The Demilitarized Zone outside Hue

The Demilitarized Zone
outside Hue

To take a step back in time is to get in touch with the once damaging effects of Vietnam’s conflicts.
Depicted in many movies, the DMZ outside Hue is worth your full-day attention as
experts explain how this contributed to Vietnam’s flourishing present.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The Demilitarized Zone was established by the Geneva agreement in 1954 as a dividing line between North and South in the outcome of the First Indochina War and ran roughly on the 17th parallel north latitude. During the American War, it was the scene of heavy fighting. As so many parts of Vietnam are, the region offers an abundance of natural beauty and spectacular mountainous and jungle landscapes.

Experience the remnants of war in this sadly tragic region still known by many as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). With names such as Khe Sanh, the Rockpile, Ben Hai River and Quang Tri passing by on this tour through history, it will evoke some deep emotions of the war.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Demilitarized Zone outside Hue

08:00 - 17:00

You will leave Hue early in the morning and drive along Route 1A into Quang Tri province. At the end of the defeat of the French in 1954, Ho Chi Minh and his army controlled the North and President Diem, backed by the United States, controlled the South. Throughout the war in the 1960s and 1970s, the DMZ region became one of the heaviest bombarded regions in the history of warfare culminating in the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh and the destruction of Quang Tri by North Vietnamese forces in 1972.

Today, whilst there is little physical evidence left of what once was the region, the Demilitarized Zone remains scarred from its damaging effects. Many of the hills remain scattered with rock and shrub from the intensity of artillery fire and chemical defoliants.

You will go back in time and visit some sites of those fierce battles still echoing in the present: the Hien Luong Bridge across the Ben Hai River, seen as the physical demarcation line between the two Vietnams.

Situated along a scenic area of coastline, the fascinating tunnels at Vinh Moc, the tunnels were initially built in the late 1940s as a resistance hideout against the French and were extended and enlarged during the American war to accommodate civilian families trying to survive the constant terrifying aerial bombardment. Lunch is included during the day.

Under the guidance of a local and historically well-known guide, a visit to the American Con Thien combat base and Carroll Camp artillery base will also be included. The last part of this encounter with the country’s history brings visitors along route 09, connecting Laos and the Dakrong suspension bridge. This part offers stunning views and will end our day on a positive note while driving through parts of Vietnam’s landmark during its devastating war.

Return to Hue in the late afternoon.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch is included at a local restaurant

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Hue’s City Centre. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the city, harbour and the Hue’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Customers are advised that during the TET celebrations (celebration of Vietnamese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • This tour includes driving over uneven paths, surfaces and off-road bumpy roads, unsuitable for pregnant women, people with neck and back problems and those with limited mobility.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off. Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment.
  • It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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