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Long Tan/ Nui Dat tour from HCMC

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1. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

Has anyone out there done a tour of Long Tan?
Have read and heard a fair bit and I am thinking of heading out there.

Just interested on anyone's thoughts, and where is the best deal to book etc.

Any other advice on tours or places to see from Saigon would also be welcomed :)



2. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It is a bit of a tick in the tourist box but we did the Cu Chi Tunnels tour, which wasn't too bad. You could also go down to the Mekong Delta for a couple of days, or combine this with heading across the border into Cambodia if that is the direction you are travelling.

3. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Cu Chi tunnels was a hit. Although travelling with two (2) kids makes life hard.
Might do the Mekong too....thanks for the advice

4. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Just for interest for anyone reading this post....

I did the Long Tan/ Nui Dat tour (SAS Hill) and it was great. It was a couple of hours drive, but I think it was worth it. It is particularly relevant for Australian veterans who fought there, or who had family members serve there.

It is a good history lesson (although I am very familiar as family members served here), and whilst there isn't much as far as touristy things to see, it helps to understand the people and their struggles. The old runway is still there, and there is nothing but rubber trees (exactly as it was 40 yrs ago) surrounding the memorial. It was also interesting that the Australians were the only ones allowed to have a memorial in Vietnam, not even a South Vietnamese memorial has been allowed. Apparently veterans continue to return here and fund education, building, and reconstruction of the area. There were also over 30 000 land mines laid by Australia surrounding their camp...all of which were removed by the Australians prior to leaving. They have gained much respect in the Ba Rai area and I think it is commendable.

Anyone interested in the tour I would highly recommend it (cost was $210 ex Saigon 4 pax inc lunch and guides).

(*you can't do this tour without government permission and offical guide)

Strike Swiftly

[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2009, at 06:39 by kevandshan ]