Sunday, 1 November 2015

Journey to Saigon and Tunnels Visit

Another early start, all packed up and on our way to Saigon by 8am....

....workman at the service area, bamboo pole pipes....


....local bananas on sale, perfect size, much thinner skins than the ones bought in this country, perfect for eating when green....


....a furniture store.....


....shop selling maternity clothes....


...dual carriageway? as we near the city, the central reservation is always beautifully planted and well tended...


....crossing the river....


.....'docks' along the river....


....this was the view from our restaurant, we couldn't find out about all the floating vegetation but it was quite mesmerising.....



.....a few boats went past....



.....orchid baskets hanging from the trees in the garden...


.....water lily seed heads.


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Next stop the Tunnels....



....some very nasty traps with bamboo spikes....


....a very small entrance into the underground tunnel system...


....nobody offered to go down this one....


....tableau showing the Vietnamese above ground, only ever at night when the American soldiers didn't patrol...



.....air shafts were disguised to look like termite mounds...


....more really nasty traps....








....door trap being demonstrated by our guide....


....everything found was recycled in the underground workshop....





....this shows how small the tunnels were....


.....making rice paper for spring rolls...


....laid out on bamboo mats to dry....


....original machine from the sewing workshop...


....these were called Ho Chi Min sandals and were fashioned from old tyres, two of our group bought a pair....



....I bought a miniature pair...


....the soles had these rubber flaps so no footprints were left,,,,


....went down..



the tunnel was very narrow and I had to double over, unable to take photos, very hot and clautrophobic...


...relieved to be out.....


....roofing made from the dried leaves I showed in an earlier post, waterproof and fireproof...


....tapioca root, pulped and sliced, all the food available during the war...


....dipped in crushed peanuts and salt, quite tasty...


....the inevitable shop, this was constructed from a series of woven panels, many designs.



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Entering Saigon, bikes, bikes and more bikes dodging and weaving...



....it was so busy it took us over an hour to cross the city!