Dong Ap Bia


Dong Ap Bia

Dong Ap Bia (Ap Bia Mountain) is a mountain on the Laotian border of South Vietnam in Thua Thien-Hue Province. Rising from the floor of the western A Shau Valley, it is a looming, solitary massif, unconnected to the ridges of the surrounding Annamite range. It dominates the northern valley, towering some 937 metres above sea level. Snaking down from its highest peak are a series of ridges and fingers, one of the largest extending southeast to a height of 900 metres, another reaching south to a 916-meter peak. The entire mountain is a rugged, uninviting wilderness blanketed in double- and triple-canopy jungle, dense thickets of bamboo, and waist-high elephant grass. Local Montagnard tribesmen called Ap Bia "the mountain of the crouching beast."

In May 1969, Dong Ap Bia was the site of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

Coordinates: 16°15′N 107°11′E / 16.25°N 107.183°E / 16.25; 107.183


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