V-DMZ is becoming more and more popular. It is attracting many visitors, domestic and international – especially veterans of the United States.
Are you traveling with children? Do you want to engage some education on the trip?
Then Vietnam group tours to Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex are just for you!
Here we will offer some brief information about Vietnam’s DMZ as a whole and, specifically about Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex. Then we will tell you why Vinh Moc is totally worth a visit.
What is Vietnam’s DMZ?
DMZ means Demilitarized Zone. So V-DMZ stands for Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. It is also called “the 17th parallel” though it is not geographically correct.
It spreads from the Vietnam-Laos border to the coast of East Sea. So in present days, it is around the center of Vietnam.
It runs along Ben Hai River for much of its length. It is a 1.6 kilometers (one mile) wide and more than a hundred kilometers long.
It was established as the result of the First Indochina War – also known as the French Indochina War. It was a dividing line between the North and the South of the country. It was a battleground demarcation during the Vietnam War, or the Second Indochina War as some might say.
Vinh Moc is attracting American veterans
It is also known as an intensively bombed area during this defining event. That is why it is of great importance to the country and the people.
Now, the site has been converted into tourist destinations in Vietnam. It is often included in group tours in Central Vietnam.
What about Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex?
Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex is located in Vinh Moc Hamlet, Vinh Thach Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province.
Vinh Linh District of Quang Tri was the first place bombed by the American during the war against North Vietnam. It was also one of the most heavily bombed areas in the entire history of Vietnam and even the world.
A shelter for the people
The people of Vinh Moc were believed to have been supplying food and ammunition to Con Co Island – a Vietnamese military base. That was why the U.S military forced the villagers to move out. They rained about 500 rockets a day on this region. But the people did not flee. Instead, they built the tunnel.
This tunnel network was created in 1965.
It starts at 10 meters (32 feet) underground. It was originally a military-civilian project. It was only a few tunnels at first but began to expand impressively to a network of 1600 meters (around 5200 feet). It has 13 entrances from the beach and inland hills. The total complex is divided into three levels. Its deepest point reaches 23 meters (75 feet) underground. In the past, it had sheltered around 400 people from roughly 60 families from the rains of bombs.
Inside Vinh Moc Tunnel Complex
Today, the tunnels have been reinvented and now it serves as a museum.
It has a communal kitchen, a maternity room, and an 80-people meeting hall – this was where films were screened. There are also several washrooms and lookout posts.
You will be surprised to learn that there were a handful of people born in here. They all survived after the war and are now in their 40s! In fact, in the village, no lives were lost to the war. So the tunnel complex successfully served its purpose.
Is it worth a visit?
As previously mentioned, DMZ attractions are often included in Central Vietnam group tours.
There are many reasons why people flavor this kind of exploration.
But in general, we can safely say that it is because the trip promises an insightful look into the history of war. There is nothing more memorable than visiting the actual place and learn about its historical events. Through the experience, our travelers gain deep insights from the viewpoint of the locals themselves.
A mini museum underground
The stories are always a bit one-sided. Listen from both sides and learn something new for yourself too!
Due to the drier climate, Vinh Moc compared to Cu Chi is a little more comfortable. But do expect it can be sweat!
So come, book your Vietnam group tours and visit Vinh Moc now!