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?
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.
WHO GOES ON
About 33% Vets;
About 33% ladies;
The rest: family, mates
And interested others;
Ages 18 to 80.
* Coral / Balmoral
* Dong Nai Museum
At Bien Hoa
* Route 15
* Vung Tau
* Ba Ria
* Nui Dat
* Trek to Long Tan Cross
* Long Tan Battlefield
* Dat Do Minefield
* “Frankie” Mine Incident
* Long Hai’s
* Boat Trip to Vung Tau
* Hydrofoil back
* Cu Chi Tunnels.
South China Sea
WHERE do we go on
The Extension Tour?
* Da Nang
* Hoi An
* Marble Mountains
* Hai Van Pass
* Hue & citadel
* DMZ:- - - - -
Vinh Moc Tunnels
*A Shau Valley
* Hamburger Hill
* Hanoi:- - - - -
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
* Dien Bien Phu
* Ha Long Bay
WHAT Do we DO WHEN We get there?
Dave explains things
Along the way
Where others have
More or personal
Are invited to add
to the discussion
It’s a very
Questions are invited
(as much as possible)
Other tour passengers
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 about the battlefield trek?
Starting from nui
Dat We trek about
5 km to the long
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).
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.
So it’s all serious and heavy, is it?
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…
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.
…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.
(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!
We take one tour each year, about the second half of October.
Please contact judi at National network travel on (03) 9654 4000 or
Or contact Di of
National network travel on (03) 9787 8888 or
Or email davesabben direct at
We will also consider taking your own group of 25 – 35 on your own tour.
Ask us for a price.
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