Join with us to visit one of Vietnam’s most historical and interesting places – the Demilitarized Zone! This zone once served as the area which separated the North and South of Vietnam – with the famous Ben Hai River acting as the main border between the two. Have the chance to explore the Hien Luong Bridge which crosses the Ben Hai River; The Khe Sanh Army Base and a traveler’s favourite – the Vinh Moc Tunnels, an underground network militarized village that is that is the largest in Vietnam!
► Dong Ha town
► Doc Mieu Base
► Ben Hai River
► Hien Luong bridge
► Vinh Moc tunnel
► Long Hung Church
► Dakrong bridge
► Camp Carroll
► Khe Sanh Combat Base
► Ta Con airport
_ Departure in the early morning to Dong Ha City. We have some stops at sites along the way (important to the 1972 Easter Offensive).
_ From Dong Ha, we proceed west on highway 9 and pass a series of the old U.S Marines’ firebases such as Camp Carroll, Fuller, Rockpile, Dakrong Brigde, Ta Con airport and Khe Sanh Combat base.
_Drive back to Dong ha for lunch break.
_After lunch, we continue north to the old DMZ on highway 1, the old de-facto border between North and South Vietnam for 18 years, where we will take a walk on Hien Luong Bridge across the Ben Hai River, the river that was the only true physical demarcation line between the two Vietnams.
_ Countinue to visit Doc Mieu base, There’s basically nothing left of this old American base save a rusting tank and a sign. Apparently this once formed the backbone of the “eagle eyes of america” electronic monitoring fence.
_The last stop of the day is Vinh Moc Tunnels, the refuge of some 400 north Vietnamese refugees during the bombing operation “Rolling Thunder. The tunnels were built in three levels (12, 15 and 23 meters deep) and took thirteen months to complete. Three hundred people lived intermittently in the tunnels during 1966 to 1971. Sixty-two families made the tunnels their home and amazingly seventeen babies were born here and spent the first years of their lives underground.
_ Drive all the way back to Hue.