Vietnam is a country that doesn’t shy from its past. During my 17 years living in Vietnam, I was lucky enough to learn so much about the turbulent past, especially with regard to the Vietnam War. The shocking stories always fascinated me – it’s one thing to see the stories in movies, but to hear tales direct from people who lived through it…well, words fail me.
A resilient nation though, many have turned the haunting past into a lifeline for their families. One such man is Uncle Nam, an ex-soldier who now offers personal tours to the tunnels of Co Chi, a labyrinth of underground passageways that were once a hiding place for thousands of soldiers during the Vietnam War.
I wrote about Uncle Nam and the Co Chi tunnel experience in our blog a while back.
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Exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels outside Siagon
Interesting and scary visit to a recent historic site, where the Vietcong and local people lived, trained, and fought the U.S. Forces from deep tunnels. We learned how they lived, eat, and survived even with extensive bombing by US B-52 bombers