The Second World War came to an end in 1945 and in an effort to ensure that such destructive wars shall never make it into the annals of world history, a number of countries led by the United States of America, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union came together to formulate and establish the United Nations. Another landmark decision of these countries was the introduction and acceptance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that paved the way for understanding the importance and value of human life. With such positive developments, however, the world witnessed a secondary phenomenon that came into being due to tensions between the United States of America and the Soviet Union which has been characterised as the Cold War. This period that began subsequent to the conclusion of the Second World War continued till the fall of USSR in 1989.
Even though the term ‘Cold War’ implies that the tensions between the two countries did not escalate to a ‘Hot’ or active war, the world witnessed a phenomenon known as proxy wars across the world. Such wars took place in Afghanistan, Korea and Vietnam where the USA and the USSR, in their quest to establish themselves as the superpower of the world, supported the parties in conflict. Given these issues, the Vietnamese economy began to develop quite recently and is fast becoming a rapidly improving economy in South East Asia. This economic development has resulted in luxury accommodation such as that available at Diamond Island Luxury Residencies which provides tourists and travellers a splendid apartment in Ho Chi Minh City to reside in during their stay.
During this armed conflict, guerrilla warfare became a feature of combat and led to the digging of underground tunnels that allowed soldiers to travel without being detected and avoid advancing in plain sight. These tunnels, by virtue of running beneath the Cu Chi district, are known as the Cu Chi Tunnels and is said to spread over two hundred and fifty kilometres. They have become a famous tourist attraction in Vietnam and its historic importance and sheer narrowness elevates the value of the experience of exploring them.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.