The places not to be missed in visiting to Quang Tri (in the Westward)

Friday - 22/12/2017 14:06
From Dong Ha city, going along Road No.9 to the Western area of Quang Tri province (Cam Lo - Dakrong - Huong Hoa), visitors can not only enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Truong Son legendary trail, but also visit historical sites associated with the heroic past of the nation.
Memorial House at Road No.9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery (Photo by: NTMP)
Memorial House at Road No.9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery (Photo by: NTMP)
Road No.9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery
Going along Road No.9, it takes about 10 minutes from Dong Ha city centre by car, visitors will see an imposing huge cemetery with the area of ​​over 13 hectares on the left
Road No.9 National Martyrs’ Cemetery is the resting and recognized place of more than 10 thousand heroes who fought and sacrificed for the independent and freedom of the nation.
The ceremony zone includes Memorial House built on the idea of ​​yellow star with 5 wings on the top, surrounded by embossments which portray the unforgettable images in the courageous days of the cadres, people and soldier. The statues at Memorial House are extremely delicate, make visitors felling a true and alive sense from facial expressions to gestures.
The most prominent feature in the Cemetery is the Victory Monument with 18m in height, portraying the image of Vietnamese soldier closed to children, young women and neighboring friends from Laos, expressing the solidarity of the two nations. In addition, auxiliary works such as trees, light system are designed and built with modern and dignified style.
However, perhaps, what to make tourists, pilgrims coming here, paying back and being touched is the imposing gravestones among the huge space of the Cemetery. These names are very beautiful, they come from different areas of the country... and fall down at very young age. Their names, blood, souls are absorbed into the grasses, earth and sky; and the cloud with wind in harsh land Quang Tri takes a  loving care of their young souls.
Coming to Dong Ha, Quang Tri, do not forget to take a moment to visit this historic Cemetery, put an incense to express gratitude to those who fell down to make the mountains and rivers in full shape.
Visitors may contact to Reception House for more information and arrangement to visit the Cemetery. Flower and incense are sold at the gate or available at the Reception House, telephone: (+84)233.3581.422.
Truong Son National Martyrs’ Cemetery
Truong Son Martyrs’ Cemetery is located in the Northwest of Quang Tri, on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Vinh Truong commune, Gio Linh district.
Coming here many times, but the same emotion at those visits is nondescript felling. There is the deep gratitude from the heart to those who sacrified their blood, youth, and their lives for the nation. Vinh Truong sun and wind seems to not touch this 6 hills area where the air is cool, fresh and comfortable in the summer. Pagoda tree behind the Monument contains itself so many stories, always grows up, embraces major monument and widely spreads out its shadow to the yard. The voice of pines in the wind seems to sing a love song forever, lulls peace into the ground which is resting place of more than ten thousand martyrs who are the outstanding people fell on  Ho Chi Minh legendary trail.
The entire area is 140.000m² with 23,000 m² of graves, dividing into 10 main areas. These areas are divided according to each province which is easy to find the martyrs’ graves. A searching system and 3D map are available on the official website of the Truong Son Cemetery to allow visitors to quickly find the martyr’ graves (http://nghiatrangtruongson.quangtri.gov.vn/3d/map.aspx). Visitors may contact to Reception House for more information and arrangement to visit the Cemetery. Or contact to the Management Board via telephone number (+84) 233.883.318 and (+84) 233.883.378.
Built from 1975 to 1977, Truong Son Cemetery is the place not only for expressing visitors’ gratitude to the deceased, but also for having the opportunity to visit Ben Tat – Truong Son Temple and Ben Tat suspension bridge. This remaining bridge is the first and single suspension one conducted by Cuban engineers on the transportation route of Ho Chi Minh trail.
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The well-cared graves in the Truong Son Cemetery (Photographed by: NTMP)
          Synthetic Tourist Area Tuyen Lam, Cam Lo
From Dong Ha city, going along Road No.9 approximately 30km to the West, the imposing peak of Rockpile mountain can be seen from the road. Rockpile mountain known as Mot mountain, was one of the US military bases, used as a watchtower in the demilitarized zone in Quang Tri from 1966 to 1968. This is one of the destinations of DMZ tour. At present, Rockpile mountain  and some places in the area of ​​Tuyen Lam, Tan Lam, Cam Thanh commune, Cam Lo district has been surveying, investing and becoming a general tourist area on spiritual, nostalgic, ecological, relaxed, heath and convalescent tourism.
This area has varied and majestic landscapes. Hieu river surrounded by the adjacent valleys flows its fresh and cool water. Voi Mep peak (Ta Linh mountain) – is the highest mountain  in Quang Tri, this holy mountain is formidable and faithful symbol of Quang Tri’s land and people during protection and construction period. Gio stream is not only beautiful landscape but also famous historical site associated with the campaign Road 9 – Southern Laos. Also, there are hot springs in this area so that the tourists can both enjoin the natural beauty and take care the heath.
 Currently, the items such as Stone House, Pagoda, Buddha’s Statue, Bell Tower… have been built in foot mountain of Rockpile by Thong Nhat Ltd. company to turn this area into Tuyen Lam cultural – spiritual site.
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Road to Rockpile mountain (Photographed by: NVM)
Dakrong Beauty Spot
Dakrong Beauty Spot is the common name for vestiges and landscapes in Dakrong commune, Dakrong district, includes: Dakrong suspension bridge; Ta Lung mountain; Klu mountain; Klu hot spring – archaeological site; Van Kieu ethnic group’s village – Xa Lang village – Klu village; and the starting point 14A of Truong Son legendary trail, national road No.9 at Km50.
Dakrong river started from Truong Son mountain, located near the border between Vietnam and Laos, combined with Rao Quan river to become Thach Han river that flows along Road No.9 to Cua Viet beach. The river at Dakrong suspension bridge is considered as the most beautiful section with meandering flow along the mountain both sides. Dakrong suspension bridge from the upper side looks like a crown on the black hair of Dakrong beautiful lady. Dakrong suspension bridge is considered as the a focal point of the vestiges – landscapes among the pictures of the  impressive mountains and forests in Western Quang Tri.
Klu hot spring is near Dakrong suspension bridge on the North-East. According to the researchers, the hot water contains metasilich with 500mg/liter which increases resistance to injection. In addition, it is found out the important archaeology of the Paleolithic era.
Dakong Beauty Spot is located in National Road No.14A of Ho Chi Minh modern road. This is the intersection of Ho Chi Minh road and Trans-Asian road connecting the East to the West. Hence, this area also has the advantages of transportation and tourism marketing, which can attract visitors from the North, South, East, West by the modern road.
It remains the peaceful villages such as Xa Lang, Klu, looming dimly in Ta Lung mountain range; there is a gentle hot spring Klu, flowing with journey in spring-summer-fall-winter. Please taking time to visit Dakrong vestiges – landscapes for feeling the picture of the imposing nature, and special history, culture, archaeology, ecology.
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Dakrong suspension bridge (Photographed by: NHQ)
Ta Con Air-base
Ta Con Air-base is a strategy base of American milirary under Khe Sanh fortress in 1966 – 1968. Ta Con Air-base is located in Tan Hop commune, Huong Hoa district, about  400m from Truong Son trail on the North-East, and 3km from Khe Sanh on the East.
Khe Sanh is a fertile valley, surrounded by mountains on a highland with 800m in height. Khe Sanh is an important location next to Vietnam – Laos border, located in national road No.9 connecting Dong Ha - Vietnam to Dansavan - Laos. At the beginning, America realized the importance of controlling this region and built it into a military base with strong fortifications and a large airport for rotor crafts and fighter crafts.
After the war, from 1998, Ta Con air-base was restored and embellished. Currently, there is a museum about Route 9 Khe Sanh in the relic campus. Here, visitors will be described as fierce battle during the liberation campaign of Khe Sanh by the tour guide. The images of  ladies Van Kieu, Paco who energetically involved in transporting foods and goods were lively reappeared with simple bikes.  The museum also preserved some belongings of the soldiers, Quang Tri people when they joined units of militia, conscripted laborer, ambulance, weapons and ammunition transportation and so on... In addition, a system of the trench, fortification, headquarter was also reconstructed. The air crafts, tanks, cannons were also displayed to serve the needs of visiting of the national and international tourists. Ta Con air-base is indispensable destination in the DMZ tour.
Coming to this relic, the visitor will enjoin a unique coffee of Khe Sanh land. Nowadays, the young in Quang Tri and the Central usually come here to take wedding photos. There have been several beautiful and strange photos taken at this famous relic.
Ticket price: 40,000 VND /visitors. Telephone number of Ta Con air-base (+84) 233.3780.587. Opening hours: 7:00AM-18:00PM.
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Ta Con Air-base (Photographed by: NTMP)
Chenh Venh Waterfall
Chenh Venh waterfall is a new tourist place that attracts many visitors, located at the foot of Sa Mu mountain pass, far from Highway No.9 about 27km on the West, in Huong Phung Commune, Huong Hoa District, Quang Tri Province.
The path to Chenh Venh is small and narrow with a lot of trees both sides. Passing through the path, you go along the spring to get to the waterfall. The flow is both silent and impetuous, it nips in and out of the multiple stone blocks at the spring. Steam from the spring makes the heat of summer calm down. There are “walls” made by several interlacing trees at both sides. It can be heard the resound of waterfall hitting the stone. Coming closely the waterfall, a beautiful landscape like a picture is opened with a lot of colors: yellow of stone, green of forest, white of waterfall. The main waterfall is formed by a white current with 20m in height. Standing at the spring bed, it can be seen the sunlight on every jet of water like sparking diamonds. Although the temperature outdoor is quite high, the stream is always cool and clear. Especially when you are immersed in the cool water, a sense of strange felling will be come, make the serious heat of the summer calm down. The visitors are fascinated by the beauty of the Chenh Venh, giving them the feeling of getting out of the noisy world and finding a peaceful place.
The local people said that, the number of visitors have come to Chenh Venh waterfall increasingly day by day, especially on the national vacations and in the summers. This pot is really new and exciting for those who want to experience, explore the beautiful wild nature.
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Chenh Venh Waterfall (Photographed by: NTMP)
Prai Cave
Prai cave is located at Western Truong Son Mountain in A Xoc village, Huong Lap commune, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province, about  90km North-West of Lao Bao international border gate, 70km of Khe Sanh town, 150km of Dong Ha city.
A Xoc is not so far from Dong Ha city, however the tourist will enter another world when they come here. There are a few vehicles passing this road, mainly the local people’ ones. There are also a few people living along this road, they gather at the remote mountainous area. The road to A Xoc bends along mountain wall with forest and stone, and deep chasm for each side. At Se-bang-hieng bridge, visitors should stop for a few minutes to admire the majestic mountain and forest, see Se-bang-hieng peaceful river, and prepare to explore the Prai cave. If you don’t know how to get there, you can ask the local people, or the soldiers at Cu Bai Border Guard for help. The Border Guard is located nearby Se-bang-hieng Bridge, just takes 3 minutes by walking.
Currently, the Prai cave has not been officially put into operation yet. The procedure for operating takes time, so if you want to visit the cave, you should prepare yourself for the related facilities and belongings such as shoes with grip, light, helmet, life jacket, drink water and food, emergency bag… in order to have a safe and effective trip. It is noticeable that visitors do not disturb the living organisms in the cave and do not damage its structure.
The Prai cave door appears with a triangular shape, and the inner air is cool and wet. Prai cave has the structure of a typical cave with both dry and submerged sections; formed by limestone mountains; there are many stalagmites, stalacites… with many different shapes and colors. Entering inside, the cave is wider with the massive stalactites in age of hundreds of years. According to the data of British Caving Association, the Prai cave has 386m in height from the sea level; 17m in depth; and 841m in length.
Prai cave is suitable for organizing small group tour with adventurous walking route in 2 -3 hours and exploring the length from 500-600m. The suitable time for visiting is from February to August with dried weather.
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Prai cave (Photographed by: NVM)
Ta Puong Waterfall and Ta Puong Cave
From Se-bang-hieng brigde, going along small path opposite Ho Chi Minh trail and taking about 20 minutes to pass through a spring to get Ta Puong cave.
There are a lot of exciting activities on the road to Ta Puong cave. The tourists just have to wade across a stream, pass through a forest, climb a high slope of the mountain. The cave is shaped with wide door, high ceiling; one side is a small river; another part is large sand dune; the river bed is 4 – 5m at some sections with uneven depth; it needs to swim at some sections with 2 – 3m in depth in order to come in. The cave is narrower at the end with a small stream about 1m, the water is out from underground make unable to pass. The stalagmites in Ta Puong cave is not diversified, but their shapes are very unique and special. Ta Puong is 9.7m in width and 212m in length with a submerged section.
From Ta Puong cave, taking 10 minutes to go along spring to downstream, Ta Puong waterfall is there. Ta Puong waterfall is 30 – 35m in height with large water flow every the year. The white water falling down through the sunlight becomes shimmering and fanciful. The water is so strong that its jet makes you feel cool even standing far from it.
Ta Puong is highly appreciated by the foreign experts because of its impressive beauty. They believed that this place is suitable to deploy adventure tourism with activities such as swimming, sliding, jumping from the height of 5m.
Ta Puong waterfall is nearby Ta Puong cave, which becomes an exciting and attractive destination for those who want to explore the wild and imposing beauty of the forests, mountains and caves.
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Ta Puong waterfall (Photographed by: NTMP)
Lao Bao Prison
Lao Bao prison is located at the South-West National Road No.9, in Duy Tan village, Lao Bao town, nearby Vietnam – Laos border.
Coming to Lao Bao nowadays, the evidence of “hell of earth” is only a partial structure. At the beginning of 1908, the prison was only A and B areas when detained regular prisoners and anti-French patriotic persons. In mid of 1934, more three areas of A, B, C were built with reinforced concrete and equipped with underground tunnels, iron gates, iron doors… In addition, there were functional areas for torture, interrogation, warders, military camps, carpentry workshops, embroidery workshops, forge workshops…
Against the repressive regime of the colonial jail, there had been witnessed a lot of  struggles in the different forms between prisoners and warders to protect the minimum living condition of human beings, and to raise the prisoners’ spirit up.
Over the past two wars, most of Lao Bao prison’s structure were completely destroyed, many buildings just remained apart of their architectures: Areas of C, D, E, interrogators, solitary confinement, blockhouses…
The prison is restored some items such as the statue complex, campus, reception house, museum… for a general view and real felling of the up and down dates of the nation. Visitors may contact to Management Board for more information or make a call via telephone number (+84) 533. 877.861.
On the campus of the prison, wootung trees are wrapped by thorns, which were used to be “torture means” in the past, now covered a large yard with their shade. Somewhere in the gentle wind blowing through the mosaic prison doors this afternoon, a touched felling isn’t spoken out, just let the wind blow away, and hope for peace in land.
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Statue complex in Lao Bao prison (Photographed by: NTMP)
Translator: Ngo Thi Minh Phuong

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