1968 was dark, especially for the Viet Congs who dug and lived inside the Cu Chi Tunnels during the Vietnam War. Flashing forward to 2012, there we were – the tourists trying to relive what was. A firing range is open for visitors at a fee, gunshot sounds of which added to the warlike atmosphere. Presented to us were booby traps created by the Viet Congs whose intention was to slow the enemies down; not end lives. “Isn’t that more painful?” I thought silently.
After seeing the display of how Viet Congs spent their days making bombs in slippers made from old rubber tires, it was our turn to take a crawl into the dark tunnels. Down we went into the tunnels, and even further down. There were lights installed for the tourists every after a few meters, but still it was dark – my flashlight came in handy. Sweaty and covered in orange soil, it was a “once in a lifetime experience” as Anh, our tour guide said. After 50 meters of darkness for a short 10 minutes, we saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Served with tasteless boiled cassava and tea, we were rewarded with a little rest as we realized that the dark tunnel was the brighter rest stop for the Viet Congs.
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