"Ho Chi Minh Trail & Dakrong Bridge" Tinh Quang Tri Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld
Tinh Quang Tri Things to Do: 16 reviews and 45 photos
The current incarnation of the Dakrong Bridge was built in 1975 after reunification. Just west of the main DMZ zone, the bridge was considered the beginning of the Ho Chi Minh Trail network and during the years of conflict with the United States, this access point was hotly contested. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a vital north-south supply route for the North Vietnamese during the war with America. It was never just one trail: there was actually a shifting network of multiple trails over a swath of land hundreds of kilometres wide, reaching deep into neighbouring Laos. The trails were the bete noire of American military strategists, but no matter what they did, troops and artillery were never able to completely cut off this supply route, and the North Vietnamese continued to use it, to good advantage, right up to the end of the war. The road that leads away from the bridge is traditional said to be the start of the trail, having been paved since the war.
Directions: Located about 41km west of Dong Ha along Highway 9 at the junction with Highway 14 which leads 90km south to A Luoi.
More Reviews (2)
Willettsworld's Related Pages
Explore the World
Have you been to Tinh Quang Tri?Share Your Travels