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    paper made of rice

    by globetrott Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    The Vietcong could produce anything in the jungle and inside of their tunnels, rice-paper is one of these things and you will be shown by a young lady how easily and fast it is produced. The rice is cooked first and then backed. It will be roasted in the pan in the back of my photographs more or less like a pancake, while beeing covered by a matress.
    At the end it is put on the straw-matress in front of my pics in oder to dry and for taking it out of the pan the lady uses a special round tool,so the paper would not stick on her fingers, very clever !

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    a tank that was left back by the americans

    by globetrott Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    This old tank was left back by the americans after they had to give it up in an attack. Their headquarters were just a few miles from here and the vietcong did use the steel of these abandoned tanks in order to construct their deadly traps and other weapons.
    b.t.w. the former enemy of war is really welcome today in Vietnam and everybody is treated like an old friend even by the elder generation,that was really hard to believe for me, but you could see and feel it anywhere and also our tourguide told us : Vietnam is looking forward not backwards !

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    various deadly traps in the jungle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    You will see a big variety of deadly traps, that were constructed by the Vietcong : On my main photo you will see a trap that had lots of iron-sticks waiting for anyone falling into that trap, that was covered by grass on top and opened with a simple mechanism,whe stepping there. American soldiers really had to be aware of these traps everywhere and they became even more effective once that the ground was covered by all the leaves that had fallen down after using agent-orange, a means of war-fare that made sure that all trees would loose their leaves immedeately.

    see the iron-sticks waiting underneath step in and you will be trapped
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    creeping through the tunnel

    by globetrott Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    During the guided tour through Cuchi you will be able to crawl through a tunnel and you will realize how hard it was to move around in this underground-tunnels. I stepped in a few meters but decided not to do all of it, but rather move back out again. The soil there is simple mud, but pressed togeather and hard almost like concrete, as long as it is dry.

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    how to enter the tunnels

    by globetrott Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    You will hardly ever be able to find the right places to enter the tunnel-system and when you found it by accident you will see that it will work for small and skinny people only. The top-cover has 2 strings to lift it up (my 2nd pic), then you slip in and close the cover again. Our guide showed us how to do it and some slim persons ofour group could try it as well. The Vietcong had no maps at all about these places, but they knew it in mind just as well as the places, where they had put the land-mines and other traps.

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    The movie about the Vietnam-war

    by globetrott Written Apr 10, 2009

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    There are different huts that will show a short film about the Vietnam-war and about fighting-methods of the Vietcong. Our movie was in german and for every language there is a different hut with benches and the large map and a small-scale-model of the underground-villages and tunnels.The Vietcong really thought of everything : they had a special system for the smoke to get out into the air, when they were cooking in the tunnels and the tubes inside of bamboo-sticks were taking fresh air into the tunnels.

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    The Vietcong-tunnels

    by globetrott Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    The main attraction of Cuchi / Cu Chi is the system of the tunnels that was built by the Vietcong in order to fight against the US-army that was based closeby Cu Chi. In that openair-museum you will be able to walk through the jungle and you will see various examples of underground fortifications and fighting methods. At first you will enter the museum through a wide, modern tunnel that will take you to the first huts that are partly underground with a low roof.

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    Fire an AK47!

    by betska Written Aug 2, 2008

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    There are a variety of guns here if you are that way inclined. It's not my thing but lots of the guys on our trip were keen to have a go. The price varies depending on which gun you want to fire. but for around US$20 you can buy 5 rounds of ammo. It does go quick. Ear protection is a must, even you are just taking photos.

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    Be brave - try going in to the tunnels

    by betska Written Jul 26, 2008

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    They have enlarged the tunnel that visitors are allowed to enter. I would have hated to see how small it was for the VC. There is an exit point a little way along in case you have a panic attack. There were many on our trip that would not go in. Claustrophobics beware!

    Inside the tunnel B52 bomb crater There are some very nasty traps displayed here Don't get stuck, Ash

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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    by chizz Written Jul 23, 2008

    We drive from HCMC to take a morning tour of the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, which are 70km north west of the city. The tunnels formed an amazing underground command base for over 10,000 Viet Cong troops and were a major part of the 1968 Tet Offensive. Here you can also get the chance to fire real machine guns for a dollar a bullet! You can go through a few a the tunnels, see some of the traps used to deter the enemy and take some photos in the hideouts (if you can squeeze in!).

    Me in hideout, Cu Chi Tunnels R with soldiers, Cu Chi Enemy traps, Cu Chi R firing machine gun, Cu Chi Entering tunnel, Cu Chi

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    Tunnels Cont

    by roamingaussie Written Jan 31, 2008

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    Also while ur at the tunnels there is a great opportunity for you to use the firing range there.
    they have a very large array of guns to choose from including ak47's and M16's. from memory you pay about a U.S dollar a bullet. so its def worth experiencing the thrill of firing guns of that calibre. Maybe not for all people but i still recommend it. the guides actually encourage you to have a go as well.

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    Co Chi Tunnels

    by roamingaussie Written Jan 31, 2008

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    This place is amazing to visit and i recommend it to anyone who is at least bit interested in the vietnam war. once u see the tunnels themselves you will be shocked as to what they had to go through.

    i actually walked/crawled through one of the real tunnels and i can tell u it was an experience u wont forget. pitch black with just enough room to move makes u really appreciate open air.
    A MUST DO.
    Your best bet at doing this is prob through a guided tour. they know almost everything n show you some amazing stuff.

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    Fortified Bunkers!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Visitors first watch a war-era propaganda film that's so over-the-top it's fun. The sight supports a small museum of photos and artifacts, as well as an extensive outdoor exhibit of guerilla snares and reconstructions of the original tunnels and bunkers. Wear your "play clothes" if you choose to get down in the temples; the experience is dirty and claustrophobic. Underground conference rooms where campaigns such as the Tết Offensive were planned in 1968 have been also been restored. (pls see the pictures)

    Command Bunker! Fortified Bunker! Weapon Bunker a medical bunker
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    Assorted Rice Crispies and Rice Paper!

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Ben Tranh or Rice paper is not only used for spring rolls, they also add other flavors and spices and ingredients to it to make for a tasty snack like what you see in the pictures. Assorted Rice paper crispies and crackers which costs 10,000 VND to 25,000 VND for small to big sizes. Try it, it is really crispy and delicious!

    Rice Paper and Crispies Assorted Rice Crispies! More! materials for grinding sticky rice rice paper maker
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    rubber sandals by VC

    by machomikemd Written Sep 28, 2007

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    Here in Cu Chi, they still make rubber sandals that the NLF (or the Vietcong) guerrillas once wear for war and they come in different sizes and are usually from recycled rubber. Prices range from 45,000 to 100,000 VND depending on the size of the rubber sandal.

    various rubber sandals Rubber Sandals!
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