After breakfast our bus took off at 8 o’clock for our Cu Chi full day. Our first stop was at the lacquer factory which was a nonprofit to employ disabled people. We learned about the process used to make the beautiful lacquer plates and decor and were able to buy some souvenirs.
From there we headed to a hog farm owned by Banh Ty. He spent time teaching us about his hog operation and gave us a tour. We were very impressed at the modernization and scale of his farm with over 2000 hogs raised per year. Was very generous with his time and information.
From there we had a lovely lunch at Ben Nay Restaurant were we seated in a private hut overlooking the river. Another fantastic Vietnamese meal!
Then we headed to the to Cu Chi Tunnels where we were able to learn about the tunnels, how they were made, along with examples defensive weapons and traps. We got to experience the tunnels first hand by crawling through some – pretty tight quarters especially considering the these were made larger for tourist.
Our last stop was at a rubber tree farm. It is a process very similar to maple syrup tapping. Then back to the hotel around 6:30 dinner on our own to explore Saigon.
Another amazing day learning about this diverse and fascinating country. The people have been so hospitable and friendly. Looking forward A good night sleep and another incredible day tomorrow!
Lona Rookaird and Corey Hanson