Demilitarised Zone

Visible from Hwy 9, this 230m-high karst outcrop once had a US Marine Corps lookout on top and a base for American long-range artillery nearby. The Rockpile is 29km west of Dong Ha on Hwy 9.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Demilitarised Zone attractions

1. Dakrong Bridge

8.79 MILES

Crossing the Dakrong River 13km east of the Khe Sanh bus station, this bridge was rebuilt in 2001 and bears a marker hailing its importance as a conduit…

2. Khe Sanh Combat Base

12.21 MILES

The site of the most famous siege of the American War, the USA’s Khe Sanh Combat Base was never overrun, but it saw the bloodiest battle of the war. About…

3. Truong Son National Cemetery

13.71 MILES

A deeply evocative memorial to the legions of North Vietnamese soldiers who died along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, this cemetery is a sobering sight. More than…

4. Bao Tang Quang Tri

15.96 MILES

A modest museum that documents the history of the Quang Tri province, with a focus on its ethnic minorities. The most interesting attractions for…

5. Mine Action Visitor Centre

16.74 MILES

Quang Tri province was the most heavily bombed part of Vietnam and it remains the most contaminated with ordnance. This museum provides an excellent…

6. Ben Hai River

20.26 MILES

Once the border between North and South Vietnam, Ben Hai River’s southern bank now has a grandiose reunification monument, its stylised palm leaves oddly…

7. Quang Tri Citadel

22.36 MILES

Quang Tri once boasted an important citadel, but little of its old glory remains. In the Easter Offensive of 1972, North Vietnamese forces laid siege to…

8. Vinh Moc Tunnels

26.44 MILES

A highly impressive complex of tunnels, Vinh Moc is the remains of a coastal North Vietnamese village that literally went underground in response to…