The tour to Long Tan Nui Dat Battle Field is customized for veterans, particularly the Australian veterans to return to the battle field (in Long Tan Commune) which was used to be the shelter of the Australian soldiers as the ally of the United States in Vietnam War during 1966-1967. Joining the tour, you will pay a solem visit to the Long Tan Cross Memorial, the site of Horseshoe FSB and the Long Phuoc Tunnels.
Furthermore, you also have time to gather and look back on one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War – the Battle of Long Tan (18th August 1966). Especially, the Long Tan battle field has become the memorial site which annually welcomes a number of Australia veterans.
8.00am Our driver will meet you up at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and our local guide will get on car on middle way (Vung Tau City). We will reach Long Tan Commune in Dat Do District, Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province after three-hour-drive.
Long Tan is deeply etched into ANZAC folklore. In the late afternoon of August 18, 1966, D Company, 6 RAR – despite being heavily outnumbered – fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength during a grueling three-hour battle.
The first stop on this full-day tour is the former site of Australia’s Nui Dat Task Force Base (Nui Dat SAS Hill). The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4 kilometer radius of the base, therefore the people of Long Tan and Long Phuoc villages were forcibly resettled. Little remains of this military camp today except the columns of the main gate. The former runway is now a street in the local village, and the old helipad is now a soccer field.
Afterward, drive past the location of Horseshoe FSB (access is not permitted due to the continued presence of land mines) to the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation. Visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, a focal point for remembrance, before continuing on to the Long Phuoc Tunnels. Like other tunnels systems found in Vietnam the Long Phuoc Tunnels included meeting areas, first aid stations, and fighting pits. We will drive back to Ba Ria for late lunch at a local restaurant. Our tour guide will recommend you some specialties of this land, it all depends on you. After a short rest, you will return to Ho Chi Minh City.