Ho Chi Minh City Journals

Cu Chi Tunnels

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A travel journal to Ho Chi Minh City by MichaelJM

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: Before going to our hotel we headed off to the Cu Chi tunnels

Nha Hang An Restaurant

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Restaurant | "An - a hidden restaurant"

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We’d been given a couple of names by our guide and when checking out Pho 24 (which is a Vietnamese fast food outlet) that I notices a sign indicating that An Restaurant was at the back of Pho 24 and was indeed accessed through the cafe. It seemed strange walking through one cafe to access a restaurant but we did it.An was a small and smart looking restaurant and we were welcomed by reception staff who genuinely seemed pleased to see us. A small courtyard dining area was full of diners, but we much preferred the air-conditioned inside dining area which was much quieter and of cooler. The ambient temperature was a welcome change to the oppressive heat of the streets of H Chi Minh City...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2011

Nha Hang An Restaurant
Exit at 71-73 Dong Koi Street District 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Duxton Hotel Saigon

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Hotel | "Our three nights in Saigon"

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Our hotel in Ho Chi Minh City was the Duxton Hotel (pronounced Dus ton). It was nice and central, close to the financial tower, and referred to as boutique style.Check-in was real quick and soon we were on our way up to the fourth floor and our room for the next three nights. The room was now what we’d come to expect on this vacation. A queen sized bed, comfortable easy chair and a desk and office chair. I was disappointed that the internet was not to hand in the bedroom although in the downstairs lounge wi-fi was available. There was tea and coffee making facilities in the bedroom but only two sachets of coffee and milk. However, I mentioned this to the porter who immediately ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2011

Duxton Hotel Saigon
63 NGUYEN HUE BOULEVARD
Ho Chi Minh
84 8 8222999

Cu Chi Tunnel Dining Hall

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Restaurant | "our worst meal in Vietnam"

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Now I don’t often find a place that I’m real negative about, but I’m afraid that my dining experience at the restaurant at the Cu Chi tunnels is one of those places.We’d arrived at the tunnels around noon and as we’d been up since 5.30 am we were all ready for something to eat. The restaurant was the only one at the tunnels and we understand that it is government owned and has only been functioning for about 18 months. It’s in a good setting at the side of the Saigon River on a stilted veranda that’s accessed by way of a narrow rope bridge over a narrow inlet. It’s quite a nice route over classic Vietnamese jungle scenery down to the river where clumps of Water Hyacinth can be seen floatin...Read More

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Cu Chi Tunnel Dining Hall

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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Attraction | "inspecting the museum at the tunnels"

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Of course no visit to Vietnam would be complete without visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels. This is the tunnel network that dates back to the 1940’s when it was built by the Viet Minh as part of their struggle against the French. It was later extended by the guerrilla movement of the Viet Cong during the thirty year wars with America. It was this huge tunnel network of over 125 miles that became the underground village for up to 16,000 local inhabitants, serving as communication and supply routes, hiding places, living quarters and hospital facilities. There are three different level of inter-linking tunnels – "a bit like a spider’s web" our guide explained. We were told that it had become necess...Read More

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The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Củ Chi District
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon

The Tunnels of Cu Chi

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Attraction | "Crawling through the tunnels"

The Tunnels of Cu Chi Photo, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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One of the things to do whilst at the tunnels, and included in the admission fee, is to crawl the tunnel. Clearly the original dimensions of the tunnels do not lend themselves to the "larger framed gentleman" so a length of tunnel has been widened and heightened to allow westerners to "enjoy the experience".Our guide was pretty heavy with his cautionary comments before we even got down to the tunnel entrance indicating that we should not try it if we suffered with high blood pressure, heart problems, bad backs, or claustrophobia. He talked about problems with malaria, cobra and other insects, but with hindsight I think that referred to the perils that the Viet Cong suffered whilst undergro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 9, 2011

The Tunnels of Cu Chi
Củ Chi District
Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon