Tours Vietnam – Battle of Long Tan Cross

Long Tan Battlefield and surrounds

Recently took a tour to see the Long Tan Battlefield and memorial. This was booked through Best Cruises Travel – Stefan who organized a driver and a guide for two people for USD 200. Prices vary on season and number of people.
The best part was the guide provided, Chien Taninh (Dingo), who spoke English very well, and took us through the history and sites of the Australian operation in Nui Dat and the Battlefield in Long Tan. Once we reached the Long Tan Memorial Cross, he conducted a memorial and flower laying service including Last Post, Reveille and Australian National anthem. The tour also includes other areas of the conflict including tunnels of Long Phoc and a good lunch at Hai Bay.
I had trouble looking for trips for small groups to the battlefield and was impressed when Chien invited another unguided group to join us for the service and they were moved by the gesture and appreciative of the service.
Highly recommend Chien and his team as the trip was well worth the price and the van very clean and comfortable.

Source: Tripadvisor.com

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This trip allows you to visit former battle field sites for Australian veteran within one day from Ho Chi Minh City. The trip covers some places such as: Nui Dat SS Hill, Long Tan Cross, Old Australian bases, Helipad as well as some former strong hold of Viet Cong, the Long Phuoc tunnel.

ITINERARY:
Our car and tour guide will pick up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and transfer to Vung Tau. Our first stop is the sight of the former Nui Dat Task Force Base (Nui Dat SS Hill). Little remains of this camp except the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a wide street in the local village and the old heli-pad is now a soccer field. A school established by the Australians is nearby. Later, drive past the location of the Horseshoe (access not permitted these days due to mining activity) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels and visit Ming Dam (no longer the “Secret Zone”) and Long Hai. Later on, we transfer to Ba Ria town for our lunch. In the afternoon, we transfer back to Saigon.

What’s included:
Private transfer & transport with A/C
English speaking guide
Flowers, entrance fee & permits
Cold water
Lunch

What’s Excluded:
Personal travel insurance
Pre and post accommodation
Personal expense

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You go around Baria town, the capital of Phuoc tuy province before 1975, have a look at the picture theater where a small fighting took place on the Tet offensive 1968 between the Allied and the VC and the Baria water tower showed an Aussie humanitarian behavior.

You will go to the Long phuoc Tunnel as a storage of ammunition, the only one existed next to Nuidat. it is over 1.1 kilometers long. a clean and winding track in side, the government put cement on the wall and on top to make red soil stable. it can’t fall down.

You continue going on to the pearly gates, Nuidat entrance, and  an artilery area on the right, where Vc mortars shell down over this area in the early morning of seventeenth, August 1966, this  gave rise to the battle of Longtan which was the fateful event  of both sides, eighteenth, August 1966 from 3.30 pm to 7.30pm under the monsoonal downpour and the torrential rain.

You will turn right and go along Kangaroo pad where choppers, Hueys took off and landed. oyu will see gum trees as eucalypts imported from Oz, but no Koalas live here, maybe the vet tourguide raised one in his bag!

You turn left and go a little farther, you will see a small checking point with the relics of a barrier and you have a look at the panorama of SAS sqadron, an infantry company and transport troops stationed here, especially 547 signals troop based on top to listen in  the VC deployment.

You will go back and turn left, go on this new bitumen track,  on the right, if you wanna go for a walk to 6 RAR headquarters, the Vet tourguide will show you the way to get there, you will see some remnants as  the concrete foundation left where lieutenant colonel,  Colin townsend commanded this karma game! and then,  you will see an intersection called Luscombe Bowl where two famous singers Little pattie, born 1949,  and Col Joye performed a concert on the fateful day but Delta company men missed that concert as they were busy with patrolling.

you taxi on Luscombe runway, Aussie army named this airfield after Luscombe, an RAAF lieutenant Brian Luscombe, who was the first Aussie pilot gave his life for the country tn the Korean war in 1952,

You drop by the AVVRG-sponsored kindergarten to go sightseeing around this kangaroo school, the kangaroo symbol on the gates and the doors inside.This  school was  opened in 2002 and now it is re-opened by the Aussie volunteers living in Vungtau city.

You will go straight to Longtan mermorial cross established in 1969 by the 6RAR

this cross standing now is a replica, the origin has been in Dongnai museum, 30 kilometers far from SGN. A visit to here is an emotional and moving experience. climbing down the track from a car to the cross in the rubber will bring to you something new and unbelievable.

Firstly, the Vet tourguide instructs you how to lay roses for taking photos and he will conduct the mermorial service as a padre or a chaplain.

” Remember O Lord, all those the brave and the true…

We are standing here to salute and honor the forgotten heroes…

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old….

One minute-silience for all Aussie soldiers who gave their lives for….

If you were a vet, he would read your name and ranking, you would lay roses and poppies at the bottom of the cross.

You will enjoy something special to remember who the fallen are and who you are.

Lastly, you will take photos of your mates gathering beside the cross on which the bronze plaque is hung.

When you go on this tour or any tour , try to keep in mind one thing ” something to remember, something to forget.”