Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) - Vietnam
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Factory employing those disabled by the legacy of the American war against Vietnam. Here they were making wine holders decorated with broken egg shells. This factory was on the way to the Cu Chi Tunnels
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They did produce a rather high quality of work
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Some of the lacquerware art work
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Model of Cu Chi Tunnels showing placement of entrances, air vents and tunnels up to 3 levels deep
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Briefing on location of Cu Chi Tunnels and American bases and how the tunnels were not detected by the Americans despite them being right under their base. Credit to American intelligence.
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Typical entrance to the tunnel
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Example of a dog trap to catch dogs brought in by the Americans. But the American soldiers kept falling in as well
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Exit / air-vent from the tunnel - apparently one is placed every 300 metres or so
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Our tour guide, Mr Binh, explaning the layout of the tunnels
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An american tank used in the war. This tank sits where it was attacked
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Fighting trench used by the Viet Cong
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Mock up of one of the types of traps used by the VC
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An example of a chair trap set up in the rice fields under water. Catches the legs when stepped into
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Someone really needs to make a decision on what the real message should be
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A B52 bomb crater - think they missed a target
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Weapons firing hole
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The same hole from within the tunnel
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Going down a level in the tunnel
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Crawling through the tunnel
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Still crawling
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Tunnel exit - metal stairs placed here for the benefit of tourist
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Exiting the tunnel
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Illustration of traps
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Huyen Si Church not far from where we were staying in Saigon
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The same Church seen from the hotel where we stayed
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Typical street scene filled with motorbikes
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Bit of a sad sight - tortoises, squirrels, baby mynahs, a moustached parrot and 2 very rare pygmy lorises for sale by the road.
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Reunification Palace (formerly the Independence Palace of South Viet Nam)
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T54 Tank - same model as the one that liberated the palace
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F5 Freedom Fighter - same model as the one that liberated the Palace
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Banquet room in the Reunification Palace
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The Vice-President's Reception Room
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Credentials Presenting Room
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Le Duan Boulevard and Fountain in front of the Reunification Palace
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Spare radio station
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In the War Remnants Museum - sculpture made from bomb schrapnel
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Selection of American tanks used in the war
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Some structure somewhere we came across near the Notre Dame Cathedral
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'Mini' Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon
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Saigon Opera House
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Statue of Ho Chi Minh in front of the People's Committee Hall
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Close up of clock tower on the People's Committee Hall building
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Just a tiny part of one of our dinners
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Soft shelled crab (on tray) - when cooked, were absolutely delicious :-)
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Array of beans and rices
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Night restaurants beside the Ben Than Market
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View of Saigon from the restaurant of the Elios hotel (where we stayed)
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Sun rise view
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Another view from the hotel
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View to the street on which the hotel was located