|An exhibit of homemade Viet Cong weapons|
|Tourist explores a hidey hole.|
One of the things we did on our first full day in Vietnam was to travel a couple of hours out of Saigon to visit the famous North Vietnamese tunnel complex at Cu Chi (pronounced "koochie," or, as our guide Loc said, "Like tickle the baby.") The tunnel system was used by the Viet Cong to hide from the Americans and to move about undetected. Today it is a type of learning park dedicated to showing some unique aspects of the Vietnam War.
|A tunnel entrance|
We saw actual B-52 bomb craters, various booby traps used by the Viet Cong to wound and maim their enemies, displays of how food was prepared in the tunnels, collections of weapons, and lots of other interesting exhibits. There was also a lot of gunfire for background noise because ammunition was being sold to the tourists so they could try out the various guns of war.
Another interesting exhibit was ladies making and drying rice paper.
|Diorama of Viet Cong soldiers relaxing|
After the morning at Cu Chi, we had lunch at a local restaurant where we dined on a terrace overlooking a river. The river had a never ending supply of water lotus plants floating along in its current. It was really very peaceful. What a difference four decades can make!
|Steps leading into a deep tunnel|
|Bust of Ho Chi Minh at complex theater|
|Local artisan making rice paper|
|Rice paper drying|
|B-52 bomb crater|
|Entrance to restaurant|
|Murphy and Loc on terrace at restaurant|