"DMZ Tour" Tinh Quang Tri Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

Tinh Quang Tri Things to Do: 16 reviews and 45 photos

  Crossing the former border
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  • Crossing the former border - Tinh Quang Tri
      Crossing the former border
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  • The Rockpile - Tinh Quang Tri
      The Rockpile
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  • Khe Sanh Combat Base - Tinh Quang Tri
      Khe Sanh Combat Base
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  • Dakrong Bridge - Tinh Quang Tri
      Dakrong Bridge
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  • Vinh Moc Tunnels - Tinh Quang Tri
      Vinh Moc Tunnels
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I took my tour of the DMZ with the Hanh Cafe which involved a very early start - I was picked up from my hotel at the god awful time of 6.40am. We made our way out of Hue towards the town of Dong Ha which is located about 20km south of where the DMZ was along the Ben Hai River. When we reached Dong Ha, we headed inland on Highway 9 which was built by the French in 1904 to provide a link into Laos and was used by the Americans as a major supply route. We passed by several wooden stilt houses that belong to the Bru people and stopped off at a rocky outcrop known as The Rockpile which was used as an observation post and artillery base by the Americans from 1966 to 1968. We then carried on, west, along Highway 9 to the Dakrong Bridge which was bombed and rebuilt several times during the war. One of the many Ho Chi Minh Trails which were used as north-south supply routes for the North Vietnamese during the war leads away from the bridge, having been paved since the war. Next, it was up the hill to Khe Sanh Combat Base - an American base with an airstrip that was attacked by the Viet Cong in January 1968 as a diversion in preparation for the Tet Offensive. The Americans held on for three months under heavy fire, but after Tet, withdrew back to Camp Carol. Next it was back to Dong Ha and north along Highway 1 to a memorial that marks the southern boundary of the DMZ and then across the Ben Hai River which marked the former DMZ to visit the highlight of the tour - the Vinh Moc Tunnels which housed about 300 villagers during six years of the war. The tour cost me 240,000 VND in Jan 2009, which included all entrance fees.

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  • Written May 10, 2010
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