Khe Sanh Combat Base
Khe Sanh Combat Base
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Khe Sanh Combat Base will bring you experiences about the Vietnam War, especially DMZ Tours in Quang Tri Province.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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RICHARD B
17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Called especially and spent two nights in Khe Sanh town. Just outside the town and not overly well signposted. The museum was typically on sided (to the Victor go the spoils). Could have been a little less biased. We spent an hour and a half but honestly an hour is enough. The old vehicles, C130, bunker complex helped to make the experience. Our advice would be visit early in the day and move on to next location.
Written October 27, 2023
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Schuyler5
Sarasota, FL77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Business
Was there in January 1968. Accommodation were not that great and the incoming rockets made a lot of noise. Haven't been there since but enjoyed the pictures.😎
Written December 3, 2016
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Rev-D
San Diego, CA750 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
I'm a U.S. Marine. I should start with that. The base is really cool and a great deep part of the DMZ tour. But the museum pictures talk very poorly about the Marine Corps and the figures given on the numbers KIA is grossly exaggerated. Of course the curator shook my hand and told me his father was NVA. I should mention that politics don't really matter to me. I'm a Marine, not a politician. The curator was nice, the grounds were beautiful, but the communist propaganda was just too much. These terrible things happened. NOBODY that fought here wanted to be here. I don't believe we should disrespect either side. We're all brothers in arms after all.
Written June 14, 2015
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Brian W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I was there in March
It's a quiet somber place now days there was a cool breeze as we sat there having a khe sanh coffee at the little cafe.
I walked all around the old base and could visualize an f4 coming in low dropping napalm on the surrounding base area during the siege.
I find it funny when people write (There was nothing to see) it's a former battle field what are you expecting circus on ice and a amusement park.
Do some research
A lot of people gave up their lives there and elsewhere in Vietnam
Respect to all who served and died on both sides.
Written May 25, 2019
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Graham_Derby
Derbyshire, UK158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Khe Sanh combat base has an eerie atmosphere. If you plan to visit I'd recommend researching the 'battle of Khe Sanh' as it provides an illustration of the heavy fighting that took place here and what it must have been like for the Americans who were stationed here. Take time to walk around the base away from the small museum (which is well worth exploring) as the atmosphere of the location is worth soaking up, reflecting on the loneliness and eeriness of the place, particularly as you scan the mountainsides that virtually surround the location, thinking what it must have been like to have been fired on. As I looked down the valley from the base I couldn't help but feel a sense of emptiness - it is an eerie place, atmospheric and well worth a visit.
Written April 9, 2018
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The Travel Zealot
San Diego, CA246 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
I usually come away from these kind of sites feeling badly for the Vietnamese, but the propaganda in the museum left me feeling more sympathetic to the GI's. Insinuating that they were cowards in the descriptions below the pictures went a bit too far in my opinion, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Just plain disrespectful.
Written March 9, 2015
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Muri91
Thun, Switzerland73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
To begin with, going to Khe Sanh may take you a while. Most visitors visit the abandoned US Marine airbase as part of a DMZ tour from Hue, but it's also perfectly possible to visit it by yourself from Dong Ha.

From the view of an average backpacker there's really not much to see on that once huge combat base. A small museum building, some replica bunkers and some genuine vehicle wrecks prettify the grassy scenery - even some coffee plants grow on the former airstrip. It's noteworthy that all original fortifications or buildings were demolished before the U.S. Marines left this area back then - the bunkers and huts you see now are just replicas. Furthermore there are the souvenir hawkers who try to sell you some fake war accessoirs. I'm not surprised to hear that many visitors are dissappointed by what they're just seeing there.

But if you know what happened here during 1967-68, then Khe Sanh is a place to go. The Siege of Khe Sanh combat base was one of the most iconic battles of the Vietnam War and many stories have been writren about it. The nearby hills, back then full of NVA grunts who besieged the Americans, were heavily bombed by the U.S. Air Force. Some raids even included massive B-52 strikes and nowadays the area surrounding Khe Sanh still suffers from UXO.

I would say if you're intending to visit Khe Sanh, first watch some documentaries about the battle or read some books about it ('Dispatches' by Michael Herr or 'The Short Timers' by Gustav Hasford). You'll immediately recognize some details afterwards and realize how much blood was actually spilt on these premises.

It's like visiting Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Nobody goes there for that lousy beach - but definitely for the historical aspect.

By the way, it's also worth seeing the other former camps like Camp Carroll, Langvei or Rockpile. They are just a stone's throw away from Khe Sanh.
Written July 19, 2014
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Pat J
Perth, Australia83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Although most Vietnamese were not even born when the American War took place, it is still a sobering and interesting museum to visit. It wasn't crowded as we got there early.
Written August 31, 2019
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Colin C
Dallas, TX267 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Business
Really not much to see here, some old helicopters and a propaganda museum. The marines who fought here in 1968 would be surprised to learn they lost the battle when they “ran away.”
Written January 3, 2019
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andush03
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
Some reviewers claim there is not much here. Do yourself a favor and google some images and video of the base during the war to get a sense for the size of the place and the surrounding hills and what the Marines who were here were subjected to. Spent a few hours walking around the area and a lot of the area has been farmed. Still a few live rounds laying around as well as a few projectiles and spent casings, so be careful where you step and what you touch.

A small museum with a few relics from the war is interesting to see and some armoured vehicles and aircraft.

Worth the trip!
Written August 13, 2017
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