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Old 07-02-2010, 06:04 AM   #1
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Hello there !

I was wondering if a thread about then and now (after the battle) photo report could have been interesting. I have posted many photos on another forum and as many viewers came, I guess it could be nice to have it here too.
Since Vietnam is changing a lot, with many building destroyed especially in the very last years, we are losing points of reference.

All the "now" photos are personal.

Thien Mu pagoda :





The pagoda is on the side of the Perfum River. Next to this pagoda is the car that was used by the monk who commited a self-immolation in 1963.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:09 AM   #2
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Laos, PDJ (Plaine des Jarres), Xieng Khouang province.

The place has been a battlefield for ever.





But it is a kind of mystical place. A must if you travel to Laos.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:11 AM   #3
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Now this is a fine idea for a thread.

Many, naturally including myself, here have not had the pleasure of travelling to the places that we have read about in many works. As NTS mentioned the scourge of redevelopment brings the spectre of these places being lost to history for ever.....

Having seen many threads in the various WW2 fora along these lines, i am very much looking forward to seeing what develops on this one.

An excellent idea.
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Back to Vietnam with Marble Mountain.

Very little from the origibal US base is still visible. Actually, in 1999, almost nothing had changed. But since 2007, the beach across the base is transformed to resorts.

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Vietnamese AAA is visible just past the base, on the way to Hoi An.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:27 AM   #5
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Patrick,

Thank you for your kind words.

If you have even 2 spare weeks, try to grab you ruck and jump in a plane ! Saigon center is being destroyed as we speak. Even notorious buildings like Eden (just opposite the Continental) was being reduced to ground last march... The place sheltered the NVA representative inside SGN from 1973 to 1975. Among other stories.

Here is Tan Son Nhat (ex Tan Son Nhut !) airport.



The base was first built by the French. In 1962, with US fonds, the base was extended, with the creation of the runways we know. The shelters were also later erected (2 phases).





The yellow building was the base operation center.

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Old 07-02-2010, 06:38 AM   #6
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Top left corner is the place were now old birds are grounded. CH-47, C-130, AC-119, to name a few...



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Duc My, Biet Dong Quan training Center, north of Nha Trang, on the way to Ban Me Thuot.

2009 :



39 years before.

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Back to Hue, inside the citadel.

VNMC 1972 vs some more peaceful scene !



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On the North East corner of the Presidential Palace, SGN.



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And front gates :



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[QUOTE=nguoi tien su;4095013]And front gates :



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A quick question and i appreciate an awful phrase, but i can't think of another.

Have the Vietnamese government woken to the fact that 'war-tourism' generates income?

For those viewing the thread that have travelled around the country, how were you received when enquiring about former US/ARVN installations?
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Excellent photos, keep em coming. Many thanks.
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Awesome photos NTS, keep it going
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:31 PM   #15
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Patrick,

IMO, to the VNmese, "war tourism" is the right mean to enhance propaganda. The war museum in Saigon is a good example among others and they really have some results with the basic tourists...

To make it short, my experience travelling around was rather positive. In the North people are really proud of their History, whereas in the South people are glad that people remember what had happened.

Irish and Mhk, thank you for your encouragements. More will follow !
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