Will Smith's Panoramas - Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City Surroundings

There's lots to do on great day trips from HCMC.   We recommend going with 'happy tours' - cheap and fun!



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Chi Chi Tunnels : This is the underground tunnel network where the Vietnamese resistance lived while trying to take Hanoi.  They had to live underground to avoid American bombing.  Now, the Vietnamese Government made a memorial there, proudly displaying the way of life of the Chi Chi resistance, and the clever techniques they used to beat the Americans.   Here, a wall placard displays the various types of man-traps they used against American troops.
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On the way to the Chi Chi tunnels you pass rubber plantations with thousands of rubber trees neatly planted in lines.
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Also at the tunnel memorial centre are trophy aircraft and vehicles that were captured from the Americans.  There's also a shooting range where you can pay to shoot various captured guns.  Pictured are a group who finished doing just that.
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Mekong Delta : We spent a happy day at the giant Mekong river delta.  There's lots of little islands with orchards and narrow rivers.  There's  also a lot of commercial shipping activity.
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On the way back from the Mekong delta, we visited this beautiful temple, part of the tiny Tay Ninh Cadoi sect.  They believe in a fusion of Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism (if I remember correctly).
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