Vinh Moc Tunnels - review by Rusty Compass
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Vinh Moc Tunnels

| 23 Aug 2012
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Vinh Moc Tunnels
41kms north of Dong Ha

Our rating
23 Aug 2012

The Vinh Moc Tunnels, located at the southern tip of what was North Vietnam at the DMZ, were built by local villlagers during the Vietnam War for protection from constant US air attack.

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Located at the southern end of what was Northern Vietnam, the Vinh Moc tunnels were built to protect civilians in the area from relentless US bombing during the 1960s and early 1970s. They also served a support function for North Vietnamese troops heading south and nearby islands used in providing air defence to North Vietnam.

At 2kms in length, the tunnels at Vinh Moc are nowhere near the scale of the Cu Chi tunnels outside of Saigon (around 200kms). They do however demonstrate once again the steely determination the Vietnamese showed in the face of incredible military power.

There is a small museum at the site.

The beaches around Vinh Moc are surprisingly pretty too!

Travel tips
The tunnels are easily navigated by travellers of normal fitness. They are also much larger than the Cu Chi Tunnels allowing most taller and larger westerners relatively easy passage.
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