Latest update from our travels

Day one

Just back from another trip to Vietnam and more exploring of old sites. It was a very interesting trip overall. I managed to squeeze in two days on the road due to an otherwise busy schedule. The first day on the road I rode with a friend who has long asked to join me on these trips. We rented motorbikes from Saigon Scooter Centre and drove north along QL13 a.k.a. Thunder Road. Our plan was to drive north up to An Loc, from there turn east and then back south towards Dong Xoai, passing Phuoc Vinh on our way back to Saigon. All in all, we did just over 300 kilometers that day, finishing the day in the rush hour traffic of Saigon.

Phuoc Vinh Base Camp

So how about the sites we visited? Well, I had three main objectives for the day: Lai Khe, Quan Loi and Phuoc Vinh. I got to all three of them which I am very happy for. I have already updated the Lai Khe Base Camp page with a new video and new and better pictures. Also, I have published the page for Quan Loi Base Camp with both pictures and video as well. Phuoc Vinh will be up within a couple of weeks.

Binh Duong

We also had secondary objectives for the day: Ben Cat SF Camp, Phu Loi and FSPB Coral that were all on the way. In Ben Cat we turned west towards the old SF Camp which was located inside the Iron Triangle. On the site they are now building a large shopping mall, so a bit of a disappointment there. On the way back to Saigon we had hoped to go to FSPB Coral, the old Australian base were a fierce battle was fought in March 1968. Unfortunately we were running out of daylight so we had to skip that this time. Visiting Phu Loi also fell victim to the time constraint. We look forward to come back and visit both next time though. At Phu Loi the old runway still seems to be around and possible to drive down so I can’t wait to get back. A place we did visit though was the old blown bridge over the Song Be river. It is just next to the highway and we brought back some nice pictures and video from the site. This will also be published within a few weeks.

 

Day two

The second day was also very interesting. I went together with a Vietnamese friend and as we had anticipated rain we decided to go by car. We drove west from Saigon through the Plain of Reeds where so many operations and battles took place during the war. There we visited a 1959 battlefield at Go Quang Cung. We will of course write up information about this and publish in due time. That day we also visited Cao Lanh and Sa Dec which are two lovely little towns in the Mekong Delta. During the war, there was a lot of activity here. Both towns had airfields, Naval Patrol bases and MACV compounds and we managed to find a few of them. All in all a very good day that too.

Sa Dec Runway

Website development

When it comes to developing the website, we are also working hard, as always, with updating and cleaning up already existing pages in order to make the website even more informative and interesting. We have also started to migrate all the picture in to a new Gallery function that will help the pictures load faster and make it easier to navigate. Overall we hope this will make your visit to the website even more enjoyable and informative.

 

Next trip and tours

Plans are to go back in a few months again to explore more of III Corps and IV Corps. Later this year we hope to make a longer trip in I Corps again. There is still much to discover there. Next trip to II Corps is in the plans for 2019.

We have started to get more and more questions about doing tours. We are currently not thinking about doing that for many reasons. Mainly, we are not a travel operator with a license in Vietnam. Also, our mission here is to travel ourselves and provide material for you and inspire you to also travel and discover these historic sites. Having said that, we are thinking of putting together tour suggestions that would be easy to follow. We will do some thinking about that and possibly add a page with that type of information and possibly recommend people we trust that can rent you motorbikes and hire guides with relevant knowledge. We will come back on this subject.

 

So with that we want to thank all of you readers that come to our site. We are very grateful as the work we do is for you. Remember to send us an email on namwartravel@gmail.com if you have any questions or suggestions.

 

Safe travels!

6 thoughts on “Latest update from our travels”

  1. Jonas, you might want to add another book to your War Stories link. “A Thousand Miles of Bad Road” by Dwight Birdwell. Dwight and I were stationed with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi. While I was in Headquarters Troop, Dwight was a Tank Commander in Charlie Troop. C Troop was one of the primary responding units to Tan Son Nhut when the Tet Offensive broke out. His book is mesmerizing. He is also recently been inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. And he is a Native American; attorney and former Judge. Not to mention he is my friend.

    1. Bill. Thank you for your comment, and thank you for your suggestion. I would love to add Dwight’s book here. Can you arrange for me to get in touch with him? As you see we have an introduction of each author and then they have written a piece about their experience. If he would be prepared to do that, I would be honored to add it to the website.

  2. Great website/blog. I visited Vietnam in 2008 as part of a skydiving group. I flew into Ho Chi Minh City then over to Cam Rahn and took a bus up to Nha Trang. I stayed at Vin Pearl resort but got to visit a lot of Nha Trang while there. We rented a Russian MI-8 helicopter from the Vietnamese Air Force at Nha Trang Airbase and skydived over the bay and then landed on the Nha Trang beaches for several days. Then we rented scooters and rode up the coast Ninh Hoa and enjoyed the scenery. Later I returned to Ho Chi Minh City and toured the Post Office, War Remenants Museum, Palace and then rode out to the tunnels at Cu Chi. I’m looking forward to returning to Vietnam to tour the Mekong, Highlands/DMZ and Hanoi area. Thanks for sharing your travels with us.

    1. Thank you for your comment Robert. That sounds like a very nice trip. I haven’t been to Nha Trang since 2003 so I hope to go back there. When you plan another trip to Vietnam, then let me know if you need any input on war sites to visit. There are thousands more than we have been able to cover here so there’s always omething interesting to see in this category.

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