We took a tour from TNK Travel to the Cu Chi Tunnels and the Cao Dai Temple.
The first stop is a laquerware factory. Every other tour bus stops here so it was a grand prix of tourists and guides.
From there it was bumpy and long ride to the Cao Dai Temple.
The guide shows you a series of booby traps
Then it was on to the tunnels. They have one entrance left at its original dimensions.
Then they have the range. They have several weapons available – M16, M30, AK-47, M-60. The cost is about $1 per bullet but when else will I fire an M30? I think they use ammo from the war, judging by the appearance.
While the M30 had a reassuring thud-thud the AK kept having stoppages! So much for the famed reliability. I don’t think these weapons have been cleaned since the war because they were tied in firmly to prevent people firing outside the arcs.
Then it was off to the sandal factory
After a long drive back to town my hostess took me out for banh xeo – a pancake served with pork, prawns and beansprouts. She called it Vietnamese pizza. You rip off a section, wrap it in lettuce and roll it up with onion and grated carrot.