LongTan memorial in 2002

The Long Tan Cross Memorial

HCM City – LongPhuoc Tunnels –- Nui Dat former base -– Long Tan Cross – VungTau beach (One Day Trip)

Tour Code: SBL4B

Departure 7:30 am at your hotel, we drive 2 hours to BaRia and on to LongPhuoc commune. We visit LongPhuoc tunnels, constructed by the VC in 1948. Passing the big memorial building, you will find the real tunnel of LongPhuoc remain in a small area. It is nice to have a short walk inside the tunnel. Then we proceed to Nui Dat area, we will walk up to the former site of NuiDat. There are not much left here, but it used to be a former artillery base, medical-aid areas. Then we will take a short transfer to the former runway of NuiDat airfield – a field air-strip as well as several concrete relics.
We continue to Long Tan Cross, which was the site of the battle that Australian and New Zealand army were involved in August 18th 1966.

We may also have an opportunity to interact with one of the VC veterans at his own house. He was a chief VC regiment, a survivor after LongTan battle. (if time permitting & he is available).
Then we drive to VungTau beach. Time to relax and swim in Bai Sau beach. Lunch break. If time permitting, you can walk up the small mountain to visit Giant Jesus statue. This is an enormous Rio de Janeiro style figure of Jesus, with his arms out stretched gazing out across the sea. The 32m high Giant Jesus statue was constructed in 1974 on the site of an old lighthouse built by the French a century before.
Want to have more adventure ? Climb to the top of Jesus’ arms and enjoy the breathtaking panorama view of Vung Tau city. Be aware that the stairs are made for small-sized feet.
Back in Saigon around 18.00. End of tour.

Tour price: Please contact us for update new price with permit for visit LongTan.

* 4,740,000 vnd (US$ 205) / solo person .
* 2,540,000 vnd (US$ 110) / person (2 people).
* 2,190,000 vnd (US$ 95) / person (3 people).
* 1,850,000 vnd (US$ 80) / person (4 to 8 people).

Services included:

All travel permit, entrance fees.
Transport : A/c bus with cool drinking water. (Two 0.5L bottles per day per person)
Guide: Experienced tour guide.
Lunch break at local restaurant in BaRia or VungTau.

Not included: Insurance, personal expenses.

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More photos of the NuiDat base and Long Tan cross area during the war time:

NuiDat airfield base
NuiDat airfield seen from the hill
Nuidat airfield during the war
Nuidat airfield during the war
NuiDat airfield
NuiDat airfield
Military trucks in Nuidat base
Military trucks in Nuidat base
LongPhuoc tunnel site closed to NuiDat and LongTan cross
LongPhuoc tunnel site, only a few kilometers from NuiDat and LongTan
Former runway of NuiDat airbase
Former runway of NuiDat airbase
Former runway of NuiDat airbase now become rubber plantation
Former runway of NuiDat airbase now become the rubber plantation
LongTan cross in 2013
LongTan cross in 2013

Besides Long Tan cross and Nuidat historical sites, BaRia have other sites such as PhuocHai & LongHai fishing villages, NuiDinh pilgrim center, MinhDam guerrilla base. Let our guide knows if you are interested in these places. On our way back to Saigon, our choice for visit will be LongSon island, a fishermen island with its special wooden community house. An interesting place with local rules, religion and way of living.

LongSon big wooden house
LongSon big wooden house
Architecture inside LongSon big house
Architecture inside LongSon big house

Source of link for Long Tan Cross

6 RAR Commander’s Diary
(Long Tan vets win recognition at last)
(Bob Buick’s Vietnam Page)
(The forgotten heroes)
Martin Walsh, 2006, “The Battle of Long Tan, South Vietnam, 18 August 1966, Quick Facts Sheet”.
Harry Smith (no date), “The Battle of Long Tan”
anzacday.org, 2000, “Being a historian: Investigating the Battle of Long Tan” (School resources)
Terry Burstall, 1991, “Long Tan: The Other Side of the Hill” (Interviews with Vietnamese participants.)
The Battle of Long Tan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Long_Tan

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