First morning in Ho Chi Minh City we don’t know yet if we’ll transfer hotel or not. Some problem I’ve mentioned on my previous post when we checked-in.
Instead of booking tours we decided to eat first. Talk our plans over breakfast. It’s still early in the morning so not all establishments were open. We walked around until we found Trung Nguyen Coffee. It’s at the back of Diamond Plaza.
I had banh mi op la voi giam bong va thit xong khoi (two eggs sunny side up, ham and bacon served with bread). Most of us order this.
I also had this. Trying the Vietnam’s famous coffee.
We went back to the hotel after this. Praying that Jessica Koh, who visited our office months before our trip, is already in the office and will be able to help us. She did promise there won’t be any extra person charge on the 3rd adult in the room. Extra person charge is higher than the actual rate of our room and of course we won’t let that. 🙂 It will be cheaper to transfer hotel. We noticed while walking that most of them were using motorcycle as mode of transportation, even seniors! It’s a bit scary crossing streets. You really have to look left and right just to make sure you’ll be able to cross the street safely.
Back at the hotel we met with Jessica and Pham. They guarantee us that there won’t be any extra person charge. Wheew. So no need to change hotel. 🙂 Vu Van also went down to meet us and showed us nice places to shop and dine. We originally plan to book our tours near Ben Thanh Market but since its almost lunch time and we haven’t achieved much we decided to book all the tours with the hotel concierge.
We booked our tour for two days with the hotel. After securing our tour, all smiles. Souvenir picture with Pham and Jessica.
We went back to the hotel room. Freshened up. Waited for our tour bus to pick us up. Since there’s eleven of us we will have our Cu Chi Tunnel Tour private.
And finally we’re in Cu Chi. It’s a half day tour. More or less two hours away from the city by bus. The tour was more of like visiting the underground villages to understand life in the tunnels and resilience and determination shown by the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War.
Only Asians will fit here. They had live underground for protection. Also to store food and weapons and to offer sheltered area for those who need medical attention.
Slippers made of rubber trees. Noticed that either way you can wear this kind of slipper. Its’s sole was made the way enemies won’t be able to trace your foot prints. Smart huh?! They seeling it here for 70,000 VND.
We had a taste of being underground in the tunnels. We chose the shorter way or commonly known as the “short cut”. It’s dark underground by the way. It’s just my camera flash on the picture above. Our only light is the flash light by our guide. Some of my friends were panicking because aside from darkness there’s no enough air. I don’t recommend claustrophobic to try this you won’t like the feeling. Tunnels were made wider and taller to accommodate tourists.
After our tour in Cu Chi we were to the Handicap Handicrafts Factory. Long told us all workers here are handicap. Their products are being exported.
On our way to Cu Chi we saw a Jollibee chain so we asked Long to drop by there after our tour in Cu Chi. It’s a request of Janice and Silken who missed Jollibee so much since they don’t have it in Bangkok.
Not the usual Filipino style spaghetti, here their version is a bit spicy but I love the mixture of sweet and spicy. And instead of gravy, it’s a sweet and chilli dip for the chicken strips. I regret to order just one meal. I want more. We ate inside the bus. We’ll go back to the hotel to freshen up and then we’ll watch water puppet show and will have dinner cruise after.
|Cu Chi Tunnel Tour Package (price per person)||399,000||817.54|
|Coffee (hot/ice with milk)||79000||161.86|
|Jollibee Spaghetti Meal||60000||122.93|
***Price on the Cuchi Tunnel Tour is base on 11 persons.