Kon Tum

In the middle of this beautiful town in the highlands lies the old runway for the base that was used from around 1965 and forward. Kon Tum is today a very tourist friendly town with several nice hotels and a wide variety of restaurants. The town itself is well worth discovering with its old wooden church and also places to go for those who are interested in the tribal cultures. Apart from the main base, the well known LZ Mary Lou was located just south of the Dak Bla river on the west side of the main road.

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A bit outside of the former camp, still inside the city today lies the former B-24 Special Forces Compound. Some of the old buildings are still there to be seen but they are in use by the People’s Army today so access is not allowed, but we were able to take a couple of pictures of the buildings.

Thanks to its central location and wide range of hotels and restaurants, Kon Tum is perfect  as base for those who have set out to discover other war sites such as Ben Het, Dak To, Polei Kleng and the hills south of Ben Het such as Hill 875 that are all reachable over a day trip.

 

How to get there

Located not far north from Pleiku along the main road Ho Chi Minh Highway Kon Tum can be reached with car or motorbike from all directions, Boun Ma Thout and Pleiku in the south, Da Nang in the north and Quang Ngai in the east. One can also fly there from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The old runway is located in the middle of the city and is clearly visible.

Decimal coordinates: 14.356112 108.015525

 

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