Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cat paws Saigon.

Argh. Malaysians!

Vietnamese guerrilla civilians, protecting Cu Chi (pronounced as Koo-Chi) Tunnels area by setting up traps for American soldiers.

Guy demonstrating (no cats were harmed in the process).

Now you don't see it.

Now you do! Small entrances into the tunnel are scattered everywhere. Usually a bomb will be placed on top of the 'door', so if an American soldier accidentally stumbles upon the door, he will be blown off to smithereens before he could alert the rest.

Lady making rice paper for spring rolls.

A massive crater caused by a B52 bomb.

Another less discreet entrance of the tunnel. Caution to those who are claustrophobic - seriously? Don't bother. We only did a short distance of 20m, but it would be most comfortable to crawl all the way.

Smoke diverted from the kitchen area in the tunnel. The Vietnamese only cooked in the early morning so that American bombers will mistaken the smoke as mist.

Toilet stopover - a lacquer ware factory. There are different types of lacquer production, this one uses duck eggshells instead of the usual mother pearl.

Everyone hard at work.


This clearly isn't for the faint-hearted...

To have the best Pho in the world, you've got to be in Vietnam. Unmatched rivalry.

Uh. Yes, Cat was very hungry...

4 things to do in Ho Chi Minh City before you die?

1) Ben Thanh Market - it's your one stop shop for every lifestyle needs imaginable (almost).
2) Rex hotel and 5th floor roof top bar - charming little place, mixture of modern and vintage style, lovely people and absolutely heavenly bed (Westin, move over).
3) Pho Hoa at Pasteur Road - Almost hole-in-the-wall place but superbly famous. I prefer my Pho from another restaurant but, it's still good :)
4) And one more that I absolutely have to add... it's the cyclone ride. You've never seen Ho Chi Minh if you've not been properly introduced via an extremely exciting cyclone tour at night :))

Till next time! Tạm biệt!

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