Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Saigon Diaries - Of War and Peace

Day 2

Our second day in Viet Nam has brought us again outside of the Ho Chi Minh City. Our first stop was a production area where people who have suffered from Agent Orange during the Vietnam War create art pieces such as paintings, life-sized figurines and bric-a-bracs, to name a few. Part of the proceeds is for the benefit of the victims of Agent Orange.

 At around 12:00 noon, we found ourselves in Tay Ninh, just in time for the service at the Cao Dai Temple. Caodaism combines the doctrines of three major religions, namely: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. 

Cao Dai Holy See Temple

Midday service at the Cao Dai Temple

Those garbed in white are the church followers.

The Cao Dai priests: Buddhist (yellow), Taoist (blue)
and Confucianist (red).

The Divine Eye

After the service, we had lunch in Tay Ninh in a restaurant owned by a Cambodian lady. This was by far the most expensive meal we had during our stay in Vietnam. We couldn't see any other restaurants nearby and we didn't bring any lunch so we decided to have our meals in the said restaurant.

Our last stop for the day was the Cu Chi Tunnels, an extensive network of tunnels which became the base of the operations of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

Briefing. All about the Vietnam War.

Got inside a fox hole but had difficulty getting out of it.

Some of the booby traps used during the war.

Illustrations of the traps

A tourist checks the ventilation for the tunnels.

Inside one of the tunnels.

Sandals made out of rubber tires

Weapons during the war.

Recycling beer cans

Tour Operator:
Tour rate: USD 18.00/pax 

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