Located in North Central Vietnam, Quang Tri Province is very famous for its beauty with a lot of historic beautiful places, especially Ben Hai River and Hien Luong Bridge. It has also become the boundary between the South and the North of Vietnam during the war for over 20 years. It is surrounded by Quang Binh Province on the north, Thua Thien-Hue Province on the south, Savannakhet Province of Laos on the west, and the Eastern is Pacific Ocean coastline within 75 km of seaside. The highlands, characterized by steep slopes, sharp crests, and narrow valleys, are covered mainly by a dense broadleaf evergreen forest. Its topography consists of mountains, hills, plains, sand dunes and beaches. The long coast and complex network of rivers includes the Ben Hai, Cam Lo Rivers offering a good potential for hydroelectricity production and aquaculture.
The weather features a wide range of temperatures, it rainfall, with hot and dry south-west winds and much cooler wet weather during the rainy season (November to mid-March). Annual average temperature is 24°C, but temperatures can drop as low as 7°C during the rainy season.
During the resistance war against American Empire, Quang Tri was one of the harshest lands because of bombs and bullets. Nowadays, Quang Tri has become the historic landmark with a lot of beautiful and attractive places. Crossing the suspension bridge Dakrong, the historic trail named Ho Chi Minh- the great name always in the heart of Vietnamese people -has brought much spirit of Vietnamese people during the war years against American Empire.
Ben Hai River in Quang Tri province is a river in central Vietnam which became an important landmark in the partition of the country into a northern and a southern zone along the 17th parallel by the Geneva Accords of 1954. The demilitarized zone (DMZ) eparating the two parts extended about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from either side of the river.
Ben Hai River has a total length of about 100 kilometers; its source is located in the Annamite Mountains along the border from Laos flows into the Southern China Sea at the Tung River’s estuary. In the mountains, the river was named Rao Thanh. It flows from west to east just south close to the northern border of Quang Tri Province, in which it is located. At its widest point, the river is about 200 meters wide.
At the time of the partition, the principal north-south road Highway 1 crossed the Ben Hai River over Hien Luong Bridge (also known as the "Peace Bridge", a beam bridge built from steel by the French in 1950). After the partition, the northern portion of the bridge was painted red and the southern portion yellow. The bridge was damaged by American bombardment during the Vietnam War in 1967. After the Paris Peace Accords, a modern bridge was built next to the old bridge.
The ancient citadel of Quang Tri attached the campaign of summer 1972. And it also has proud of its beauty, because of many other interesting places such as Truong Son, Vinh Moc, Khe Sanh, Con Tien-Doc Mieu, Mac-na-ma-ra electronic fence. The Tung River’s estuary beach of Quang Tri province is also known as the queen among Indochina beaches