To finish our last leg of our journey, and following our relaxation and beach time in Da Nang, we took a short flight from Da Nang airport to Hoi Chi Minh and spent one and half days fully exploring the city – which really meant I found all the good places to eat!!
We also walked around town and found the oldest post office! The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century. And of course, being the snail mail lover that I am, I bought a postcard from the post office and sent it to my mum in London!
On the second day we visited the Cu Chi Tunnels. We booked our tour via our hotel. History tells us that in order to combat the American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, Communist guerrilla troops dug tens of thousands of miles of tunnels, including an extensive network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Hoi Chi Minh. Vietnamese soldiers lived down here for years on end and beat the better equipped Americans. It was really interesting to see as we even got the chance to venture down into one of the tunnels. It was extremely hot, humid and a very cramped space. It’s amazing people survived down here for so long!
The visit to the Cu Chi tunnels also allowed us to visit an egg shell factory. Here people with disabilities were using their skills to break down small pieces of egg shells and create beautiful pictures with them. We were really touched and bought a Bhudda picture for our house.
Our Vietnam adventure had come to an end and it was time for us to go home. Every place we had visited (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Da Nang and Hoi Chi Minh) had been special to us. This was a touching trip, one I will remember for a long time. The people, culture and food of Vietnam is understated for what it has to offer. A beautiful place etched in my memories forever.
DeepsMak blogging with a Cuppa x