Vietnam

 
The most valuable asset I gain from this Vietnam visit is the understanding of the history of the Vietnam war. The war was a result of the US effort in fighting communism and warning other countries no to do so. Is the US bad using force and ammunition meddling foreign countries' internal affair? There are so many questions in life which are tough to define right or wrong. I am not in position to judge the history but I do feel resentment on the acts and weapons adopted by the US army during the invasion...
In March 1965, the US government sent troops to Vietnam. Each US soldier coming there received a booklet called "A new war style" stating that "We come here to help the people and conquer the South Vietnam. We come here to save the whole South East Asia from communist aggression and oppression. By that action, we can boost the security for the United States". But what the US soldiers had done were arresting and killing normal people, including children, women, seniors; destroying houses, schools, hospitals; spraying defoliants to devastate forests, crops..."

The war lasted for 17 years and 2 months. The US had set 14.3 million tons of bombs. More than 58,000 died in this war...

During the Vietnam war, between 1962 and 1971, the United States military sprayed 20 million gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodia. 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange, resulting in 400,000 people being killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects. The dioxin will remain in the gene for three generations. The decision to spray the defoliants was inhuman...
 
The war museum.

Devastated forests
 
 
Cu Chi Tunnel. (over 120 km)

The tunnels were used by Viet Cong as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters. The role of the tunnel systems should not be underestimated in its importance to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and eventually culminating in an American withdrawal.

The tunnel I was in is thtop layer amongst three. It has been enlarged to cater tourists, but is unbearable to me, to move and breathe. I can't imagine what the condition was like during war and fighters lived here for years. War is horrible...
 
Dozens type of booby traps inside the tunnels.

Ant-hole. Entrant to the tunnel system...
 
      
What we enjoyed in Saigon is the Vietnamese food! They are natural and simple, and thus, very healthy. Not to mention that they are very cheap. Pho and coconut, what a good combination.  
 

Mekong Delta islands. Good to just chill at a local village.
 


Met some new friends in a pub. My JJ-replacement who turns out to be cute model.

Sweet couple, in Vietnamese bridal gown. ->

HCMC is full of motorcycle. Traffic will become a hectic scene during rush hour.

Uncle Ho, in front of the city hall.

Juxtaposition of renovated and original building at the heart of HCMC.

HCMC has quite some developments.
This Bitexco Financial Tower is becoming a business center icon the Ho Chi Minh City. With its stylish architectural outlook, the building has redefine HCMC's skyline as a business center. However, the area surrounding the building is still less developed.

My overall view of HCMC is that the city is dry...  There isn't much that surprises me. Perhaps, I've seen quite lot from other cities. But it's good that I was spending good time with friends.

    

 

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