These tours can be done by bus but we chose to do it by boat to get a better idea of what it's like living on the Mekong. It was most definitely an eye opener.
We were met at the hotel and taken to the wharf where we were greeted by our guides, they were great, although we seem to only have one person with us at all times during the Cu Chi Tunnel whilst the others remained on the boat.
We arrived to the pagoda and there was a traditional wedding taking place which was nice to see, the local market was the highlight, it's a completely different way of seeing things compared to how things are done at home! From there we visited a village and met an 106 year old woman with her 82 year old daughter, amazing people but it was a little hot to be walking around none the less it was great to see. We ended up at another home drinking coconut water and drinking banana whiskey before heading to the orphanage for lunch. Lunch was perfect just the right amount of food and really good food at that.
There was also a game of football (soccer) to be had between the boys at the orphanage and the men from the tour, it was quite funny to watch everyone interact as they came up with a rule that if you miss a goal you have to do a set of push ups.
Overall it was a lot of fun, great day out and well worth the trip.
The Cu Chi Tunnels were also great, bear in mind it's a little earlier and it is best to take a cardigan around this time of the year as it did get a little chilly on the boat.
It's an eye opener as you cruise along, you really do get to see how the rich live in comparison to the poor as you make your way to the tunnels.
It's amazing to hear the stories and see these tunnels and how they lived within them. Not to mention the different traps that were in place etc It was an interesting history lesson.
Lunch was then served on the boat as we headed back to the wharf which was nice as it didn't drag on too long and we got back and had the afternoon to do what we wanted.
It's a great way to see these sites, yes a little costly but worth it we thought.
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