• THE HOCHIMINH TRAIL - VIETNAMRIDER

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER or Road 14 (now is the Ho Chi Minh Road) from Saigon to Central Highlands is formed from the French colonial period, this was considered one of the main routes to serve the political and economic purpose of the government at the time. The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER.

    Road 14 (now is the Ho Chi Minh Road) from Saigon to Central Highlands is formed from the French colonial period, this was considered one of the main routes to serve the political and economic purpose of the government at the time.

    According to records as well as memories of a number of senior citizens, before, people want to travel between the regions, the main forest to forest, wading. The trails are very small, winding and difficult to go. Some bridges are only enough for pedestrians to cross. In 1908, from Pleiku to Kon Tum (45 km), one had to take a day and a half. But today it well knows as the best road for motorcycle tour in central Vietnam.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER

    After the establishment of the Agent Offices and Administration Offices in Gia Lai-Kon Tum Province, in order to serve the exploitation of resources on this land, the French colonialists undertook investigation and construction of a trans-Western transport network. As well as connecting the Central Highlands with neighboring areas. Initially, the roads were small enough for horses and oxen to walk. By 1930, the road from Buon Ma Thuot to Kon Tum was opened, but it was only a dirt road, and the rainy season was very difficult.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER

    By the end of 1930, the Road 14 of Kon Tum was started. The main labor force was used by the French colonialists to construct the road, mainly locals and political prisoners at Kon Tum House, Buon Ma Thuot ... In 1933, Road 14 in the Central Highlands was basically completed, is a 171 km long colonial route from Buon Ma Thuot to Dak To (50 km north of Kon Tum town). Since then, every year, roads have been expanded and repaired regularly. On Road 14, the winding sections are diverted; Several bridges were built (the largest was the Kon Tum bridge spanning the Dak Bla river, completed in July 1932 with a length of 139 meters). This is now become one of the best roads for motorcycle tour in central Vietnam.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER

    The Second World War broke out in 1939, and with the collapse of France in 1940, the plans for bridges, bridges and other planned developments on Road 14 in north Kon Tum had to be stopped. However, as soon as becoming Governor-Indochina-Jean Decoux has special interest in the Road 14 connecting Saigon with Da Nang through the Upper (ie Central Highlands). Because, "It could have made the swelter to the colonization of the Everglades." So, by 1943, the road from the Indo-China border to Kon Tum was almost complete.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER

    In the past, the Road 14 was renovated several times. Most notably, 1956 when the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (Saigon Government) was granted 2 million VND from the national budget to repair Road 14 from Km 312 to Km 326 south of Buon Ma Thuot. In that same year, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport worked on the project to permanently repair this road from the border crossing between Indochina and Kon Tum, and requested funding from the US aid agency to start construction in the year. 1957, completion time is 3 years with the cost about 80 million.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER

    Road 14 extended from Saigon to Dak Glei (Kon Tum province) by the end of 1963. The road is 10 meters wide, the surface is 6 meters wide, rolled stone and plastic, only a few pieces of soil gravel. On the Road 14, the bridges are made of concrete, steel reinforcement is 5.4 meters wide and longer than 10 meters. After 1964, in order to meet the needs of transport and serve the military purpose, while at the same time creating favorable conditions for the development of the Central Highlands, the Saigon government actively expanded and modernized the route.

    Actually, the time from Central Highlands to Ho Chi Minh City by Highway 14 is shorter much more than the National Highway 1A as also it’s the best road for motorcycle tour in central Vietnam.

    The Hochiminh Trail - VIETNAMRIDER


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