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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

After three nights in Hanoi we headed to Saigon(Ho Chi Minh City). It was much nicer and more modern than Hanoi, but the people where basically the same - Hotel staff very friendly and helpful, everyone else trying to rip you off. I got the feeling that most of the people generally have contempt for westerners. That didn't stop us from having some fun though.

The tourist area of Saigon was pretty happening and we had a couple good nights out. We also checked out the War Crimes Museum and took a day trip to the Cu Chi tunnels.

The war crimes museum was pretty good. It basically rips America a new one for using chemical weapons(agent orange and phosphorous bombs) on the Vietnamese people. A lot of the propaganda in Vietnam is over the top, but it was hard to argue with the chemical weapons stuff.

Victims of agent orange and phosphorus bombs:

Pictures of American bombers drawn by school children:

The highlight of the visit for me was the Cu Chi tunnels, or should I say the firing range at the Cu Chi tunnels where I got to shoot and AK-47 and an M60 machine gun. The only downside is the cost, about 1.5 USD per bullet. At that price you can shoot away a lot of money real fast.

Michelle with AK:

Solomon with M60:

Solomon eventually hitting the target with the AK:

Inside one of the tunnels:

wrecked American tank in Cu Chi:

permalink written by  soloshell3 on January 15, 2009 from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
from the travel blog: Solomon and Michelle's Southeast Asian escape
tagged SaigonM60Ak47CuChi

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