The American and French Bunkers

War relics

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What we say: 2.5 stars

Just as with the Hai Van Pass to the south, when the Americans came and set up strategic positions in Vietnam, they often concurred with the French who came before them and built their bunkers in the same spot. It's easy to see why this vantage-point, a stone's throw from the Tu Duc tomb, was an obvious choice. It provides a clear view for miles around without necessitating a steep climb. Minh Mang and Khai Dinh Tombs are visible from here, but you'll need a pair of binoculars to pick them out. There are two bunkers here, riddled with bullet holes. The one that closes like a cheese pot is French, and the one with roach-trap access is American.

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How to get there: From Le Loi Street head south on Dien Bien Phu until it ends at Nam Giao. Take a right on Le Ngu Cat, go 2.2km to where it tees with Nguyen Tran Cong Chua Road. Take a left, and 300 metres down there's a sharp right on a road that keeps the same name. 300 metres up the road, you'll see a hill with a dirt road and lines of planted pines. There's sort of a gate -- just open it or go around it and up to the top, less than 50 metres.
Last updated: 26th November, 2007

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