it was monday, 10 Aug, and the street of Hồ Chí Minh back to busy mode as usual.
we supposed to leave the apartment at 9AM and go straight to Củ Chi Tunnels, but instead, we were late for 1 hour. i made excuses for our delay, and it was because we had breakfast at home before we left. and guess what for the breakfast? of course the yummy instant noodle i bought yesterday! i bought 1 box (30 pieces)! lol. so off we go at 10AM! <(￣︶￣)>
it took about 2 hours for us finally reached The Củ Chi Tunnels. there’s a tour guide waiting for us at the entrance, so we don’t have to worry about getting lost or worse–step on a landmine. a little bit history taken from wiki; The tunnels are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong’s base of operations for the Tết Offensive in 1968.
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.
it was quite interesting to see all the hiding spots underground as well as the traps during the war. i don’t like history lessons, but this tourist attraction was really interactive so it was easy for us to imagine the situation back then and follow the story. while i was there, i think it won’t be wise if i didn’t go inside the tunnels itself. even though it was a bit scary to start crawling inside the tunnels, but lucky i don’t have claustrophobia. i decided to go on. it was dark, small and creepy. but me and my friend managed to finish the 20 meters. and obviously that was the first and the last experience for me. (⌒_⌒;)
at the end of the tour, they served us with a warm yummy tapioca with mashed peanuts seasonings and hot black tea. there was flash rain, so it’s the perfect timing to have warm food and hot tea. many of the tourist didn’t have the delish tapioca, but me and my friend are familiar with this food and ate almost one bowl just for both of us. i wish i carried a plastic bag so i can bring it home (tapao)! lol. (*/▽＼*)
it was passed the lunch time when we finished with the tunnels and heading to AEON mall at Bình Dương. i was craving for a fried rice–i’m a rice person! so we decided to have our late lunch at a japanese restaurant inside the mall. after the engine fulled, we went downstairs to have a good hot tea at Phúc Long Coffee & Tea House. i think i ordered something peachy-milk tea. it was one of the best tea i ever tasted! too bad the porsion was a bit too small. but the rain outside made it perfect to just sit down for a while and enjoy our hot teas. (*¯ ³¯*)♡
our next stop was enjoy a puppet show at The Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre, back to Saigon. we rushed to the ticket counter to buy the ticket, but the lady told us all the ticket was sold out. disappointed, we went back to the car. my friend’s driver couldn’t believe the ticket sold out, so he went to the same ticket counter and talked to the same lady and managed to get us 2 tickets for the puppet show. (/^-^(^ ^*)/
the show has just started when we finally found our seats. for me the puppet show was nothing new. we have quite a lot of similar show back in my home country. for me it was once in a lifetime experience–since i don’t think i want to go there for the second time. but that’s okay. at least i had a great time with my friend before heading back to have another cup of teas at the shopping malls and walked back to the apartment. (o´▽`o)
and so i called it a night! see you on day-3! ( ´∀｀)ノ～ ♡