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The Mekong Delta and Cu Chi Tunnels {Plus A Special Offer}

Happy Travel Tuesday!

Before I dive into our last two outings from our trip I want to share a special offer that has been extended to my readers.

Last week, I talked about our wonderful experience with Endeavor Vietnam (not sponsored, just really loved it) and Jack e-mailed me over the weekend to let me know he is offering a $500 discount on his next trip to Ho Chi Minh from January 9-18th. If you are interested you can sign up or get more information at  www.endeavorviet.com/trips and enter the code 1DS5CF to get the discounted rate. The remaining cost is $1995 but includes flights and ten days of accommodation, meals, and activities. I realize this is a little late notice, but if you have the flexibility in your schedule I would encourage you to check it out!

Now back to business, our last two days in Ho Chi Minh were pretty busy starting with a full day tour down the Mekong Delta. This was also arranged in advance by Endeavor and our tickets were given to us the previous day by our companions.

We started the day meeting at the tour guide office and waiting on our bus to arrive (I also left my ray bans at the food stall we were eating at and had to jump off the bus and grab them whoops). The drive to the Delta was a couple hours and was broken up with a pit stop at a giant souvenir/rest stop. We started to realize these are par for the course on large tours.

Once we got to the river we got into groups and boarded the traditional boat and headed down the murky, brown river.

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After sailing a while we stopped at the first village. We were greeted by a local woman making rice paper, so we stopped to watch the process for  a while (and Trav helped out).

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We explored the beautiful island before stopping for a delicious lunch in the local restaurant. Afterwards we visited the local shops and our tour guide made me uncomfortable by testing out the back massager on me.

After lunch we got into smaller wooden boats that were being rowed by the local fishermen and woman and went to visit a different village.
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At this village we got to see a bee farm where many honey products were made, and once again Travis volunteered himself and got to hold the hive.

We enjoyed some honey tea and live music before taking a horse ride back to the boats. This was the end of our trip and we were apparently not feeling very snap happy because we did not photograph any of this unfortunately. But I assure you, it did really happen.

The following day was our last day in Vietnam, since we weren’t flying out until the evening we made use of our time and scheduled a morning half day tour to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

I explained in my previous post about the anti-American sentiment at the War Remnants Museum. The tunnels were no different and there was constant reference to how Americans were trapped, killed and tortured. I am not going to lie, we felt a little uncomfortable being the only Americans in our tour group. Once again we were pretty pooped at this point and we didn’t get too many pictures.

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The tour and place itself was interesting all be it a little disturbing, and you definitely do not need more than a few hours there. Thanks again to Endeavor for setting up all our tours for us on this leg of the trip!

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  • Joanna – Me-And-My-Itchy-Feet

    I can imagine it felt strange to walk the tunnels, considering what happened there. These sounds like you made the most of the last two days, though.

  • I wish I could head off for a trip this January!

  • Wow, I have loved following along with your trip and this post is no exception! It looks incredible 🙂

  • Being down in the tunnels would be kind of scary, especially if they’re talking about killing and torturing Americans that were down there, but I’m sure that it was an unbelievable experience. I love how Travis always gets involved in activities when y’all are on your trips! I don’t think that I would’ve held a bee hive, but I can totally see my husband doing it!

    • It was so claustrophobic too and people kept stopping. I am glad he does because I am the last person to volunteer for anything!

  • I totally understand how you feel as an American there. I get that feeling too, being German, when people talk about what happened in Norway during WWII…. anyway, that river cruise looked like fun and you got to learn so much about the local culture!

  • oh man, I don’t think I could handle the tunnels and all that info, even if I’m not American. Things like that always make me a bit uncomfortable.

  • I think it would be interesting. To me try not to take it personally it wasn’t your decision to fight in a war that wasn’t ours to fight. We can only hope that we and all governments learn from past mistakes and it doesn’t happen again and that is why it is good to visit these places and be reminded.

  • The river ride on those little boats and visiting the local farmers looks like a lot of fun! We went to the war remnants museum and it was one of the most depressing, uncomfortable days ever on our travels. I didn’t want to go to the tunnels also. I think it is important to learn about history and see places, but I don’t think I could have handled any more Vietnam war stuff while there.

    • I couldn’t agree more. That was more than enough for us. I would rather just go try the food and meet the locals.

  • I love that the tour takes you to local business, it’s a nice way to get a look at the real(er) side of the country. The tunnel tour sounds intense!

  • I love that shot of the little boats along the river. As a relative “neutral” in the war coming from New Zealand, I found the way the history was told quite interesting. But I can see how if you took it personally it might be a bit discomforting!

    • Yeah, we didn’t take it personally and weren’t upset. It was more just awkward wondering what the other people in the group were thinking about us and our country.

  • All in all that looks like a great boat trip, although I can understand your discomfort at the exhibitions. It’s not something I’d really considered before, but it can’t be pleasant to be so self conscious of your nationality. Which you have no control over anyway. I think the tunnels might have been a bit much for me all in all, but I’d have loved the rice paper making and bee keeping 🙂

  • Ahhhhh if only I could pack up and fly to Vietnam to take advantage of that offer …. Next time I guess. And that does seem pretty unnerving to be the only Americans in your group while they were talking about the Anti-American sentiment. I felt similar when I was learning about the Holocaust in Germany, since my ancestors went through that. Sometimes history just feels a little too close! Still looks like you guys had a great experience!

    • Yeah I feel like the whole Vietnam War has turned Americans off from visiting Vietnam, but everyone we met was so open and friendly with us. Hopefully the word is getting out about what a beautiful place (and culture) Vietnam is and more people from the US will visit.