Battles Of Vietnam
Battles of Vietnam
For many foreigners, Vietnam is synonymous with war. In reality, it's a beautiful nation of kind, peaceful people. The Viet Cong won independence in 1975. Many attractions echo that era. Your professional guide will showcase a number of these sites on this scenic Ho Chi Minh City tour.
First, you'll be comfortably transported to the Nui Dat Task Force Base. In 1966, this site was the first Australian Task Force base. The columns forming the gate still stand in what is now Bai Rai city. The former runway is now the main street of the village and the former helipad has been transformed into a lively soccer field.
Nearby is the new kindergarten school, erected in 2010. Funded by the Australian Vietnam Volunteers Resource Group, the school resides on the same site where 5,000 Australians were stationed in 1966.
Next, you'll pass the Discourtesy Rubber Plantation and visit the Long Tan Cross Memorial, erected by the Royal Australian Regiment on 18 August, 1969 to mark the site of the Battle of Long Tan. Prior to the battle, the Viet Cong built tunnels to counter the exclusion zone set by the Australians. The tunnel spans two miles, leading to Long Tan. You'll get to explore the Long Phuoc Tunnels.
You then visit Ming Dam (the former Secret Zone) before driving along the stunning coast, leading you to tropical Long Hai, where up and coming beaches abound.
Lunch with beverages is served in the coastal town of Ba Ria, before returning to your port. An experienced guide will add color to the sites on this memorable adventure. Book this Ho Chi Minh City tour for a memorable Vietnam experience at a low price.
Please Note: Western-style food is available upon request at the time of booking for an additional fee to be paid on the day of your tour (not included, approximately $10 US). Passengers will be granted a Vietnam visa by the cruise line. Some of the cruise lines include the visa within the cruise package. However, if a visa was not included in your cruise package, you pay may purchase one directly onboard. The cost can be up to $50 US per person, depending on the cruise line.
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