QUANGBINH - QUANGTRI
Situated in the narrowest strip of land in the country. Quangbinh
is famous for Phong Nha Caves, Quangtri has the vestiges of one
of the most famous wars in history, the ancient citadel of Khe
Sanh, Hien Luong Bridge, Ben Hai River...
Phong Nha Cave
Phong Nha Caves
This complex of 14 caves is situated in a region of limestone
mountains. Phong Nha Caves have total length of 7729m, the caves
and grottoes are 10 to 40m high, the deeper one penetrates, the
more magical are the nature aspects of the cave. Phong Nha Caves
are the longest water-caverns with the highest and broadest
entrance and the longest underground river in Vietnam. It also
shows that the underground sand and stone beaches were the broadest
and the most beautiful. These caves contain the most beautiful
underground lake and the most beautiful and magical stalactites
Vinh Moc Tunnel
In June 1965, Vinh Moc was almost entirely destroyed. The people
of Vinh Moc started digging an underground network of tunnels and
rooms for the village population, comprising 82 families for total
of 300 people. The passage is approximately 7m under the surface.
Seventeen babies were delivered in the passage during the war.
The 17th Parallel
( Ben Hai Rriver and Hien Luong Bridge )
Ben Hai River runs 100km in Truong Son Mountains to meet the sea
at Cua Tung Mouth. The widest part of the river is about 200m, the
portion covered by Hien Luong Bridge is approximately 170m wide.
Under the Geneva agreement on Vietnam in 1954, Ben Hai River was
selected as a temporary demarcation line separating the country
into two parts. Hien Luong Bridge was divided into parts, each
serving as a border gate. Nowadays, Ben Hai River and Hien Luong
Bridge have become the historic landmarks and great tourist
Was built in 1824 upon order of Minh Mang King. The citadel was
initially built in clay and was rebuilt with bricks four years
later. Nowadays, you can see several pieces of brick walls
remaining from the citadel.
Khe Sanh Combat Base
Khe Sanh is a valley surrounded entirely by rolling mountains and
forest. Topographically, Khe Sanh is similar to Dien Bien Phu. It
used to be an American defense station believed to be
unassailable. The entrenched fortifications surrounding Khe Sanh
comprise three areas: Ta Con, Lang Vay and Huong Hoa. More than
10,000 army men were stationed at Khe Sanh, not to speak of many
other troops ready to intervene.
Telephone code: (84-54)
Area: 5,010 km2
Hue is located on the country's central coast. The area has
variety sites of outstanding natural beauty. The average
temperature is about 25 degrees. The area is also notorious for
its torrential rains, which can pour unabated for week. The beauty
of the area led it to be chosen as the capital by the kings of
Nguyen dynasty. It was recently recognized as an
Lang Co Beach
Often built when the ruling king was still alive, so they ended up
looking more like miniature palaces than simple memorials. Hue has
eight notable royal tombs to the southeast of the former citadel.
The most outstanding are Gia Long is 16km from the city; Minh Mang
Tomb, covering an area of 18ha, 12km from Hue; Tu Duc Tomb is 8km
away; Khai Dinh tomb is 10km from Hue.
Thien Mu Pagoda
This pagoda was built in the 14th century, is situated on Ha Khe
hillock area near the Perfume River and also known as Linh Mu
Pagoda, Thien Mu pagoda is one of the most beautiful and ancient
architectural structures for worship in Hue. The most striking
feature of the pagoda is Phuoc Duyen Tower, the tower was built by
Thieu Tri in 1844 and has become the unofficial symbol of Hue.
The first king of the Nguyen dynasty, Gia Long, began construction
of the complex in 1805. The present citadel, including Imperial
Enclosure, Forbidden purple City, Noon Gate, Thai Hoa Palace, the
Temple, nine Dynastic Urns, Hien Lam Cac and Cung That, occupies
an area of 5.2 sq km on the north bank of the Perfume River.
Bach Ma National Park
Known as the Dalat of central Vietnam, is 50km south of Hue. The
park covers 220 sq km and is home to many rare plants and animals.
Canh Duong Beach
60km from Hue, this crescent shaped 8km beach is the most
beautiful in the region. Its sand is white and soft and there is
usually a mild breeze, making it a top spot for windsurfing and
Lang Co Beach
70km south of the city, its shore sand is very fine, its descends
towards the sea sloping very gently, so it is convenient for
tourists of all ages coming here for sea bathing.