Xuan Hoa Nguyen

Xuan Hoa Nguyen

Graduated from Hue University, College of Foreign Languages in 2011, I have been working as English speaking guide for years. I am a friendly guide, passionate and resourceful guide who always try my best to ensure the tour and services provided as per customer's requirement. Moreover, I define myself as a traveler who has strong aspiration to discover the beauty of the places and cultures and share them all with my guests. I feel like I am not just a guide but my guest companion, my happiness after each trip is to leave my guests with great smiles and sweet memories about Vietnam country and people

Hue - DMZ Full Day Trip
After your hotel pick up around 7am, you will be driven to Quang Tri Province. You will travel along Route 9 to visit Camp Carroll where the whole regiment of the South surrendered the NVA in 1972, the Rockpile - an American observation-post on top of the mountain, then Dakrong Bridge – Ho Chi Minh Trail, the legendary road bringing men and supply to the South in the war time. Then, you will visit a Bru minority village, Khe Sanh Combat Base - US Marine base in 1968, site of the most controversial battle in the Vietnam War. After your lunch in Dong Ha, you will visit Doc Mieu Fire Base – the first and closest fire base of the South with big guns where they can shell the North from there and became the “magic eye” of the McNamara Line in 1967, Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai river at the 17th parallel used to divide Vietnam into the North and the South, Vinh Moc Tunnel, underground wonder expressing the will and determination of the local people staying there to keep the land under frequent air-raids and bombardments.

Tour Information

Location
Duration
1 Day
Departure
02:00
Price per Participant
65,80+ SGD
Languages
Group size
2 - 8 people
Categories
Transportation
Car
Includes
Private Car English Speaking Guide Lunch Entrance Fee Drinking Water
Excludes
Cancellation

About the creator
Xuan Hoa Nguyen

Xuan Hoa Nguyen
After your hotel pick up around 7am, you will be driven to Quang Tri Province. You will travel along Route 9 to visit Camp Carroll where the whole regiment of the South surrendered the NVA in 1972, the Rockpile - an American observation-post on top of the mountain, then Dakrong Bridge – Ho Chi Minh Trail, the legendary road bringing men and supply to the South in the war time. Then, you will visit a Bru minority village, Khe Sanh Combat Base - US Marine base in 1968, site of the most controversial battle in the Vietnam War. After your lunch in Dong Ha, you will visit Doc Mieu Fire Base – the first and closest fire base of the South with big guns where they can shell the North from there and became the “magic eye” of the McNamara Line in 1967, Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai river at the 17th parallel used to divide Vietnam into the North and the South, Vinh Moc Tunnel, underground wonder expressing the will and determination of the local people staying there to keep the land under frequent air-raids and bombardments.

The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)

The DMZ (Demilitarized zone acronym) is an established dividing line to separate North Vietnam and South Vietnam after the Indochina war. The DMZ zone of Vietnam ranged from the border with Laos to the Sea (the parallel 17). Much of this DMZ dividing line crossed the River Ben Hai.

Americans, who lived in Southern Vietnam, wanted to force to Vinh Moc peasants to abandon their land, so as to avoid to help Northern Communist forces established on the nearby island with Co (at 28 kilometers from the coast). The people, who had no other place where refuge, refused to leave their lands and the village where he had spent most of his life.

The zone of Vinh Moc was bombed duramente, says that an average of 7 tons of bombs per each inhabitant fell. To flee the bombings and due to the favourable geology of terrain, it was decided to begin excavating a complex of tunnels under the village of Vinh Moc in 1965, thus copying performance and result of the Cu Chi tunnels located on the outskirts of the former Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City.

Vinh Moc Tunnels

The complex of Vinh Moc tunnels were built on the shore North of the Ben Hai River. The construction sites it took 13 months (1965 and 1966), or what is the same, 18,000 work days of all persons of the village, which were used for its construction only instruments of tillage and with which moved a total of 6,000 m3 of Earth.

It is estimated that 300 people (about 60 families) lived permanently in tunnels during the years 1966 to 1972, 17 children were born in the interior of the Vinh Moc tunnels.

The tunnels extend 2.8 km-long, divided in 3 levels underground 12 meters, 18 meters and 22 meters respectively.

The top level was suitable for the life of the families, that leader in small dwellings dug into the limestone rock of 4 meters wide, 0.8 meters in height and 1.8 meters wide.

The second level was used to store the weapons and supplies, in addition to maintaining strategic meetings.

The last and deepest level, was used to seek refuge from the bombing, since American bombs were designed to penetrate 10 meters under the ground.

Vinh Moc tunnels have a total of 13 Gates: 7 of those doors give sea and other 6 grounding, although rarely families leaving abroad unless they were necessary food and there was no danger. Maritime outputs were used to transport weaponry and supplies to resistance in the island with Co, located at 28 kilometers from the Vinh Moc tunnels.

With the passage of time the tunnel complex was growing in size and complexity, reaching constructed wells, kitchens, barns, maternity wards and hospitals.

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