Indochina Adventure (Part 9) – Down the Cu Chi Tunnels

My brother-in-law Paul trying a tunnel for size!

After a great day exploring up the Mekong Delta for today we had opted to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

Cu Chi played host to 18,000 guerillas during The Vietnam War and they waged a hit and run war against American forces from the 125 miles of hand-dug passageways. Today parts of this tunnel network have been opened up to the public giving a glimpse of what life must have been like for those living through this period in history. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 9) – Down the Cu Chi Tunnels”

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Indochina Adventure (Part 7) – From the Delta to the DMZ

The Rockpile

Well actually from the DMZ to the Delta! As with most things in my life I seem to do them in reverse order. But here we were in north central Vietnam and it seemed rude not to take a look at the famed (or infamous) depending on your viewpoint DMZ. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 7) – From the Delta to the DMZ”

Indochina Adventure (Part 6) – Hoi An & The Marble Mountains!

Hoi An Street Merchant

Having been thoroughly drenched for what seemed like ages in Huế we had taken the decision to hire a guide and driver for a couple of days to get us out of the city to see some more of the countryside and hopefully get us away from the rain.

First up on the agenda was going to be a drive down the coast southward to Hoi An to visit this favourite on the tourist trail. To get there we we would be driving up and over the Hai Van Pass or translated into english “ocean cloud pass”. This is approximately a 21 km long mountain pass on the National Road 1A. Its name refers to the mists that rise from the sea, reducing visibility. Historically, the pass was a physical division between the kingdoms of Champa and Dai Viet. The twisting road on the pass has long been a challenge for drivers traveling between the cities of Huế and Đà Nẵng. Continue reading “Indochina Adventure (Part 6) – Hoi An & The Marble Mountains!”