First time going to Vietnam soon in which I will be spending a full month there. Has anyone done any war tours that they would recommend when in Vietnam as this is going to be one of the main highlights of my trip.
Not so many ! The most popular are the Cu Chi Tunnels in the South (to be done in one day excursion together to the magic Cao dai temple of Tay Ninh) and te DMZ, that you can visit in an organized excursion of one-3 days from Hue in Central Vietnam
#2 larsay has been a member since 20/7/2014. Posts: 45
I forgot ! Which war ? For the French Indochina War, you have tours to Dien Bien Phu and to Cao Bang. For the first one, open
For the last one, the agency is the only one to organize a tour of the RC4 battlefields, but it is in the website in French only
"Tour historique de la RC 4 "
And NO, I do not work for that agency !!!!
#3 larsay has been a member since 20/7/2014. Posts: 45
My Lai Village ( belong Quang Ngai province) has sadly become famous because of the mass murder of civilians during the US-Vietnam War. On 16th March 1968, the soldiers of the Charlie Company â€“ 1st Battalion, the 20th Infantry Regiment, and the 11th Brigade of the American Division entered into My Lai Village looking for the Viet Cong soldiers. Some American soldiers suspected that some of the enemies were hiding in the village, protected by the villagers. This led to a mass murder of over 300 unarmed civilians including women, children and elderly parents.
#4 jennynguyen90 has been a member since 2/9/2014. Posts: 18
There are a lot of museums in HCMC. The one that I've been to once before is the War Remnants Museum. Here is the address
28 VÃµ VÄƒn Táº§n
phÆ°á»ng 6, Quáºn 3
Há»“ ChÃ Minh, Vietnam
search this up in maps.google or search War Remnants Museum in Vietnam. I haven't been to other museums yet but the war remnants museum was very interesting. There are some decomissioned planes, helicopters, tanks there that you can take pictures with. There is also a small area that showed what happened in Tiger Cages prisons. And there are also pictures of how horrible the war was to civilians.
It would be great if we had a tour of a place like Khe Sahn from people from both sides of the fight without the Propaganda, but that's probably mission impossible.
I did a tour of the Battle of the Ardennes, just a small piece of the ground, but it included an American who was a company commander and a German platoon leader who was fighting against his company. We left politics completely out of it, just focused on the tactical situation. Was a GREAT tour. I really enjoyed it. We did it in November and it was cold... reflected the environment. If someone did this in Vietnam it would be great, but as far as I know, it hasn't happened.
Madmac, a tour of Khe Sanh would indeed be great. Ben at Phong Nha Farmstay does a tour a little further north along the Ho Chi Minh trail and close to the lao border. He tells it from both sides and without too much propaganda.
Chris9393, all the sites previously mentioned - Cu Chi, DMZ, War Remnants Museum - are all good tours and easy to arrange locally. If u are aussie, a good spot to visit is Long Tan and Nui Dat. You can get a tour of this area with various expat operators out of Vung Tau. Alternatively Loc from Saigon Riders will take you there on the back of a motorbike. Loc is pretty clued up on this area, particularly from an aussie perspective.
Disclaimer: I dont work for any of the guys I mentioned, just enjoyed their tours.
The Vietnam War site is expanded in the whole country. So I need to know your travelling time to show my recommendation. Anw, the War Site of Vietnam are as below :
- North : Dien Bien Phu War Zone in Dien Bien, Hoa Lo Prison near Hanoi.
- Central : Khe Sanh Marine Base (Quang Tri), Hue Demilitarized Zone, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Ho Chi Minh trail, My Son Hollyland, Hue Imperial Citadel
- South : Saigon, Long Tan Battle Field, Cu Chi Tunnel.
You can book this tour throuhg a travel agent in Vietnam for easily exploring Vietnam War History. DIY is okay, but I'm not sure you will reach all the places that must see.
Hope these clues be helpful to your plan.
One area that few travellers venture to for war history is Kon Tum in the Central Highlands. The Battle of Kon Tum, part of the Easter Offensive, was one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War, though it receives little coverage in history books. In Kon Tum you can venture to Phoenix/Dak To II Airfield, see Rocket Ridge and Charlie Hill from a distance, North Vietnamese tanks in a monument and Skull Hill. Great motorbike riding in this area too.
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#9 SoManyMiles has been a member since 7/2/2014. Posts: 94
Thanks for the stunning report, Miles!
These obscure places are one of the reasons I'd like to return to Vietnam one day. Motorcycling these places is still the Number One variant to come around in 'Nam.
Has anyone ever been to Hamburger Hill and the local trail there? Is it worth a visit?