To those who are fond of learning more about the Vietnamese history, 7 places to visit in Quang Tri, listed below will open their mind. It will be a considerable contribution to your perfect Vietnam package tour.
Quang Tri Ancient Citadel
Located on one bank of the Thach Han river, Quang Tri Ancient Citadel was once referred to as the site of bloody battles during the US war. Also, the site was a sacred place where dozens of thousands of Vietnamese soldiers sacrificed their lives for the nation independence. Because of carrying certain meanings in the Vietnamese history and contributing to the glorious historical chapter, it now becomes a special hotspot drawing more and more domestic and international tourists to visit.
At the beginning, Quang Tri Ancient Citadel was made of clay by the King Gia Long’s order, but it underwent upgrades during the dynasty of King Minh Mang, so it has been in brick as we see nowadays. Fringed by a moat and having the area of 20 hectares, the site used to be not only a powerful fortress, but also an administrative, economic and political center in the feudal age.
Tinh Quang Pagoda
Tinh Quang Pagoda is positioned at the mountainous area to the southwest of Ai Tu Village, Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. It is the only pagoda of Mahayana Buddhism. While the Buddhist monks consider the pagoda as their home, the locals call it a center for charity. Besides carrying the solemn ambience of a sacred place closely associated with the spiritual and cultural values of the province, the site is ideal for your visit due to its unique traditional architecture.
La Vang Marian Sanctuary
La Vang Marian Sanctuary lies at Hai Phu Commune, Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province, 60 kilometers to the north of Hue City and 6 kilometers to the south of Quang Tri Ancient Citadel. The sanctuary is referred to as the basilica of Our Lady of La Vang and also the significant worship haven of the Catholics, legally recognized by the Vietnamese government. It is supposed to be a rewarding place to visit in Quang Tri for a Vietnam package tour for sure.
Thach Han River
Quang Tri Province used to be the land of fierce and bloody battles during the war against the US army. Through those severe years, there have been lots of destinations contributing to the glorious chapter of the Vietnamese history and later becoming the meaningful travel spots of the province. One of those points is Thach Han River, where the pains and losses in the history were marked.
Hien Luong Bridge
Hien Luong Bridge to cross Ben Hai River is situated at Hien Luong Hamlet, Vinh Thanh Commune, Vinh Linh District, Quang Tri Province. The bridge is 182.97 meters, designed to have four spans and plastered with ironwood after many times of repair and upgrading. From 1954 to 1957, it used to play a role as a border between the north and the south Vietnam in the war against the US domination.
Vinh Moc Tunnels
Vinh Moc Tunnels Site is 20 kilometers away from Hien Luong Bridge. Unlike the Cu Chi Tunnel system, including smaller and lower tunnels, Vinh Moc was mainly designed to embrace specialized zones, each of which accommodated from 2-4 family members. Additionally, there are hospitals, kitchens, toilets, and meeting rooms, the clean water and air-flowing system for the former Vietnamese’s daily life inside this tunnel network. It is surprised that up to 1,200 people once survived under the ground thanks to this design. It deserves a place to visit in Quang Tri since you can get to know more about the Vietnamese history.
Khe Sanh Combat Base
Khe Sanh Combat Base – one of the places to visit in Quang Tri for a Vietnam package tour was where the American Army was under the most renowned siege in the history. It also witnessed the deadliest battles of the US war. It was estimated that approximately 10,000 North Vietnamese and 500 American soldiers along with a large number of civilians died even in the areas around the base. Nowadays, the evidence of the violent war found here includes abandoned helicopters, military airports, restored bunkers, moats, tanks, etc. Furthermore, there is also a museum displaying pictures and weapons from the war.