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Cherry’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 02 May 2007

Location: Saigon, Vietnam

MapIn Saigon for 4 days. Been around the city with Jupp the German and Laurie the American. We shared a 3 bed dorm and soon enough were bonding and inseparable. Spent our nights in nearby drinking hole where the local beer is $0.50/litre. Although it is more like 60% water, 30% beer and 10% ice, the small corner beer stall has a great atmosphere and we met up with backpackers from all over the world and locals too. Food here is very cheap, street food cost around $0.80 for a bowl of Pho noodle.

So far we've seen the Reunification palace, War remnants museum, Cathedral and the Cu Chi tunnel.
War remnants museum was very sad, with photos all over the wall from the past Vietnam war. Victims from Agent Orange bombs, torture of women and killing of children. I got a bit sick from all the gruesome.

Cu Chi tunnel was interesting because whoever built that tunnel was a genius. With underground living quarters and tunnel entrance as big as only 30 cm so the American soldiers can't get in, it's truly an underground city.

Tomorrow I'm starting the Intrepid tour from Saigon to Bangkok in 9 days. First day will be Mekong river before we cross to Cambodia and see Angkor Wat.