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WHAT IS THE ‘LONG TAN TREK’ TOUR?. it’s a group of people who want to visit The area of Australian operations During the Viet Nam war 1965-72. It’s escorted by Dave Sabben MG – Former commander of 12 Platoon, D/6RAR At the Battle of Long Tan, Aug 1966. It’s informal, personal and

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What is the long tan trek tour

WHAT IS THE ‘LONG TAN TREK’ TOUR?

it’s a group of people who want to visit

The area of Australian operations

During the Viet Nam war 1965-72.

It’s escorted by Dave Sabben MG –

Former commander of 12 Platoon, D/6RAR

At the Battle of Long Tan, Aug 1966.

It’s informal, personal and

Relaxed. While being very busy

It is not about pressure or rush.

it’s about enjoying the experience

with others who are there

To enjoy the experience.

It only happens once a year, in October.


What is the long tan trek tour

2009 group

WHO GOES ON

THESE TOURS?

About 33% Vets;

About 33% ladies;

The rest: family, mates

And interested others;

Ages 18 to 80.


What is the long tan trek tour

WHERE do

we GO

WEEK 1?

BINH DUONG

PHUOC

THANH

PROVINCE BORDERS

Binh My

Ben Cat

20

1

1

1

River

Nai

Dong

Tan Uyen

15

LONG

KHANH

Saigon River

13

* Saigon

* Coral / Balmoral

* Dong Nai Museum

At Bien Hoa

* Route 15

* 1ALSG

* Vung Tau

* Ba Ria

* Nui Dat

* Trek to Long Tan Cross

* Long Tan Battlefield

* Horseshoe

* Dat Do Minefield

* “Frankie” Mine Incident

* Long Hai’s

* Boat Trip to Vung Tau

* Hydrofoil back

To Saigon

* Cu Chi Tunnels.

BIEN HOA

Xuan Loc

“BlackHorse”

Long

Binh

2

1

Bear Cat

16

23

SAIGON

BIEN HOA

GIA DINH

PHUOC

TUY

Nui Dat

Mangrove Swamp

Ba Ria

N

Vung Tau

South China Sea

20 Km


What is the long tan trek tour

WHERE do we go on

The Extension Tour?

* Da Nang

* Hoi An

* Marble Mountains

* Hai Van Pass

* Hue & citadel

* DMZ:- - - - -

Vinh Moc Tunnels

Freedom Bridge

Con Thien

Khe Sanh

Da Krong

Lang Vei

*A Shau Valley

* Hamburger Hill

* Hanoi:- - - - -

‘Hanoi Hilton’

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

* Dien Bien Phu

* Ha Long Bay


What is the long tan trek tour

WHAT Do we DO WHEN We get there?

Dave explains things

Along the way

Where others have

More or personal

Knowledge, they

Are invited to add

to the discussion

It’s a very

‘hands-on’ tour

Questions are invited

And answered

(as much as possible)

Other tour passengers

Are encouraged

To share

their experiences


What is the long tan trek tour

Where do we stay?

We stay in 4-star

Hotels or at the best

Available at the place.

In Saigon, it’s the

Majestic Hotel on

The Saigon River…

In Vung Tau, it’s the

Grand Hotel, beachside…

At each other stop, The hotels are comparable. Even the places we stop for lunch

Are generally the best Available in the area. There have been no complaints!


What is the long tan trek tour

What about the battlefield trek?

Starting from nui

Dat We trek about

5 km to the long

Tan Plantation…

…where we

have lunch.

We then walk the Battlefield in real Time, Seeing where they had lunch, where the first shots were fired, the 10, 11 & 12 Platoon Positions and the final CHQ / Company position…

…and Ending at the cross

(the 11 Pl position).


What is the long tan trek tour

Is it all only about battlefields?

No – we visit at least two projects sponsored by our charity – the “AVVRG”…

The kindergarten near the former Nui Dat airfield…

…and the dentist near the village of Long Tan.

We may sometimes be able to visit The Baria orphanage – another AVVRG project.


What is the long tan trek tour

So it’s all serious and heavy, is it?

Certainly not.

On one trip, we managed to almost drown our ex-nva officer guide…

…you meet some of the locals…

…you never know what you’re going to step in as you walk through the bush…

…and you can still keep up with your usual hobbies…


What is the long tan trek tour

Okay – so battlefields & fun. Any sightseeing?

Certainly. Street markets, hoi an, caves, ha long bay, hue citadel… …and that’s just on the extension tour.


What is the long tan trek tour

…and a few memorials, I suppose?

One or two… Apart from the Long Tan Cross, we’ll see (clockwise) the NVA memorial to their fallen at Coral/Balmoral, the French one at Dien Bien Phu, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in hanoi, the Hanoi war museum (which is a memorial) and other cemeteries & memorials.


What is the long tan trek tour

Highlights?

(clockwise) walk the tunnels upright, make new friends, a cyclo ride, bargain with the locals, visit places you’ll remember for the rest of your life, Relax, fire an AR16 or an AK-47…

…take your pick!


What is the long tan trek tour

Join us?

We take one tour each year, about the second half of October.

Please contact judi at National network travel on (03) 9654 4000 or

[email protected]

Or contact Di of

National network travel on (03) 9787 8888 or

[email protected]

Or email davesabben direct at

[email protected]

We will also consider taking your own group of 25 – 35 on your own tour.

Ask us for a price.


What is the long tan trek tour

…thank you for watching…


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