Set in the Central region of Vietnam with the poetic Perfume River and old imperial citadel, Hue features on every traveler’s itinerary that travels to Vietnam the first time. The Central part of Vietnam territory is the land of heritage with six cultural heritage sites designated as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Hue contributes two sites to the list that are Complex of Hue monuments and Hue Royal Court Music.
Vietnam War (Source: Internet)
However, the land has a lot more to offer. Besides distinct cultural legacy, tourists travel to Hue for another reason. During the Vietnam War, it is one the fiercest battlefields where millions have fallen. No surprise that many tourists come here to see and better understand the remains of such a defining event of modern history. In case you haven't heard of it, the typical tour serving this purpose is called the Demilitarized Zone tour aka Hue DMZ tour.Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone was established during Vietnam War as a line dividing the north and south. DMZ tour is a tour to visit the Demilitarized Zone
What Hue DMZ tours offer (itinerary, attractions)
Recommended Length of the tour: 1 day
A Hue DMZ tour will not just show you around Hue but take you further west to Quang Tri which used to be the scariest place during bloody 81 days and nights, summer 1972.
The following are some of the best sites you should visit in a Hue DMZ tour.
- Vịnh Mốc Tunnels: if you have researched about Vietnam war, you may know about Cu Chi Tunnels. Vinh Moc is another tunnel system which is not as famous as Cu Chi but it is a must in a DMZ tour. Unlike Cu Chi, Vinh Moc Tunnels are not used for combat but as a bomb shelter for civilians. Though American army did not know where exactly the tunnel, they knew its existence. So they bombed the area in three years. Each person living in Vinh Moc Tunnels no matter adult or infant had seven tons of bombs dropped on them on average.
Vinh Moc Tunnels (Source: Internet)
- Hiền Lương Bridge – Bến Hải River: this area is also known as the 17th parallel: 17th parallel was established under Geneva accords as the line separating the north and south of Vietnam. The demarcation line is 5 km long stretching from Ben Hai River to the Laos-Vietnam border. Visit 17th parallel today you can go to the museum and many relics representing the past when Vietnam was cut into two. The Hien Luong Bridge which was destroyed many times now is rebuilt and repainted. The interesting thing is that they keep two colors on two sides of the bridge as it used to be.
Hien Luong Bridge (Source: Internet)
- McNamara Line: the McNamara is a high-tech anti-infiltration barrier system in Vietnam Demilitarized Zone which aimed to prevent the forces from the north. This project had many cover names like Project Dye Marker, Practice Nine or Illinois City. McNamara Line was named after Mr. Robert McNamara, 8th United States Secretary of Defense and then the President of the World Bank Group. He started the idea of the line and insisted on its success which later turned out to be a costly failure. The budget for constructing the line was $1.5 billion. It was estimated to cost $740 million each year for operating the system. Visit the area to know how Vietnamese troops did win this unequal battle.
Mr. Robert McNamara (Source: Internet)
Hue, the legendary land presenting Vietnam culture and history, is a common attraction but to really understand its values and have a safe, meaningful journey. Take some handy tips from huetravelreview.
- A guided tour is highly recommended. It is much more informative and really worth your money.
- If you want more flexibility, hire a car or motorbike and most important a guide. You can pick which place to go and go by your rented car. A guide is a must; otherwise, you will miss many epic stories which actually make up the tour.
- The tunnels tour is not for those with claustrophobia.