one is very memorable because of this eye catchy fried fish.

MEKONG RIVER SCENES

The delta is covered in a variety of greens. It’s a realm of water that moves to the rhythms of the mighty Mekong, where boats float upon the countless canals and streams that inter-cross like veins.
The Mekong river starts in China. Then it flows through Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. One by one, we carefully stepped in to the narrow boat and explored the length of the river.
The paddlers are mainly women. They paddled through the green palms, river alleys and mangroves as if we were in some spy movie. The water resembles the color of milk chocolate because of the mud. The thought of being in Amazon crossed my mind as we were making our way to this narrow river lined with water coconut trees. The river run was about 30 minutes.
We also stopped by at the local markets and to a bee farm to taste honey, honey tea (which was phenomenal) with Vietnamese Snacks and honey wine. They say that their bees are used to swarm around the area and rarely sting people, and if you get stung by it, it means that the bees find you ugly.
It was then a long walk to where we stopped for a short rest as we were in for a sweet treat of local fruits and listen to traditional Vietnamese Music.

We also stopped by at a coconut processing shop where our tour guide showed us how they make it. I had no idea how much can be produced from a coconut; to oil, water, candy and even cosmetics. Every part of the coconut is valuable and nothing goes to waste.

In one of the local shops, I tried out of curiosity the Snake and the Banana Wine. What a surprise! The Banana Wine was even stronger than the Snake Wine! I didn’t even taste a tinge of Banana in it!

One of the things to be appreciated is how they are doing tourism in this country. If you’re ever visiting Vietnam, be sure to allow at least half a day in the Delta.  It’s a really amazing place to unwind and you get to experience a different side of Vietnam which for me was what I was expecting.
Chasing sunsets going back to HCMC.

Such an awesome experience to end the trip thinking how I was able to meet a lot of travelers here. People that I connected with in such a short period of time are amazing to be with. I’m so lucky to be consistently meeting awesome people from all sorts of backgrounds around the world. If you’re doing solo travel soon for the first time, you will experience this for yourself. It’s incredible how within an hour or even minutes, you can get to know someone well whether the common interest is travel, business, Vietnam, etc. We all found something that we bonded over and that made this trip so much fun.

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Til next time! See you on the road!

 

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