Photo: US tank at Khe Sanh.

Things to see and do

Exploring the DMZ

Sightseeing the former Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) is revisiting an important chapter of Vietnam’s history. As the dividing line between North and South Vietnam, the area along the Ben Hai River saw some of the heaviest fighting of the entire ... Read more about Exploring the DMZ .

The Vinh Moc Tunnels

Unlike the famed Cu Chi tunnels, which were used by the Viet Cong for combat, the Vinh Moc Tunnels were bomb shelters predominantly for civilians. During bombing raids, village life carried on underground: kids attended school, women gave birth and families watched movies. The tunnels are an amazing achievement of human toil, engineering and perseverance. If you only have time to see one site in ... Read more about The Vinh Moc Tunnels .

Khe Sanh Combat Base

In the early hours of January 21, 1968, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) began an attack on an isolated marine base at Khe Sanh. In what would later be known as the Battle of Khe Sanh, the devastating assault lasted for 77 days, one of the longest and deadliest of the war. A guided DMZ tour or doing your own reading in advance will greatly enhance your visit to this ... Read more about Khe Sanh Combat Base .

Ben Hai River

The Ben Hai River is the centre of the DMZ, the official dividing line between Vietnam's north and south. Though it has enormous significance, for the average traveller it is little more than just a stop with little to see. In July 1954, at the Geneva Conference with representatives from France, Britain, the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Laos, Cambodia and North and South Vietnam, ... Read more about Ben Hai River .

Ho Chi Minh Trail and Dakrong Bridge

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. 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 ... Read more about Ho Chi Minh Trail and Dakrong Bridge .

The Rockpile

The Rockpile is a 230-metre-high mound of rock that was an important US Marine observation post for Highway 9 and the DMZ. The infrastructure was built in 1966. Twelve troops were stationed there with all supplies brought in by helicopter. The Rockpile can be seen from the road on Highway 9 – travel west from Highway 1 in Dong Ha and stop at 28.5 kilometres. Unless you’ve seen photos of it ... Read more about The Rockpile .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Dong Ha? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Vietnam.

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