Hue-DMZ-Hue: Fullday (L)
7.30 am our guide and driver will pick you up at hotel lobby to drive to DMZ. We head north of Hue along the Highway 1 or Highway of Horror about 70km. Stop at Hien Luong Bridge which was the deviding line between north and south Vietnam from 1954. You will take a walk across the bridge and visit the museum about DMZ. After that we will drive to Vinh Moc Tunnels which was built by villagers during 1965-1967 for shelters. Our guide will take you through the tunnel to see the life underearth.
After visitting Vinh Moc Tunnels you will have a drive along Route 9. Route 9 became a vital supply artery to these bases and the North Vietnam Army (NVA) were frequently able to cut or ambush Route 9 during the “Border Battles” period from 1967 to 1969, to visit Cồn Thiên Combat Base.
Cồn Thiên was known to local missionaries as “the Hill of Angels,” but to the occupying Marines, Con Thien was a little piece of hell. Just two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (the DMZ dividing line between North and South Vietnam), it was a barren, bulldozed plateau of red dirt 160 meters high and ringed with barbed wire, studded with artillery revetments and crisscrossed with trenches and sand bag-covered bunkers.
Then Camp Carroll, the most powerful firebase along DMZ, Rockpile, the Observation Base for the US Marines which was well-known saying “Have shower from choppers and laundry from the Phillipines”. Make stop at a hilltribe village and Dakrong Bridge to have a walk through. Then Khe Sanh Combat Base which the Marines and a contingent of US Army Special Forces, for 77 days, endured artillery barrages, sniper fire, ground assaults, and ambushes. Air Force, Marine, and Navy pilots braved perilous flying conditions to deliver supplies, evacuate casualties, and stem the North Vietnamese Army’s onslaught. As President Lyndon B. Johnson weighed the use of tactical nuclear weapons, Americans watched the shocking drama unfold on nightly newscasts. Through it all, the bloodied defenders of Khe Sanh held firm and prepared for an Alamo-like last stand.
On the way back we will have a visit to “The mushroom for Life Organisation” which is supported by Janpanese Government to help handicap women who are the victims of landmines and bombs in the area.
Back to your hotel late afternoon.