Want to go back for a Visit?

Here are two sources for "packaged" tours that will give You the biggest bang for the buck!

Quest for Healing


Quest for Healing is dedicated to helping Vietnam Veterans find closure, healing, and psychological peace by returning to Vietnam, replacing memories that never change and never age, with newer and hopefully happier ones.  

I initially returned to Vietnam in October of 1997 in a final attempt to regain control over my life. My goal was not only to go back and face some of the areas where I had served in the past, but hopefully to replace bad memories with good memories, or at least different ones. Well I did just that. I could not find anything resembling what I had remembered during those war torn years, but was able to make my own private peace with the country. I was also able to finally relax after awhile and have some fun.

The people I met were for the most part, in their 20s, early 30s, and of course the students, anxious to practice their English skills. None of these people were political, nor were they part of the war. "Before 1975" was the term they used. The few people who were old enough to remember, or have been part of the war had had it very hard for a long time.Many of those that I talked to had spent time in prison (1-7 years), or in the country at a labor farm.They are now working in the streets of Saigon as vendors or riding cyclos (three-wheeled bicycle taxis).

Little by little the mental pictures started to change, and I was able to make changes in my attitude as well as the way I perceived the environment around me. Gradually, as I traveled to Pleiku, Kon Tum, DaNang, Hanoi, and back to Saigon, (now Ho Chi Minh City), I started to relax and enjoy myself a little more. This process continued to work on me even after I returned home. I continued to process my experiences and share them with my wife and others. (My wife states that she "has a new husband.")

This trip has been the most effective treatment I have had since the war, so much that I felt the need to share this kind of healing with other Vietnam vets who need this experience.

Travel arrangements are in place for the first Monday in March and September each year. Special tours are available as needed and are totally flexible.

Walter (Waldo) Bacak, born in Albany, Oregon. served three tours with the Army in Vietnam.

1967: Team Leader with the 1st Bde.(LRRP)- 101st Airborne

1970 & 1971:Assigned to Tm 162 (Red Hats) MACV advisers to the Vietnamese Airborne  

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Potentiality Tours

War Veteran Tours have been set up by Vietnamese veterans for their foreign counterparts who participated in the two Indochina Wars. These are special tour programs for those who have served in Viet Nam and now wish to revisit the former locations and areas of their former units, the Viet Cong war zones, and especially former battlefields.

There are also more extensive programs for veterans from all countries (U.S., South Korea, Thailand, Australia, France, Philippines) who were part of wars in Vietnam. These tours enable veterans to visit places in our country, whether they are in the south or the north.

Ho Chi Minh Trail:
This trail initially started out as a small trail in the mountainous ranges of Truong Son for foot soldiers only, but later developed into an intricate, interlaced road network along the majestic mountains for foot messengers, guides, and big trucks. For more than a decade, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a special supply and communication line from north Viet Nam to the battlefields of south Viet Nam.

Khe Sanh (Quang Tri Province): Khe Sanh is situated at a very important location in Quang Tri province, 600 km south of Hanoi. It is a valley in between the jungles and mountains, with an area of nearly 10 km2. Geographically, this valley is like the Dien Bien Phu valley (northwest of Vietnam), which was considered one of the most important US Army’s bases and defense lines from 1966 to 1967. 

Ben Hai River: From 1954 to 1957, the Ben Hai River served as the demarcation line between the Republic of Viet Nam (South Viet Nam) and the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam (North Viet Nam). The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) consisted of a 5 km area on either side of the demarcation line.

Truong Son Cemetery: Located on top of a hill at the center of 8 others, in the formation of a blooming flower with 8 petals in Vinh Truong Village, Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province of 106 hectares in area, the main cemetery has an area of 46 hectares holding 10,327 graves of Vietnamese soldiers who died during the war. It is divided into five zones: the Central Zone with the memorial and four others classified by names of provinces. There is a group of memorials between Zone 4 and Zone 5 demonstrating the courageous spirit of Regiment 559, and showing the friendship between Vietnam and Laos. Every year, this cemetery welcomes about 20,000 visitors from everywhere in the country and abroad. Among them are foreign visitors who flew thousands of miles to pay a visit to Truong Son Cemetery.

Vinh Moc Tunnels: Vinh Moc, in Quang Tri province, was where the first US bombs were dropped in North Vietnam. In June 1965, after heavy bombardments, Vine Moc villagers started digging shelters beneath their houses and then joined with the neighbors to create a web of tunnels. Every household was entitled to 4 m2. Households were connected to public facilities, such as meeting rooms, art performance room, and a clinic where 17 babies were born. vinhmoc1.gif (17765 bytes)
Dong Loc Road Junction: The intersection of provincial roads 5 and 15 used to be the main junction of the supply line during the war . American aircraft heavily bombarded the area in repeated efforts to destroy the junction. The less than 20 km section of road underwent 2,057 air bombardments. A unit of ten young female volunteers, aged 17 to 20 was assigned to keep the road
open to traffic.  Despite repeated heavy bombardments, they stayed at their post, using only shovels and hoes to level bomb craters. A monument engraved with the names of the ten heroines was erected on a hill at the Dong Loc Road Junction.

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