highway 1; passing Camp Evan and
Fire Support Base Nancy; continue to the battle site of
Quang Tri. Next pass the site of Ai Tu Combat Base and
airfield of the 3rd Division Headquarters of the former
South army. Next reach Dong Ha enter the quadrilateral
area bordered by Con Tien, Gio Linh, Dong Ha, and Cam Lo
which was nicknamed Leatherneck
Square during Operation
Buffalo. Continue up Highway 1 across the Hien Luong Bridge over
the Ben Hai River which
once demarcated North and South
Vietnam. Visit the
tunnels in Vinh Moc and the Con Thien Fire Support Base
before overnight at Dong Ha.
Dong Ha - Khe Sanh (B, L, D)
paralleled to the DMZ (Demilitarize Zone) along Route 9
to Khe Sanh. En route pass a series of Fire Support
Bases the Rockpile, Da Krong Bridge, as well as the
Huong Hoa District headquarters.
Khe Sanh - A Luoi - Dong Ha (B, L, D)
Sanh Base, a coffee plantation, an old French fort and
the Montagnard Village.
Continue on Route 9 to Lang Vei special Forces Camp.
Visit the Lao Bao Border town where illicit border trade
remains very active. With advanced notice, a border
crossing to Laos is
possible to follow Operation Lam Son 719, where South
Vietnamese soldiers surged in to attack the Liberation
Front soldiers strongholds in the neighboring country.
Travel to A Luoi and visit the special Forces camp
there. Visit Landing Zone Cunningham, Landing Zone
Erskine and Landing Zone Razor. Upon special advanced
request continue south to A Sau Valley and infamous
Hamburger Hill. Return to Dong Ha this evening.
Dong Ha - Hue (B,
excursion to the ancient tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc
and a cruise on the Perfume River.
Otherwise, enjoy a free day in pleasant in Hue.
Day 8: Hue - Da
Nang (B, L, D)
Leave Hue for Da
Nang, the fourth largest city of Vietnam.
Tour the city, recalling the chaos of march 1975, when
the Saigon government abandoned Da
Nang and countless refugees fled
the city. Also visit the beach where the US Mariners
first came ashore, beginning major American involvement
Day 9: Da
Nang - Qui Nhon Via Chu Lai
(B, L, D)
visit to Hoi An. During the 17th century traders stopped
at this port when travelling en router to Malacca in Malaysia.
Continue on the coastal plain to Chu Lai airbase and see
the work of the Skyhawks. Stop at the Son My District,
sense of infamous My Lai incident.
Travel along the rugged Animate mountains down to Route
1. Sarcastically referred to as "The street without joy"
by French soldiers. Evening arrive in Qui Nhon, a major
port and supply depot that kept Route 1 open during the
Qui Nhon - Nha Trang (B, L, D)
Qui Nhon for Nha Trang, once the headquarters of the US
Fifth Special Forces Group in the second Corps.
Nha Trang - Da Lat (B, L, D)
the turquoise water and fine sandy beach. Take a boat to
nearby Bamboo Island for
snorkeling, to the Mieu Island for
a visit to a fish breeding farm and to the Ponagar Cham Tower,
a fine example of 2nd century Cham architecture. Then,
leave Nha Trang for the central highland city of Da
Da Lat - HCMC (B, L, D)
the Valley of Love,
the central market, the Lake of Sighs.
Travel through the central highlands to Bao Loc, visit
silk farms and mulberry plantations. Evening arrive at
HCMC, which retains much flavor from the war era.
HCMC (B, L, D)
the sights of graceful women in Ao Dai and bustling
streets, visit the busy riverfront, the former
Presidential Palace, photo stop at the former US
Embassy, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the central
market. In the afternoon visit some of the war remnants
such as the site where a Buddhist monk immolated himself
in protest of the war and the church where Diem was
HCMC - Iron Triangle - Cu Chi (B, L, D)
morning travel on the National route 13 past the town
of Phu Cuong.
Visit the Phu Loi Base used to relocate villagers.
Through the Cau Dinh jungle, pass a staging area of the
503rd Airborne Brigade. At Ben Cat, see the site of the
bases of the 173rd Airborne and the 11th Armored Cavalry
Arrive in Ben Suc, the Northern tip of the Iron
Triangle, and continue to Dau Tieng Reservoir and the
esoteric Cao Dai Temple at
Tay Ninh. Visit the restored tunnels at Cu Chi before
returning to HCMC.
HCMC (B, L, D)
free day in HCMC
HCMC - Departure (B)
to airport for departure.
English/French speaking guide
Meals indicated as B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D =
Dinner in the itinerary
Admission fees and permits where applicable
International departure tax
Visas and visa feesItinerary in brief
and post trip accommodation in Hanoi