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Former Military Sites Vietnam 20 Sep 2017 18:51 #1

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I have just got back from a three-week holiday in Vietnam, I won't bore you with too much detail but I did visit quite a few military sites located within the regions and towns that we visited. These were Hanoi, Hoi An, Hue, DMZ, Haiphong, Cat Ba Island and back to Hanoi. We used these airports:
Ta Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh / Saigon - SGN)
No Bai (Hanoi - HAN)
San bay Quoc te Da Nang (Da Nang International - DAD)
Cat Bi Airport (Haiphong - HPH)
A must-see is the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) - a 5k strip of land either side of the Ben Hai River that acted as a buffer zone between North and South. Despite the majority of bunkers and bases having been removed, there is still plenty to see. Single day tours can be arranged from hotels but these are often group visits by bus and the biggest complaint about these is that you spend a lot of time driving rather than sightseeing. Probably the best way to visit military sites is by motorbike and using a guide who specialises in military sightseeing. This gives you complete flexibility as to which sites you visit and how long you spend at each one. The best place to start and finish is De Nang and five days is required for such a tour which includes non-military sightseeing as well as plenty of pillboxes, military museums, memorials and the odd airfield. We were fortunate to use the services of Dung (Nguyen Ngoc Dung):

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