Most of the bases and bunkers have long vanished, but this 5km strip of land on either side of the Ben Hai River is still known by its American War moniker: the DMZ. From 1954 to 1975 it acted as a buffer between the North and the South. Ironically, the DMZ became one of the most militarised areas in the world, forming what Time magazine called ‘a running sore’.
Choose from the following tours:
DMZ TOUR ( Full day )
VINH MOC – PHONG NHA ( 2 Days/1 Night )
08:00 Be picked up from your hotel in Hue and drive north to the DMZ (Demilitarized zone). From Dong Ha town you will visit the ancient Khe Sanh battle fields on the historic Road 9 linking with Laos and historic sites such as the Rockpile, the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Ta Con Airfield. You will then proceed to the amazing tunnels of Vinh Moc, which remain untouched after many years. This network offers you an authentic view of underground life of the Viet Cong and the villagers of Vinh Linh during the U.S.-Vietnam War. On the way to Vinh Moc you will pass the Ben Hai river, the dividing line between North and South Vietnam in war time. You will return to Hue in the late afternoon with a stop at Quang Tri Citadel.
DAY 1: HUE – VINH MOC – DONG HOI (-/L/-)
08:00 Depart Hue and head for Quang Tri province. Along the way, you will stop at a number of different battle sites to see the La Vang Church, the Quang Tri Citadel, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge and the Seventeenth Parallel – the former borderline between North and South Vietnam during the war. In the afternoon, you will visit the Vinh Moc tunnels where North Vietnamese guerilla fighters lived and fought. Lunch on the way. Continue on our way to Dong Hoi and check in at your hotel and then relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight at hotel in Dong Hoi.
DAY 2: DONG HOI – PHONG NHA CAVE – HUE (B/L/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
08:00 Drive to Phong Nha Cave – a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 2003. Upon arrival, the group will travel by boat along the river to a complex of caves. After a short hike up the ‘300 steps’, you will have the chance to explore these caves with their hundreds of glistening stalactites (rock structures hanging from cave ceiling) and stalagmites (rock structures erected from cave floor) in various shapes and sizes. Continue your journey sailing down the river and into a limestone mountain cave. Inside the cave, you can leave the boat and walk through the stalactites and stalagmites. After lunch, return to Hue.
Note: You can replace Phong Nha cave by Thien Duong Cave (Paradise cave)