The first order on the second day of my visit to Ho Chi Minh is to visit the Chu Chi tunnel...located at the Chu Chi Village. It was said that back then (during the Vietnam war with the americans) the vietnamese built an underground tunnel as big as a whole village, linking the Chu Chi village and the nearby settlements. What's intriguing is that the huts up on ground are practically cover-ups and places to hang out (or chill) when the American's are not bombing them. They actually live in the underground city where they have schools and even artilery camps underground.
How cool is that?
But then susah jugak nak masuk kat the underground tunnels, because all entries are made so small enough only to fit the average vietnamese. They're average is between 40kg to 50kg ok. Kalau aku la terkandas kat Chu Chi time perang tu jangan harap la aku boleh masuk dalam terowong mana-mana. It's farking small okeh.
*mak rasa obese la ni....sob sob*
The weather was pretty hot (ini understatement. It's hot like a freaking oven). So nasib baik la tak pakai long sleeve ke apa. The whole time kat sana I have been sweating like mad to a point that I think I can drink up my own sweat.
Memang panas gile.
*Nasib baik orang dah cantek semula jadi....so takde la nampak huduh kat dalam gambar kan tak pakai male-up ke, make-up cair muka ala Michaeal Jackson ke*
But then for tourism purposes, the Vietnamese had enlarged some of the tunnels and open a small exhibit area to the public....so takde la macam pergi visit meredah hutan bagai ke kan.
About 3 minutes walked in they have exhibition huts where they display the village history and stories on how the people survive the war there. Gila saiko....kalau aku la kena push dok underground aku bunuh diri kot.
Literally speaking la. Aku claustrophobic sikit. I love open space.This is where we have our 5 minute video show....
*okeh, jangan harap la ada aircond ke apa okeh.....kipas pun limited* *muka lega dapat keluar dari hut tu*
After the short video diorang tunjuk one of the mini hideout....so call kalau nak lari dari askar there are lots of this kinda hideouts. Kira macam tikus la kan kalau lari selalu masuk lorong-lorong sempit.....
It was said that back then the American's actually threw bombs inside these small entryways in case there are communist hiding in it. Tak kisah la dalam tu ada budak ke, pompuan ke. Smoke bomb and tear gas tu kira dia baling masuk kalau dia kesian la...kalau time dia tengah moody tu sometimes kena jugak la phosphat bomb ke that can actually buat satu badan melecur.
Gila saiko.*on peacefuls day they actually sat under poncho's and chill*
So next is also one of the entry ways to the underground tunnels...
Tapi takde la kitorang boleh masuk dalam. Most of the path dah kena tutup.....sebab takut nanti kalau orang guna collapse ke apa kan. Bahaya la pulak.
The next interesting bit is the self made weapons gallery. Ye lah, all these people are all quite innovative lots sebab this kinda stuff don't come free. Either way they have to fend themselves, so they make most of their own weapons and traps.
One of the famous underground traps....*okeh...kalau terjatuh dalam ni memang boleh mati okeh...so jangan la saje buat-buat tergelincir. Dari Jauh pun nampak its the real thing okeh...sangat tajam...*
*these traps semua boleh rotate...kira macam masuk blender jugak la effect dia* *they say this is one of the favourite....diorang kata its given for free sebab once kaki u dah masuk dalam that trap....memang perangkap ni tak boleh bukak punya okeh. So once taken considered sold for life*
Then I masuk underground to their weapons workstation where they depicted a life-like chamber with people forging weapons....
As we move on we were brought to the shooting gallery where we can hire real guns for test shots...
Anyways, while the guys are shooting (blanks...hahahahaah!), I went to the mini shop next to it and look at what I found.....
*30 ribu dong saja...thats like RM6* *minum air kejap...panas okeh.Essential thing to bring kalau datang sini - H20 and lots and lots of sunscreen. And yeah...sunnies obviously*
After that kitorang pose next to a bom crater....
Tak nampak okeh....wen chu cover!!!!hahahahahaah!
*gambar ni aku tujukan khas untuk Cik Peeja Panas-panas.....hehehehehe*
Last but not the least....apa guna pergi tunnel pastu tak masuk kat dalam tunnel kan? We (were all forced to) go inside a tunnel to experience first-hand the life underground.
*at tunnel entrace - ada muka VJ travel and living tak???*
*terence - our official photog who snapped everyone's pics going in the tunnel*
*me - going in the tunnel*
*this is where people yang dah mula nak claustrophobic got stuck while dwelling whether they should go straight or head back - sebab once you go in you have to start crawling*
*getting further in*
*ni je sorang yang happy nak masuk dalam tu*
I don't get to get a crawling picture.....coz its damn dark!!!!!I got pics of people's assess though.....tapi takkan la korang nak tengok gambar buntut orang???
Its 10 yards long. Hahahahaha. Takde la jauh...tapi sakit dowh nak merangkak! Dah la panas macam oven. Memang jangan harap la aku nak masuk second time.
Once we were out of the tunnel we found a stream of running water.....
After taking in the heat.....we are brought to experience a famous Chu Chi cuisin....
Hahahhaaha....lama gila tak makan benda ni. Last time ada la 20 tahun dulu agaknya nenek aku buatkan.
*maksudnya tak payah pi sampai Vietnam pun tak pe kan? Kat kampung aku pun ada!*
Tapi itu kire snack je....gilo apa nak makan ubi kayu je? Mati kering la semua yang pi trip tu.
We had buffet after. The seaweed spring roll was just heavenly.
Stay posted! More to come later.