Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) Vietnam is popular for fans of military history as it is possible to see hundreds of weapons, artillery and military tanks left behind by foreign troops. Located 100km north of Hue, the iconic war zone is set along Ben Hai River, encompassing five kilometres of land on either side of the border.
Between 1954 and 1975, Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) Vietnam served as a war-free buffer between the North and the South but it’s also the site of some of the worst battles in Vietnam’s history. Today, visitors can still visit the many destroyed foundations of former American military bases buildings, monuments dedicated to local war heroes, and hundreds of war relics displayed within a US combat base-turned-museum.
Some of the most prominent sites within include the Rockpile, Dakrong Bridge, Hamburger Hill, Ho Chi Minh Trails, Khe Sanh, Lang Vay Special Forces Camp, and Vinh Moc Tunnels. Truong Son National Cemetery is hailed as Vietnam’s largest war cemetery, hosting over 10,000 graves of fallen Vietnamese soldiers and war heroes.
As there are still traces of active landmines within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) Vietnam, visitors are encouraged to join organised trips to instead of exploring on their own. Departing from the city of Hue or Da Nang, full day tours are priced USD80 upwards for two people, which are inclusive of hotel transfers, an English-speaking guide, lunch, refreshments, and entrance fees to all military sites.
Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) Vietnam
- Location: Ben Hai River, 100 kilometres north of Hue