Danang-An Hoa Combat Base- LZ Ross-Antenna Valley: Fullday (L)

At 7.30, You will be met our guide at the lobby and drive to the My Khe Beach (Well known as China Beach or R&R Beach) where GIs and nurses relaxed before battlefields, quick stop for photos or you can take a walk along the beach, you also see from the beach the former US Navy Hospital which is the TV Series “China Beach” took place. Then we drive to the Marble Mountain Airfield Facility. You still see some hangars still there.

Leaving Danang eara, we drive to the westsouth to visit Liberty Bridge, Football Island and An Hoa Combat Base.

An Hoa Combat Base was first used by the Marines in January 1966 during Operation Mallard when the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines established a firebase there while the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and a Company from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines swept the surrounding area. 20 April 1966 the Marines returned to An Hoa on Operation Georgia, the 12th Marines reestablished a firebase while the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines provided security, the base would become permanent at this time as the Marines sought to pacify the area.

The base is now gone but you still see the runway. Spend you time to explore around to recall your memory.

After An Hoa, lunch will be along the road before driving to LZ RossAntenna Valley or known as Que Son Valley.

 

The Que Son Valley, during the Vietnam War, lay in the southern part of South Vietnam’s I Corps. Populous and rice-rich, the valley was viewed as one of the keys to controlling South Vietnam’s five northern provinces by the NVA and by early 1967 at least two regiments of the PAVN 2nd Division had been infiltrated into the area.

The 5th Marine Regiment minus its 2nd Battalion, an experienced force that had fought in Vietnam since their arrival in the Summer of 1966, was assigned to the valley in 1967 to support the outnumbered Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces in the area, the 6th ARVN Regiment and the 1st ARVN Ranger Group.

Since mid-January 1967 Foxtrot Company, a reinforced company of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines (F/2/1), had manned an outpost atop Nui Loc Son (Loc Son Mountain), which dominated the southern Que Son Valley. Although the PAVN and Vietcong forces operating in the valley did not initially take much notice of the Marines, on April 15, 1967 the Foxtrot company commander advised Colonel Emil Radics, the commander of the 1st Marine Regiment, that enemy units appeared to be preparing for an all-out assault on the outpost.

Radics developed a plan for a multi-battalion assault and sweep aimed at clearing PAVN units from the vicinity of the mountain. The plan was approved as Operation Union by Major General Herman Nickerson, the commanding general of the 1st Marine Division on April 20 and was put into action the following morning.

Have amble time to explore the area before heading back to Danang city.

 

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Danang-Chulai Airbase-An Hoa Combat Base: Fullday

Danang-An Hoa Combat Base-Chulai Airbase (L)

At 7.30am, you will be met our guide at the hotel lobby to drive to My Khe Beach (Formerly well-known as China Beach or R&R Beach). You can see the former US Navy Hospital by the beach where the series of movie China Beach took place . It now belongs to Vietnamese Navy. Take a walk along the beach or swim if you wish to before we head to Marble Mountain Airfield Facility. Then We will walk up the mountain by steps to the cave on top which was used by VC as emergency hospital during Tet Offensive 1968. Marble Mountains are also the religous centre of buhdist people in this area with many budhist temples on top.

A quick stop at the bottom of the mountain to visit the marble carving village.

Leaving Danang area, we drive to An Hoa Combat Base after lunch along the way. We will visit Liberty Bridge and Football Island. An Hoa Base is now pretty much gone but you still see  the remains of the runway, have some times free to walk around the base. The base was first used by the Marines in January 1966 during Operation Mallard when the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines established a firebase there while the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines and a Company from the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines swept the surrounding area. 20 April 1966 the Marines returned to An Hoa on Operation Georgia, the 12th Marines reestablished a firebase while the 3rd Battalion 9th Marines provided security, the base would become permanent at this time as the Marines sought to pacify the area. 

Back to highway 1, we drive about 60km south of An Hoa Base toward Chulai Airbase which was operated by the US Marine Corps between 1965 and 1970.

At first, only a “short airfield for tactical support (SATS)” was installed. The SATS consisted of a 1,200 m runway with an aluminum surface of interlocking lightweight metal alloy planking, a catapult and a carrier deck-type arresting gear. It also included a tactical airfield fuel dispensing system. The base of soft sand at Chu Lai caused much difficulty with the installation of the SATS, but the first landing of an A-4 Skyhawk was made on 1 June 1965, by Colonel John D. Noble, Commanding Officer of MAG-12 from Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMA-225) landed. The aircraft took off using jet-assisted takeoff rockets on the partially completed runway as the Seabees continued lengthening the runway. By mid-October 1965, the base was home to more than 80 A-4 Skyhawks from MAG-12.

We also visit Americal Division HQ, Ky Ha Beach and Artillery Hill before driving back Danang City.

 

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Huế-DMZ-Huế: Fullday

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.

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Da Nang-Hue-DMZ (6 Days)

Day 1: Dang Nang City Tour, Welcome Dinner.

You will be picked up at hotel or airport by our guide for tour of Da Nang area. We will visit Marble Mountains where we will climb up nearly 200 steps to the top to visit an amazing cave which was used as emergency hospital by VC during 1968.

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