Vietnam Central Motorbike Tours
Vietnam Central Motorbike Tours offers motorcyclists the offroad motorcycle adventure trips by dirt bike, scooter, moped, motorbikes to propel and ride from Hoi An Ancient town and Hue City. The Central Vietnam include the North Central Coast with six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien–Hue and the South Central Coast with 8 provinces, in order from the north to the south: Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan. In addition, Vietnam Central Motorcycle Tours offer other motorbiking trips to DMZ bringing riders the chance to see the old battle fields and war sites in Central Vietnam such as McNamara Line, Ben Hai River, Hien Luong Bridge, Vinh Moc tunnels, The Rockpile, Khe Sanh Combat Base, A luoi… The Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone was established as a dividing line between North and South Vietnam as a result of the First Indochina War. During the Second Indochina War, it became important as the battleground demarcation separating North Vietnamese territory from South Vietnamese territory. Exploring the Demilitarized Zone can today be comfortably achieved by joining one of various organised tours starting daily from Hué. Together with a local guide the most famous war settings, as Khe Sanh Combat Base, The Rockpile, Ho Chi Minh Trail, Doc Mieu Station or the Vinh Moc tunnels are visited on a full-day trip. On the way from Doc-Mieu to Vinh Moc on the route 1A, you’re crossing Ben Hai River next to a bridge that was frequently bombed during the Vietnam War, but which still exists today.
Hien Luong Bridge: Crosses the Ben Hai River at the middle of the DMZ and marks the former border between North and South Vietnam from 1954-1972 when the North Vietnamese Army captured Dong Ha town in the 1972 Easter Offensive and pushed the border to the Thach Han River in Quang Tri town, some 32 km further south. During the partition of Vietnam, the bridge was painted with the two different colors. There is a monument on the north side.
Vinh Moc Tunnels: Where an entire village lived for two and a half years. 17 babies were born in the tunnels. There is a small but informative museum here, with photos of the construction of the tunnels, and of daily life underground.
Truong Son National Cemetery: Vietnam’s national war cemetery.
Camp Carroll: This was the largest fire base of the US Marines below the DMZ. There were 24 big guns there to provide fire support for the Marines. In the 1972 Easter Offensive it was captured by the NVA when LTC Pham Van Dinh of the Army of Republic of South Vietnam surrendered his 1,600 soldiers and 24 guns to the NVA.
Rockpile: A Marine outpost built on top of a huge outcropping. Though it’s inaccessible, it’s a prominent sight from the highway.
Dak Rong Bridge: Midway along Hwy 9, and is the starting point of Hwy 15, one of the main branches of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which leads south to the A Shau valley and the infamous “Hamburger Hill”. Though not entirely legitimate, there is a monument commemorating it as a point on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Khe Sanh Combat Base: Just east of the Lao border, was the site of a US base which fell under attack in early 1968. The attack of the NVA on Khe Sanh was a diversion for the 1968 Tet Offensive in the south. The old airfield of red dirt still remains.