The War has left Vietnam but the lasting story and remains is living with locals and visitors. So, for first-time visitors to Vietnam, what’s left to see about the Vietnam War.
- The Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi ( 28A Dien Bien Phu str, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi)
- The Women’s Museum in Hanoi (36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi)
- The B52 Victory Museum in Hanoi ( 159 Doi Can str, Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi)
- The Ho Chi Minh Museums in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city
- War Crime’s Exhibition in Ho Chi Minh city (28 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC)
- Reunification Hall in Ho Chi Minh city (135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia str, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC
- Dien Bien Phu
- The Demilitarized zone or DMZ
- Duong Truong Son ( Duong Ho Chi Minh), trail along with Truong Son National Cemetery
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was actually a vast network of roads, trails and footpaths, changing course with seasons, bombing and the progress of hostilities. It was used by the revolutionary forces as a supply route for their troops and arms to reach the South. It ran parallel to Vietnam’s coastline, high up in the Truong Son Mountains and also detoured widely through Laos and Cambodia.
- The Cu Chi tunnels
Located in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh city, constructions of the first tunnels actually started under the French rule and spanned 25 years. The network is extensive, over 200km in Cu Chi district. Other branches reach as far as the Cambodian border. The network included living quarter, specially designed kitchen, a weapon factory, command centres and even field hospitals. The American tried a variety of methods to pacify the area around Cu Chi but neither bombs, napalm, defoliant, hunting dogs, nor tunnels rats was successful in driving Viet Cong guerrillas away. Cu Chi tunnels can be discovered in a half day tour from Ho Chi Minh city.
- The Vinh Moc tunnels
The tunnels complex were built on the Northern shore of the Ben Hai River in Vinh Linh district, Quang Tri province, The passages average 1.2m wide and 1.7 m high. They were built on 3 levels ranging from 15 – 26m underground. The deepest level was for Viet Cong fighters. It is estimated that 300 people (about 60 families) lived permanently in tunnels in many years of the war, about 17 children were born in the underground medical clinic,
- What’s more difficult
- Reconstructed street, building, cities: Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh… some other cities was so heavily bombed during the American War but the new city has been built and replaced so you can see the current city, building only with the monuments.
- Agent Orange devastation. The negative effects of dioxin left on nature are difficult to see but it is easy to see its effect on a human. Let’s come to visit Peace Village or some charity village, the organization you will see it on baby and adults.
- Bomb craters were everywhere during the war but most of them have been converted to the fishpond and covered.
Source: Dos & Dont’s in Vietnam by Claude Potvin & Nicholas Stedman