|This is the last post about Vietnam.In the afternoon we went out of the city about 20 miles to the Cu Chi tunnels. On the way out of the city I took this picture of the power lines and a junction of two roads. Unbelievable.|
|Fairly close to where the tunnels we stopped at a rubber plantation. Michelin is a big player in Vietnam, and during the war they had a plantation that wasn't supposed to be bombed, so the North Vietnamese would of course hide there.|
|They cut slits through the outside of the bark on one side and latex drips out into pails in the bottom.|
|Passageway to the tunnel area.|
|A picture of a cashew fruit with a single nut (inside a hard shell) hanging from the bottom. I love cashews and always wondered how they grew. No wonder they are so expensive, as it must be difficult to harvest them.|
|Walking through the jungle where the tunnels were located and a lot of fighting took place.|
|He just piled the leaves on the board , replaced it and you couldn't see it at all.|
|Entrance to one of the tunnels. There were about 200 miles of tunnels in the area. The entrances|
would have of course been covered and camouflaged.
|I remember reading about these traps. These would have been covered with leaves and if |
you stepped on one end it swung like a door so you fell in the pit.
|Not too pleasant ending to the fall.|
|There were a number of bomb craters from B-52 bombs. The light area in the middle is one of them.|
The tunnels were deep enough that it had no affect.
|Some models of the Vietcong soldiers. They were men, women, kids, the Americans couldn't|
pick them out as the enemy, often until it was too late. This lead to many unfortunate incidents
where innocent villagers were killed.
|There sandals were made out of old tires, quite ingenious.|
|Remains of an American tank that was destroyed.|
|Another torture device you would step on, and the rollers would roll up your body with the spikes. |
The VC were happy to just seriously wound the Americans, because it would take 2 or 3 more
soldiers to look after the injured soldier.
|You could also buy bullets and go to the shooting range. The guns were quite loud and the|
sound when you were back in the forest was quite ominous.
|The type of guns you could shoot. Gary, you would have loved it.|
|Price of the bullets. (Remember 20,000 of their money (Dong) is like 1 dollar Canadian.|
|Rules for shooting. Very strict , ha ha.|
|Rules to crawl in the tunnels. It doesn't mention scared or claustrophobic!|
|Students emerging from their tunnel experience.|
|Another bomb crater.|
|Had the opportunity to try tapioca root and tea.|
|The smoke from their cooking fires came out quite a distance from the source, again to hide|
where the tunnels actually were.
|Old bombs from the war.|
|Back in the city, I don't know how you would cross the street Traffic lights are just suggestions.|
|Highest building in Ho Chi Minh. There are not that many tall buildings here.|
|Our hotel, very narrow.|
|Stewardesses as we checked in. The Vietnamese women all wear this type of clothing for dress up. |
The color match ups can be very pretty.
|Some of my Grade 10 students thought I needed a picture taken with one of their hats.|