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Dec 29th, 2009, 06:08 PM
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Scomars - We don't get there until May 7th. Please be sure to post your trip report!
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Dec 29th, 2009, 06:10 PM
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Just wondering - are we shortchanging HCMC? We will only have one day to do the city if we do the tunnel on the second day.
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Dec 30th, 2009, 02:10 PM
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The tunnels take 1/2 a day (if you dont go on to the Cadai temple) we actually did cu chi tunnel in the morning and a city tour in the afternoon.The next day we wondered around and picked up on some of the sites we missed. 2 days is quite brief though, i would maybe drop a mekong day if that bit is still sketchy.
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Dec 30th, 2009, 03:05 PM
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We thought about combining the temple and tunnels. Any thoughts on that? Is the temple worth seeing?
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Dec 31st, 2009, 06:14 AM
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I didn't do the temple as we really didn't fancy it, so i guess you will need to get feed back from those who have been. The Cu Chi tunnels though are well worth it (try and go early)
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Dec 31st, 2009, 06:53 AM
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The tunnels are where I discovered I had claustrophia. You've not lived till you've seen a Dog crawling backwards very, very fast. Don't dwell on this image. I was so traumatised I never got to shoot the AK47 at the end.

[I'm not joking dgunbug. It seemed kinda strange to me, too.] On reflection, I have to say the the Cu Chi tunnels were not a real highlight for me - but I was carrying a backpack of Vietnam War baggage/guilt/dunno what at the time so I was a bit spun out. Err... sorry, the American War. I dumped all that on my first trip. It was MY issue, certainly not that of the Vietnamese.

You have to be a certain age to get what I'm talking about.

Yup, you're short-changing HCMC.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 07:06 AM
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Dog- thats a REALLY valid point, the Vietnam/American war was all but over by the time i was born so i have no association/history with it. I was just amazed that people could live like that. (but needs must in hard times i guess)
We didn't do the AK47's wayyyyyyy to noisy for me (and Muffin has done the whole training with the red army thing in Russia so wasn't bothered either)

I would certainly recommend a private tour (rather than a coach one) that way when you've had enough you can get out of there.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 11:07 AM
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Will definitely go private so we can gauge our own time. Smeagol - I didn't figure you for such a youngster! While I'm fairly young myself, I did catch a small part of the war and the protesting. For years my husband did not want to visit Vietnam as he had passed up a free ticket previously and was left with a bad taste. Glad he's come around to traveling there now. I'm thinking that instead of pre-arranging flights to Hanoi or Danang, perhaps we will wing it in the Mekong Delta, giving ourselves maximum flexibility. If we feel we need more or less time someplace, we will be able to alter our plans. We can always take a day off Halong Bay or Ninh Binh in the end.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Muffin is a fair bit older than me but i guess being British it just doesnt mean the same to us(i am think i was 4 when the independance came still watching bagpuss).Muffin LOVED the Cu chi tunnels and as i said i can highly recommend Comenandgovietnam.com.

Your plan sounds great.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 01:47 PM
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I preferred Cao Dai to the tunnels, but I already knew I was too claustrophobic to try going down! (You should never open your eyes during an MRI...) Cao Dai pix here: tinyurl.com/ykvmgjt

Think Smeagol is right about Vietnam and Brits - I grew up in England, and was in grad school in the late sixties (yes, I'm getting old) with some Americans escaping the draft, and although there were some demonstrations about keeping the UK out, it never had the resonance there it obviously had in the US.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 05:23 PM
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Hi dgunbug, Your itinerary looks good; maybe too crowded.
I wouldn't spend as much time in the Delta, or the north
and spend a little more time on the coast. What about
NhaTrang? We love NhaTrang and always spend some time there.
Lots to see; Monkey Island, Oceanantic Aquarium, and the
most beautiful beach I've ever seen. Also Dalat is a
beautiful central mountain town with some lovely waterfalls
worth seeing. I don't get the implications posted about the
war; we (America, Australia, and Korea) did a wonderful
thing trying to help those people fight off communism. We
just failed to see it to completion, do to the yellowbellies
at home. If you have the opportunity to talk to some of the
old Vietnamese; they will tell you how much they appreciate
the American solders. We have been back 3 times and plan
to return next year. We like to make our plans on a daily
basis, but that's just us. I hope I've been of some help.
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Dec 31st, 2009, 05:51 PM
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"they will tell you how much they appreciate
the American solders" - like the tiny old lady on the train from Hanoi to Hue who told me (via an interpreter) that she had been an anti-aircraft gunner in Hanoi during the war....
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Dec 31st, 2009, 07:51 PM
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Bud - We live in Florida so don't see a great need to do the beaches. Besides, as you've pointed out - we are already squeezing a lot in. Thanks for your suggestions, but one just can't fit in everything in the limited time frame.
Smeagol & Thursday - your imput is greatly appreciated.
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