Khe Sanh Combat Base, Khe Sanh

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The site of a famed 1968 siege, Khe Sanh Combat Base was an American base that saw one of the bloodiest battles of the war, though it was never overrun. Nearly 10,000 Vietnamese and 500 Americans died here from napalm, artillery rounds, mortars, and phosphorus shells. Today, the site is peaceful and home to a small museum, displaying some photos, reconstructed bunkers, and aircraft. Arrange your visit to Khe Sanh Combat Base and discover more family-friendly attractions in Khe Sanh using our Khe Sanh trip planner .
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  • If you're in Khe Sanh you should visit. Small museum with archival photos, walk amongst a few aircrafts, tanks and bunkers. Must go into the trenches and find the writing on the wall. There are lovely...  more »
  • Nice, but don't look for objective explanations in the "Museum". It is an American victory and the figures are often completely bogus. They dared write that Americans had lost 50 ships, mountain biking is pretty amazing...
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  • Its a great day spent looking around the combat Base , some great planes and choppers ,buildings and history in this area.  more »
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  • Very interesting but not factual. I was there during the war and again in 1994 and again in 2010 with my Vietnamese wife from Ha Noi. In 94 there were locals on the runway looking for relics (I even found some old metals) and most of the left over medal from ordinance was down in the village being turned into scrape. There was nothing else. In 2010, there was the CH-47 and old M47 tank and the museum with many incorrectly labeled items and pictures (as well as a collection of some of the ordnance dropped around the site). NO BUNKERS (Bunkers were all made by the Vietnamese to add to the scenery) and the rest of the large items to include the C-130) were moved there since that time period. I think it is an interesting historical location but should be approached more historical then political. There were some American lives lost as well as S. Vietnamese but a tremendous number of NVA were lost do to defensive concentrations. The base was never overrun or secured by the forces of the North and the decision was made by the Politburo to pull out the NVA Divisions that were engaged there before total destruction. It seemed to be more of a diversion reference to Tet 68. The marines left the base a short while later after the relief troops arrived...so a total waste of American and Vietnamese lives. Having fought the NVA and then meeting some of the northern veterans in 2010 at the bridge that crosses the Song Thach Han heading to the A Shau on Ho Chi Minh trail ( paved I believe by the Cubans in 1980 and travelled by myself to A Luoi in the A Shau in 94), I am very impressed. I have pictures of the site in 94 and 2010 as well as the NVA veterans at the bridge. The Vietnamese are no different then any government in promoting itself ( and the Vietnamese Communist more so since collapse of the Soviet Union, their major benefactor) In reference to all veterans I would give it a "5" but for honest factual presentation of a historical site, it gets "1" star rating. I will not take away from the NVA troops that fought and died there and managed to get heavy artillery up on top of the ridges that surrounded the base, but i will not give credit where it is not deserved and gloried by the government. My back ground is MACV and i was there in 68-70 and wounded out near the A Shau valley. I was based out of Quang Tri. Now the A Shau is a totally different story. Once the Special Forces camp was overrun and evacuated, and the NVA reestablish that portion of the infiltration route, we were never able to really establish ourselves as THE dominate force there again. If any intend to visit the site, do some veting and research and get a better idea of the historical background of the location. That will make it much more worth the visit...it is a long bus ride from Dong Ha out on Route 1 down Route 9 to the site. My first visit to the site I was with a driver and a Vietnamese and a communist escort.It is built up now a LOT more then even in 2010 and I am sure there will be many stops to give the locals a chance to sell. I also suggest, not setting up expensive tours in the west, but go to Sai Gon or Ha Noi and get in touch with a group called Singh Tourist. Much cheaper and they do better then a reasonably good job at a VERY reasonable cost. I have returned to Viet Nam 7 times alone but with my wife in 2010 so we used Singh Tourist when we got there. Really rather fun. Some of the guides are much more aligned with the Government then are others, so listen and take it all with a grain of salt but I highly encourage visits to Viet Nam and specially to the north.
  • This base has some nice material on display but don't expect much more. The locals trying to sell you stuff also know a little bit about the history.
  • Not too much information here about the sites history (although some of the captions on photos of US troops are quite amusing and not at all biased). There's a bit of old military hardware on display but again no descriptions or information. You'll also get hassled by locals trying to sell you old rusty NVA medals which I seriously doubt are authentic.
  • Went on operation Thor with 3rd marine division to con thien 1968 lots of casualties?
  • Semper Fi!

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