Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Southeast Asia Top Ten + One Favourites -Part 2

5. Motor bike tour from Hue, Vietnam

We took a motorbike tour through small villages and through rice paddies.We toured a small rice production museum with an elderly woman as our guide and lunched on vegetarian Vietnamese food at a monastry.

6. Tailors in Hoi An

Hoi An is famous for it's tailors - over 200 and many shoe makers. We worked with Mr. Xe and his staff and besides the fun experience we ended up with some custom made garments and shoes which we shipped home. Besides from this Hoi An is a beautiful Unesco Heritage town.

7. Tunnels outside Saigon

While in Vietnam you cannot escape reminders of the Vietnam/American War. The most memorable for us was our visit to the Cu Chi tunnels. Three storeys deep and 200 km. long, these tunnels were used by the Viet Cong to help defeat the Americans outside of Saigon.

8. Killing Fields

It was amazing to us that while the Khymer Rouge slaughter of millions of Cambodians was occurring in the late 1970's back home in Canada we were leading our normal lives and oblivious to it. Our visit to the Killing Fields included the school converted to a jail and the Fields themselves.

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