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The little town of Pleiku, and its surrounds, in southern Vietnam played host to the first conventional battle of the Vietnam War. Today the village stands reconstructed as a quiet, friendly frontier town.

The NVA (North Vietnamese Army) attack on Pleiku in 1965 sparked what became known as the Rolling Thunder campaign. Some 10 years later Pleiku was abandoned – and little of the town was left standing, although since the 1990’s much of it has been recreated.

Be sure to head out on an early morning stroll along Tran Phu and into the town’s colourful markets where you’ll see all kinds of produce (thanks to the clement climate) being hawked.

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