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Tỉnh Quảng Trị

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  • Day169

    DMZ - Vinh-Moc-Tunnel

    November 20 in Vietnam

    From the border we continued to the Vin-Moc-Tunnels just a few kilometers away. The tunnels were built by the Vietnamese people for safety reasons. During the war they lived in there for weeks and months. All in all they are 2,8 kilometers long without any ventilation system, so it was very warm in there. In most of the parts we were not able to stand upright. It was a cool experience walking around there especially as almost no other tourists have been there.

    Von der Grenze sind wir dann direkt weiter zu den Vin-Moc-Tunneln gefahren. Die Tunnel würden während des Krieges von den Einheimischen als Schutz vor den Bomben gebaut. Insgesamt hat das Tunnelsystem eine Länge von 2,8km und wir sind durch einige Teile heute durchgelaufen. Die Tunnel sind meist sehr niedrig und nicht belüftet. Es wurde dementsprechend ganz schön warm. Generell war es eine coole Erfahrung hier durchzulaufen auch wenn wir uns nicht vorstellen könnten hier über Monate drinnen zu bleiben. In der ganzen Höhle gab es übrigens nur eine einzige "Toilette" und es wurden 64 Kinder während des Krieges in den Tunneln geboren.

    Gute Nachrichten: Ich kann schon wieder recht schnell humpeln und das Sightseeing Programm mitmachen :)
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  • Day169

    We have left Hue today and drove to the former demilitarized zone of Vietnam. Today the border between north and south Vietnam can only be seen on a bridge. The yellow part of the bridge belongs to South Vietnam and the blue part to North Vietnam. On our way to the old border we passed several former observation towers, but there is not a lot more to see from former days than that. Today people live a normal life in this area with only some monuments remembering the war several years ago.

    Heute war es Zeit Hue zu verlassen und weiter Richtung Norden zu fahren. Der Weg führte uns durch die ehemalige Demilitarisierte Zone oder mit anderen Worten über die Grenze von Süd Vietnam in den Nord Vietnam. Schon einige Kilometer bevor wir an der alten Grenze waren konnte man am Straßenrand viele alte, verfallene Wachtürme sehen. Die Grenze erkennt man heutzutage allerdings nur noch an einigen Denkmälern und der Brücke über den Han River. Der gelbe Teil gehörte zum Süden und der blaue zum Norden.
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  • Day16

    This morning we woke early for a busy day with staff from Peace Trees Vietnam. Van Ahn Vu picked us up at our guesthouse in Dong Ha and drove us to their main in-country office just outside of town. Their US office is in Seattle. Along the way she explained that the organization has five main components.

    1. Clearing the land of unexploded ordinance
    2. Building and staffing preschool kindergartens and training school kids to be safe in the countryside
    3. Providing scholarships to kids or adults in families where the main breadwinner has been injured by unexploded ordinance
    4. Encouraging rural families to plant small vegetable gardens on their land
    5. Agricultural consultation with area farmers

    Their main headquarters doubles as an office and training center for area kids. She explained that the organization busses children from the provinces most affected by the presence of unexploded bombs, grenades, and mortar shells. These areas are concentrated in the two provinces closest to the Lao border and along route 9, the east/west highway most heavily defended by the US during the war. Van Ahn also asked us to plant two trees in the forest around the headquarters. It seems when they began, with the normalization of relations back in 1995 they asked all visitors to plant trees on the then barren land. Now it's a forest and we planted the two latest saplings. Now the kids who come to the training center also camp out in the forest. Pretty cool!

    After our intro we got back in the car and headed up to Khe Sanh where a demining team was busy clearing several hectares of land. The work area was adjacent to three previous US bases. The team used a sophisticated grid pattern and series of markers to slowly run metal detectors over the land. It seemed it would take them about one and a half days to clear about two acres of land. With the teams thay have operating at present Van Ahn noted that it would take about 300 years to clear the whole areas most effected. Seven years to plant the seeds of destruction and 350 to clean up the mess. I wonder how long it will take in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan. This doesn't even take into account the armies that we profit from selling weapons to. During our visit they found two unexploded bombs from a cluster bomb that had failed to detonate. Augie took a video of the detonation here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/G3aTnXtR4SEFGvAm8

    Fortunately our day wasn't over yet. Next we drove out into a village adjacent to Khe Sanh to visit a kindergarten. The money for the building came from a church on Bainbridge Island in Washington. Hence the name, Grace Church Kindergarten. Each kindergarten that they building has a main schoolroom, kitchen, bathroom, playground, and library. The kids attending are between three and five years old. Each kid gets a meal during the school day. Most of the kids are from local indigenous families and are not able to speak Vietnamese when the arrive. They are staffed by teachers paid by the government. So far the organization has built 10 kindergartens. If one is interested in funding a school, the cost is around 30k. A video taken during the visit is here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/44YG1mKP9vXrPtVv7

    All in all a pretty good day. Augie and I both think we've found a really solid place to send some funds down the road.
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  • Day59

    Vinh-Moc-Tunnel

    March 2 in Vietnam

    Was ich sehen durfte, traute ich meinen Augen kaum.
    Ein komplettes Dorf auf 3 Etagen von 10 - 23 tiefe unter der Erde !
    Nachdem Vinh Moc im Krieg bombardiert worden war und kein Haus mehr davon übrig blieb, schufen hunderte Menschen ein ausgeklügeltes Tunnelsystem mit Schlafstätten, Waschräume, Kommandozentrale, ja sogar ein Krankenhaus und Gebärstation, wo 17 babys auf die Welt kamen.
    Auf dem 1. Bild ist ein nachbau von den Village im Modelgrösse zu sehen. Kann aber heute auch jeder die Tunnel selbst besichtigen.
    Eine absolute Meisterarbeit, wobei das nicht aus Spaß enstand, sondern vielmehr der Kampf ums überleben.
    Die Anlage wurde 1976 von den vietnamesischen Ministerium als historsch gelistet. Zu kriegszeiten lebten über mehrere Monate bis zu 500 Menschen darin. WAHNSINN !
    Und der Plan funktionierte! Die Amerikanischen Bomberpiloten flogen über das Chinesische Meer nach Vietnam. Sahen keinen ( Feind ) und machten wieder kehrt.
    Die Tunnel haben 17 Eingänge, sind knapp 3 km lang, ca. 1.60 - 1.70 hoch, schmal und haben auf 23 meter tiefe einen direkten unauffälligen Ausgang am Meer.
    Momentan befinde ich mich in einen kleinen Bergdorf Zentral Vietnams mit einer malerischen Aussicht 🤗🌝
    Ihr wollt mehr? Dann schaut wieder vorbei... ✌
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  • Day47

    Khe Sanh Base & the DMZ

    July 20 in Vietnam

    Last night, I went to a local hangout called the DMZ Bar. The ceiling was the map of the Khe Sanh area (the Demilitarized Zone DMZ), and they had the coolest ceiling fan ever: the helicopter marking the location of the air strip. I met some Kiwi and Aussie expats and had a really nice time.

    Today, I'm on an organized tour of the DMZ. We stopped for a picture of the Rockpile. There's only a flag pole on top now, but it was a US radio Outpost for several years. Next was the beginning of one of many Ho Chi Minh Trails, which is now a two-lane highway.

    We just left the remains of Khe Sanh Base. There are a couple of Army helicopters, an Air Force C-130, some recreated bunkers, and a museum dedicated to the might of the North's Liberation Army (Viet Com) and the desperation of the South Vietnamese Army and the US. Most of the pictures of the US men were of them either running towards airlift in an attempt to escape or squatting in bunkers of trenches in fear of the mighty LA. There's one display of seismic intrusion detectors that are labeled US electronic spying devices. I guess the military museums in the US are the same way, but it's still weird.

    Now we're on to lunch, then a 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel used as shelter from the US bombing raids and defoliation efforts.

    Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day33

    2 bikes and 3 Buses...

    April 17 in Vietnam

    As always we never want to make our lives easy... We recently heard about the Vin Moch tunnels and found them to be fascinating. This tunnel system was made by a village for them to live in during the war. The tunnels are about 26km in varying direction with various entrances. We just had to go and see them. However, it seems that most tourists either have their own bike or go on a tour which incorporates various other sites and costs a hell of a lot. So obviously we had to try DIY. We asked both the students and various other locals how to get there and it wasn't easy but we decided to go for it anyway with the aim to be in Phong Nha that evening. So the adventure began.

    As we got in quite late the night before resulting in only 4 hours sleep and then getting up for 6am was a struggle! The students were so unbelievably kind and took us on their bikes at 7am to the bus station (10km) out of town and put us on the correct bus.

    Next stop Hồ Xa, the nearest town to the tunnels. The bus journey was very straight forward, but then they dropped us off in the middle of nowhere. We spoke to the locals and one offered to bike us the tunnels and bring us back. We agreed a price, but didn't realise we would all be on one bike! Meh, we jumped on the guys scooter and let's just say I was literally hanging off and holding on for dear life. Not the most comfortable 20 minute journey... By this point we still hadn't eaten so we went to one of the cafes for instant noodle lunch... Not the most fulfilling lunch after such a journey...

    We then went round the tunnels which were actually quite impressive. We then jumped back on the bike for another horrific bike journey back to our bus drop-off. On the way we also chatted with the guy and he said he can put us on a bus to Đồng Hới where we would then catch our final bus to Phong Nhà. It was about 1:30pm when we were dropped off at Đồng Hới. We were absolutely ravishing but the bus dropped us off in the middle of knowhere again (luckily at a bus stop) so we had to ration on Rambutan. We had no idea how long we had to wait and just had to hope that this was the right stop. We waited 40 mins in the hot sun and the bus arrived. We were soooo relieved to be on the last leg. We were exhausted, felt sick from hunger and lack of sleep but we arrived safe and sound! We met a lovely Hungarian guy called Matt who was able to distract us from our true grumpy feeling!

    When we arrived we attempted to nap and then headed out for dinner. I have to admit we did go for pizza... We were craving carbohydrates and luxury. We can't walk past a guy making fresh pizza and not go in... It was yummy and just what we needed!!

    Full and happy we went straight to bed and slept for 12 hours. Bliss!
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  • Day23

    The DMZ

    October 21, 2017 in Vietnam

    Another early start for us this morning! Our hotel kindly allowed us to order some breakfast before we left at 7am for our bus ride and tour up to the old de-militarised zone between then North and South Vietnam. The morning was spent heading up to Dong Ha where we picked up our tour guide, a lady called Thu, before continuing up to part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and seeing the river which was used to transport weaponry from the North to the South. Then we went to the remains of the Khe Sanh American Military base which has been converted into a museum. It contains some helicopters, tanks and planes used in the war as well as rebuilt old bunkers. As we were wandering around we saw a bride and groom having wedding photos taken which seemed slightly strange...
    Our next stop was an ethnic minority village, the bus pulled over at the side of the road next to a few wooden-stilted houses with children and animals outside. We were expected to go and take photos of this, but most on the tour felt this was an invasion of privacy and unnecessary.
    After a particularly unspectacular lunch but a good chance to catch up with some of the others on the tour, we were back on the bus and heading to the Vịnh Mốc tunnels. These are a network of hand dug tunnels just under 2km long which go down in three levels to a maximum of 30 metres with multiple entrances and exits. Inside the tunnels there were small holes 2m x 2m for each family to live, a maternity room, a meeting room, wells and one toilet. The tunnels were used for around 6 years to hide from the American bombing and families could hide out for up to 5 days at a time. Ducking through these tight spaces made us realise how difficult and cramped it must have been.
    Our last stop was a war cemetery built on the remains of an American firebase with 3000 graves, most of which were unnamed, being told this is one of the smaller cemetery's of its time just brought home how many lives were lost.
    Back in Hué we booked our bus for tomorrow, not an early start for once! Then settled on another great indian for dinner. We met a couple who have been traveling for 11 months so far, they had some great stories and they gave us some good advice. (Especially for India)
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  • Day265

    Vinh Moc Tunnels, Vietnam

    February 26, 2016 in Vietnam

    A whole village of civilians moved underground to avoid bombings during the Vietnam War. Their expansive network of underground tunnels and trenches, with sleeping and meeting quarters, was a great way for me to get out of the wind and rain on the northbound highway.

  • Day15

    Long Hung Church

    September 4 in Vietnam

    First stop was Long Hung Church.

    The church in Quang Tri fell victim to 8 continuous days of bombings by South Vietnamese and American troops during the Vietnam War. The church has remained untouched and basically remains as it was immediately after the bombings occurred.

  • Day15

    Vinh Moc Tunnels

    September 4 in Vietnam

    Last stop was the Vinh Moc tunnels. Our guide through the tunnels grandparents helped build the tunnel complex and lived in these tunnels, the family still live in the Vinh Moc village.

    During the Vietnam War it was strategically located on the border of North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The tunnels were built to shelter people from the intense bombing of Son Trung and Son Ha communes in Vinh Linh county of Quảng Trị Province in the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone.

    The American forces believed the villagers of Vinh Moc were supplying food and armaments to the North Vietnamese garrison on the island of Con Co which was in turn hindering the American bombers on their way to bomb Hanoi. The idea was to force the villagers of Vinh Moc to leave the area but as is typical in Vietnam there was nowhere else to go.

    The villagers initially dug the tunnels to move their village 10 metres underground but the American forces designed bombs that burrowed down 10 metres.

    Eventually, against the odds the villagers moved the village to a depth of 30 metres. It was constructed in several stages beginning in 1966 and used until early 1972. The complex grew to include wells, kitchens, rooms for each family and spaces for healthcare.

    Around sixty families lived in the tunnels and 17 children were born inside the tunnels.

    The tunnels were a success and no villagers lost their lives. The only direct hit was from a bomb that failed to explode the resulting hole was utilized as a ventilation shaft.

    Three levels of tunnels were eventually built.
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Tỉnh Quảng Trị, Tinh Quang Tri

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