Hồ Chí Minh, Việt Nam
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As we rise up early in the morning and ride out from the city towards Cu Chi at 7.00 am, there will be no time to eat beforehand. We are aware of this so we will make sure to stop by a very local Vietnamese Sandwich (Bánh Mì) right outside of the city in District 12. At the same time, we get to avoid the morning rush hours of people commuting to work which causes very slow moving traffic. And if you are a coffee drinker, then you could enjoy authentic Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk and ice or however you prefer your coffee.
Sugar Cane/Rubber Plantation
As the sun gets a bit hotter, we make a stop to enjoy a fresh glass of sugar cane juice before weaving through endless back roads which consists of rice paddies as well as a large shady rubber plantation. Throughout this whole process, you will have a chance to cut down your own sugar cane and even witness rubber in its pure form bleeding from the trees.
Cu Chi Tunnels
The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Củ Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War and were the VC's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968.The tunnels were used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters.
After crawling through the tunnels, you get rewarded with a delicious traditional Vietnamese meal, which means family meal. Here you have the choice to live like a local and take a short power nap on the hammocks readily hung nearby, or just head back and experience the Ho Chi Minh City evening rush hour traffic on a motorbike.
Being on motorbikes, we could readily stop whenever and virtually wherever you guys need or want to. For example one time we stopped during a local football (soccer) game and the locals invited use to put on jerseys and play with them. The locals were very welcoming and we all embraced the experience that would not have been possible otherwise.