Minh Dam Bases

Attraction Lang Phuoc Hai, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Viet Nam Published on: 29-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
07:00 AM
08:30 AM
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Minh Dam is located in the Chau Long-Chau Vien Mountains on the southeast side of Long Dat District. Minh Dam reaches 355 meters and extends eight kilometers.

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Why Minh Dam Bases is special ?

Minh Dam is located in the Chau Long-Chau Vien Mountains on the southeast side of Long Dat District. Minh Dam reaches 355 meters and extends eight kilometers. The mountains were renamed in 1948 after Minh and Dam, two revolutionary martyrs in the liberation troops.


The mountain is bordered on three sides by the sea and has many natural caves and fresh spring water. The mountain served as the military base for the liberation troop against the French and the Americans.


The base is comprised of four main sections—Da Che (split rock), Gieng Gach Pagoda, Chau Vien and Da Giang. Da Che is where important troops were stationed during the war. Gieng Gach Pagoda is located on the north side of the mountain. It is named after an ancient pagoda that was completely destroyed. Chau Vien, the west side of the mountain provided shelter for the army medical corps and security units, while Da Giang is located on the foot of the mountain. Da Giang no longer exists today.


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What to explore at Minh Dam Bases?

Minh Dam today is an ideal destination for many different tourism methods such as ecological tourism, outdoor tourism, mountain climbing and returning to traditional moral values tourism to educate the revolution traditions for the young generation today. Except for a war museum on the top of the mountain, visitors will be able to explore large, overcast caves, have fun with cheeky monkeys and bathe in sumptuous streams.

Riding along the coastal road to Minh Dam, we were thrilled by the beautiful scenery, especially the sections of road straddled by mountains and beaches. The road is planted with white and pink cherry blossoms. According to locals, the road is most beautiful in the springtime when the trees are in bloom.

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  • The Sentinels: history with a view
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  • You should bring bottle water (soaking wet), mosquito repellant... wear sun screen (when it's roasting), hat, socks with grips (the steps have little grips, smooth surface)
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  • You can also visit Bach Van Cavern and Bach Van Temple, remnants of Cao Dai religion
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  • You should spend time exploring the base’s caves and climbing to the cavern and the temple where you're able to see a view of the beaches of Long Hai and the coastal road. While exploring the sites, we may catch glimpses of wild squirrels and monkeys.
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“The Sentinels: history with a view” In the last couple of weeks a new historic attraction has opened high atop the Long Hai Mountains in Baria-Vung Tau Province, Viet Nam. ‘Da Tre’ (or what I am referring to as The Sentinels) is a group of massive vertical granite boulders standing to attention, keeping watch over the south eastern section of the province, from the highest point in the section of the mountains known as the Minh Dam Secret Zone. The Sentinels sit on an historic rich area of Viet Nam. The Sentinels has been a lookout platform for Vietnamese armies and resistance fighters for many decades: against the French, the Japanese, the French again, the Australians, the Americans and the Chinese. Prior to that, Champa and Khmer history unfolded here. And even prior to that, Neolithic man lived here (stone tools have been found here). The Minh Dam Secret Zone is part of the Long Hai Mountain range. The Long Hai Mountains are an easy 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Vung Tau island. The Sentinels is very easy to access from the Minh Dam Secret Zone parking bay. First, walk to the Minh Dam Museum (only a couple of hundred metres from the park). When you reach the museum take the path to the right of the museum and head further up the mountain. The signage is not in English but when you see a new stone path take it. You are heading to the two gigantic red flags flying above The Sentinels. The flags are easy to spot. If in doubt, simply draw two flags and ask the locals for directions. It is not a difficult walk at all, however, do take some water and wear sensible shoes. According to Google earth, The Sentinels is only 615 metres (as the crow flies) from the parking bay. The parking bay is at an altitude of 210 metres and The Sentinels is at 274 metres altitude, so there is only a slight climb. For travelers with GPS, The Sentinels is at 10°24´North and 107°15´East. Once atop the Sentinels the northern panorama reveals itself. Take your camera. There are no safety fences so please mind your step. Enjoy your experience and appreciate that you are well off the beaten tourist track

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“The Sentinels: history with a view” In the last couple of weeks a new historic attraction has opened high atop the Long Hai Mountains in Baria-Vung Tau Province, Viet Nam. ‘Da Tre’ (or what I am referring to as The Sentinels) is a group of massive vertical granite boulders standing to attention, keeping watch over the south eastern section of the province, from the highest point in the section of the mountains known as the Minh Dam Secret Zone. The Sentinels sit on an historic rich area of Viet Nam. The Sentinels has been a lookout platform for Vietnamese armies and resistance fighters for many decades: against the French, the Japanese, the French again, the Australians, the Americans and the Chinese. Prior to that, Champa and Khmer history unfolded here. And even prior to that, Neolithic man lived here (stone tools have been found here). The Minh Dam Secret Zone is part of the Long Hai Mountain range. The Long Hai Mountains are an easy 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from Vung Tau island. The Sentinels is very easy to access from the Minh Dam Secret Zone parking bay. First, walk to the Minh Dam Museum (only a couple of hundred metres from the park). When you reach the museum take the path to the right of the museum and head further up the mountain. The signage is not in English but when you see a new stone path take it. You are heading to the two gigantic red flags flying above The Sentinels. The flags are easy to spot. If in doubt, simply draw two flags and ask the locals for directions. It is not a difficult walk at all, however, do take some water and wear sensible shoes. According to Google earth, The Sentinels is only 615 metres (as the crow flies) from the parking bay. The parking bay is at an altitude of 210 metres and The Sentinels is at 274 metres altitude, so there is only a slight climb. For travelers with GPS, The Sentinels is at 10°24´North and 107°15´East. Once atop the Sentinels the northern panorama reveals itself. Take your camera. There are no safety fences so please mind your step. Enjoy your experience and appreciate that you are well off the beaten tourist track

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