Ok -First, market pictures, because Melissa knows I like taking pictures of markets.
Now, the tunnels. Here is the guide demonstrating how quickly and easily he could disappear into the jungle.
Melissa was on a tour in South Korea with Adam and his Dad, Tony. They told me there was a group of school kids at the same place. The girls were very taken with Adam. We've noticed that Asians are very interested in people who are different. People often want to touch Melissa's hair, for example. The local people usually want the pictures taken with foreigners, too, but the school girls were fascinated with Adam, reaching to touch his beard stubble and feel the muscles in his arms. I guess in an area where most men are small-boned, and have very little body hair, foreigners can seem very different.
Some entrances were more obvious, either because they were in safer areas, or to lure enemies into the tunnels. Melissa said it was very interesting seeing this aspect of the war. The people wanted to show their side of the experience, but were calm and non-confrontational, which would have taken some doing, because I suspect many of the Americans on the cruise still have a lot of anger and hurt pride. There are Vietnam vets on board, but many of the cruisers chose not to get off in Vietnam (in part because of the dirt, garbage, and being forced to see poverty in action), or to take tours that took them to only shrines or shopping districts. When asked, the Vietnamese guide said that the vast majority of people in his country don't want to think about the war or have no hard feelings. Most people, of course, were born after it, and there was almost the impression given that the war hasn't made such a large imprint on the Vietnamese psyche as it has in the States.