From Riding Elephants In Ko Samui To Climbing Through The Chu Chi Tunnels In Vietnam

Day 34 – November 14th, 2011… Ko Samui

We had rain on and off throughout the entire day.  Which isn’t surprising considering it’s monsoon season.  The weather still hovered around 30 degrees with little to no humidity.  We took a jeep to the Na Muang waterfall.  The streets were lined with vendors and little shops.   We saw lots of monkeys and beautiful scenery.

We sat perched on top of a gorgeous elephant on a makeshift seat.  We wandered around the property over uneven terrain.  Half way into our trek it started to pour rain.  Sitting on top of an elephant while it’s raining does not feel the best.  If I was to do this again, I would not wear shorts.

Following the elephant ride, we wandered the property checking out their different shows and walked over to the waterfall.  The waterfall was stunning.

We had an amazing time in Ko Samui, this is a destination I would love to go back to!

Day 35 – November 15… Bangkok, Thailand

Finally a sunny clear sky!  Today was a beautiful day with temperatures around 35 degrees.  Initially we were going to just wander the city, however, we ended up joining one of the tour groups.  The tour lasted from around 6:30am to 7pm with around 5-6 hours of driving.

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We went to see beautiful temples.  Vendors were selling sodas in a plastic bag with ice alongside the road.  it was a scorcher and there wasn’t a lot of shade.  To enter the temple you had to be fully covered.  They allowed for rentals of wraps to cover up, however, we just made sure that we were wearing pants and long sleeves.  Everything was covered in gold decals and the gardens were perfectly landscaped.

This is a must see!

Day 37 – November 17th … Ho Chi Minh City

I finished all of my books yesterday during our day at sea.  I love hardcopies of books, however, if I was going on a trip this long again, I would bring a Kindle or something that is easier to keep multiple books on.

On the way to the Chu Chi tunnels we got to see the Saigon River.  The street were filled with people and cars.  Families carefully squished onto Vespa’s drove alongside our bus.

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We arrived at the Chu Chi tunnels and walked through the grounds with our tour guide.  In the background, different types of guns firing could be heard.  (Half way through the tour you could stop at a gift shop or shoot a variety of different guns; only paying for the bullets).  Shawn and I stopped into the gift shop to get some ice cream since it was very hot out, however, we didn’t stop to shoot any of the guns.  If we were to go back, I would try it though (just to say we’ve done it).  Live and learn!

Tunnel systems

Tunnel systems

The tunnels were very tight and compact and just looking at their openings gave me claustrophobia.  The guide allowed us to go through the tunnels (they widened one portion of the tunnels to allow tourists to go through).  I couldn’t do it, however, Shawn made it through about 20 meters of the tunnel.

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On to the next stop!

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