Dong Ha is on National Highway 1, between Dong Hoi and Hue, within easy driving distances of both cities.
Dong Ha is 80 km east of Lao Bao on Highway 9, the border crossing with Ban Savanh in Laos.
American troops established bases along Highway 9 to the south, all of which may be visited as part of a day trip. These include some of sights shown below:
The DMZ was a bitterly contested strip of land extending along the Ben Hai River from the Lao border to the South China Sea.
This former citadel town was the site of the Eastertide Offensive in 1972 when the North Vietnamese attacked across the DMZ before capturing the rest of the province.
When the North Vietnamese attacked across the DMZ before capturing the rest of the province.
The villagers of Vinh Moc tunnelled 2.8 km by hand out of the red clay earth and made these tunnels their home in order to protect themselves from heavy bombardment.
Today the tunnels remain much the same as they were in the sixties.
The former American base was the site of the bloodiest battle of the war, a 75-day siege that was staged as a diversion from the subsequent Tet Offensive.
There is little left today of the old base, except for the airfield, whose outlines remain distinct.
Today, you can still see the remains of bunkers, craters and shrapnel. Other sites that can be visited include the Con Thien Fire Base, Camp Carroll, Dakrong Bridge, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp, and Cua Tung Beach.
Once part of an elaborate electronic system intended to prevent infiltration across the DMZ.
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