The Chu Chi Tunnel Complex, the former Presidential Palace and the War Remnants Museum: 17 March 2013

This is the round trip GPS tracked route from the hotel in Ho Chi Minh City to the site of the Cu Chi Tunnel Complex: One way distance 31 miles.

Leaving Ho Chi Minh City.

The Chu Chi Tunnel information auditorium. This is an article about the Chu Chi Tunnel complex published by the New York Times on 7 July 1999.

An example of one of many different types of Punji Stick entrapments used by the Viet Cong against the American soldiers. In numerous instances, the tip of each stick has fecal matter attached. If a soldier fell on to the Punji Sticks and survived, he had to be concerned about an infection from the fecal matter.

Punji Stick entrapment.

This is an example of one of the many camouflaged tunnel entrances in the Chu Chi Tunnel complex.

After our visit to Chu Chi, we drove back to Ho Chi Minh City and visited the former Saigon Presidential Palace, now known as the Reunification Palace. Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam fell to the People's Army of Vietnam on 30 April 1975.

An iconic moment of the fall of Saigon was when North Vietnamese troops on Chinese built T-59 tanks stormed through the gates of the Presidential Palace on 30 April 1975. The tank seen below is the type of tank that stormed the Presidential Palace.

Here are two pictures of the actual storming of the Presidential Palace on 30 April 1975.

We also visited the War Remnants Museum.

Inside the War Remnants Museum.

We had dinner at Vietnam House Restaurant.

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