YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE SPECIAL THAT YOU WANT TO SEE OR YOU WANT TO GO? WELL WE WILL GET YOU THERE.
Drive up though Baria to Nui Dat, tour the old Task force base. Wander around the old base and see what remains of the Task Forces time there including SAS Hill. See the new school that has been built by The Vung Tau Veterans & Friends Children’s Fund. Nui Dat (Núi Đất) is the former name for a part of Ba Ria city now in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province. It is not the name of an official ward, it just means “Earth hill”. The site was chosen by Lieutenant General John Winton in 1966 and was built mainly by men from the 6RAR The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4,000-metre (4,400 yd) radius of the base in order to ensure the security of the facility. Ultimately this policy—which was an unusual step among allied bases in Vietnam—required the resettlement of the villages of Long Tan, with a population of 1000, and Long Phuoc, with a population of 3000. Both villages were subsequently destroyed; a task which was complete by July 1966. After the withdrawal of Australian forces in December 1972, the base was “stripped bare”.
LONG TAN CROSS
Drive to Long Tan and relive he Batlle as told by the Veteran that Accompanies you. Learn about the horrific battle and the bravery of all the troops involved… A Truely emotional experience
The Long Tan Cross is a memorial which was erected by the 6RAR on 18 August 1969 to mark the site of the Battle of Long Tan, which was fought three years earlier during the war. While the cross was removed following the Communist victory in 1975 and used to commemorate a priest, it was recovered by the Dong Nai Province Museum in 1984 and placed on display (it is still there). A replica cross was also erected on the battlefield during the 1980
While the Australian force comprised only 108 men, it managed to hold off the approximately 2500-strong Communist force with the assistance of supporting artillery. 6 RAR and the other Australian units engaged suffered 18 killed and 24 wounded, making this the most costly Australian battle of the war.
LONG PHOUC TUNNELS
Drive up to Long Phuoc to tour the tunnels dug there by the Viet Minh and Viet Cong. The Tunnel caretaker is a retired Viet Cong Soldier who will guide you though the Tunnels and escort you through the museum. The village was destroyed and forcibly resettled by Australian troops establishing an exclusion zone around the newly constructed Nui Dat base in the weeks leading up to the battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966. The village was one of two destroyed as a Vietcong stronghold, standing on a maze of tunnels, one of which ran nearly 2 miles to Long Tan.
Drive to the famous Horseshoe the old Aussie Fire Support Base (FSB) on to Dat Do and see the old site of the infamous MINEFIELD. Despite warnings from engineer and infantry officers that it was unlikely to work, the commander of the operation Brigadier Graham, oversaw the construction of two parallel fences of barbed wire, 100 metres apart. Each wire fence was 1.82 meters high x 1.82 meters wide x 11 kilometers long. In between the fences the men of 1 Field Squadron laid 21,048 US M16 Jumping Jack mines. The Viet Cong began breaching the minefield between May and July 1967. By December of that year, the Australian engineers reported that the enemy was lifting the mines at will, and by 1970 they had lifted some 8,000 of the mines. The mines were then used against the Australian soldiers, causing over 57 percent of casualties between September 1968 and February 1970. The Horseshoe is now being quarried so there is no access for visitors.
MINH DAM SECRET ZONE
The move up to the Long Hai Hills to the Minh Dam Secret Zone where you can visit a spectacular memorial to over 2500 locals in the area. During the War, the Long Hải’s were a Viet Cong base area, known as Minh Dam secret zone. The VC 445 Battalion and VC C25 Company used the hills as a supply and staging area. The area was deadly for Australian servicemen. If you are keen enough you can climb the mountain to see a Buddhist Pagoda.
VO THI SAU
Visit the monument to Vo Thi Sau a young girl who was a heroine of the Viet Minh during the war against the French Occupation. You can even visit her original house. She was born in Phước Thọ Commune, Đất Đỏ District, then in Bà Rịa Province . In 1948 Sau became a contact for a local guerrilla group after many of her friends and relatives joined the resistance against the French. When she was 14 she threw a grenade with which she killed a French captain and wounded 12 French soldiers, but escaped undetected. Late in 1949 another grenade thrown at the Vietnamese canton chief – a man responsible for many executions – failed to explode and she was caught by the French authorities.”She was imprisoned in three jails and finally Con Dao prison, where she was executed at 19 years of age. She is remembered in revolutionary theatre and song, but also today as an ancestral spirit.
LONG SON ISLAND
Drive up through Baria to the Long Son turn off, go over to the Island and then stop at the Big House, for an experience that you will not forget in a hurry. Then have a very quiet drive around the Island. and if you want a boatride out to the floating restaurant. The Nha Lon Long Son, the home of Ong Tran religion, is situated on the island.(The Big House). During the War, the Viet Cong (C41 Company Chau Duc District Company) used the island as a rest and training centre. In November 1966, operations Yass and Hayman were undertaken by 3rd Squadron SAS and 5RAR on the island.
ONE DAY TOUR
If you have limited time you can request a special tour of what you would like to see. You can even come down from Saigon in the morning do a short tour and be back in Saigon for dinner.
Buddhist Orphanage approx. 8 KM’s from Baria. It is located in a Buddhist Temple and is managed by monks, both male and Female. It is unique in that there is no payed staff, all are volunteers doing their pilgrimage and good deeds.
VISIT THE SCHOOLS & KINDERGARTENS
Visit the schools and kindergartens that our Charity builds and maintains.
Interact with the Kids and teachers.