Posted by: gypsytales | December 26, 2008

The Vietnamese Underground

trapdoor in jungle

trapdoor in jungle

The Vietnamese Underground

 

 

The Củ Chi Tunnels are a popular tourist attraction.    Beneath the hard earth upon which we stood lay a labyrinth of passageways, three levels deep connecting a network of up to 250km of tunnels; occupied by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War.  Entering the jungle was a surreal experience.  Tall leafy trees, pencilled tightly together.  Sun, made soft by the shady foliage.  It was impossible to believe that this tropical forest, not all that long ago, had been utterly destroyed by chemical defoliants.  Entrance into the underground was accomplished by entering through a well camouflaged trapdoor on the jungle floor.  Be warned, anyone with a waist larger than 34 inches will not fit into the trapdoor.  A couple of visitors tried their luck and had to be extricated with plenty of gruff tugging and heavy exhaling from reluctant observers.

tourist entering trapdoor

tourist entering trapdoor

 

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