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Khe Sanh Combat Base, Khe Sanh

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Former US outpost Khe Sanh Combat Base today tells the story of war in Vietnam. Nature took over this base, so some parts hide in banana, and coffee plants. Outside, see a restored bunker, and two helicopters in excellent condition. The site truly takes you years back, especially the little museum displaying pictures, and old weapons. On site, go to a small gift shop in order to buy souvenirs characteristic for this historical area. In addition, you might see locals with metal detectors in search for some other historical pieces, which they will also sell as souvenirs. Make Khe Sanh Combat Base part of your personalized Quang Tri Province itinerary using our Quang Tri Province travel itinerary maker.
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  • Finally in front, on the square in the middle of the village stands a huge statue that is reminiscent of the battles at the site. Makes contact with a person who is looking curiously at us, we consult on Khe Sanh Combat base, it is only 3 km north of the village centre and easy to ride on. Pay 40 000 Dong for entrance, a sum that is constantly repeated during visits to some of the sights. As soon as the car is parked, I get attacked by suvenirförsäljare who would like to sell all sorts of krims krams from war. There will be no business from me without going further into the museum which displays many pictures and artifacts from the war. Then the tour inside the base where you see the most combat vehicles and helicopters that were used during the war. There are still intact barracks, shelter, shield, and equipment and various types of bombs that were used during the war. Khe Sanh is a village located near the Lao border (about 3 km) and just south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separated the North and South Viet Nam. In 1962, when the U.S. Military Command-Viet Nam (MACV) established an Army Special Forces camp near the village. The Americans wanted to have a military presence there to block the infiltration of hostile forces from Laos, in part to provide a base from which to launch patrols in Laos to monitor the Ho Chi Minh trail, and to serve as a Western anchor for defenses along the DMZ. Khe Sanh, who today named Hoang Ho was built from scratch by the Americans as a runway in 1962. It was later released and became a fighter base for u.s. special forces, who were instructed to intercept traffic on the Ho Chi Minh trail. 1966 built the Marine Corps a base next to the army camp where they organised their military actions around named operations. In early 1967, it had strengthened to a regiment. Khe Sanh, however, is best known as the scene of one of the most violent fighting during the Viet Nam war, and the beginning of the end for the Americans in Viet Nam. In 1968 began the American General William Westmoreland a comprehensive mobilization at the base to force the North Vietnamese army to confrontation. The Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap swallowed the bait, but he played a double game and took advantage of the siege, which lasted until april 1968, in order to divert attention from the Tet offensive. The powerful bombing and the relentless shooting resulted in many deaths. An estimated 9000 207 American and Vietnamese soldiers died, and thousands of civilians lost their lives. Although the battle was not a new Dien Bien Phu, which president Johnson feared, was forced to the undefeated Americans to withdraw from Khe Sanh. They did observe to bury, remove or destroy all military equipment, it could be used as propaganda, and evidence of their "defeat". The battle of Khe Sanh became one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles from the Viet Nam war when the American press reported daily on the situation at Khe Sanh. 77-day siege "of Khe Sanh became American and South Vietnamese losses 703 killed, wounded and missing 2642 7. The North Vietnamese losses are not known with precision, but is estimated at between 10,000 – 15,000 dead and wounded. Today Khe Sanh on the tourist map, and there are guided tours. The drive on Route 9 past the statues and plaques are part of the experience in Central Viet Nam. The Americans left nothing but American weapons and vehicles were brought in from the South to the small museum. In the vicinity of Vinh Moc and also by province of Dong Ha there are remains of several military bases, which today is the jungle, for example. military bases with Thien, Doc Mieu, Khe Sanh and Camp Carroll. A military base in better condition and with major tourist attraction is the base of Khe Sanh, where helicopters and tanks are exposed and my visit here was interesting and instructive.
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  • It was a very interesting visit, perhaps also because our guide was a veteran of the vietcong who explained many details of this place, since it was there battling the Americans. A place with one of those strange silences, encountered in few places.
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  • Not very authentic. After the war, Vietnam never considered this as a site tourists would one day come to visit. Nothing original remains. There's a collections of old tanks, a few old helos, and a C1...  read more »
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  • Interesting places to learn about the Vietnam war.
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