Our Vietnam military tours start from Ho Chi Minh City with .... a drive to Vung Tau, visiting battle sites such as the Long Tan Cross, the Horseshoe and the Long Phuoc Tunnels en-route, and after lunch, Nui Dat (SAS Hill) and the Ba Ria Orphanage.
We alwaysl try to find some of the local Vietnam veterans who fought in the remarkable battle of Long Tan. Although extensively documented by the survivors of Australia's heaviest engagement of the war, little is known of the Viet Cong's actions and ultimate defeat at the hands of a heavily outnumbered enemy.
DAY 1 HO CHI MINH CITY - VUNG TAU (L,D)
Morning: our tour guide and driver will pick you up at 08:00 at your hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and depart for the trip by road. Our first stop is the sight of the former Nui Dat Task Force Base" (Nui Dat SAS 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 helipad is now a soccer field. A school established by the Australians is nearby.
Later, we 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. 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.
Later on, we transfer to Ba Ria town for our lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: visit Giant Jesus Statue. Walking up the 847 stairs and meeting the 32 meter-tall (105 feet) Statue of Jesus, considered one of the tallest statues of Jesus Christ in Asia. Its outstretched arms span a little over 18.4 meters. Check in hotel, leisure for swimming before enjoying dinner.
Evening: free to explore Vung Tau city night.
DAY 2 VUNG TAU - HO CHI MINH CITY (B,L)
The morning is free to relax on the beach or by the pool or explore more of Vung Tau after breakfast. After that, have lunch and then driving back to Saigon. End of tour.