Khe Sanh Combat Base was recognized as a ferocious battlefield where our Vietnamese army scored multiple heroic wins. In the minds of the US Marines, it is also compared to the ‘Second Battle of Dien Bien Phu’ or the location of hell on earth. It was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam war. Around this base, about 500 Americans, 10.000 North Vietnamese soldiers, and unknown number of civilian bystanders were killed.
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Opening time: daily from 7.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entrance Fee: 50.000 VND/Adult
Where is Khe Sanh Combat Base?
Khe Sanh Combat Base is situated in the central region of Vietnam in Khe Sanh town, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province. It is within approximately 20 miles east of the Lao Bao Border Gate and 63 kilometers from Dong Ha City.
The Combat Base is located about 23 kilometers south of the DMZ (the 17th parallel) in a valley surrounded entirely by undulating mountains and woods. The US Military discovered the strategic importance of base Khe Sanh at the start of the Vietnam War. This site is located on No.9 road, a strategic thoroughfare in the north of South Vietnam. It has led to Laos as well as the famed Ho Chi Minh Trail.
It is one of the three significant bases of the McNamara electronic fence, the other two being Ta Con and Lang Vay. The US military and South Vietnamese government sought to prevent the Vietnam People’s troops from supporting their troops in South Vietnam, as well as to split the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
What is going on at Khe Sanh Combat Base right now?
Khe Sanh Combat Base is now a popular tourist destination for people interested in learning more about the Vietnam War and its historical milestones. There are numerous things to see and do in Khe Sanh. The guide will tell you many stories about the Vietnam war that you won’t be able to find on the Internet.
Today, Khe Sanh houses a small museum with some amazing historical images, as well as a few reconstructed bunkers and American planes. The museum, in particular, contains a plethora of historical remnants or objects that must be explored.
Although there aren’t as many trees and forests as there once were, they nevertheless hold important values for the Vietnamese. This is a very important location for preserving unforgettable parts of the Vietnam battles.
How can I get to the base?
The distance from Hue to Khe Sanh is around 133 kilometers, the distance from Dong Ha City to Khe Sanh is approximately 63 kilometers, and the distance from Phong Nha to Khe Sanh is approximately 190 kilometers. There are various options for getting here. The best way to get to Khe Sanh Combat Base is to take a private car from Hue to the DMZ or from Hue to Phong Nha.