Ho Chi Minh Trail and Dakrong Bridge

Ho Chi Minh Trail and Dakrong Bridge

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The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a vital north-south route for the North Vietnamese to move supplies, troops and munitions to their fighters in the south.
Travelfish says:

It was never just one trail, but actually a shifting network of multiple trails over a swath of land hundreds of kilometres wide, often weaving in and out of neighbouring Laos.

The trails were the bete noire of American military strategists, but no matter what they did (like blanketing the land with toxic defoliant like Agent Orange to expose the area), they were never able to completely cut off this supply route and the North Vietnamese continued to use it to good advantage right up to the end of the war. Methods to carry supplies were as rudimentary as bicycles, while later in the war whole tanks were secretly moved down. It remains a testament to North Vietnamese determination.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail (now highway QL14) intersects Highway 9 on the other side of the Dakrong Bridge. The bridge was the main access point to the trails during the war, and was bombed and rebuilt repeatedly throughout the conflict. The current bridge was built in 1974. There’s nothing interesting to look at, but like the Rockpile, it’s on the way to the Khe Sanh Marine base so everyone stops here.

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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Khe Sanh Combat Base

Museum and aircrafts

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The Rockpile

Along the way to Khe Sanh

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Ben Hai River

Significant but little to see

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The Vinh Moc Tunnels

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