Landscape at Tu Vu, Phu Tho
Landscape at Tu Vu, Phu Tho

Hoa Binh Battle Tour - 1 Day

The Battle of Hoa Binh in 1951-1952 during the Franco-Viet Minh War or the First Indochina War was among the most important battles that helped to shape up the course of the war.

Trip highlights

  • Visiting the sites of the major individual battles and recall the development of each.
  • Understanding the tactics implemented by either side.
  • Analyzing the inter-relation between events and battles.

The site of the former French Fire Support Base at Tu Vu, Phu Tho
The site of the former French Fire Support Base at Tu Vu, Phu Tho

When talking about the battles between the French and Viet Minh during the First Indochina War, people would normally think of Dien Bien Phu Battle. But it was the Hoa Binh Battle that brought about the pivotal change in the war and it was the Battle of Hoa Binh that General Giap could use his military talents leading the French troops from one battle to another of which Dien Bien Phu was the major final one. In some respect we could say that the Battle of Hoa Binh was a pivotal battle in which the French lost the initiative power to Viet Minh for the rest of the war.

Site of the former French Fire Support Base at Nui Che, Ba Vi, Ha Tay (Hanoi now)
Site of the former French Fire Support Base at Nui Che, Ba Vi, Ha Tay (Hanoi now)

 

 

Nui Che viewed from North-East to South-West
Nui Che viewed from North-East to South-West

0800 A.M Depart Hanoi and travel along Route 32 to Son Tay where a major French base was located. Then follow the country road southward and visit Tu Vu, Da Chong and Che. We have time to analyze the development of the battle of Tu Vu and those along the Da River.

Later in the morning, visit and learn about the most important fire support base protecting Hoa Binh from the north. Have time to analyze the base and recall the battles back in time.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Giang Mo villages and recall a major battle on this route. Then proceed to Hoa Binh Town and learn about the French base here back in time. Learn about the attacks by Viet Minh into French positions in this town.

After that travel back to Hanoi via Route 6 and recall the important events and battles that took place on this route. Have time to summarize the whole battle and learn about the inter-relation between the battle of Hoa Binh and the subsequent ones. Arrive back at your hotel in Hanoi in late afternoon.

Route 6 at Luong Son, Hoa Binh
Route 6 at Luong Son, Hoa Binh

 

 

A view of Route 6, the Da River from Pheo Fire Base
A view of Route 6, the Da River from Pheo Fire Base

Inclusions
English-speaking guide as per itinerary;
Private car for all airport transfers and tours as indicated in the program;
Lunch;
All admission fees during guided times in the program;

Exclusions
Insurance of any types;
Others not clearly specified clearly in the inclusions;