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.
DMZ tour - Vinh Moc Tunnel details itinerary:
Our tour guide and driver with private car will meet you at your hotel in Phong Nha, drive to Vinh Moc Tunnel approximately 2.5 hours away. Your guide will recommend stops along the way to see a small church showing the signs of mortar attack in the area and visit former US Bases. You will go through the DMZ, where some of the bloodiest battles were fought during the Vietnam/American War, you will walk cross the Ben Hai River on Hien Luong Bridge that used to demarcate the division between North and South Vietnam (1954-1975).
You will visit the museums containing photographs and memorials of the war before taking a fascinating tour of the Vinh Moc Tunnels. Your guide will take you into the tunnels and explore the complex; you will walk past huge bomb craters, amazing fighting trench and even venture into the tunnels and explore the tiny living rooms, food and weapon storages and school that villagers would have survived on.
After the tunnels, you will be transported to Cua Tung beach; you will have some time to swim and having picnic lunch by the beach. Mid afternoon driving all the way back to Phong Nha.
Private tour can start from Phong Nha and drop off at Hue City, pls contact Gecko' staff for details
Price: 85 USD/ pax
English speaking tour guide
Meal: lunch at local restaurant or picnic lunch
All entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
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