Hue and the DMZ

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hue was the old capital of Vietnam when the Emperors were in charge. Well, as in charge as the French let them be. It's another UNESCO world heritage site ticked off the list. A large part of the town is contained within massive walls and inside this there is a large palace area. Much of it was destroyed in the wars with the French and the Americans, but a fair amount has been restored and is pretty impressive.

I also had one of the nicest sandwiches ever in Hue. Evidence is in the pictures below. Yum.

Hue is also the first major city in Vietnam south of the 17th parallel, the line that divided North and South Vietnam, and is the main hopping off point for tours of the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).  We spent the day on a bus visiting places such as Dong Ha, Cam Lo, The Rockpile, Khe Sanh, the Vinh Moc tunnels and the Ben Hai River; names that don’t mean too much to me but maybe to some of the older people reading this (you know who you are!). There’s not much to see at most of the places as all evidence has been cleared away by farming, but the Vinh Moc tunnels were fun to crawl through and the museum at Khe Sanh was interesting if only for the captions on the photos about the 'victorious and courageous’ North Vietnamese soldiers and the ‘defeated and scared’ Americans. The way they portray it you’d think they won every battle and hardly lost a soldier. Sadly over 1.5 million died in the war and there really was no winner, particularly if you see how capitalist communist-Vietnam is now.

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