Đông Hà

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Đông Hà

Thành phố Đông Hà
Đông Hà City
Flag of Đông Hà
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Official seal of Đông Hà
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Đông Hà is located in Vietnam
Đông Hà
Đông Hà
Location of in Vietnam
Coordinates: 16°49′49″N 107°5′50″E / 16.83028°N 107.09722°E / 16.83028; 107.09722
Country Vietnam
ProvinceQuảng Trị
Area
 • Total72.96 km2 (28.17 sq mi)
Population
(2009)
 • Total93,800
ClimateAm

Đông Hà (About this soundlisten) is the capital of Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam. Đông Hà is situated at the crossroads of National Highway 1A and Route 9, part of the East–West Economic Corridor (EWEC). It lies on the North–South Railway (Reunification Express) and is served by Đông Hà Railway Station. EWEC is an economic development program which includes northeast Thailand, Southern Laos, and central Vietnam.

History[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

During the Vietnam War, Đông Hà was the northernmost town in South Vietnam and was the location of a strategically important United States Marine Corps Đông Hà Combat Base, to support Marine positions along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).[1] The 3rd Marine Division had overall command and control of this operational area.[2] Large numbers of NVA operated in the DMZ area. 3rd Marine Division intelligence estimated the combat strength of NVA and VC forces in the DMZ area in January 1968 was 40,943 troops.[3] Đông Hà was overrun on March 31, 1972, during the initial assaults of the North Vietnamese Easter Offensive.

Tourists come to Đông Hà nowadays, especially ex-servicemen from the U.S. and Vietnam, who nearly always include a DMZ tour in their programs. The contemporary Vietnamese singer Như Quỳnh was born in Đông Hà in 1970.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Đông Hà
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 34.6
(94.3)
37.9
(100.2)
39.8
(103.6)
42.1
(107.8)
41.7
(107.1)
41.4
(106.5)
39.7
(103.5)
39.4
(102.9)
38.9
(102.0)
34.7
(94.5)
34.6
(94.3)
33.0
(91.4)
42.1
(107.8)
Average high °C (°F) 23.5
(74.3)
24.1
(75.4)
27.4
(81.3)
31.4
(88.5)
33.9
(93.0)
34.5
(94.1)
34.7
(94.5)
33.8
(92.8)
31.5
(88.7)
28.7
(83.7)
25.8
(78.4)
23.4
(74.1)
29.4
(84.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 20.1
(68.2)
20.5
(68.9)
22.9
(73.2)
25.9
(78.6)
28.3
(82.9)
29.6
(85.3)
29.5
(85.1)
28.8
(83.8)
27.1
(80.8)
25.2
(77.4)
22.8
(73.0)
20.4
(68.7)
25.1
(77.2)
Average low °C (°F) 17.7
(63.9)
18.3
(64.9)
20.2
(68.4)
22.8
(73.0)
24.9
(76.8)
26.3
(79.3)
26.2
(79.2)
25.7
(78.3)
24.3
(75.7)
22.9
(73.2)
20.6
(69.1)
18.3
(64.9)
22.4
(72.3)
Record low °C (°F) 10.0
(50.0)
11.2
(52.2)
9.4
(48.9)
15.8
(60.4)
17.4
(63.3)
21.5
(70.7)
22.2
(72.0)
22.7
(72.9)
18.6
(65.5)
16.9
(62.4)
13.3
(55.9)
9.8
(49.6)
9.4
(48.9)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 48
(1.9)
33
(1.3)
30
(1.2)
60
(2.4)
122
(4.8)
92
(3.6)
73
(2.9)
174
(6.9)
389
(15.3)
661
(26.0)
398
(15.7)
171
(6.7)
2,250
(88.6)
Average precipitation days 12.2 11.5 9.9 9.8 10.3 8.9 7.2 10.7 16.5 20.5 20.3 16.9 154.7
Average relative humidity (%) 87.9 86.9 86.8 84.1 78.1 72.5 70.5 74.4 83.8 87.6 87.9 87.6 82.6
Mean monthly sunshine hours 118 96 140 175 232 222 238 206 167 136 95 87 1,910
Source: Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keith W. Nolan The Story of an Armored Cavalry Squadron in Vietnam: 1-1 Cav, 1967-1968 ... Just north of Đông Hà on April 6 the correspondent, Brummett, and Nguyễn Ngọc Lương, the paper's interpreter, waited for a possible tank battle"
  2. ^ Pike, COL Thomas F., Military Records, February 1968, 3rd Marine Division: The Tet Offensive, Charleston: Creatspace, ISBN 978-1-481219-46-4
  3. ^ Pike, COL Thomas F., Military Records, February 1968, 3rd Marine Division: The Tet Offensive, p. 115, ISBN 978-1-481219-46-4. NVA and VC Order of Battle information is located on pages 114-127.
  4. ^ "Vietnam Building Code Natural Physical & Climatic Data for Construction" (PDF). Vietnam Institute for Building Science and Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2018.

See also[edit]

  • Dong Ha travel guide from Wikivoyage