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Vịnh Móc

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  • Day169

    DMZ - Vinh-Moc-Tunnel

    November 20, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    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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  • Day265

    Vinh Moc Tunnels, Vietnam

    February 26, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    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.

  • Day33

    2 bikes and 3 Buses...

    April 17, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    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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  • Day15

    Vinh Moc Tunnels

    September 4, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    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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  • Day15

    Vinh Moc Tunnels

    September 4, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Vinh Moc tunnels are less claustrophobic than the tunnels of Cu Chi. This is because the climate of the area is not so damp so the tunnel corridors are higher 0.9 metres wide and 1.8 metres high, allowing you to walk almost straight up for the greater part of the journey. The main corridor is 780 meters long and has been reinforced with wood.

    We were very surprised when we came out of the tunnels to see that we were on the beach.
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  • Day5

    Vin Moc Tunnels

    April 23, 2015 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌫 28 °C

    So we got to the tunnels half soaked but the weather was fitting for us to more appreciate what it would have been like to live here. Damp, dark, cramped. Trench foot would have been terrible. They were deep down though so hidden from the horrors of American bombing. Very defensible. Being just on the north side of the Dmz this area would have been a crucial position for the viet cong. We ended up going off the standard tour guide path into the darkness, like we did in paradise cave in Phòng na, to get a better feel for the age and the reality of the place. A power cut would have meant total darkness. We turned our phone torches off for a few meters and our pace slowed and our arms came up in front of our faces. Could not see one thing. We came out of one of the sea facing entrances to more rain, and took a stroll to the shoreline to take a piss. Ended up noticing the largest washed up jellyfish I've ever seen in my life, even in all of Australia. It looked like it had been hit by a boat prop. We went to leave and trudged back through to the main museum area taking guidance from some local children, then stopped to watch a few documentary clips of the history of the tunnels. Apparently about 35 kids were born and a hundred more were schooled here. I forgot to mention the 55,000 dong instant noodles and the fuss we kicked up after having had enough people rip us off. Usually a decent noodle / rice dish was 30,000, with real shit, not plastic no nutrient instant string. Blah. It was raining and we were mardy. After regrouping we made our way onwards to Hue, still in the rain.Read more

  • Day43

    Vinh Moc Tunnel

    January 11, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Mehrere Kilometer langes Tunnelsystem aus dem Vietnamkrieg, das sehr gut erhalten und über drei Ebenen verteilt ist, die unterschiedliche Kälte- und Wärmezonen besitzen. Interessant. Schmale Gänge, stockdunkel und rutschig. Teilweise kann man sich nur im Entengang​ fortbewegen. Es kamen Erinnerungen an die Saisonvorbereitung beim Fußball hoch. Platzangst sollte man hier nicht haben.Read more

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Vịnh Móc, Vinh Moc

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