Hightlight: The My Lai Massacre approximately [mi.˧˩˥'lɐːj˧˧]) (Vietnamese: thảm sát Mỹ Lai) was the mass murder conducted by U.S. Army forces on March 16, 1968 of 347 to 504 unarmed citizens in South Vietnam, all of whom were civilians and majority of whom were women, children, and elderly people.
Many of the victims were sexually abused, beaten, tortured, and some of the bodies were found mutilated. The massacre took place in the Strategic Hamlets of Mỹ Lai and My Khe of Sơn Mỹ village during the Vietnam War Easy Indochina Travel While 26 US soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses for their actions at My Lai, only William Calley was convicted. He served only three years of an original life sentence, while on house arrest.
When the incident became public knowledge in 1969, it prompted widespread outrage around the world. The massacre also reduced U.S. support at home for the Vietnam War Easy Indochina Travel. Three U.S. servicemen who made an effort to halt the massacre and protect the wounded were denounced by U.S. Congressmen, received hate mail, death threats and mutilated animals on their doorsteps. Only 30 years after the event were their efforts honored.
The massacre is also known as the Sơn Mỹ Massacre (Vietnamese: thảm sát Sơn Mỹ) or sometimes as the Song My Massacre. The U.S. military codeword for the hamlet was Pinkville.
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In the morning, we’ll drive to Chi Thanh via country roads. Then, we’ll ride to Dieu Tri for lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll relax with a transfer to Quang Ngai city for our overnight stay.
We’ll begin the day with a ride from the hotel to the site of the My Lai massacre in 1968. Then, we’ll visit a school for charity and ride on to My Khe beach to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll ride to Chau o before transferring to Hoi An for the night.
You’ll have the entire fourth day free. You may choose to cycle to My Son heritage, or just explore the city at your own leisure. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to Da Nang for your next flight.
- Air-conditioned bus
- Support vehicle to carry gear, luggage, first aid
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Airport transfer in/out
- Pick up & drop off at your hotel
- Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All biking gear (bike, helmet, tool kit, water cage)
- Water, snacks, soft drinks, and fresh fruit on cycling days
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses