- Type of tour: private guided tour ( small group size )
- Itinerary: Hue-Ashau valley-Khe Sanh-the DMZ-Vinh Moc tunnels
- Duration: 2 days/1 night
- Starts: Hue ( Hotel )
- Finishes: Hue ( Hotel )
Day 1. Hue - Hamburger Hill - Khe Sanh Combat Base ( D )
Early morning we head out to Aluoi for the Ashau valley, one of the strategic focal points of the war in Vietnam. Located in western Hue city, the narrow 40 kilometer long valley was an arm of the Ho Chi Minh Trail funneling troops and supplies toward Hue and Danang. At the north end of the valley was the major North Vietnamese Army (NVA) staging area known as Base Area 611. Because of its importance to the North Vietnamese plan for victory, the Ashau vally became a major battleground from the earliestThe Ashau Valley area map days of the U.S involvement in South Vietnam. Our first stop is the old site of Ashau Special Forces Camp, overrun by the NVA in 1966 and the next site is the infamous Hamburger Hill, the last bloodiest battle between the U.S troops and the NVA troops in the Vietnam War. The battle took place on Ap Bia mountain or Hill 937 in the rugged, jungle-shrouded mountains along the Laotian border with South Vietnam. After 10 day battle ( from May 10 to May 20 1969 ), the U.S 101st Airborne Division took the hill , US troops fought a brutal battle up the hill before finally capturing it on May 20. Due to the severity of the fighting, Hill 937 was dubbed "Hamburger Hill. After lunch at Aluoi we drive along the winding Road 14 ( one of the main branches of the Ho Chi Minh Trail ) up to Khe Sanh to visit Khe Sanh Combat Base, a large Marines combat base attacked by a massive forces of the North Vietnamese Army in early 1968, where we will spend ample time exploring this famous Marine Corps base camp. After that we continue west toward the Laotian border to visit the Langvei Special Forces Camp, overrun in the first ever NVA tanks. Overnight at Sepon hotel at Lao Bao border.
- Hotel: Sepon hotel
Day 2. Khe Sanh Combat Base - Vinh Moc tunnels - Hue
Early morning departure for a full day in the field covering Khe Sanh Combat Base, the area of the " Leatherneck Square" bounded by Con Tien, Gio Linh, Cam Lo and Dong Ha, and Truong Son national cemetery - the resting place of over 10.000 Cua Tung beach near Vinh Moc tunnelsmen of the NVA's 559 Group ( the construction and transportation Army Corps of North Vietnamese Army ). Then we continue east to the old DMZ, we pull over at Gio Linh ( Alpha 2 ) frirebase - the northernmost firebase of the U.S Marine Corps in South Vietnam. The next stop is Peace bridge across the Ben Hai river, the river that was the only true physical demarcation line between the two Vietnams. We have lunch at the breezy Cua Tung beach. The last stop of the day is Vinh Moc tunnels, the refuge of some 400 north Vietnamese refugess during the bombing operation “ Rolling Thunder. “ Drive all the way back to Hue. End of the tour.
Price: $310/group of 02 persons
The price quoted is for group of 2 persons .First extra person $100. Further extra person $60
- Private transfer ( air-conditioning 4 seater cars or 16 seater vans )
- One-night accommodation at Sepon hotel ( Lao Bao border )
- One meal ( dinner at Lao Bao ).
- English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees for all sites and permit fee for the Hamburger Hill area.
- Drinking water.
- Meals not listed in the program.