We did some research on TripAdvisor and found a group who would drive us out of Saigon where we would hop on the bikes and ride a total of 25km, which the route would include a ride through some rubber plantations, rice fields and small villages before we visit the tunnel areas.
The tunnels were essential for the Viet Cong's battle against the Americans during the Vietnam War (the American War). The system of tunnels were more than 250km long covering multiple levels underground. These tunnels allowed the Viet Cong to transport supplies (food and munitions) without the American's intervention. People, not just soldiers, lived their lives in these little tunnels - cooking and sleeping here as well.
Our guide picked us up at 08h00 and we drove 30km outside of Saigon before we got on the bikes. The bikes were in pretty good condition, not perfect but mostly safe. Our group of 4 were the only ones on the tour and our guide had just returned from leading an 8 day bike tour of the Mekong Delta area. I think he was disappointed that we weren't as avid cyclers as his last group.
We made a couple stops along the way to look at the road side shops selling everything from fruits and veggies to live animals, etc.
|Eels for sale|
|Rubber tree plantation|
|One of the exhibit centers with a traditionally thatched roof.|
|Cap to the tunnel entrance|
|I could barely fit into the access point|
|Now you see me, now you don't...|
|Rest area for VC troops including a hammock|
|Remains of a US Tank|
|Representation of daily VC life|
|VC Tunnel Hospital|
|Samples of ordinance used in war|
We then left the official park and continued another 10km (or so) to get lunch. The ride was long and very hot/humid at this point. I lead the pack and decided that I was too hot and needed to stop for some sugar cane juice -- the guide did not want us to stop, he wanted us to power through the heat but I had no part of that. He was quite frustrated by me at this point too, but we needed to stop.
|Exhausted and enjoying sugar cane juice.|
|Lizard wanting to join us for lunch -- he could have it!|
Watch out Ryan, he's right behind you!
|Mediocre food after ride.|
|Marshland view from restaurant|
|View back to the restaurant|
|Closer to the restaurant|
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