The Cu Chi Tunnels
After the tour, we had a very pleasant lunch along side the river before boarding the boat to go back into the heart of Saigon. Seeing the Cu Chi Tunnels was extraordinary, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Saigon. This stop should be a priority.
Saigon by Vespa
After so many images of violence, it was clearly time to move on to something more pleasant. Like a local neighborhood market overflowing with fresh cut flowers. It was refreshing to see so many happy people going about their daily lives .
After some time perusing the market, we hopped back on the Vespas to head into Saigon's Chinatown. We saw some pretty fantastic shops on our way to an old Chinese temple. The temple was a standard Chinese temple, but my favorite part was the spiraled incense hanging from strings in the courtyard sending messages to the heavens.
Next up on the tour was a traditional Chinese medicine shop. We learned about how different herbs, animals, and insects are used to treat all sorts of ailments. The shop had a large selection of star fish, shark fins, scorpions, and all sorts of teas. It kind of smelled like the Mountain Mamas shop on Uintah.
After the medicine shop, we went to another temple called the "Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas" because it contained a room with 10,000 tiny Buddhas. Quite spectacular!
After a looking at about 1,000 of the 10,000 Buddhas, we go back on the motorbikes and took the tunnel under the river to a new(ish) park to take a few photos.
Normally the tour would have taken us back into District 1 for a quick tour of the cathedral and post office, but we were ready to head home and get ready for dinner. The guides were kind enough to alter the tour a bit and drop us off right outside The Vista.
It was a great way to spend a day, and I highly recommend these tour companies for tours in the Saigon area. A wonderful, informational experience!
Cu Chi Tunnels Boat Tour: Les Rives
Saigon Vespa Tour: Vespa Adventures
I booked them together using this site: Vietnam Vespa Adventures