Deep beneath the dark earth, hidden from screeching bombers and harbouring desperate soldiers, the people of Vinh Linh, Quang Tri lived for many years in the now famous Vinh Moc tunnels “Legend in the Ground” at Viet Nam. They survived, and even prospered in their makeshift underground community. During that time, 17 children were born in the tunnels, each of whose lives is a testament to just how perfect the complex network of caves and warrens were at protecting those forces within. As time goes by, it has become both a historical evidence and a tourist destination for discovering a heroic period of Vietnam’s history.

Vinh Moc tunnel
Vinh Moc tunnel

The Ben Hai River (Vietnamese: Sông Bến Hải) is a river in central Vietnam which became an important landmark in the partition of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954. The demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two parts extended about 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) from either side of the river.

Explore Dong Hoi by bike

8am: Driver and tourguide will pick you up at your hotel Phong Nha to the DMZ tour.

10am: Firstly you will visit Vinh Moc tunnels.

The DMZ (a tunnel complex of Vietnam), lies on the south of East Sea, north of Ben Hai River. Within this complex, Vinh Moc tunnel is located in Vinh Moc, Vinh Thach Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province. The complex in Vinh Linh has as many as more than 60 tunnels such as Tan My, Mu Giai, Tan Ly tunnels, among which Vinh Moc is the most solid and firm village tunnel, with 3 floors and round staircase, still remaining as in its past days.

Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge
Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge

11am: You will visit Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge where divided our country into two part during 21 years from 1954 to 1975.

Ben Hai River, also known as Rao Thanh River, starts from Truong Son Mountains and runs 100km through it to meet the sea at Cua Tung (Tung River Mouth). The widest part of the river is about 200m. The portion covered by Hien Luong Bridge is approximately 170m wide.

 

Prior to the construction of the steel bridge, supervised by a French army engineer in 1950, the only way to cross the river was by boat. The bridge whose northern bank in Hien Luong Village, Vinh Thanh Commune, Vinh Linh District, southern bank in Xuan Hoa Village, Trung Hai Commune, Gio Linh District is 178m long and has seven girders. Its surface was made of wooden planks.

Under the Geneva Accord on Viet Nam signed in 1954, the Ben Hai River was selected as a temporary demarcation line separating the country into two parts for military regrouping purposes. Hien Luong Bridge was then divided into two parts, each part serving as a border gate.

Today, Hien Luong Bridge has become a historic landmark. It is very pleasant to go on a boat down stream on the Ben Hai River and view the beautiful landscape. From Hien Luong Bridge, the tour boat brings visitors along the river where rice and maize fields, green bamboo belts, rows of casuarinas trees, and villages are visible far off into the distance.

12.30: Visit La Vang holy.

La Vang Church – the La Vang Holy Land or our lady of La Vang Church, is a well-known tourist attraction for tourists when traveling to Vietnam, the S-shaped country of Asia. Moreover, the church is famous for being a religious spot for people-especially Catholics, to worship, pilgrimage, and wish for the best in life.

1.30pm : Move to hue for check in your hotel.

Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge

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