KHE SANH and the DMZ
11 March - 25 March, 2018
15 Days
Price: $3,795.00
Tour Reference: VN-18031
Ground Only Price is: $2,800.00 *
Deadline for registration is December 10, 2017
A fire support base near Khe Sanh,
April 1968
Daily Itinerary

Day 1 & 2: (Sunday - Monday, 11 - 12 March, 2018) – Enroute

Report to Houston Intercontinental Airport by 8:00 p.m. and proceed to ticketing counter.  Depart Houston, TX on our flight to Taipei.  Lose one day crossing the International Dateline.

Day 3: (Tuesday, 13 March, 2018) – Ha Noi

After a short layover in Taipei where we endure the Big Speech, we depart for Ha Noi, Vietnam.  We land at Noi Bai Airfield (heavily bombed during the American War) and proceed through immigration, retrieve our bags, clear customs, and board our waiting motorcoach.  We then cross the Red River and its dikes to explore the Ha Noi environs, where we visit the Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) and stop at the John McCain Monument.  Tonight we enjoy our Welcome Dinner.

Meals: B (in flight) /L/D

 
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Day 4: (Wednesday, 14 March, 2018) – Ha Noi to Hue

This morning we visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh House, and One Pillar Pagoda.  Next is the fascinating War Museum with its Dien Bien Phu exhibit and American artifacts.  We then head back to Noi Bai to catch our flight to Phu Bai Airfield.  Upon landing, we travel north on Highway 1 and enter Hue City (the old Imperial Capital of Vietnam) and arrive at our hotel (the ARVN BOQ during the war) on the southern bank of the Perfume River.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 5: (Thursday, 15 March, 2018) – Hue

This morning we begin our study of the 1968 Tet Offensive battle for Hue.  The Battle of Hue was one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the war, and we spend our day visiting strategic sites in the fighting.  We start in the southern city.  We follow the actions of 1/1 and 2/5 covering, among others, the football stadium, the former MACV Compound, Tran Cao Van Street, Joan of Arc Girl's High School, Hue University, Treasury, Public Health Building, Provincial Capital Building area, and the Church of the Redemptress.  Famous for its university, this town, known for open and radical thinking, is also home to the high school that graduated Ho Chi Minh, General Giap, and President Diem.  We then enjoy a relaxing Dragon Boat cruise up the beautiful Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda.  It was from this pagoda that in 1963 Monk Thich Quang Duc was driven to Saigon where he immolated himself in protest to the SVN government's oppressive treatment of the Buddhist people.  After lunch, we enter the Citadel with its ramparts and towers, and visit sites specific to the northern battle, including the Chuck Meadows and Dong Ba Gates and Phase Line Green.  We finish at the Imperial Palace gate blown by 1/5, which allowed the ARVN to enter and lower the NVA flag that had flown from the main flagpole for 24 days.  We then visit the Forbidden City, home to the ancient emperors.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 6: (Friday, 16 March, 2018) – Hue to Cua Viet

This morning we head north on Highway 1 and stop at Camp Evans.  Continuing north, we come upon the My Chanh Bridge.  It was here that the ARVN held the line against invading NVA forces during the 1972 Easter Offensive and from which they launched their counterattack to drive Ho's forces back toward the DMZ.  North of here is the section of Highway 1 known as the 'Highway of Horror.'  During the NVA's 1972 Easter Offensive, thousands of local refugees - most of which were old people, women, and children trying to flee south - were mercilessly slaughtered by communist NVA troops and artillery.  The north side of the bridge is where the worst of the massacre occurred.  Massive numbers of people were trapped because the downed bridge prevented escape.  Soon thereafter we enter Quang Tri City where we visit La Vang Basilica (site of a 1798 appearance of the Blessed Virgin).  Returning to Highway 1 we stop at Long Hung Church, a church in which ARVN troops sought refuge during the 1972 Easter Offensive invasion from the North and in which NVA troops sought refuge as they retreated during the ARVN counter-attack.  The church has been left as it stood after the battle, with scars from grenades, rockets, and bullets.  We also visit Bo De School, which provides a shocking and violent reality of the 'Battle of 81 Days and Nights' for the city and its Citadel.  The battle is infamous for the huge amount of ordnance fired by both ARVN and NVA forces.  We then cross the Quang Tri Bridge, stopping at Ai Tu Airfield (Quang Tri Airbase).  Next, we stop at the Lew Puller School, after which we walk the Dong Ha Bridge (destroyed by Capt. John Ripley which stopped the initial NVA advance during the 1972 Easter Offensive).  We then travel east on the north side of the Song Bo Dieu and Song Cua Viet passing just north of the village of Dai Do, site of the Battle of Dong Ha fought by The Magnificent Bastards of 2/4 in May 1968.  We continue east, stopping at Mai Xa Chanh, My Loc, and Jones Creek.  We end today's journey at the north side of Song Cua Viet Inlet where we check into our hotel for the night.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 7: (Saturday, 17 March, 2018) – Cua Viet to Dong Ha

This morning we head north on the new beach road along the Tonkin Gulf, stopping at Charlie-4, LZ Bowie, and Oceanview (the northernmost outpost in South Vietnam).  We then cross the Song Ben Hai (this river was the only true physical demarcation between the North and the South).  Now in North Vietnam, we explore the tunnel complex in the artillery village of Vinh Moc.  The Vinh Moc Tunnels are an incredible complex of tunnels that were dug by local people to evade the constant US counter-battery bombing of the area.  The tunnels include kitchens, wells, and a 'hospital,' as well as living quarters for roughly 60 families.  The tunnels, which are at a depth of 30m saved many villagers' lives, and are still in very good condition.  We then head west and south, crossing the Hien Luong Bridge (also known as the Peace Bridge).  Back in South Vietnam, we proceed to FSB Gio Linh (Forward) which overlooks the DMZ from the Republic side.  We then pass through Alpha-3 and visit the U.S. base at Alpha-4, better known as Con Thien (the Hill of Angels).  A-4 was the western anchor of the McNamara Line.  Crossing 2/4's Bastard's Bridge (aka The Washout), we stop at Charlie-2.  After passing by Charlie-3 we stop for photos at Cam Lo Bridge.  We then return to Dong Ha on Route 9.  Today we have traversed the four quadrants of Leatherneck Square: Dong Ha, Gio Linh, Con Thien, and Cam Lo.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 8: (Sunday, 18 March, 2018) – Dong Ha to Lao Bao

This morning we head west on Route 9 (the main U.S. supply route from the coast to Khe Sanh).  Vietnam is a very long, thin country, and we will traverse it from the coast all the way to its border with Laos.  Our first stop is Camp Carroll, (the joint-forces artillery plateau).  Crossing the Khe Gia Bridge, we stop at the Rockpile where we gear up and hike to the northeast side of the Razorback.  Back on Route 9 we come upon other sites that were of military importance during the war, including Vandergrift Combat Base (LZ Stud), where we visit the airstrip.  Passing through Ca Lu and crossing the Hairpin we enter Khe Sanh Village, where we stop for lunch.  Next, we venture north to Khe Sanh Combat Base, home of the longest siege of the war, where we spend ample time exploring.  Originally, Khe Sanh Combat Base was a U.S. jungle outpost close to the border with Laos.  The area grew into a major military base and airstrip under LBJ and was the scene of a 77-day siege in 1968, as well as many vicious hill battles in 1967-68.  Our last stop is Lang Vei Special Forces Camp, overrun in the first-ever NVA tank assault.  Co Roc Mountain soars to the heavens just across the border.  Tonight, we stay in the Laotian border town of Lao Bao in somewhat Spartan accommodations.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 9: (Monday, 19 March, 2018) – Lao Bao to Khe Sanh

Early this morning, we hike to the tops of Hill 861 and Hill 861A, taking our VBT field lunches and plenty of water.  The views are outstanding from these mountains.  Upon our return, we again take time to explore Khe Sanh Combat Base as needed.  Tonight, we stay in Khe Sanh village.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 10: (Tuesday, 20 March, 2018) – Khe Sanh to Hue

Today we split into two groups.  Those who wish to make the brutal hike to the top of Hill 881-South will spend the morning and most of the afternoon on the trek.  Afterward, we motor back to Hue.  Those not wanting to make the climb, will be transported back to our Hue resort for a day of leisure.

Meal for climbers:B/L/_
Meal for relaxers: B/_/_

 
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Day 11: (Wednesday, 21 March, 2018) – Hue

Today is a free day to shop, explore on our own, or to soothe our aching bones from climbing "hills."  Be sure to check out the hotel pool.  Lunch and dinner are on our own.  You may want to grab a pizza or a burger at the DMZ Bar, just a short walk from our hotel.

Meals: B/_/_

 
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Day 12: (Thursday, 22 March, 2018) – Hue to Da Nang

Late this morning, we bid Hue goodbye and head south on Highway 1.  We pass by Dam Cau Hai, one of the largest lagoons in all of Southeast Asia, encompassing 112 square kilometers.  Father south we enter the Lang Co fishing village where we stop for lunch.  Afterward, to help digest our seafood repast, we walk across the bridge separating Dam Lap An from the sea.  We then head up the breathtaking Hai Van, stopping at the Pass of the High Clouds to take in a view of Da Nang and her bay.  The Hai Van Pass had been a vital strategic military foothold for the Chinese for centuries, and was used by the French during France's Indochina War, and by the U.S. in America's Vietnam War.  Bunkers and fortifications dot the hillsides here.  Continuing down the Hai Van to sea level, we cross Nam O Bridge spanning the Song Cu De which flows out from Elephant Valley.  We then visit Red Beach II, where U.S. Marines made their first amphibious landing in Vietnam in March 1965.  Finally, we pass through Dog Patch as we enter Da Nang City and check into our hotel for the evening.

Meals: B/L/D

 
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Day 13: (Friday, 23 March, 2018) – Da Nang

Our first stop today is My Khe Beach on the South China Sea.  My Khe was better known as "China Beach," which was used as an in-country 'R&R' by U.S. troops.  A little farther south we pass through the site of the Marble Mountain Air Facility, a U.S. helicopter base during the war.  We then head to the Marble Mountain area and stop at a marble carving shop.  This area is famous for their stone-sculpture industries.  These Marble Mountains are visually-striking monoliths that rise from the flat coastal plain and are home to Buddhist shrines and numerous caves.  We climb to the top of the largest mountain and explore the VC hospital area located deep within.  Lunch today is on our own, but tonight all hands are required at our very special Farewell Dinner at the most famous restaurant in Da Nang, the Kim Do.

Meals: B/_/D

 
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Day 14: (Saturday, 24 March, 2018) – Da Nang to Ha Noi

Late this morning, we head to Da Nang Airfield for our flight to Ha Noi and our hotel.  You can prepare for the journey home, relax, or imbibe with a little last-minute shopping on our own.  Tonight, we enjoy a visit (mission permitting) to the Marine House, home of the U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard responsible for the protection of the U.S. Ambassador and the American Embassy.

Meals: B/_/D

 
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Day 15: (Sunday, 25 March, 2018) – Departure

After breakfast, we transfer to Noi Bai Airfield for our departing flight to Taipei.  Departing from Taipei, we gain a day enroute by re-crossing the International Dateline, arriving in the continental United States this same day.

Meals: B/L/D (in flight)

 
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Tour Pricing Information

Tour Price: $3,795.00 / Per Person is based upon Double Occupancy (2 people per room)
Single Supplement is $598.00

Ground Only Price: $2,800.00 / Per Person is also based upon Double Occupancy (2 people per room)
Single Supplement is $598.00

Tour Price Includes:

  1. International roundtrip airfare from our Houston, Texas gateway.
    • Ground Only Tours - International roundtrip airfare is not included.
  2. Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation.
  3. Vietnam airfare.
  4. Vietnam Visa Processing and fees.
    • Ground Only Tours - Vietnam Visa Processing and fees may or may not be included.
  5. Hotel Accommodations throughout tour.
  6. Virtually all meals, as indicated in itinerary.
  7. Historical Trip information packet, containing maps and other information pertaining to your tour.
  8. Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed.
  9. Services of our experienced Directors & English--speaking local guides.
  10. Gratuities (NOTE: VBT American guides are prohibited from accepting tips.)
  11. Bulk-baggage handling.
  12. Emergency Medical, Evacuation, Repatriation and Hospitalization Insurance included in each tour.

Why choose Vietnam Battlefield Tours?

Here's just a few reasons:

  1. VBT - We use only highly-experienced U.S. Marine Corps & U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran guides.
  2. VBT - Runs 15-day tours which ensures unrushed touring.
  3. VBT - Has all-inclusive pricing. (Beware of hidden charges forced on you by other tour operators).
  4. VBT - Gets you to places other companies cannot access.
  5. VBT - Our tours are designed for customization based on participant's requests (no off-the-rack tours).

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