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July 15, 2012

1 day @ My Tho & Ben Tre, Vietnam

One of days during our 6D5N trip to Vietnam, we took a full day tour to My Tho and Ben Tre, which is located nearly at the end of Mekong River.

Map of Mekong tour.

We departed from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) about 8am and it took about 1 and the half hour to reach My Tho. From My Tho, we then took motor boats and sampan to travel to 3 small islands, which are Unicorn Island, Dragon Island and Tortoise Island @ Ben Tre Province.

My mum on most left and my cousin-nephew on most right.

Anyway, each of these islands has its own uniqueness. What I recall is that the first island we landed has a small bee farm and we were given the chance to taste their local honey tea.

Honey tea.

Then, by foot, we headed to next destination on the same island. At there, the local villages welcomed us with some songs while serving us various tropical fruits.

Villages singing some songs.

Instead of walking back out, we took the sampan, then took back the same motor boat as before to the next island, which is Dragon Island.

Sampan (that's their source of income).

At Dragon Island, we visited a coconut candy factory.

Stirring while cooking the coconut.

After dried up, the wrapping process begin.

The coconut candies served in 4 flavours, which are original, chocolate, durian and peanut. Personally, I prefer the chocolate and peanut!

Sample of peanut coconut candy.

After that, we took a speed boat to Tortoise Island and we had lunch there!

Speed boat that used to travel between Dragon and Tortoise Islands.

Elephant ear fish steamed with coconut juice.

Spring roll wrapped with elephant ear fish and some other stuffs like rice noodle.

After lunch, we had an hour break and we were allowed to travel around the island (by foot or bicycle). After break, we head our journey back to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)!

So that's all for now, do check out my other related posts yo!

July 03, 2012

1 day @ Cao Dai Temple & Củ Chi Tunnel, Vietnam

On one of the days in Vietnam, my family and I took a day tour to Cao Dai Holy See @ Tay Ninh Province and the famous undergound tunnels built during America-Vietnam war, well known as Củ Chi Tunnel!

Cao Dai Temple

We moved out from the city at 8:30am and the journey to Cai Dao Temple is approximately 3 hours by bus. Surprisingly, Cao Dai religion is an ultimate religion by combining Buddhist, Taoist, Catholic and Confucian.

Buddhist, Taoist, Catholic and Confucian?

Every day at 6am, 12pm, 6pm and 12am, prayer ceremony will be made. This was a great chance for me to witness their prayer ceremony at 12pm.

Cao Dai prayer ceremony at 12pm.

Music plays along during the prayer.

For about 1 hour lingering at Cao Dai Temple, we head our journey to Củ Chi Tunnel - about 1.5 hours from Cao Dai Temple and also half way back to Ho Chi Minh City.

1 of the hidden entrance to the tunnel.

I did try to walk for 20 metres, it was so not fun (that was the imitate tunnel if I'm not wrong)... And trust me, you wouldn't want to walk further than that... The network underground tunnel is small and very complicated!

The original tunnel.

Various kinds of traps used during the war.

Can't really see the traps aye?  Scroll down and you guess how it works, ok?


More traps...

A part from seeing these tunnel and traps, a short documentary film about the war was also shown... Nonetheless, the most interesting part is the shooting part!

Me with AK-47.

There is me, toying with AK-47 and 10 of its bullets... No play-play, after the 10 repelling shots, my shoulder had minor bruises... I've paid about USD17.50 for the 10 shots (minimum 10), definitely a great experience!

So that's all for now, do check out my other related posts yo!